1938-2018: Chamberlain and Netanyahu in Munich

Same place, different people.

Giulio Meotti,

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Do you remember the two photo-ops? 

The British Neville Chamberlain after the Munich Conference in 1938 and the Israeli Benyamin Netanyahu after the Munich Conference in 2018.

Chamberlain with the paper containing the shameful agreement. Netanyahu with the rest of the Iranian drone struck by Israel a few days ago. 

The first photo is the symbol of the Europe of cowardice, disengagement and opportunistic choice to cajole enemies rather than fight them. The agreement for the partition of Czechoslovakia reached in the capital of Bavaria in the early autumn of 1938 was, at least for what concerns England and France, the lowest point reached by the Western democratic powers.

The second photo is the symbol of the courage and solitude of a small state in a blind and deaf Europe.

In 1938 it was the Axis under the Nazi swastika. In 2018 it is the Axis of radical Islam. 

The main shame that weighs on the 1938 Munich conference is that those interested were not invited, the Czechoslovakian rulers who six months later would be themselves devoured by Hitler without any Europeans feeling obliged to come to their aid.

In 2018, Israel is the excluded from many UN conferences.

Looking at that picture, this was Winston Churchill's comment: "In Munich we could choose between dishonor and war: we chose the path of dishonor and now we will have war". 

There is no Churchill today. There is only Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of the democracy-garrison of Western civilization in the Middle East, who has come to awaken Europe by brandishing that piece of iron. 

Will Bibi succeed? I  hope so. Do I want war? Of course not.