An enthusiastic, cheering audience greeted British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, 75 years ago (on September 30, 1938) when he stepped off an airplane near London and told the world that he had negotiated, in Munich, Germany, “peace for our time.” 75 years later, the question is this: Does the United States have the moral health and martial vigor to oppose Iran’s quest to build a nuclear bomb?
In 1938, the British Prime Minister got off a plane and waved a piece of paper to the press. The document was an agreement worked out with German Chancellor Adolph Hitler, Italian leader Benito Mussolini, and others. The agreement gave Hitler the Sudetenland, a German-speaking part of Czechoslovakia. In exchange for agreeing to cede the Sudetenland to Germany, Chamberlain got a promise of peace between Germany and Britain.
Chamberlain’s policy of ceding part of Czechoslovakia to Germany become known as “appeasement.”
On October 5, 1938, a member of the British House of Commons made a speech deeply critical of the Munich Agreement. He said: “And do not suppose that this [agreement] is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigor, we arise again and take our stand for freedom . . .” The speaker was Winston Churchill.
By September 1939, Britain and Germany were at war.
Fast forward to 2013. Iran, according to the American and Israeli intelligence communities, may be just weeks or months away from having an atomic bomb. Perhaps the bomb will be ready by January 1, 2014.
Islamic nations in the Anglo-American sense, do not have political stability. Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia Iraq, and Iran have, in the last 70 years, experienced civil wars, violent overthrows of established governments, or assassinations of political leaders. This history is unlikely to change.
Iran has already threatened to destroy Israel. A previous Iranian president said, in 2005, that he would “wipe Israel off the map.”
Arab (and Islamic) hatred of Israel is nothing new. Ever since its founding in 1948, Israel has had to defend itself from Arab attacks in 1948, 1967, 1973, and at other times.
If Iran wanted, using atomic bombs, to destroy Israel, the Jewish state could be eliminated within seconds. If this happens, the five million Jews in Israel will experience a second Holocaust, rivaling six million Jewish deaths that occurred in the European Holocaust of the 1940′s.
Only the United States has the power to protect Israel. But is America willing to use that power? President Barack Obama said that Syria’s possession of chemical weapons would trigger an American military strike against Syria. Mr. Obama backed down from his threat.
Now that Mr. Obama has telephoned the president of Iran. Does Mr. Obama really believe that he can trust a nation that has threatened to annihilate Israel?
If Israel, a democratic nation, is destroyed, would America be the next victim? The attack on America by Islamic radicals on September 11, 2001, was only 12 years ago. Perhaps the next attack on America will not come from airplanes crashing into buildings but will feature Iranian nuclear-tipped missiles eviscerating the world’s best hope of democracy, America itself.
Americans will soon know of their president is a Neville Chamberlain or a Winston Churchill.
Will Mr. Obama make a Nixon-to-China like visit to Iran, sign a peace treaty while there, and come back to American saying, “Peace for our