The world’s latter day Munich.
Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 3/6/15
Said Winston Churchill on October 3, 1938:
“England has been offered a choice between war and shame. She has chosen shame, and will get war.”
He was speaking of the just-concluded “Munich Agreement” dated three days earlier and signed by, among others, Adolph Hitler and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. It was upon his return to England that Chamberlain, speaking of the agreement, uttered the now infamous words, “peace for our time.”
Of course, there was no such thing. Less than a year later, Great Britain was at war with Germany, marking the beginning of World War II and the deaths of more than 60 million. The Munich Agreement, which effectively deeded Czechoslovakia to Hitler, was an act of appeasement and, as the world bitterly learned, evil cannot be appeased.
What has been largely forgotten in the 70 years since the end of World War II is how close the West came to losing it. Willful blindness on the part of the U.S., England and France in the 1930s allowed Adolph Hitler to consolidate his political power and re-arm Germany. That blindness put the Allies severely behind the eight ball as the nascent threat posed by Germany came into full bloom.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of 2015 might be fairly compared to Winston Churchill of 1938. Just as Churchill warned of the dangers posed by Nazi Germany, Netanyahu now warns of the threat posed by a nuclear Iran.
Today, as with Germany in 1938, many dismiss the Iranian threat. Certainly the Obama White House does. Just as they were beginning to threaten the stability of the Iranian regime, the Obama administration lifted economic sanctions in order to pursue a nuclear arms agreement — an agreement that Iran is as certain to ignore as Hitler ignored Munich.
History reminds us that even though the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor by Japan, President Roosevelt pursued a “Germany first” policy. He did so in part because of intelligence showing that the Germans were working on a nuclear weapon. Roosevelt knew that a Germany possessed of a strategically-superior weapon would be exponentially more dangerous and more difficult to defeat – difficult to the point of enslaving all of Europe.
Today, despite petulant dismissal by the White House, Benjamin Netanyahu warns of the very same thing concerning Iran. And just as Germany posed a threat to the very survival of Great Britain, Iran poses an even more immediate and grave threat to the State of Israel.
Netanyahu came to the U.S. and spoke to a joint session of Congress to say that the mullahs of Iran will be no more appeased by an agreement on a piece of paper in 2015 than Adolph Hitler was in 1938.
Give the Iranians time – let them hide behind an unenforceable agreement – and they will certainly become a nuclear power. Take them at their word that they will then seek to annihilate Israel. Take Benjamin Netanyahu at his word when he says, “never again.”
The parallels to Munich could not be more clear.