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June 22, 2009

History teaches us that man learns nothing from history


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offers Lessons from the Sudetenland. Seriously, read the whole thing.

The Czech refusal to allow the Sudeten territories to return to their "rightful" German owners, Hitler prattled, was proof that the Czechs were the intransigent obstacle to peace. For what choice would Germany have but to come to the assistance of its oppressed brethren living under intolerable Czech occupation?

Moreover, the Germans reversed causality, claiming that the Czechs were trying to precipitate a European crisis in order to prevent the breakup of their state, that the choice between war and peace in Europe was in Czech hands, and even that "this petty segment of Europe is harassing the human race."

But there was a simple way to simultaneously avoid war and achieve justice, Hitler said. The Western powers - meaning Britain and France - could force the Czechs to do what was necessary for the sake of peace: Czechoslovakia had to relinquish the "occupied territories."

The British and the French have learned nothing; or rather, their elites are still bent on doing the wrong thing. I pray the Israelis have learned better than to trust them with their land or their lives. That goes double for the Czechs.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 22, 2009 08:54 AM