Appeasement - To yield or concede to the belligerent demands of (a nation, group, person, etc.) in a conciliatory effort, sometimes at the expense of justice or other principles.
In his effort to placate the Iranian mullahs, Barack Obama is giving in to virtually all of their demands. His failure to demand that the Iranians cease their support of terrorism, that they acknowledge the right of Israel to exist, and that they allow immediate and unfettered inspections of any or all of their military and/or nuclear facilities is a surrender in the face of evil.
It is not that negotiations between nations should not be undertaken. It is when – as in the case of Neville Chamberlain prior to World War II – that you attempt to appease a nation that in reality can never be appeased.
Chamberlain’s attempts to keep Britain out of war at all costs made him crawl to Adolph Hitler. Hitler’s promises to restrict his aggression in Europe were meaningless. His goal was world domination, and he would not honor the pact with Britain any more than he honored the non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union.
The government in Iran – like Nazi Germany – is not a nation of its people. It is a nation ruled by one man, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He is the supreme leader of his country, as was Adolph Hitler in Germany. There is no Congress or Parliament that can overrule him. There is no Supreme Court that can change his will.
Like Hitler, Khamenei’s ultimate objective is not peace. He continues to state that Israel must be destroyed, and his ultimate goal is to spread his brand of Islam to the four corners of the earth. He cannot be trusted any more than Adolph Hitler could be trusted.
Khamenei believes that the Shiite messiah known as the “Twelfth Imam” or the “Mahdi” will soon make his appearance known. He will then establish a global Islamic caliphate. In 2010 Khamenei said he has personally met with the Twelfth Imam. He also said he was the Mahdi’s representative on earth. How could Obama even believe he could negotiate with such a deranged personality?
The difference between Hitler’s quest for global domination and the ultimate objectives of Khamenei is that Iran believes it is fighting a holy war that must result in the annihilation of Israel, the United States, and anyone else who disagrees with their version of Islam. It’s one thing to seek to rule the earth for your own personal gain; it is quite another to believe you must rule the earth for God.
Barack Obama may think an agreement with the Iranians will add to his legacy. The fact is that his legacy is already one of failure. Because of him, our enemies do not fear us, and our friends do not trust us.
When Iran becomes a nuclear power, they will use that bomb. The old theory of “mutually assured destruction” that kept the Soviet Union, China, and the United States from shooting missiles at each other won’t work with Iran. They don’t care if hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, millions of Americans, or even millions of their own people die in a nuclear holocaust.
If Iran destroys Israel and America, they believe the “Mahdi” can return to complete the nefarious mission of the most evil nation on earth since Nazi Germany. The reality is that Khamenei is only negotiating with the west because he is biding his time while the Iranians complete their nuclear weapons program.
Anyone who does not believe this is a fool.
Charles M. Grist