Monday, January 19

President Barack Obama - America's Neville Chamberlain?

We all know at least a little bit about Nevile Chamberlain. He is the one who secured peace with Nazi Germany by coming to an agreement with Adolf Hitler and upon his return to the UK, declaring that the agreement he reached would result in 'Peace in our time'. Well we all know how wrong this guy was with his agreement helping to pave the way to WWII. Here is a little more about Mr. Chamberlain's thought process in all of this:
William Strang, who was to play an important role in Allied negotiations with Moskow in 1939 and who eventually became Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office, later wrote: 'It can fairly be said of Neville Chamberlain that he was not well versed in foreign affairs, that he had no touch for a diplomatic situation, that he did not fully realise what it was he was doing, and that his naive confidence in his own judgement and power of persuasion and achievement was misplaced.' Strang summed up Chamberlain's approach to the subject coolly and without rancour, despite the frustration, and even desperation, which he must have felt at the time, but which he concealed like the dedicated civil servant he was. 'His mind was dominated,' Strang said, 'by two thoughts. The first was hatred of war so deep that he would think that heavy sacrifices would be justified in order to avoid it. The second was the belief that the German and Italian dictators were men whose word could be relied on; that it was possible to come to agreements with them which could transform the international situation for the better and give peace in Europe; and by that by his personal influence with them he could hope to bring such agreements about.' - The Deadly Embrace: Hitler, Stalin, and the Nazi-Soviet Pact 1939-1941, By Anthony Read, David Fisher, Pages 24-25
In short, this guy ended up being one of Hitler's most 'Useful Idiot's. (Although there were many more who help simply by doing nothing to prevent Hitler's march to war.)


Neville Chamberlain holding the paper containing the resolution to commit to peaceful methods signed by both Hitler and himself on his return from Munich. He is showing the piece of paper to a crowd at Heston Aerodrome on 30 September 1938. He said:

"...the settlement of the Czechoslovakian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace. 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 (waves paper to the crowd - receiving loud cheers and "Hear Hears"). Some of you, perhaps, have already heard what it contains but I would just like to read it to you ...".

Later that day he stood outside Number 10 Downing Street and again read from the document and concluded:

'"My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time."


Now replace Nazi Germany with Iran and Neville Chamberlain with Barack Obama. At its most general level we have a very similar situation. Iran is acting like the party with problems that need to be addressed, and we have an incoming President who thinks that he is better able to solve the problems using his personal influence. (At least his supports believe as much!)

At least the Iranian's are not exactly paving the route with rose petals. They are already burning him in effigy. This at least confirms what I have said here before, that the people who hate the US now, did so well before Bush became President and will continue to do so no matter who is President. It is what holds their countries together and controls their populations. Just like hatred of Jews rallied Nazi Germany, hatred of Israel rallies various populations in the Middle East, and hatred of the US rallies all sorts of groups around the globe.

Lets hope that our new President is smart enough not to feed those fires. Unfortunately, his promises to negotiate unconditionally with these Governments will be just like throwing gasoline on a fire!

A hardline demonstrator leaves after pouring kerosene on posters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, during a demonstration in support of the people of Gaza, in front of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran January 13, 2009. - REUTERS/Stringer (IRAN) - Yahoo News
Guess they didn't get the memo!

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Anonymous said...

are you seriously this daft?
did you really just compare iran to nazi germany?

please read up on world history, and try leaving the US sometime.

Fred Fry said...

Hello, the 'President' of Iran has been calling to wipe Israel off the map and has been working furiously to build nuclear weapons to do it with. Not only that, but the maniac believes that a word war is what will trigger the return of some religious figure.

Unless you are a history teacher, my knowledge of modern history, especially WWII, is hard to beat.

As for getting out of the US, a couple seconds of exploring would have found that I am a) an ex merchant sailor, b) lived in Europe for a couple years, c) have traveled around the globe for work.

I think you need to refresh your history and current events as well as work on your image of Americans.