Neville Chamberlain All Over Again

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

The Neville Chamberlain story has been used appropriately and astutely in regards the Obama/Kerry Deal with Iran. Who was Neville Chamberlain? He served as British Prime Minister from 1937 to 1940.

He signed the Munich Agreement in 1938 surrendering the Sudentenland to the Nazis as a means of appeasement. He believed war should be avoided at all costs much as President Obama espouses. Indeed, the President is frighteningly similar to Neville Chamberlain in many ways. Just as Chamberlain scaled back the military as Germany was advancing theirs so too has the President.

Chamberlain said, "the longer the war is put off the less likely it is to come at all". Both the President and his Secretary of State have stated and intimated that it is this Deal with Iran or War. Kerry has said this is a "good deal for the world". Chamberlain said the deal with Germany would lead to "peace in (for) our time".  In Vienna Secretary of State Kerry said that, I went to war and it became clear to me that I never wanted to go to war again. That's what this was all about. Trying to settle these matters through diplomacy and peaceful means". Wendy Sherman who was the architect of the failed North Korea Nuclear Deal and the architect of the Iranian Deal said that everyone in the room applauded the Secretary's remarks including the Iranian delegation.

Chamberlain wrote to his sister that "Hitler definitely liked me and thought he could do business with me". Kerry must have the same notion about the Iranians. William Manchester wrote about Chamberlain, "more than any man except Hitler-and Hitler could not have done it without him-Chamberlain was responsible for the transformation of Germany into the most powerful military state in Europe". It is eerily similar to what is now happening to Iran thanks to the President and his Secretary of State. Iran is being transformed into a Superpower by our very own leaders. In 1939 British PM Chamberlain wrote in regards to the German Oppression of Jews, "no doubt Jews aren't a lovable people, I don't care about them myself. But that is not sufficient to explain the pogrom".

 President Obama said about the Prime Minister of Israel after Nicholas Sarkozy called him a liar, "you're tired of him...what about me? I have to deal with him every day". One gets the feeling we are reliving history. The words are different but the approach is the same. The President of the United States and his Secretary of State have taken Iran from a pariah state, into one that has a legal basis to pursue all of its aggressor policies including widening and increasing its terrorist ambitions and the pursuit of nuclear weapons. They have totally legitimized an Evil Empire much as Chamberlain did in 1938. Just as Chamberlain thought his appeasement strategy would prevent war so does the President think his Deal with Iran will prevent war. Unfortunately, history says the opposite. The stakes are a lot higher this time around. The President and his Secretary of State have been taken for a ride by the Iranians.

According to the Pew poll the American people feel the same way with only 38 percent supporting the Deal. It is up to Congress to protect the American people, the world, and the President himself. This is not about partisan politics. This is about survival. A nuclear bomb does not differentiate between a Democrat and a Republican. Congress has a once in a lifetime chance to save the world. It is time to learn from history instead of repeating history's mistakes. Chamberlain died a broken man two years after he signed the agreement with Hitler who he thought he could trust.The world does not need broken leaders. It needs to prevent catastrophe before it is too late.