reply to post by neformore
nefermore, you are mistaken. Men don't change.
We may dress different, eat different, and say different, we haven't made any progress in our evolution in tens of thousands of years.
Cowards ever hide behind noble concepts. They will excuse their cowardice behind fancy words and well-chosen concepts of openness, dialogue, excuses,
tolerance, enlightenment, statesmanship, negotiation, and other mis-terminology.
Cowardice invites delay. Confusion. Misdirection.
Break out a history book or two and check the facts.
In 1938, Hitler threatened to invade Czecholslovakia if Britain didn't support his takeover of the Sudetenland. Neville Chamberlain of Britain
discussed the matter with Eduard Benes of Czechoslovakia and Edouard Daladier of France, and refused the deal.
(Keep in mind, at this very moment, Hitler's force is small. He is bluffing. He doesn't have diddly squat to back up his claims. If you don't
believe it, check the numbers for yourself.)
Hitler was crazy, but not stupid. He knew that neither Chamberlain nor Daladier of France would go to war over this, nor would they want to team up
with the totalitarian Stalin. So Hitler played both sides against the middle. Mussolini suggested to Hitler that he propose a four-power meeting
between Chamberlain, Daladier, Mussolini, and Hitler.
Oddly, the country whose territory was being demanded - Czechoslovakia - was excluded from the talks. They would exclude Stalin and Benes. Russia
Thus they came up with the Munich Agreement to give away part of Czechoslovakia! That was bold! After all, Hitler promised that this would be the
end of his aggression.
"How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks because of a quarrel in a far away country
between people of whom we know nothing."
Funny, he knew Czechoslovakia well enough to give away some of their sovereign territory.
"We should seek by all mean in our power to avoid war, by analyzing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of
collaboration and good will. I cannot believe such a program would be rejected by the people of this country, even if it does mean the establishment
of personal contact with the dictators."
Is it just me, or does this not sound exactly, EXACTLY what we hear from Obama?
"I believe it is peace for our time . . . peace with honor." NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN
Yeah. Peace with honor. 52,000,000 dead as a result of this short-sighted gutlessness. Some peace. Some honor.
The following year in 1939, Hitler took over the rest of Czechoslovakia. In August of 1939, Hitler and Stalin signed the Nazi-Soviet Pact. A month
later Hitler invaded Poland. Russia had made it's deal to get it's cut, and the world was at war.
Since in all of 1938, and most of 1939 Germany was vastly outnumbered and outpowered, the problem could likely have been resolved with less than
100,000 total deaths.
Which is preferable?
100,000 total deaths today and the war is over, or 52,000,000 spread over the next six years?
Is 100,000 deaths good? Of course not!
But when you have two bad decisions, even 500,000 deaths would be preferable to 52,000,000.
Hesitation is ruin.
All through the history of man.