Anyway, I continue to be chilled, more and more by the parallels between the run-up to World War II and the situation that we experience, right now. Then, as now, we have a despotic ruler terrorizing his own citizens and threatening to exterminate the Jews. Then, as now, we have nations around the world attempting to placate aggression by throwing innocent countries to this wolf. Then, as now, we have a well-developed PR machine allied to the despotic regime attempting to neutralize any hint of the truth coming to light. Then, as now, we are in peril of our lives, and we’re not paying attention.
Barry Rubin writes an illuminating article titled “Letter from Prague: What The Betrayal of Czechoslovakia in 1938 Can Teach Us About The World and Israel Today“. In the article, Barry makes a chilling comparison between Czechoslovakia and Israel, a comparison that is chilling precisely because it fits all too well.
Here’s how the article starts out:
Letter from Prague: What The Betrayal of Czechoslovakia in 1938 Can Teach Us About The World and Israel Today
“We have no interest in oppressing other people….It is not so much the country of Czechoslovakia; it is rather its leader, Edward Benes. He has led a reign of terror….The Czech maintenance of a tremendous military arsenal can only be regarded as a focus of danger. We have displayed a truly unexampled patience, but I am no longer willing to remain inactive while this madman ill-treats millions of human beings.” –Adolph Hitler, April 14th, 1939 (quote not fully authenticated, see note at end of my article)
By Barry Rubin
Prague, Czech Republic
Visiting the Czech Republic prompts thoughts of the 1938 Munich agreement. Analogies with Nazism and the 1930s are overused today, made even more tasteless and cliché-ridden by the fact that many of those using them know very little about the situation then and now.
Beyond the simple narrative usually offered, a more detailed analysis shows a number of points that fit both situations better than people realize. That’s true despite the very important differences between the two cases.
After all, this pattern will not be repeated today. Western countries genuinely don’t want to sell Israel out, the balance of forces favors Israel and the West, they aren’t really afraid of direct war, the “other side” is badly divided, and Israel is much stronger than Czechoslovakia and is unwilling to sacrifice itself. Still there are lessons to be learned.
Let’s look at the 1938 crisis and its relationship with today from a different standpoint.
Barry Rubin ends his article by making some important observations that our political leaders should pay attention to, and won’t. He also says that this isn’t the same situation as 1938, and I agree.
No, this is just 1935.
See my other post on Iran in OmegaShock.com: