Monday, February 06, 2012

Economic Sanctions or Appeasment

It's such pity that the Obama administration have no idea of what they're dealing with when they contemplate economic sanctions against Iran whilst wringing their hands worrying that Israel will pre-empt a strike against nuclear armed Iran and force America into supporting Israel when the consequent hostilities escalate.

I feel that as those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it (Santayana) the world has turned full circle and we find ourselves in a situation very much like that  which Neville Chamberlain was dealing with prior to WW2.
Like many in Britain who had lived through World War One, Chamberlain was determined to avert another war. His policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler culminated in the Munich Agreement in which Britain and France accepted that the Czech region of the Sudetenland should be ceded to Germany. Chamberlain left Munich believing that by appeasing Hitler he had assured 'peace for our time'. However, in March 1939 Hitler annexed the rest of the Czech lands of Bohemia and Moravia, with Slovakia becoming a puppet state of Germany. Five months later in September 1939 Hitler's forces invaded Poland. Chamberlain responded with a British declaration of war on Germany.

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