Obama's Munich; the Geneva Nuclear Deal Resembles the Blunder That Led to World War II

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Obama's Munich; the Geneva Nuclear Deal Resembles the Blunder That Led to World War II


Byline: Jeffrey T. Kuhner, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

History is repeating itself. The recent interim nuclear deal signed by the United States and other major powers with Iran in Geneva paves the way for war. President Obama is the new Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister who boasted of creating peace in our time after signing an agreement with Nazi Germany. In fact, the deal at Munich guaranteed only one thing: another bloody conflict. Mr. Obama has given the world a second Munich. He will rue the day.

On Sept. 30, 1938, Britain and France capitulated to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Czechoslovakia was betrayed in order to appease Hitler's expansionist ambitions. Sacrificing Czechoslovakia's territorial integrity, however, only whetted Hitler's appetite for further aggression. In fact, Chamberlain's cowardly act only increased the Nazi strongman's contempt for both England and the West. Munich gave Hitler the time and military capability to eventually conquer most of Europe. It was a prelude to much greater disasters - the invasion of Poland, the Nazi-Soviet pact, the fall of France, the Holocaust and more than 50 million deaths caused by World War II. The lesson of Munich was clear: Genocidal dictatorships bent on domination cannot be appeased. They must be contained and eventually defeated.

The Obama administration has forgotten this. Desperate for some kind of a deal, Secretary of State John Kerry has made a historic, almost unforgivable blunder. The agreement gives Iran's Islamist mullahs a very precious gift: the time they need to achieve a nuclear bomb.

Mr. Obama's first - and gravest - mistake is to assume the regime in Tehran is rational and genuinely seeks peace with its neighbors. It doesn't. From its inception in 1979, the Islamic republic has been driven by a messianic radical Shiite ideology. Its mission is to dominate the Middle East in order to create a global caliphate - one they believe will usher in the coming of the 12th Imam, the Shiite Muslim savior prophesied in the apocalypse. In short, religious fanatics control Iran's theocracy. They champion salvation through Armageddon.

For decades, Tehran has been waging a covert war against America and Israel. It is the greatest sponsor of state terrorism in the world. It has armed, trained and funded Shiite militias in Iraq responsible for killing numerous U.S. troops. It backs jihadists in Afghanistan, who are killing and maiming our troops. The Iranian regime has American blood on its hands. …

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