Iran ne­go­ti­a­tions re­call Cham­ber­lain

The Washington Times Daily - - Editorial -

The on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with Iran are painfully rem­i­nis­cent of ex­tended Bri­tish ne­go­ti­a­tions with Nazi Ger­many dur­ing the late 1930s, in­volv­ing var­i­ous con­ces­sions in ex­change for arms lim­i­ta­tions and other prom­ises (“Ne­tanyahu: Iran nu­clear pact a ‘bad deal,’” Web, Nov. 17). Neville Cham­ber­lain’s in­fa­mous con­ces­sion on the “set­tle­ment” of the Cze­choslo­vakian Sude­ten­land ques­tion didn’t yield the hoped-for “peace in our time.” That fate­ful be­trayal of a hap­less coun­try only spurred Hitler’s war prepa­ra­tions.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s sig­na­ture do­mes­tic achieve­ment, Oba­macare, has been a grow­ing na­tional em­bar­rass­ment against a back­drop of sev­eral un­prece­dented scan­dals still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated. How Wash­ing­ton han­dled the “end” of the Iraq war, the Beng­hazi atroc­i­ties and the pop­u­lar up­ris­ings in Egypt and Syria are indi­ca­tions of in­ept geopo­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship at the high­est lev­els of our gov­ern­ment.

Ma­jor con­cerns now arise. With the Obama legacy at stake, will his ad­min­is­tra­tion reach too far to achieve pa­per “break­throughs” with Iran so as to over­shadow the fore­go­ing pro­fu­sion of pol­icy fail­ures? Will the West make con­ces­sions, such as pre­vent­ing an Is­raeli strike? That would be an Ira­nian diplo­matic mas­ter stroke, and the par­al­lel with Cze­choslo­vakia’s be­trayal at Mu­nich would be in­escapable.

Iran’s lead­ers are pa­tient and di­a­bol­i­cally clever. They will ne­go­ti­ate end­lessly a nu­clear “set­tle­ment” while work­ing sur­rep­ti­tiously on nu­clear ca­pa­bil­ity with which to en­sure the regime’s sur­vival. Mean­while, they will con­tinue pur­su­ing their long-term goals of de­stroy­ing Is­rael and re-es­tab­lish­ing the caliphate. ANDY LOGAR Santa Rosa, Calif.

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