Thursday, December 14, 2006

About Iran, Israel, Europe, and nuclear weapons…It’s beginning to feel like 1936

Today, Iran obviously if disingenuously drives toward nuclear weapons and missiles to deliver them – and much of Europe pretends not to see it happening. In the 1930s, Hitler obviously drove toward his vision of Greater Germany and military domination of his region – and much of Europe pretended not to see that happening, until the occupation of Czechoslovakia finally made it impossible to ignore. Today, Iran (and much of the Arab world) is viciously anti-Semitic and calls for the destruction of Israel, and except for Iran’s ludicrous Holocaust-denial conference, much of Europe does not care. In the 1930s, Hitler was viciously anti-Semitic and called for the destruction of “International Jewry,” and much of Europe did not care. Today, it is fashionable among much of the political left to be anti-Israeli and excuse or approve its enemies, even including open terrorists. In the 1930s, it was fashionable among much of the political left to be anti-Semitic and excuse or approve anti-Semites, at least until Krystal Nacht, and for some, thereafter. Today, Russia has a de facto alliance of convenience with Iran. In the 1930s, Stalin signed a nonaggression pact with Hitler, under the circumstances a de facto alliance of convenience with Germany. Today, Iran is controlled by religious fanatics who despise democracy and freedom and think the West is morally corrupt and weak-willed and think themselves right and strong. In the 1930s, Germany was controlled by ideological fanatics who despised democracy and freedom and thought the West was corrupt and weak-willed and thought themselves right and strong. Today, politicians and self-styled intelligentsia call for negotiating, compromising with and appeasing these fanatics to gain peace when the fanatics plainly are not interested in either compromise or peace except as a deception adopted to pursue long-term conflict. In the 1930s, politicians and self-styled intelligentsia called for negotiating, compromising with and and appeasing fanatics to gain peace when those fanatics plainly were not interested in either comporomise or peace except as a deception adopted to pursue long-term conflict.

In the 1930s, people at last finally woke up when Hitler invaded Poland. What will it take this time? Fanatics actually carrying out their final solution – again? Some of these people have argued publicly that in the event of a nuclear war with Israel there would be 5 million Israeli dead and 50 million Muslims dead, that then there would be no more Israelis and there would still be over 1 billion Muslims – the Muslims would win.

What is needed here is a price certain Iran would have to pay that even the regime in Iran will think is not worth paying. There seems no-one in sight who is prepared even to define, let alone impose, such a price.

The means to carry out this death wish are being assembled. I fear for the Israelis. I fear for the world. And I fear to hear the excuses Europe will make if and when it happens.

And what of us, The United States? Today, there are voices calling on us to withdraw from engaging the world “over there,” in the name of protecting the homeland and avoiding war. In the 1930s, there were voices calling on us to withdraw from engaging the world at all, in the name of protecting America and avoiding war…

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