Just follow along, will you?
At least Chamberlain didn’t have the benefit of hindsight of how drastic of an error he was committing, what’s the present cash crop of political mediocrity’s excuse?
NOTE: Brian John Thomas: “And Chamberlain also had the decency to apologise and die heartbroken for his mistakes that led directly to war and the slaughter of millions. Churchill is very clear on this in The Gathering Storm.”
I happen to trust Herr Hitler
‘Mr. Obama sat absolutely unmoved. When I had finished he said: “Mr. Thomas you happen to believe in Mr. Netanyahu, I happen to trust Mr Rouhani.” – made up quote based on one below if I were to ask Obama what he did last weekend.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana.
The following is taken from Trial and Error The Autobiography of Chaim Weizmann, the leader of the Zionist movement after Herzl and Israel’s first president. It concerns the betrayal of Czechoslovakia by the west and their belief in the assurances of the peace loving Herr Hitler.
The disclosure to us of the Government document which was to become the White Paper coincided roughly with Hitler’s unopposed and unprotected invasion of Czechoslovakia and the occupation of Prague. I remember that day very well, because Jan Masaryk came to dinner with us. Between Masaryk and us there was until the end, a deep friendship, both on personal and general grounds. There has always been a great affinity between the Masaryks and Zionism – Jan’s father, the founder and first President of the Czechoslovak Republic, had been a strong supporter of the Balfour Declaration – and now, in the days of the White Paper, the representatives of the Czechoslovak Republic were beginning to be treated by the Great Powers as if they were Jews.
Neither the Jews nor the Czechs will forget the words of Chamberlain on the occasion of Hitler’s occupation of the Czech capital. Why should England risk war for the sake of ‘a far-away country of which we know very little and whose language we don’t understand?’ Words which were swallowed down by a docile Parliament many members of which must have known very well that the Czech Republic was a great bastion of liberty and democracy, and that its spirit and its institutions had all the meaning in the world for the Western Powers. It was, apart from everything else, a colossal insult to a great people. And I remember reflecting that if this was the way the Czechs were spoken of, what could we Jews expect from a Government of that kind?