Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned to England from Germany in September of 1938 believing he had struck an honest deal with Adolf Hitler, having crafted the now infamous Munich Agreement.
That agreement, at first hailed as Peace in Our Time, delayed World War II for not quite 335 days. (Original video below: “One man saved us from the greatest war of all.”)
Today hope for peace in the Middle East (and the world) rests upon John Kerry’s equally vacant though much less sincere smile .
But while the British Prime Minister clearly hoped to bring peace to Europe, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei has made it difficult for Kerry to pretend that the US opposes Iran’s becoming a nuclear power. Khamenei said recently, “The American government is untrustworthy, supercilious and unreasonable, and breaks its promises,” (Link)
Tellingly, Kerry ignored those remarks and sniped instead at Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu for suggesting that further negotiations with Iran might be a tragic mistake.
Kerry defended the US’s failure to take an urgent stand against Iranian nukes as “…an opportunity to try to put to test whether or not Iran really desires to pursue only a peaceful program and will submit to the standards of the international community … the idea that the United States of America, as a responsible nation to all of humankind, would not explore that possibility would be the height of irresponsibility. …Some have suggested that somehow there’s something wrong with more diplomacy,” he said (poking at Netanyahu). “We will not succumb to those fear tactics and forces that suggest otherwise.” (Washington Times)
If America is Israel’s ally and its purpose is to prevent a nuclear Iran, how does one explain the recent news, a sampling of which yields…
- “Israeli Settlements are Illegitimate” John Kerry wants no preconditions to negotiation with the Arabs, except maybe this.
- Obama Equates Israeli-Palestinian Violence with Iran’s Nuclear Threat “What’s a bomb between friends?”
- Obama Softened Iran Sanctions in June If we can’t trust the Ayatollah, whom can we trust?
- US Folds on Iran It’s time to claim a diplomatic victory and get the Obama-care website going back home.
Sadly, the true intent of US policy in the Middle East was put more plainly by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (at the time, a nominee for the position) at a book promo earlier this year.
…Hamas is already attacking Israel,” Hagel said. “Iran supports Hamas. Iran supports Hezbollah. What I would much rather see is this administration, or hopefully the next administration, engage Iran, engage Syria. When I hear the talk about – well you can’t talk with Iran, you can’t talk with Syria and … we should stay where we are and support Israel, and so on, well you miss the point.
Historian Will Durant is credited with saying…
It may be true that you can’t fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.
Kerry? Hagel? For that matter Samantha Power? Barak Hussein Obama? Forgive me for asking, but…
Millions look on nervously while freedom’s former champion has become a laughingstock everywhere around the globe except within the pages of the New York Times. Whoever the current American leadership may be, their stumbling and incompetence have brought a once respected nation to its knees and ushered the world to the brink of another Shoa.
But their failures have not convinced the majority of the American voting public that something has gone terribly wrong.