by Jerry Richardson 2/1/15
When facing enemies who hate you and express explicit intent to destroy you, trust can easily become an unintended rendezvous with death. Even the formula of Ronald Reagan, beloved by many Conservatives—“Trust but verify”—may not always be appropriate.
In any negotiation, in order to reach a verification point, some amount of trust must be extended. When someone who asks for trust has a demonstrated history of negotiating in bad-faith, the proper response is to refuse to extend any trust to them until they unilaterally take some action to warrant trust.
In other words, reverse Reagan’s formula: Verify then trust or withhold trust.
Looking back in history, someone today would likely express disbelief that a politician such as Neville Chamberlain would have trusted Adolph Hitler and the Nazis.
Yet, today we have a virtually identical situation in which a President of the United States, Barack Obama, is vesting unwarranted-trust in a conquest-minded Iran and its Islamic caliphate-ambitious-ayatollahs. Unbelievable!
Sadly, it’s not enough for the ideologically-blinded America-hater in the White House to indulge his own misguided trust; he wants to force Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel to join him in allowing Iran to become a nuclear power—hence giving them the weapon to fulfill their oft-spoken goal of wiping Israel and all Jews off the face of the earth.
Fortunately, Netanyahu is not listening.
The Obama administration plans to publically unveil its proposed agreement with Iran sometime in late March. On March 3, 2015 Netanyahu is scheduled to address congress and presumably give his reasons for not trusting Iran; undoubtedly with the intentions of convincing congress to reject Obama’s plan by voting for increased sanctions on Iran.
Not surprisingly, Barack Obama is not happy about this, and like the self-centered man-child he is, he is pouting: He is NOT going to talk to Netanyahu when he visits and in addition he is going to punish him by attempting to help defeat him during the next Israeli election by sending over part of his huge Obama-campaign-team—no doubt at American taxpayer expense. Is this not a political invasion of Israel?
And why is Obama so adamantly opposed to Netanyahu speaking about the Iranian threat?
It is actually very simple.
Barack Obama is going to continue to do nothing effective to prevent the Iranians from developing a nuclear weapon. That should be patently clear to anyone who has followed the embarrassing, to America, Obama/Iran negotiations for the past 6 years of the Obama-Presidency. Now, with 2 years left in office, legacy-concerns kick-in; Obama desperately does not want to be seen or remembered as the President who allowed Iran to become a nuclear power. Hence he is attempting to employ the tried-and-true Democrat strategy of kick-the-can-down-the-road. Leave the problem for someone else, Obama’s successor, to deal with.
Obama came to office swearing he would not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. Perhaps he once believed himself, but he is now an older and wiser man. He has discovered that the Iranians have no intention of ending their nuclear program.
What the ayatollahs are prepared to do is give Obama a face-saving deal. The offer: The U.S. and its allies reduce and gradually end the economic sanctions that have brought Iran to the table in the first place. In return, Iran will agree to freezing — not dismantling — its nuclear program. So-called inspection arrangements are porous at best. If Tehran wants to cheat (as North Korea did on a similar deal), it can. And if it can, it will. If and when it decides to abrogate the arrangement, it is free to do so. At that point Iran will be a year or less away from having The Bomb.
—Obama, Netanyahu, and Iran
Shades of 1938!
Memories of Neville Chamberlain—“…peace in our time”—appeasement and unwarranted trust of Hitler, followed by World War II:
Here are a few of Neville Chamberlain’s should-never-be-forgotten, unwise-words of unwarranted-trust for Hitler:
This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine…. We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement, as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again.
This is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace in our time.
How ironic that this year 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death-camp at Auschwitz. It is also the 77th anniversary of the appeasement of Hitler, epitomized by the words of Chamberlain quoted above, formalized in the nefarious Munich Agreement—non-surprisingly broken by Hitler—followed by World War II:
The meeting took place in Munich on 29th September, 1938. Desperate to avoid war, and anxious to avoid an alliance with Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union, Neville Chamberlain and Edouard Daladier [France] agreed that Germany could have the Sudetenland. In return, Hitler promised not to make any further territorial demands in Europe. The meeting ended with Hitler, Chamberlain, Daladier and Mussolini signing the Munich Agreement which transferred the Sudetenland to Germany.
Lord Rothermere [part of an upperclass newspaper-owning family] immediately sent a telegram to Adolf Hitler: “My dear Fuhrer everyone in England is profoundly moved by the bloodless solution to the Czechoslovakian problem. People not so much concerned with territorial readjustment as with dread of another war with its accompanying bloodbath. Frederick the Great was a great popular figure. I salute your excellency’s star which rises higher and higher.”
In March, 1939, the German Army seized the rest of Czechoslovakia. In taking this action Adolf Hitler had broken the Munich Agreement. The British prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, now realized that Hitler could not be trusted and his appeasement policy now came to an end.
—The Munich Agreement
For Chamberlain and Daladier, as with all appeasers, it was too-late smart. Desperate to avoid war, their attempts to placate Hitler aided-and-abetted the very evil they wished to avoid. Meanwhile Hitler, dealing with them as the fools they were, quickly broke the treaty that he never had any intention of keeping; as a result all of Czechoslovakia fell to Nazi tyranny followed soon by Poland; and then in Poland the Nazis constructed Auschwitz and other death-camps—evil facilitated by the cowardliness of appeasement.
Coupling the two anniversary dates mentioned above, Auschwitz and Hitler’s appeasement, it is no exaggeration of history or logic to point-out that one shameful result of that appeasement was Auschwitz. World War II didn’t just happen it was allowed to happen by appeasement.
It is an unequivocal moral principle that appeasement of evil always results in death and/or enslavement.
So an unofficial motto of Israel: “Never again” should be hurled back, today, at Barack Obama and his intended appeasement of Iran and their nuclear program; especially after the pretender in the White House had the effrontery to make the following hypocritical statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27, 2015):
We commemorate all of the victims of the Holocaust, pledging never to forget, and recalling the cautionary words of the author and survivor of Auschwitz Primo Levi, “It happened, therefore it can happen again. . . . It can happen anywhere.” Today we come together and commit, to the millions of murdered souls and all survivors, that it must never happen again.
—Never again, Obama Style
The above words would certainly be appropriate and appreciated if they were anything but hollow, deceitful rhetoric; but they aren’t and that is recognized by many people, including many Israelis. The author of the article quoted above had this to say as well as providing two very appropriate cartoons (shown below):
That all [what Obama said] sounds very nice, until you realize that Obama’s policies are leading directly towards an Iranian nuclear weapon whose primary target would be the six million Jews who live in Israel. It is as close an analogy to the Holocaust as one can imagine, and Obama is railing against those who are trying to put real pressure on Iran because of its history of hiding all aspects of its program.
—Never again, Obama Style
It does not require a crystal ball or prophetic insight to foresee that Obama’s appeasement of Iran, if Obama is allowed to have his way, will result in the deaths of innocent people: Who and how many we cannot know.
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