your point is that action without thought can make things worse
what you don't understand is that thought without action can make things worse
the us acted on iraq
if not us, then al qaeda would have toppled saddam
and i suppose you think that would be a better world
you should study your european history:
Benito Mussolini suggested to Hitler that one way of solving this issue was to hold a four-power conference of Germany, Britain, France and Italy. This would exclude both Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, and therefore increasing the possibility of reaching an agreement and undermine the solidarity that was developing against Germany.
The meeting took place in Munich on 29th September, 1938. Desperate to avoid war, and anxious to avoid an alliance with Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union, Neville Chamberlain and Edouard Daladier agreed that Germany could have the Sudetenland. In return, Hitler promised not to make any further territorial demands in Europe.
On 29th September, 1938, Adolf Hitler, Neville Chamberlain, Edouard Daladier and Benito Mussolini signed the Munich Agreement which transferred the Sudetenland to Germany.
When Eduard Benes, Czechoslovakia's head of state, protested at this decision, Neville Chamberlain told him that Britain would be unwilling to go to war over the issue of the Sudetenland.
The German Army marched into the Sudetenland on 1st October, 1938. As this area contained nearly all Czechoslovakia's mountain fortifications, she was no longer able to defend herself against further aggression.
you need to use your mind, and make a fair appraisal of the situation
you beleive war can be avoided, you are desperate to avoid it, but your emotion is clouding your reason
war is an evil ugly thing, but when your mind tells you it is unavoidable, avoiding it more only makes things WORSE
after 9/11, that anyone thinks that war is avoidable is a fool
the same kind of fool who thinks hitler could be appeased in 1938
the same kind of fool who believes al qaeda can be appeased
war is evil and ugly
and sometimes unavoidable
(2) Neville Chamberlain, radio broadcast (27th September, 1938)
How horrible, fantastic, incredible, it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing! I would not hesitate to pay even a third visit to Germany, if I thought it would do any good.
Armed conflict between nations is a nightmare to me; but if I were convinced that any nation had made up its mind to dominate the world by fear of its force, I should feel that it must be resisted. Under such a domination, life for people who believe in liberty would not be worth living; but war is a fearful thing, and we must be very clear, before we embark on it, that it is really the great issues that are stake.
(3) Statement issued by Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler after the signing of
the Munich Agreement (30th September)
We, the German Führer and Chancellor and the British Prime Minister, have had a further meeting today and are agreed in recognizing that the question of Anglo-German relations is of the first importance for the two countries and for Europe.
We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as Symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again. We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries.
(4) Winston Churchill, The Second World War (1948)
For the French Government to leave her faithful ally Czechoslovakia to her fate was a melancholy lapse from which flowed terrible consequences. Not only wise and fair policy, but chivalry, honour, and sympathy for a small threatened people made an overwhelming concentration. Great Britain, who would certainly have fought if bound by treaty obligations, was nevertheless now deeply involved, and it must be recorded with regret that the British Government not only acquiesced but encouraged the French Government in a fatal course.
(5) The Manchester Guardian (17th March, 1939)
Prague, a sorrowing Prague, yesterday had its first day of German rule - a day in which the Czechs learned of the details of their subjection to Germany, and in which the Germans began their measures against the Jews and against those people who have "opened their mouths too wide." Prague's streets were jammed with silent pedestrians wandering about, looking out of the corners of their eyes at German soldiers carrying guns, at armoured cars, and at other military precautions. Some Czechs were seen turning up their noses at the Germans. Germans were everywhere. Bridges were occupied by troops and each bridge-head had a heavy machine-gun mounted on a tripod and pointing to the sky. Every twenty yards along the pavement two machine-guns were mounted facing each other.
Suicides have begun. The fears of the Jews grow. The funds of the Jewish community have been seized, stopping Jewish relief work. The Prague Bar Council has ordered all its "non-Aryan" members to stop practicing at once. The organization for Jewish emigration has been closed. Hundreds of people stood outside the British Consulate shouting: "We want to get away!" This is only the beginning. According to an official spokesman of the German Foreign Office in Berlin last night, the Gestapo (secret police) will have rounded up hundreds of "harmful characters" within the next few days. So far about fifty to a hundred men have been put in local gaols. "There are certain centres of resistance which need to be cleaned up," said the spokesman. "Also some people open their mouths too wide. Some of them neglected to get out in time. They may total several thousand before we are through. Remember that Prague was a breeding-place for opposition to National Socialism." The head of the Gestapo in Prague is reported to have been more definite: "We have 10,000 arrests to carry out." Already, say Reuter's correspondent, everyone seems to have an acquaintance who has disappeared.
dear mr. neville chamberlain (that's you)
it's 1938, and you are desperate to avoid war with germany
will your desperation avoid the conflict?
or merely push it off to another day, when the enemy has grown more terrible?
you nip scum in the bud when it presents itself, or it grows, and you have a bigger problem to deal with later
you are simply desperate to avoid that which is unavoidable
fear drives you, not reason
how long do you wait before you confront the dynamo driving men to become bombers who should have been lawyers? how long can you wait?
was it certain that hitler would be defeated in wwii? could you have waited indefinitely?
you fight for what is right, you fight evil in this world when your mind beholds it, or it defeats you
evil does exist in this world
it is not an abstract or religious concept
it is merely those who do not value human life, who do not have a human conscience, and value instead the very antithesis of all you hold dear
that you are wracked with fear is proof you care
that you will not act is proof that those who do not value what you value will defeat you
act, or you and anyone who thinks like, ceases to exist
you must fight in this world
being right is not good enough
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
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