Recently I started to read Churchill’s The World Crisis, his history of the First World War and the events that led to it. Readers may wonder why I bring this up. In the first chapter, which describes historical events from the rise of Bismarckian Germany to 1902, he makes the case that all the treaties and accords that occurred in this timeframe are really just bits of flotsam and jetsam that served only to appease the rising German Empire in one way or another. It is telling that he wrote this in the period between the two World Wars and could see by the mid-1930s that England and Europe were heading into the same situation again – although without the military presence that it had before the Great War to End All Wars.
It is telling because England was more of an appeaser the second time as was known by the cry by Prime Minister Chamberlain of “Peace in our time!” It’s even more telling that we have the same cry today with President Obama and in much the same situation. Like England with Germany in the 1930s, so is the situation with the United States and Iran. The President also seeks to appease that which he is afraid of and tries to hide it with not quite as flowery rhetoric, even though the sentiment is the same.
He cries out, “The choice is War or a Bad Deal!” and refuses to acknowledge that there is a third choice – Keep things as they are. So there was pressure by other countries to lift the sanctions. So what? The pressure was probably by arms merchants behind the scenes. There is no real reason otherwise for all these other countries to suddenly want a deal that will come back to haunt all of us with a Third World War.
Some may think me as just another hawk. I think of myself as a voice that cries out in the wilderness saying, “No More!” I look at the Iran Deal with its secret side deals and ask, “Why do you hamper US and not Iran? Why are the numbers of our troops cut down with no justification? Why do you continue to support a deal that helps no one but Iran?”
The answer is appeasement. President Obama has not learned the lessons that history has harshly taught us time and again. By lifting these sanctions we are paying the Danegeld to Iran, but the result will be the same as it was for the English in Viking times, as it was for the world in the two previous World Wars. As Kipling wrote:
And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.
If we appease Iran by passing this deal and release all the previously sanctioned monies to them, we will be setting up the seeds of war to be harvested once again. Democrats and Republicans alike must oppose this Bad Deal. History will remember President Obama as being another Chamberlain, willing to sacrifice anything necessary to warrant the legacy of the Nobel prize he received and wring out the same familiar cry of “Peace in our time!” to which Kipling replies: