Chamberlain returns from Munich

Those Who Compare the Iran Deal to Munich Are Right—but Not in the Way They Think

“Let’s get back to the Iran debate. The tried-and-true analogy, for people opposed to the deal, is of course the Munich agreement of 1938. The comparison works because it suggests that the enemy is implacably evil: Nazi Germany then, Iran now. And it works because it also suggests that people who consider themselves peacemakers are dupes: Chamberlain then, Kerry and Obama now. Google “Iran deal Munich” and you’ll see what I mean.

I don’t buy the comparison, for reasons advanced here and running through the many posts collected here. But I now offer comments from two readers who suggest twists…”

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Good Lord, I’m tired of these foreign policy “intellectuals” and their erudite “nuance”.
    Yes, the inevitability of Iran as a regional nuclear power is an asinine justification for not doing everything possible to prevent their ascendency, and especially their nuclear ambitions.
    Yes, comparisons between present-day Iran and a prewar Nazi Germany are not entirely accurate, but they do have legitimacy, but just not in the way this author pretends they do.

    Here it is in a nutshell.
    Nazi Germany, prior to the invasion of Poland, was BETTER BEHAVED than Iran is, or has been, for over the last 35 years.
    So in that sense, Iran is WORSE that the Nazis in the respect to the fact that atleast the Nazis didn’t kick off the Holocaust until after the shooting started, and in fact, they were still talking deportation and not yet annihilation, like the Iranians are now.
    The Nazis would never have knowingly traded their survival for the privilege of killing a few more Jews, however with the twelver cultists that run Iran, that is the “ends” to the “means”.
    The Iranian game plan is: “Get nukes, kill Jews, and Allah will provide”.
    Even Hiter wasn’t THAT twisted!

    • I got a kick out of the article as well, it was so nuanced I rolled my eyes till it hurt.

  • simus1

    The prewar British and French top analysts “knew” the numbers on the Hitler economy didn’t add up so they thought he would be running from the mobs in a year or two as their currency collapsed. They forgot one of the most ancient ways to square that circle is to make a quick dash to the neighbours, break in, and plunder their stuff.

  • WalterBannon

    its more like the treaty between Hitler and Stalin to divide Europe between them

  • Xanthippa Socrates

    There is a similarity between the two treaties, but it has not really been pointed out accurately: Hitler’s result of the Munich treaty was the ability to fully equip his army because in the 30’s, the Czech heavy machinery industry was the world leader and was concentrated in large part in – you guessed it – Bohemia and Moravia.

    So, by gaining power over ‘The Protectorate’, Hitler bought the time and means to fully equip his army with state-of-the art weaponry.

    Similarly, this deal will buy Iran the time and means to equip their military with the current state-of-the-art weaponry.