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Appeasing Your Enemy After the War Has Started: Part 1

Appeasing Your Enemy After the War Has Started: Part 1

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In the 1930s, confronted by the military buildup and aggression of Nazi Germany, the leaders of Britain and France pretended that appeasement of their adversary could muzzle the dogs of war.
In the 1930s, confronted by the military buildup and aggression of Nazi Germany, the leaders of Britain and France pretended that appeasement of their adversary could muzzle the dogs of war.

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The New Federalist March 25, 1988 Pages 5 & 8
American Almanac
Appeasing Your Enemy After the War Has Started:September 1938!une 19"#: $art 1
by %olly Hammett &ronberg
'e(ille )hamberlain is all smiles* %arch 1+* 1939: 'a,i troops parade bac- home in .ondon* after handing through $rague/the end of the ),echoslo(a-ia o(er to Hitler0 simonthold %unich pact02ehind him* his closest ad(iser* Sir Horace Wilson0
This is the story of ensuring war by aeasing your ene!y, and then aeas"ing your ene!y once the war has begun# $n the 19%s, confronted by the !ilitary buildu and aggression of Na'i (er!any, the leaders of )ritain and France retended, as the disoriented President *eagan and his coterie re"tend today, that aease!ent of their ad+ersary could !u''le the dogs of
 
war# $t was not true then, and it is not true today, no !atter what fantasies the hite -ouse entertains, and tries to i!ose on our N.T/ treaty allies#-ere we tell the story of two eriods of history rele+ant to our resent crisis# First, March through 0ete!ber 19%9, when .dolf -itler was already fight"ing his war against the estbut the est see!ed suicidally ignorant of the fact# 0econd, 0ete!ber 19%9 through une 193, when France and )ritain were at war with -itler, and yet casting about for ways to aease hi!# The fruits of this folly4 Na'i troos o+erran uroe, con6uered France, and isolated )ritain#Fro! March to 0ete!ber 19%9, the go+ern!ent of )ritain under Pri!e Minister Ne+ille 7ha!berlain, and that of France under Pri!e Minister duard aladier, were obsessed with the roble! of how to a+oid war with -itler# .s we shall see, the course they too ensured that war would co!e#$f you wish to a+oid war with a hostile, !obili'ed ad+ersary, we tell the :#0# go+ern!ent and N.T/ owers today, you !ust !ae clear to your ad+ersary what is the triwire for war, the
casus belli
for which you will fight# $f you refuse to draw a clear lineas )ritain and France refused in 19%9, out of fearthen you will bring about the outco!e you see to a+oid# $f you are not reared, and ublicly so, to fight under secified conditions, your ad+ersary will say of you, as -itler said of 7ha!berlain and aladier, ;/ur ene!ies are little wor!s#; .nd he will treat you accordingly#.t Munich, in 0ete!ber 19%8, 7ha!berlain and aladier brought the world a giant ste closer to war when they conni+ed at the e<ansion of -itler=s (reater (er!an *eich> adding to it, through the Munich Pact, %#? !illion souls, re+iously citi'ens of de!ocratic 7'echoslo+aia@ 11, s6uare !iles of 7'ech territory@ and al!ost all 7'echoslo+aia=s natural resources and industry# Thus was 7'echoslo+aia destroyed, the only solid ally the est had in astern uroe# .nd yet, within si< !onths, -itler had torn u 7ha!berlain=s recious Munich Pact and taen o+er the rest of 7'echoslo+aia# Ti!e to call a haltA Ti!e to tell -itler his lies and attacs would no longer be tolerated# Ti!e to teach hi! a lesson#)ut the only lesson the est taught -itler then, was that he could get what he wanted, by bludgeoning, bullying, and building his war !achine# .nd this is the only lesson the 0o+iets are learning today, fro! the !odern .easers in ashington#
 
rom %unich to Warsa4
The Munich deal was concluded 0et# %, 19%8# )y its ter!s, (er!any got huge chuns of 7'echoslo+aia, but what was left of the 7'ech state, econo!ically un+iable and !ilitarily indefensible, would be ;indeendent#;.fter Munich, new conferences were scheduled to ro+ide guarantees fro! France, )ritain, and (er!any, of the truncated 7'ech borders# -itler sabotaged the conferences, telling the 7'echs they had no cause to worry> ;The only guarantee worth ha+ing is one fro! !e#; )ut, as an $nternational 7o!!ission went on with its !eetings to sort out ;indeendent; 7'echo"slo+aia=s fate, )ritain, France, the :#0#, and Poland, concluded that by the !iracle of Munich, eace had been reser+ed#.s godfather of the Munich .ccord, Ne+ille 7ha!berlain was the !an of the hour who had a+erted the fored lightning of war# President Franlin *oose+elt sent hi! a two"word telegra!> ;(ood !anA; 7ha!berlain criss"crossed )ritain, telling hoeful crowds that the !en of Munich had assured a generation of eace#Then, in March 19%9, -itler !arched into the rest of 7'echo"0lo+aia Bthe na!e now hyhenated officially, to show that it was in reality two states, !ade u of hostile ethnic grousC# To acco!lish this, -itler had ere!"torily su!!oned to )erlin late at night on March 13 the aging President of the 7'ech ru! state, !il -acha# $n )erlin, -itler roared at the haless -acha that he !ust sign a decree !aing -itler the Protector of 7'echia Bthe ancient, (er!an"settled ro+inces of )ohe!ia and Mora+iaC# $f -acha refused, -itler bellowed, that +ery night the (er!an Duftwaffe would bo!b Prague into rubble# $n the face of the Fuehrer=s threats, -acha collased@ ha+ing been re+i+ed by -itler=s doctor with so!e well"ti!ed inEections, -acha signed#The day before, -itler had arranged with Father Tiso, re!ier of 0lo+aia, to lace 0lo+aia under his ;rotection#; 0o 7'echia beca!e a *eichsrotectorate ruled by *einhard -eydrich, !onstrous head of the 00 0ecurity 0er+ice@ and 0lo+aia under Tiso#Thus, on March 15, 19%9, -itler could celebrate his triu!hal entry into Prague# Now the swastia flew o+er this ancient (er!an outost in the ast# -itler had, as he Eubilantly declared, ;brought )ohe!ia and Mora+ia  bac into the *eich,; for the first ti!e in a thousand years#

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