Sunday, February 20, 2011
Appeasement 1938 vs. 2011
On the streets of Tehran brave people are fighting for their freedom. Despite the rain, despite the tear gas, despite a stultifying security presence of police forces arresting protesters - the Iranians are not giving up.
World powers should support the frail call for freedom heard in Iran. The people under the cruel dictatorial regime of the Ayatollahs need all the help they can get to break free. Instead we're seeing a rare meeting between Germany's Foreign Minister and President Ahmadinejad. Leading Iranian exile opposition representatives called Guido Westerwelle's visit a "disgrace," saying Germany was bowing to the regime in a move that could deal a blow to popular protests gathering new steam amid the turmoil in the Middle East.
The Iranian regime is doing everything in it's power to stifle the protests. In addition, opposition elements are reporting that 1,500 Hezbollah men have also been asked to assist local forces to disperse protests.
Is this the time for appeasement? Is history forgotten so quickly? Germany today is acting like British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain did in 1938 as he shook Hitler's hand claiming peace with the dictator. We all know how that ended.