Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it. Santayana

During the 1930s, Britain and France followed a policy of appeasement. They gave Hitler what he wanted in order to keep the peace. They believed giving Hitler what he wanted would stop him from going to war.


The key example of appeasement was Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister who believed in appeasement. After meeting with Hitler and giving him what he wanted, Chamberlain returns to England announcing "peace for our time"


Edouard Daladier was prime minister of France. A supporter of the appeasement policy, he was not willing to go to war despite Hitler's series of pre-war aggression acts. In the early summer of 1940 French armies were defeated in just six weeks and surrender was followed by four years of German occupation.

 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday that President Trump's "bombastic" threats to North Korea are not "helping" to defuse the situation. She said the U.S. should engage in diplomatic negotiations with North Korea without any preconditions over its nuclear weapons program.

John McCain says President Trump's recent fiery rhetoric on North Korea, will only ratchet up the heat for a possible confrontation.

 

And, Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser says: “We can learn to live with North Korean

nuclear ICBMs.

 

SOUND FAMILIAR!!

 

Intelligence officials believe North Korea will have a reliable, intercontinental missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon as early as next year. But to say that, they admitted they were knocking two years off their wrong earlier timeline.

 

Thank God we have a grownup in the White House.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/the-road-to-world-war-ii-how-appeasement-failed-to-stop-hitler-a-646481.html

Comments

Autumn Cote Added Aug 11, 2017 - 5:31pm
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John G Added Aug 11, 2017 - 5:57pm
Another 'christian' warmonger and peddler of hate.
Tamara Wilhite Added Aug 11, 2017 - 6:36pm
Liberals are blaming Trump for North Korean having nukes eight months into his term after eight years of Obama appeasement. But in a total lack of self-awareness, say that Trump can't blame Obama for the bad economy, unemployment, Islamic terrorism, etc.
Jeff Jackson Added Aug 12, 2017 - 6:05am
The previous administrations, both Republican and Democrat, have allowed this situation to get to where it is now. Just like Congress, the executive branch practiced "kicking the can down the road" and putting off the inevitable. This is not Trump's doing, he is just dealing with what should have been dealt with long before. The Iran crisis will come back soon as well.
Thomas Sutrina Added Aug 12, 2017 - 7:31am
National security advisor Susan Rice, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. John Mc Cain, Pres. Bill Clinton, etc are the leaders in the government that allowed North Korea to violate agreement after agreement, to talk while they processed fuel and then built the missiles and bombs to have from 10 to 60 miniature nuclear bombs for those missiles.  How are they to talk.  They are the problem.
Keith Added Aug 12, 2017 - 7:53am
Funny stuff.  Bombastic bluffs, quickly called by North Korea, and obvious lies about Trump's rebuilding are nuclear forces in a few months, are just Trump's form of appeasement.  Trump drew an absurd red line that North Korea already crossed.  But hey, at least Trump answered with more empty bombast.  
 
The OP needs to review his own study of history.  Empty threats and bombast only undermine the credibility of this nation.  That is all Trump has provided.
Dino Manalis Added Aug 12, 2017 - 7:58am
History is an important lesson to see what worked and what didn't and to avoid the same mistakes!  We should only please good people, not ruthless dictators who seek power!
Dave Volek Added Aug 12, 2017 - 9:52am
While we should learn from history, we should also be careful about applying it to other situations.
 
Chamberlain has been given a bum rap in my opinion. I don't think he had too many bargaining chips when he went on his appeasement policy in the late 1930s. Neither Britain nor France were in any position to fight a war with Germany. Both countries needed time to build up their military. Germany was going to take over Czechoslovakia and other countries whether Chamberlain et al stood up or not.
 
Other than possibly South Korea, North Korea is not in a position to occupy and take over other countries. North Korea is no Third Reich.
 
So I'm not seeing the analogy between Chamberlain and North Korea being all that applicable. 
 
I don't have an answer to this world dilemma. We could have "gone in" several years ago when it became obvious that North Korea had no intention of stopping its nuclear arms production. But that would have created other problems.
 
 
 
 
John G Added Aug 12, 2017 - 4:04pm
The USA was the breaker of agreements. Yet again Jackson spews the propaganda line like he thinks he has some insight.
George N Romey Added Aug 12, 2017 - 6:23pm
To add on what Dave said NK has an economy about the size of West
Virginia.  
Keith Added Aug 12, 2017 - 8:30pm
Actually, West Virginia clobbers NK in GDP.  WV has a GDP of about $73 billion.  NK has a GDP of about $ 17 billion.   WV has about 4.3 times the GDP of NK.  Even the state with the lowest GDP, tiny Vermont, at $31 billion nearly doubles NK in GDP.  
 
NK is #1 in the world for military spending as a share of GDP at an incredible 22.9%, doubling the next closest country.  By comparison the United States is 4%.  
 
So about $4 billion of that $17 billion economy is defense spending.  At over $600 billion the United States kills that.  We spend more than that on single weapon (e.g. one aircraft carrier).  South Korea alone kills that too with its about $37 billion in defense spending nearly ten times that of its rival.  
 
But North Korea does have the advantage of what is effectively slave labor, which is rather cost efficient.  The bottom line is it is a nuclear power with a missile system that is becoming capable of hitting the United States with nuclear weapons.  The above numbers don't change the nuclear equation.
Dave Volek Added Aug 13, 2017 - 6:20am
Keith:
 
Let's say "a nuclear weapon"---maybe--that may or may be able to find a serious target. NK is not going to rain down hundreds of nuclear missiles on continental US.
 
And it does fire that one weapon at the US, the US (regardless of who is in charge) will have little choice but to kick some butt.
Keith Added Aug 13, 2017 - 8:50am
If one is a risk then several are.  Further, there are other targets closer to NK, to include 20 million people in Seoul.  There's also Japan.  
 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Aug 13, 2017 - 11:02am
John G Added Aug 13, 2017 - 8:08pm
Military Madness is killing your country. And the rest of us.
Saint George Added Aug 15, 2017 - 8:16pm
Another 'christian' warmonger and peddler of hate.
 
That's what know-nothing appeasers said about Churchill, too. If not for him, arse-holes like john-g would be bullshitting us in German rather than English.
Thomas Sutrina Added Aug 15, 2017 - 11:24pm
John G would be speaking German and by a community leader or a member of the SS.