Obama and Iran: Wishful thinking in the face of unspeakable evil
WASHINGTON, April 4, 2015 — President Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal marks a profound turning point in American history: the appeasement of the globe’s most dangerous totalitarian exporter of Islamic terror, Iran, at the expense of a democratic ally, Israel.
“The issues at stake,” President Obama told the press at his Rose Garden announcement, “are bigger than politics. These are matters of war and peace.”
In a 1938 radio address to his nation, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain lamented “how horrible, fantastic, incredible, it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing!”
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The “quarrel” was between Germany and Czechoslovakia. Like today’s jihadists, who justify their atrocities as acts in defense of the world’s Islamic faithful (the Ummah), Hitler was threatening Czechoslovakia on behalf of ethnic Germans living in its Sudetenland.
“I would not hesitate to pay even a third visit to Germany if I thought it would do any good,” Chamberlain continued, “I am myself a man of peace to the depths of my soul.”
Knowing a pigeon when he saw one, Hitler invited Chamberlain to Munich to help resolve the Czech crisis. While there, Chamberlain handed Hitler a note:
“We, the German Führer and Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister, have had a further meeting today, and are agreed in recognizing that the question of Anglo-German relations is of the first importance… and we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference, and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe.”
Churchill later recalled, “Hitler read this note and signed it without demur.”
When Churchill heard that Czechoslovakia was handed over to Germany, a sacrifice to European peace, he said, “Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonor. They chose dishonor. They will have war.”
“By this time next year,” he wrote a friend, “we shall know whether the policy of appeasement has appeased, or whether it has only stimulated a more ferocious appetite.”
In a speech before the House of Commons, Churchill said, “I find unendurable the sense of our country falling into the power, into the orbit and influence of Nazi Germany, and of our existence becoming dependent upon their good will or pleasure.”
According to author Sean Dennis Cashman, “Hitler’s diplomatic success at Munich encouraged him to intensify his persecution of the Jews. Already the Nuremberg laws of 1935 had divested Jews of their political and civil rights. In November 1938 a new, and even more terrible, wave of persecution began as Nazi gangs attacked Jews and their businesses and synagogues,” he said in his book America in the Twenties and Thirties.
On Sept. 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland, and Chamberlain’s government had no choice but to issue an ultimatum demanding that Germany cease “all aggressive action against Poland” and withdraw “German troops from that country… [Or] a state of war will exist between Great Britain and Germany.”
A year after Chamberlain held high a flimsy piece of paper he insisted brought “peace for our time,” the bloodiest war in world history began.
“There is no merit in putting off a war for a year if, when it comes, it is a far worse war or one much harder to win,” wrote Churchill in his book The Gathering Storm.
President Obama’s policy of appeasement with Iran will not bring peace. It merely postpones the inevitable while it guarantees a far bloodier future conflict.
Led by the United States, the Western World has, in the words of Churchill, placed itself “into the orbit and influence” of a totalitarian dictatorship, which acts to further isolate Israel in the eyes of the world.
“All is over,” said Churchill of Britain’s abandoned ally and his country’s shattered standing in the world, “Silent, mournful, abandoned, broken, Czechoslovakia recedes into the darkness. She has suffered in every respect by her association with Western democracies and with the League of Nations… We have been reduced from a position where the very word ‘war’ was considered one which could be used only by persons qualifying for a lunatic asylum. We have been reduced from a position of safety and power… power to stop her [Germany] arming if we chose, power to take any step in strength or mercy or justice, which we thought right – reduced… from a position safe and unchallenged to where we stand now.”
Obama, as Churchill once described Chamberlain, believes “that he had only to form a personal contact with the Dictators to effect a marked improvement in the world situation.”
Obama had a choice between war and dishonor. He chose dishonor. And, like it or not, America will have war.