Obama’s Munich

Obama’s Munich

History is repeating itself. The recent interim nuclear deal signed by the United States and other major powers with Iran in Geneva paves the way for war. President Obama is the new Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister who boasted of creating “peace in our time” after signing an agreement with Nazi Germany. In fact, the deal at Munich guaranteed only one thing: another bloody conflict. Obama has given the world a second Munich. He will rue the day.

On Sept. 30, 1938, Britain and France capitulated to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Czechoslovakia was betrayed in order to appease Hitler’s expansionist ambitions. Sacrificing Czechoslovakia’s territorial integrity, however, only whetted Hitler’s appetite for further aggression. Munich gave Hitler the time and military capability to eventually conquer most of Europe. It was a prelude to much greater disasters — the invasion of Poland, the Nazi-Soviet pact, the fall of France, the Holocaust and more than 50 million deaths caused by World War II. The lesson of Munich was clear: Genocidal dictatorships bent on domination cannot be appeased. They must be contained and eventually defeated.

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