GAZA PULLOUT: REPEATING THE DISASTROUS
ATTEMPTS AT APPEASEMENT
By Christopher G. Adamo
Hitler’s excuse for such belligerence was an ostensible concern for the Germanic people who lived within that area. So, in an effort to placate the emerging tyrant, “neutral” European nations severely pressured the Czechs to abdicate their national sovereignty and allow Hitler’s forces to invade. But Hitler did not merely want the Sudetenland. He was after the whole of Czechoslovakia.
Having witnessed the Nazis' political penetration of Austria, their overthrow of Austria's legitimate government and their incorporation of Austria into the Third Reich , the French and British leaders certainly had all the evidence they needed to justify opposition to any further Nazi expansion. Yet, so fearful were they of opposing Hitler, they willingly sacrificed the Czechs in a desperate hope that their own interests would somehow be spared from his aggression.
So, by the socalled “Munich treaty,” Czechoslovakia would be offered up to the Nazis, in exchange for yet another empty promise from Hitler to cease his hostilities. Attempting to put the best possible face on this cowardly act, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain presented the public with his proclamation of “Peace in Our Time.” And that event remains to this day as a bitter symbol of the futility of negotiating with brutes and tyrants.
The results were as predictable as they were appalling. Within a year, Hitler invaded Poland. And German tanks rolled into Paris barely eight months later, bolstered considerably by the industrial prowess of the Czechoslovakians. And, only with America’s help, did Britain survive the ensuing fight for its very existence.
So, with such horrendous lessons of the twentieth century to forewarn them, how is it that world leaders once again attempt to garner the good graces of murderous regimes, this time in the Middle East, by acquiescing to the demands for more Israeli land. Worse yet, Israel’s own Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, has now thrown his full support towards the effort, even at the expense of his own countrymen.
In the wake of unrelenting terrorism on the part of the Palestinians and their Islamist allies, virtually the entire world (sadly, even including the U.S.A. and the Bush administration), has joined forces to bully Israel into ceding the Gaza strip back into the hands of its mortal enemies. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, recently reasserting official American support for the plan, sounded like a dismal parody of Chamberlain.
Needless to say, the Israeli people are in complete turmoil over the plan, with citizen groups now pitted against their leaders. Government tactics, intended to remove unwilling settlers, are taking on an ominous resemblance to events of the Warsaw ghetto, while the world looks on with approval.
But what is this tragic effort, if not a reward to the barbarism of the terrorists? Not many years ago, support for a “Palestinian" state among American politicians was rightly regarded as a betrayal of Israel, and an unforgivable strategic blunder in the Middle Eastern region. In the wake of the September 11, 2001, Islamic terror attacks on the U.S.A., can American support for the plan for Palestinian statehood be construed as anything but a victory for Islamic terrorism?
Palestinian and Islamist forces in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as Islamists throughout the Middle East, undoubtedly see it that way. And clearly, they do not merely want a slice of the area that was once the British Mandate of Palestine. They want it all, including all of the territory that is now incorporated as the State of Israel, which they are determined to destroy, killing the Israeli people or forcibly expelling them from the territory. Efforts to portray the plan for a Palestinian state in any better light are grimly reflective of the false confidence with which Europe deluded itself as the storm clouds of World War II gathered over it.
Throughout the 1990s, while evidence of a growing terrorist threat amassed before his eyes, Bill Clinton played political games and refused to take decisive action. Thus, critics of his Presidency properly lay a major portion of the responsibility for 9-11 at his feet.
Even British Prime Minister Tony Blair has realized that the only means of securing the safety of the British people against militant Islam is to remove its advocates from their midst. How is it that anyone can, in good conscience, compel Israel to do the opposite?
Yet, in the wake of repeated “peace plans,” pro-Palestinian and Islamist terrorist organizations invariably respond with further attacks on innocent Israeli citizens, while more concessions are demanded from Israel.
If the Gaza pullout does indeed eventuate, and helpless Israeli people are once again victimized by the world’s morally bankrupt “diplomatic community,” who will accept blame for the continuation, and likely escalation, of the murder and mayhem that will follow?
The Israeli-Arab Conflict
The Middle East & the Arabs
Radical Islam & Islamic Terrorism
War & Peace in the Real World
Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.
Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization
Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies
U.S. National Security Strategy
Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer who lives in southeastern Wyoming and works in the field of industrial instrumentation.
He is actively involved in Wyoming's political process, serving as a delegate to successive Wyoming State Republican Conventions
and as a member of the Wyoming State Republican Central Committee. He has assisted Republican candidates for local and state
legislatures and for the United States Congress. His articles, which appear regularly in The Progressive Conservative, U.S.A.,
and on a number of other websites, reflect a major concern with the damage being done to Conservatism and Conservative causes by
the Liberal Leftist faction in the Republican Party as well as by the much larger and more powerful Liberal Leftist faction in the
Democratic Party. During the early and middle 1990s, Adamo was Editor of the Wyoming Christian Coalition's official news organ,
The Wyoming Christian.
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