I believe it is peace for our time… And now I recommend you to go home and sleep quietly in your beds.
–Neville Chamberlain upon signing the Munich Agreement, September 30th, 1938
Every one of the hundred million Arabs has been living for the past nineteen years on one hope – to live to see the day Israel is liquidated…There is no life, no peace nor hope for the gangs of Zionism to remain in the occupied land.
–Cairo Radio, on the eve of the 6 Day War
One never knows when aircraft come towards you what their intention is.
–Abba Eban, explaining Israel’s actions before and during the 6 Day War
The United States reaps the thorns its rulers have planted in the world.
–Saddam Hussein, referring to the 9/11 attacks, September 12, 2001
Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken. Today the reason for the Zionist regime’s existence is questioned and this regime is on its way to annihilation.
–Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, May 9, 2008
והתורה אמרה: אם בא להורגך – השכם להורגו
And the Torah said: if he comes to kill you – rise up to kill him (first)
–The Talmud, Berachot 62B
World events do not happen in a vacuum.
In the history books, intentions are not remembered – only results are. If I intend to save a life by driving my car recklessly in order to reach an injured person in time and in the process run over and kill someone else…society will not be impressed that I attempted to be a hero, history will only remember the fact that I took a life.
Likewise if a nation’s leader signs an agreement that sacrifices another nation in the name of peace…and that agreement not only doesn’t result in peace but is a direct path to WAR – his intention is meaningless. His actions led to the destruction of innocent lives. Those extinguished lives are as much his responsibility as they are the responsibility of the actual aggressors of the conflict.
Furthermore if a nation’s leader directly threatens to destroy another nation, or even to harm one single life in that nation and he has the means to do so, his intention is irrelevant. It doesn’t make a difference why he says it…whether it’s to distract his people from a bad economic situation or to win an election…it matters not. If someone has a loaded gun pointed at your wife, has his finger on the trigger and says to you that he is going to kill her right in front of you, are you going to take the risk that he is indeed bluffing?
Because it also follows that if you have the means to prevent the murder of your wife and you choose not to because you feel the gunman did not have the INTENTION of pulling the trigger or because you had the INTENTION of resolving the conflict peacefully – and you turn out to be wrong when he shoots her in the face – that you are nearly as culpable as the actual murderer himself. No one will care WHY you stood by and allowed her to die, all they will remember is that you had the opportunity to act but chose not to for some misguided reason.
And finally, if a weaker nation threatens to overrun a stronger nation and does not have the ability to do so what should happen? Should the stronger nation take the steps to prevent this from occurring? Or should the leaders of that country wait until their enemy actually has the means to do so? Or even worse, should they give their enemy the means to do so? It would be preposterous if they did. No one, no matter how naive, no matter what misguided intentions they had, would actually willingly give their rival the ability to destroy them, right?
Did you read the first quote in this essay? Because that’s exactly what happened in 1938.
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain made a deal with the devil and effectively gave Hitler control of all of Czechoslovakia’s vital industries and natural resources. He also gave him the courage to continue his plan to dominate all of Europe to the point that Hitler later remarked:
Our enemies are little worms, I saw them at Munich…Now Poland is in the position I wanted…I am only afraid that some bastard will present me with a mediation plan at the last moment.
In fact, if you believe this site, Chamberlain may have inadvertently kept Hitler in office and thwarted a plan to have him removed from power by his generals. You see at the time, Germany had little military might to back up their threats. A war with Britain and France at this point would prove disastrous. Hitler’s generals knew this and planned to have him arrested the moment he gave the order to invade. The Munich Agreement prevented this invasion and gave his staff no pretext to have him deposed. If this is indeed a fact, than the blood of millions is on Neville Chamberlain’s and the rest of the appeasers’ hands.
So instead of averting the greatest nightmare of the 20th century, the wheels of history continued to turn. Evil was permitted to win the day, Germany was granted the time to continue building its war machine and the prestige of the British Empire dwindled to the point that Hitler became fearless of it. By the time the West decided to act, in defense instead of on offense, it was too late. One Holocaust, two nuclear fireballs and countless battles later, over 50 million people paid the price for Britain’s lack of resolve at Munich. Chamberlain’s intentions and ideals are irrelevant in the grand scheme of history. Sleep quietly in your beds everyone, your government has it all under control…
Fast forward now to June, 1967.