Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Note to Demdonks

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

By publicly boasting that he would march into the Sudetenland by October 1 'in any case' Hitler had put himself far out on a limb. He was put in the 'untenable position' which General Beck had foreseen. Had he, after all his categorical threats and declarations, tried to crawl back from the limb on his own, he scarcely could have survived for long, dictatorships being what they are and his dictatorship, in particular being what it was. It would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, for him to have backed down, and had he tried to do so his loss of prestige in Europe, among his own people and, above all, with his generals would, most likely, have proved fatal.

Chamberlain's stubborn, fanatical insistence on giving Hitler what he wanted, his trips to Berchtesgarden and Godesburg and finally his fateful journey to Munich, rescued Hitler from his limb and strengthened his position in Europe, in Germany, in the Army, beyond anything that could have been imagined a few weeks before. It also added immeasurably to the power of the Third Reich vis a vis the Western democracies and the Soviet Union.'

I've had it about up to here with the Demdonks preaching their holier-than-thou-brand-of-kick-the-can-down-the-road diplomacy.

All you have to do is look around the globe at the regions giving us the most angina today and you will find a Demdonk administration with their one on one talks (and kum ba yah concessions) lurking in the woodpile.

To celebrate this phenomenon I give you: David Zucker