Scott’s Blog 10/01/08
The Appeal of Appeasement
“Can’t we find out what they want?”
“It’s better to talk than not to talk.”
“I’m sure if we see things from their perspective we can see they have a point too.”
“If we can meet them half way, surely we can live in peace.”
In a perfect world, who would ever disagree with this approach to conflict resolution?
The problem is, we don’t live in a perfect world. Or anything close to it.
We have detailed in this space the hard lesson the world learned almost exactly 70 years ago.
At 1:30 am, September 30, 1938 the Munich Pact was signed. Britain and France gave in to Adolf Hitler’s demands for a strategic section of Czechoslovakia called the Sudetenland.
When Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned he declared that he believed the agreement was “peace in our time.”
Winston Churchill disagreed. he said, “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You have chosen dishonor and will have war.”
Three years later, when the German Blitz was laying waste to London “Peace in our time” had become a cruel joke.
There is no doubt that the motives of Chamberlain were noble. But when confronted by evil, all compromise, diplomacy and photo opportunities end up doing is ringing the dinner bell.
I couldn’t help but think of the lessons of Munich when I read of a similar attempt at meeting evil half way that happened recently.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attempted to find middle ground with Hamas, Hezbollah and their Iranian sponsors by declaring that retreat from territory was his country’s only hope for survival.
Olmert pronounces Greater Israel dead
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says the idea of “Greater Israel”– the main motto of the Zionist founders of the Israeli regime– is dead.
“‘Greater Israel’ is finished. There is no such thing as that anymore. Whoever talks in those terms is only deluding himself,” the prime minister admitted at a cabinet meeting.
“It doesn’t help Israel. The international community has changed its perspective ahead of the possibility of Israel becoming a bi-national state,” he said.
” I believed that the land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean was all ours since in every place there that is excavated, there is evidence of Jewish History. But finally, after a lot of suffering and misgivings, I came to the conclusion that we need to share the land with whom we are residing if we don’t want to become a bi-national state,” Olmert said.
The premier also warned that the clock is “not ticking in Israel’s favor.” http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=251735
What was the response to this reasoned exercise in what has come to be known as “realpolitik”?
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejhad was more than happy to endorse Olmert’s comments and take things a step further.
Ahmadinejad: Israel won’t survive in any shape or form
Speaking to reporters, the hard-line leader smirked at a former mantra of the Israeli right of a Greater Israel that would include Palestinian territories. The idea has since been abandoned, with Israeli consensus now that there will be a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that the idea of a Greater Israel, which includes the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, is a thing of the past, and that anyone who still thinks in this way is delusional. Ahmadinejad said that “while some say the idea of Greater Israel has expired, I say the idea of a Lesser Israel has expired, too.” http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1022398.html
The bottom line? Try as we might, we can’t make a peace treaty with evil.
And what is true in the realm of geopolitics is also true in our personal lives.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:
“ Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.” (Ephesians 5:11-14)
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. (Romans 8:12-14)
Take it to the bank – If we give evil an inch it will take a mile.
Just as the world learned in Munich, compromise with darkness will only leave us compromised and in darkness.
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