Obama’s Mu­nich

The Geneva nu­clear deal re­sem­bles the blun­der that led to World War II

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion - By Jef­frey T. Kuh­ner

His­tory is re­peat­ing it­self. The re­cent in­terim nu­clear deal signed by the United States and other ma­jor pow­ers with Iran in Geneva paves the way for war. Pres­i­dent Obama is the new Neville Cham­ber­lain, the Bri­tish prime min­is­ter who boasted of cre­at­ing “peace in our time” af­ter sign­ing an agree­ment with Nazi Ger­many. In fact, the deal at Mu­nich guar­an­teed only one thing: another bloody con­flict. Mr. Obama has given the world a sec­ond Mu­nich. He will rue the day.

On Sept. 30, 1938, Bri­tain and France ca­pit­u­lated to Nazi dic­ta­tor Adolf Hitler. Cze­choslo­vakia was be­trayed in or­der to ap­pease Hitler’s ex­pan­sion­ist am­bi­tions. Sac­ri­fic­ing Cze­choslo­vakia’s ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, how­ever, only whet­ted Hitler’s ap­petite for fur­ther ag­gres­sion. In fact, Cham­ber­lain’s cowardly act only in­creased the Nazi strong­man’s con­tempt for both Eng­land and the West. Mu­nich gave Hitler the time and mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­ity to even­tu­ally con­quer most of Europe. It was a pre­lude to much greater dis­as­ters — the invasion of Poland, the Nazi-Soviet pact, the fall of France, the Holo­caust and more than 50 mil­lion deaths caused by World War II. The les­son of Mu­nich was clear: Geno­ci­dal dic­ta­tor­ships bent on dom­i­na­tion can­not be ap­peased. They must be con­tained and even­tu­ally de­feated.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has for­got­ten this. Des­per­ate for some kind of a deal, Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry has made a his­toric, al­most un­for­giv­able blun­der. The agree­ment gives Iran’s Is­lamist mul­lahs a very pre­cious gift: the time they need to achieve a nu­clear bomb.

Mr. Obama’s first — and gravest — mis­take is to as­sume the regime in Tehran is ra­tional and gen­uinely seeks peace with its neigh­bors. It doesn’t. From its in­cep­tion in 1979, the Is­lamic repub­lic has been driven by a mes­sianic rad­i­cal Shi­ite ide­ol­ogy. Its mis­sion is to dom­i­nate the Mid­dle East in or­der to cre­ate a global caliphate — one they be­lieve will usher in the com­ing of the 12th Imam, the Shi­ite Mus­lim sav­ior proph­e­sied in the apoc­a­lypse. In short, re­li­gious fa­nat­ics con­trol Iran’s theoc­racy. They cham­pion sal­va­tion through Ar­maged­don.

For decades, Tehran has been wag­ing a covert war against Amer­ica and Is­rael. It is the great­est spon­sor of state ter­ror­ism in the world. It has armed, trained and funded Shi­ite mili­tias in Iraq re­spon­si­ble for killing nu­mer­ous U.S. troops. It backs ji­hadists in Afghanistan, who are killing and maim­ing our troops. The Ira­nian regime has Amer­i­can blood on its hands. Iraq has fallen un­der its sphere of in­flu­ence. It supports Hezbol­lah and Ha­mas. It has turned south­ern Le­banon into a po­lit­i­cal vas­sal. It props up Syr­ian strong­man Bashar As­sad, en­abling him to con­tinue his bru­tal civil war. It im­pris­ons and tor­tures dis­si­dents. Ho­mo­sex­u­als are stoned and killed. Women are rel­e­gated to sec­ond-class sta­tus. Chris­tians are rou­tinely per­se­cuted; some of them are lashed sim­ply for tak­ing Com­mu­nion wine. It is a mur­der­ous, Is­lamic po­lice state.

Yet the linch­pin of Iran’s theoc­racy — like Nazi Ger­many — is anti-Semitism. The rea­son is sim­ple: For the rev­o­lu­tion­ary Shi­ite prophecy to be ful­filled, the Jews, and es­pe­cially, the Jewish state, must be an­ni­hi­lated. Tehran’s lead­ers have re­peat­edly and pub­licly called for Is­rael’s de­struc­tion. They be­lieve the blood of dead Jews will con­se­crate the com­ing world Mus­lim em­pire. For ex­am­ple, just prior to the deal in Geneva, supreme leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei said Jews are “the ra­bid dogs of the Mid­dle East” and that the “Zion­ist regime is doomed to de­struc­tion.” This is why Is­rael, as well as Sunni Mus­lim pow­ers, such as Saudi Ara­bia, Tur­key and Egypt, are con­vinced that a nu­clear-armed Iran poses an ex­is­ten­tial threat. De­ranged mul­lahs with nu­clear weapons could plunge the en­tire re­gion into a cat­a­clysm.

Since be­com­ing pres­i­dent, Mr. Obama has promised Is­rael and our Arab al­lies that he would never al­low Tehran to ac­quire the bomb. He has pre­vented Jerusalem and Riyadh from tak­ing uni­lat­eral mil­i­tary ac­tion. The Is­raelis and Saudis — sim­i­lar to the Czechs in 1938 — have been be­trayed. The deal does noth­ing to stop Iran from en­rich­ing ura­nium. Its cen­trifuge stock­piles will not be elim­i­nated. Its Arak plu­to­nium re­ac­tor will not be dis­man­tled. In other words, the mul­lahs’ nu­clear-weapons pro­gram will not be hin­dered in any mean­ing­ful way. In ex­change, sanc­tions will be eased, and the regime will gain ac­cess to nearly $8 bil­lion in frozen as­sets.

Like Mu­nich, the Geneva deal is a fool’s bar­gain. In re­turn for cos­metic con­ces­sions, Iran now has a clear path to go nu­clear. The end re­sult al­most en­sures a war. Ei­ther Is­rael (and maybe Saudi Ara­bia) must launch a mil­i­tary strike against Tehran’s nu­clear sites be­fore it is too late, or Iran at­tains the bomb and makes good on its re­peated prom­ise, thereby spark­ing a nu­clear holo­caust. Mr. Obama has com­mit­ted a his­toric diplo­matic bungle. His name should go down in in­famy.

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