World War II was unnecessary, Churchill wrote in The Gathering Storm
, the first volume of his history of the Second World War. Had the British and Americans conducted their affairs "with the ordinary consistency and common sense usual in decent households," Church observed, they could have maintained their security without bloodshed.
|Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain & Hitler|
September 23, 1938
Those of us who read history know that Neville Chamberlain made a groveling peace pact with Hitler in 1938, and less than a year later, England and Germany were at war. As Churchill put the matter, "You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You chose dishonour and you will have war."
Today, the United States and its passive allies are on the verge of a deal with Iran whereby the United States and the European Union lift their sanctions against Iran and Iran promises not to build a nuclear bomb.
Does anyone believe Iran will cease its efforts to become a nuclear power? I certainly don't. And Israel, whose life depends upon this issue, doesn't believe it either. The deal with Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated emphatically, is a "historic mistake."
But, like Neville Chamberlain, who believed his deal with Hitler would bring "peace for our time," President Obama believes he has made the Middle East a safer place. Or perhaps he merely believes a deal with Iran will look good on his vita.
America's national affairs are in such disarray that it is embarrassing to contemplate them. Today, the United States begs a mob of Afghan elders to allow us to pour American blood and treasure into a country that has no interest whatsoever in democratic values or human rights.
On the home front, the President has lied repeatedly about the essential features of Obamacare, but he holds average Americans in such contempt that he doesn't bother with a proper apology. As Churchill said of British politician Stanley Baldwin, "He occasionally stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened."
As I have said more than once, our country is being run by people who were schooled in the nation's elite colleges and professional schools--institutions which teach nothing more than arrogance, an unseemly obsession with power and recognition, and a studied cynicism toward traditional American values.
How will all this end? Regarding Iran, there are just two possibilities. Either Iran will become a nuclear power and thereby make the Middle East even more unstable or Israel will launch military strikes in an effort to destroy Iran's nuclear capability.
If Israel acts militarily, you can kiss your 401(k) goodbye along with your draft-age children and grandchildren.
But don't worry about Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. However things turn out, there's a book deal for Obama after he steps down from the presidency. And John Kerry's wealth is well invested. He will do just fine financially no matter what happens to you and me.
Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm
. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1948.
Jodi Rudoren. Israelis See Ticking Clock, and Alternative Approaches, on Iran and Palestinians. New York Times
, November 26, 2013, p. A12.