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History: Appeasement Doesn't Work

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 10:41 AM
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“We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analyzing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will.”  Neville Chamberlain

Neville Chamberlain is viewed historically as a coward, weak, pitiful, and ignorant of the world around him.  How could you look in the face of the growing threat of Nazi Germany and not react?  His response to Germany’s growing threat was a policy of appeasement which never works.  As the parent of a two-year-old, I can tell you that giving in, only creates a larger problem. 

No matter the inflammatory rhetoric, the name-calling, or the constant political nonsense that comes from our media, no one in their right mind wants to go to war.  Simply put, war = death.  After the battle of Fredericksburg, a resounding win for the Southern army, Robert E. Lee famously said, “It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it.” 

Genocide is worse than war.  Systematically, ISIS is wiping out Christians all over the Middle East.  This is not an internet rumor, this is not posturing.  This is fact.  A fact that seems to be of little concern to President Obama. In response to an Easter attack in Pakistan, Obama’s press secretary said ”that [while] Christians celebrating Easter were the intended targets of the bombing…the majority of the victims were actually Muslims.”

There is a real disconnect in the mind of Barack Obama as it pertains to Islamic terrorism.  I have yet to figure out in the seven years that he has been president if he truly believes the words that he says about terrorist attacks.  He was a warrior when it comes to restricting lawful Americans from owning guns.  He was a warrior when it comes to forcing people to violate their religious beliefs.  He is a warrior when it comes to supporting the murder of innocent unborn children.  Yet, when it comes to the clear cut case of an extremist arm of a particular religion committing murder, he refuses to acknowledge it.  In fact, he runs to the defense of Islam and tries his best to remind everyone about what the Christians did during the Crusades. 

Let me clear, I do not in any way, shape, or form think that all Muslims are terrorists.  However, there are certain pockets of the world, where they have pledged allegiance to terror.  The president refers to them as ISIL, whereas the rest of freedom loving people refer to them as ISIS.  Whatever you call them, they are scum.  They kidnap women and rape them on a daily basis.  They execute anyone who stands in their way.  They brutally murder people on camera as a propaganda tool.  They point to Rome and say that they are coming.  Their aim is to set up a totalitarian Islamic regime where nothing but Islam is allowed. 

Obama and the American left seem to prefer ISIS to conservatives.  While Obama was taking his recent tour through Cuba, he spoke about the attack in Brussels.  He said, “We must be together regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism.  We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world.”

For once, he says something presidential.  With baited breath I think, maybe he is actually going to lead this time. Except, he doesn’t have the track record.  He gets back to the States, and he hammers Republicans.  Now, Donald Trump leaves a lot of room to hammer in my personal opinion.  However, instead of leading on an issue that most Americans believe is a problem, he follows the Neville Chamberlain model.   

He suggests that we show our example to ISIS, and they will surrender.  Unfortunately, in Ecclesiastes 3, we are told that there is a time for war.  “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,     a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)”

With soldiers still in Afghanistan, and now soldiers being sent back to Iraq, no one wants war.  Our troops need a few years rest.  However, I know far too many soldiers who feel like ISIS is far worse than any of the groups they have faced. 

America once poured out her young men’s blood to stop Germany and Japan because it was the right thing to do.  When freedom is threatened, you attack the threat relentlessly. 

Neville Chamberlain stood by while Germany annexed country after country after country.  How many terrorist attacks will we need to see before Barack Obama does his job of protecting the American people?  How many lectures will we get on love and tolerance while our televisions are filled with images of bomb wrecked buildings and people? 

What will it take for Barack Obama to show a little backbone? 

“Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.”  George S. Patton

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