Are you familiar with the treaty of Munich? If you aren’t, the Treaty of Munich arose when Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, French Premier Edouard Daladier, and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain came to an agreement in September of 1938, which virtually handed over Czechoslovakia over to Germany in the name of peace. Upon return to Britain, Chamberlain would declare that the meeting had achieved “peace in our time.”
Although the agreement was to give into Hitler’s hands only the Sudentenland, that part of Czechoslovakia where 3 million ethnic Germans lived, it also handed over to the Nazi war machine 66 percent of Czechoslovakia’s coal, 70 percent of its iron and steel, and 70 percent of its electrical power.
In short, the Munich Pact sacrificed the autonomy of Czechoslovakia for short-term peace, and provided Germany resources to further build itself up in the march towards the conflict we know as World War II.
I bring this up because there was a similar faustian deal reached this past week with the nation of Iran to prevent the enrichment and stockpiling of uranium towards the ultimate goal of nuclear weapons.
Diplomats from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (U.S., UK, France, Russia and China, & Germany) met with Iran to attempt to achieve through diplomacy what years of sanctions had not given them. Unfortunately, the end result seems to have been the capitulation of the Security Council in removing the sanctions which have held Iran – a nation with expansionist dreams – in check. Now, Iran will have the capital to fuel a military engine which has designs on the entire middle east.
As one US Senator, Mark Kirk of Illinois details, Iran gets $3 billion in cash, 9.6 Billion in gold, $5 Billion plus in petrochemicals, $1.3 Billion in automobiles, enough enriched uranium for one bomb, 3000 new centrifuges, and 1 plutonium reactor.
What does the world get in this bargain? 0 centrifuges dismantled, 0 ounces of uranium shipped out, 0 facilities closed, No delay on plutonium reactor, no stop in missile testing, no stop in terrorism, and no stop in human rights abuses.
What do our allies think? Israel is up in arms over the deal. Saudia Arabia is equally unhappy. At home, U.S. Senators – Republican and Democrat alike – are howling over the apparent capitulation to an increasingly militaristic Iran, and I can’t say I blame them.
Because just like the 1938 treaty of Munich, we’ve just agreed to provide to Iran an economic engine to build a war machine. And of course, we’re going to trust that they won’t enrich any Uranium beyond what they’ve promised.
Trust them. They only were a supporter of global terror because we forced them into it. Really. Or maybe we should change the inflection.
It is said that whether or not the Iranians will honor the treaty will be measured not in days, but in years and the quality of compliance will be debated and judged by history.
“Debated and judged by history” If Neville Chamberlain could return to earth and offer commentary on how this bargain is looked upon by history, maybe we should ask him in light of how his agreement turned out.