We hear a lot about Neville Chamberlain these days. He was the British prime minister when Hitler was chancellor of Germany. After World War One, the West was tired of war because millions of people died. Indeed, it was called “The War to End All Wars.”
They were wrong. World War Two was far deadlier. Some estimate that 50 to 80 million people died.
What’s the big deal?
While Neville Chamberlain was in office, Hitler was amassing arms, but claiming peace. Chamberlain took the appeasement road and everyone lived to regret it.
September, 1938. Neville Chamberlain met with Hitler to ease war tensions. Hitler was charming at Berchtesgaden. He said the German minority population in Czechoslovakia was being treated badly by the Czechs….Another meeting with Hitler. Hitler was nasty this time. Chamberlain was devastated.
The Munich Conference was an appeasement conference. Germany annexed part of Czechoslovakia. Neville Chamberlain thought he saved Europe from war. Hitler’s popularity soared in Germany while Hitler and Stalin thought the West was weak.
March 1939. Hitler invaded the rest of Czechoslovakia. No resistance by the Czechs.
September 1939. Hitler invaded Poland.
Today we see ISIS spreading across the Middle East, Africa, and infiltrating Europe while the West wants appeasement. ISIS is well-funded with oil dollars and other means. Like Hitler, they are a totalitarian regime. In other words, you agree with them or they kill you. Terrorism has gone beyond Israel today. It’s striking the West, but Western leaders continue to look the other way. The Obama Administration recently said ISIS was not an “existential” threat, but the FBI has stated that ISIS terrorist cells are in all 50 states.
Does history repeat itself? I certainly hope not. The threats are too real.