The year is 1938, people all over London, overcome with joy, rejoice as Neville Chamberlain arrives, proclaiming " peace in our time." Less than a thousand miles away, Ribbentrop, Germany's foreign minister at the time, was somewhat in disbelief that Hitler had made a deal, in which the Germans got pretty much everything they wanted. Including the Sudetenland, an ethnically German border, yet strategically, it's relevance could not be sufficiently stated. The Czechs, who were given the land after the redrawing of Europe as a result of the First World War, had built a formidable defense around the Sudetenland, which borders Germany. The Allies just handed over the Czechs only chance of at least putting up some resistance. As Ribbentrop and Hitlers Entourage walk out of the conference room after signing the Munich agreement, Hitler without a moment of thought had said, "this piece of paper means nothing."
In a single moment, on a single piece of paper, you had one country flushed with hope and the beauty of peace, and the other preparing for war. This was not the first time leaders of powerful nations gathered in a conference room and made promises of peace....only if.....we get this, this, oh, and we'll need that as well!
An enemy receiving concessions, an enemy that treats woman, human beings as property, is asking for concessions. A country, where hundreds of thousands of people gather to burn American and Israeli flags, while condemning both the death, will receive concessions. The very thought is troubling, have we learned nothing, I agree with peace, but on our terms, not theirs. I don't believe Iran wants a war with Israel, and especially not America today. I do believe, however, if we allow them to move forward with their production of nuclear weapons we will see a much more emboldened Iran. If you are to judge a country by its actions and history, the prospects of a country such as Iran retrieving nukes, is not a pretty one to say the least.
Without question, diplomacy, should always be our most sought after goal. Unfortunately for diplomacy to work, you have to have a willing partner, someone pragmatic, someone whose word actually means something. Americas faulty foreign policy in the last decade has put Israel in a precarious situation, a potentially disastrous situation. The president likes to use phrases like "it's common sense." Well, This is a country that throws homosexuals off rooftops, a country that treats women as property, a horrific human rights record. Where is the common sense in lifting sanctions and giving them time, having us look the other way, as we "negotiate" for over a year now. I see no morality with a people who would sell their daughters off before the age of twelve. Even if it's not the " majority of them."