Such it is of people who are, to borrow from the late Robert Conquest, ”impenetrable by fact”. I’ll also add that, those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
The fond appreciation for the factual historical record is what separates the conservative from the hardened ideologue, who rejects human experience for the want of the here and now. We don’t have to look too far back into the historical record to show just what can happen when a superpower plays dumb, and trusts a rogue 3rd world non-developing state (N.Korea) to adhere to a signed nuclear treaty.
The Clinton administration didn’t learn from Munich, and the present administration hasn’t learned from N.Korea.
But perhaps the most startling difference of all is that while the Munich Pact did indeed not only strengthen, but embolden Nazi Germany, it did not concede to it developing the most destructive weapon on earth and the means to deliver it. The Iran deal does precisely that – even if Tehran adheres to its conditions.
Into The Fray: The Iran deal – More shameful than Munich
The passage of Iran “deal” will not only be a betrayal of US allies and the Iranian people, but of the American ethos itself…or at least of what it once was.
Anti-Iran protest. (photo credit:MIKE SEGAR / REUTERS)
No British Government ever will, and ever can, risk the bones of a British grenadier… I did not believe that any sensible man in Germany wished for a new partition of Poland
– Nobel peace laureate Sir Austen Chamberlain (half-brother of Neville), on the Polish Corridor, February 16 and March 31, 1925.
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.
– Neville Chamberlain on the Czechoslovakia crisis, September 27, 1937
The enemy did not reckon with my great strength of purpose. Our enemies are worms. I saw them in Munich.
– Adolf Hitler, address to generals, August 22, 1939
The [German] decision to fight is implacable… I am certain that even if the Germans were given more than they ask for they will attack just the same…
– Count Gian Galeazzo Ciano, Italian foreign minister (1936-1943), The Ciano Diaries 1939-1943.
The die has been cast and, barring last minute surprises, the Iran deal spawned in Vienna this July will be upheld – against the wishes of the majority of the American people and the fierce resistance of almost two-thirds of the US legislature.
Etched in infamy
As such it is – and always will be – bereft of any moral authority.
Those who supported the deal – and those who failed to prevent its passage – will have their names etched in infamy in days to come. Of that there can be little doubt.
It is an indefensible deal, devoid of redeeming features – whether the Iranians honor it or whether they do not, which is more than likely since its verification measures are so cumbersome they may have well been designed to conceal Iranian violations.
I confess to feeling a little uneasy when I first heard several critics of the Iran nuclear agreement condemning it as worse than the deal signed in Munich between Adolf Hitler and Neville Chamberlain on September 30, 1938. As the infamous Munich Pact is widely recognized as epitomizing the policy of appeasement of tyranny that precipitated the most horrendous carnage humanity ever experienced, I thought this was perhaps going a little overboard.
But no longer.