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Peace For Our TIme?

Peace For Our TIme?
September 15
12:16 2015

Unfitting, hyperbolic comparisons have always been a hallmark of the news media. LBJ was likened to Hitler because of his policy of merging big business with government and labor through his “Great Society” reforms.  Richard Nixon asking for an election recount was “Hitler type” propaganda, according to the New York Times. Lyndon B. Johnson was likened to Hitler by Yugoslavian president Tito after air raids in Vietnam. During George W. Bush’s presidency, literally 100’s of campaigns were launched conflating Bush with the late Fuhrer.

Like the old fable of the boy who cried wolf, such rhetoric, when overused for cheap political points, begins to fall on deaf ears. On the other side of the World War 2 coin, Neville Chamberlain comparisons have been launched against an equal amount of political actors. Nearly any act of compromise has garnered comparison to the infamous Prime Minister who incorrectly predicted and boasted “Peace for our time.”

Perhaps this habituation of accusations has a great deal to do with why history repeats itself. The initial fear, coupled with an over-sensitivity to all that resembles a past trauma, fades with each false, frivolous alarm. While clicks have largely replaced the quarter purchase of a newspaper, the goal of creating eye-catching, evocative, sometimes inaccurate headlines remains the same. There is no surprise when comparison between Barack Obama’s Iran deal and Neville Chamberlain’s agreement with Hitler falls on deaf ears.

Many would say nothing before a “but” matters, but…let’s objectively look at the facts and quotes available to us.

“We should seek by all means 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 that 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.”

“We would fight not for the political future of a distant city, rather for principles whose destruction would ruin the possibility of peace and security for the peoples of the earth.”

While these quotes sound like the Obama administration’s recent defense of the Iran deal, they are actually quotes used by Neville Chamberlain to defend his agreement with Adolf Hitler.

“Let’s not mince words: The choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy and some form of war — maybe not tomorrow, maybe not three months from now, but soon,” stated President Obama.

The premise presented to us, much like the false premise presented to the English in the 30s, is that we can avoid war by appeasing a country that shows no indication of desiring peace.

“After nuclear negotiations, the Zionist regime said that they will not be worried about Iran in the next 25 years,” Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei wrote. “I am telling you, first, you will not be around in 25 years’ time, and God willing, there will be no Zionist regime in 25 years. Khamenei even recently wrote a book detailing how he will destroy Israel.

Since Islamic Iran’s creation in 1979, there have been accusations of state sponsored terror. Iranian proxy armies can be found in virtually all Middle Eastern countries, from the Pan Arab handle to the Gulf States. The invasions of foreign lands has not ceased in the slightest since the inception of the nuclear deal, and no sign of the suspension of influence spreading appears on the horizon

We have a land grabbing, hate spewing country – one whose leader promises the destruction of the Jewish state  – and President Obama is claiming an appeasement deal will prevent a war that is currently occurring throughout the Middle East region.

On numerous points, this current crisis is analogous to the expansion of Nazi German. While we may be conditioned to laugh off comparisons to 1930’s PM’s and dictators, America owes it to itself and the rest of the world to see the writing on the wall: Appeasement will not stop Iranian expansion.

Without fear of being called trite for using overused comparisons, Barack Obama will be the next Neville Chamberlain.

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