US conservative writer Thomas Sowell sums it up well. Is America about to become the new France?
By this he refers to the fact that back in the 1930s, the governments of the democratic countries knew what Hitler was doing — and they knew that they had enough military superiority at that point to stop his military buildup in its tracks. But they did nothing to stop him. Instead, they turned to what is still the magic mantra today — "negotiations." At one point, Hitler could have been stopped in his tracks "without the firing of a single shot," Churchill said. That point came in 1936 — three years before World War II began — when Hitler sent troops into the Rhineland, in violation of two international treaties. At that point, France alone was so much more powerful than Germany that the German generals had secret orders to retreat immediately at the first sign of French intervention. As Hitler himself confided, the Germans would have had to retreat "with our tail between our legs," because they did not yet have enough military force to put up even a token resistance. Why did the French not act and spare themselves and the world the years of horror that Hitler’s aggressions would bring? The French had the means but not the will.
Sowell pointedly reminds us that we KNOW that Iran is moving towards gaining nukes. He points out that the UN will do nothing to stop this, just as the League of Nations did nothing to stop Hitler. As he concludes, Iranian leaders won’t stop until they are stopped. The US has the might to stop them – but has it the will? And if not, is history about to repeat itself? We either take out the Iranian nuclear facilities now or wait until we become embroiled in a nuclear stand-off with the mad mullahs. Which is the lesser evil? Remember the lessons of history.