Saturday, January 8

APPEASEMENT, PURE AND SIMPLE

Here's a column by Matthias Dopfner that is compelling reading. The only issue I take with him is that he unwittingly left Bush '41 out of the equation in citing presidents (Ronald Reagan and Bush '43) who did not wilt in the face of tyranny and naked aggression. I should add, he also failed to recognize Poland's considerable help in the war in Iraq. Western Europe is, to be sure, largely cast in the tradition of Neville Chamberlain. Matthias' observations ring true. The Middle East is today the Sudetenland of Chamberlain's time and Muslin jihadists its Nazis.