Kerry-Zarif & Ribbentrop-Molotov 3

Obama’s “understanding” leading to a “deal” with Iran is often likened to the deal Neville Chamberlain thought he had made with Adolf Hitler at Munich in 1938. For the easy price of Czechoslovakia, Chamberlain believed he had bought “peace in our time”.

There is a resemblance, of course. For the easy price of Israel, Obama believes he has bought peace in his time as president.

But perhaps a closer analogy would be the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact of 1939. Two totalitarian powers, Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, came to the agreement that launched World War Two.

Iran is a totalitarian power, and so is the White House (though not yet the United States despite what’s going on in that seat of their government).

Total insincerity, extreme cynicism, characterize the US-Iran “understanding” as they did the Nazi-Soviet pact.

The Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, named for the foreign ministers who negotiated it, was ostensibly a non-aggression agreement. But secret clauses divided Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland between Germany and Russia.

The pact was signed on August 23, 1939. A few days later, on September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland. On September 3, Britain and France declared war on Germany.  On September 17, Stalin also invaded Poland, and the country was divided between Germany and Russia. On June 22, 1941, regardless of the non-aggression pact, Germany invaded Russia.

Neither the word nor the signature of a Hitler, a Stalin, an Ayatollah Khamenei, or a Barack Obama can be trusted.

We quote from an article in the Washington Times by Cal Thomas:

The United States is being asked to foolishly believe promises by a regime that is religiously motivated to eliminate Israel and ultimately the United States, is the premier sponsor of terrorism in the world, has a record of breaking promises, including past promises about nuclear weapons …

Iran’s chief negotiator at the talks in Switzerland, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, accused the Obama administration of misleading the American people and Congress. Mr. Zarif claimed that in spite of statements from [the US Secretary of State] Mr. Kerry and a “fact sheet” released by the American delegation, the United States is making claims that conditions were reached for the accord that Iran did not agree to.

If the two sides can’t agree on the contents of the framework, how are they supposed to reach a final agreement by June?

Iran has always maintained it is seeking nuclear power for peaceful purposes. If that were true, there would be no need for negotiations.

And, anyway, –

How do you negotiate with someone who has lied from the start and is told in the Koran that lying to “infidels” is permissible in pursuit of Islamic goals? 

The Kerry-Zarif “understanding” will bring war as assuredly as the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact brought it. It will just take longer.

The war that will come when Iran has its nukes will be much harder to win than the brief one that would be quickly over if the US destroyed Iran’s nuclear facilities now.

Delaying an inevitable military confrontation, rather than early intervention, allows the enemy to grow stronger with more loss of life and property when war comes. That is history’s lesson.

If Obama looks at history at all, it is to confirm his faith that he is on the right side of it, as he likes to say he is.

Or perhaps he studies it in order to repeat its mistakes.

  • Don L

    Very recently, former VP Cheney came very close to speaking truth, regarding Obama’s presidency, when he said:

    “If you had somebody who, as president — who wanted to take America down. Who wanted to fundamentally weaken our position in the world, reduce our capacity to influence events. Turn our back on our allies and encourage our enemies, it would look exactly like what Barack Obama is doing.”

    He’d have been absolutely truthful had he been specific and called Obama the Domestic Enemy!!!

    Obama, also very recently, suggested pres candidate Gov Scott Walker bone up on foreign policy. Are you kidding me? the greatest screw up in history on foreign policy, Obama, ought shut his mouth and not bring attention to himself.

    I was in Kaoshiung. Taiwan, at age 18, US Navy, and acquired an obviously copyright violation copy of William L. Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”. It was amazing reading for, at that time in my life, a high school drop out. I will never forget the lessons about ‘diplomacy’ reading about all the negotians. Both the Hitler-Chamberlain and Ribbentrop-Molotov pacts always stood out. I came away, nothing including the eventual degrees with honors has changed my mind, believing that diplomacy is a process of lie-to-lie. And, the more diplomacy employed…the greater the inevitable horrors.

    I will not forget the diplomacy around the yugoslavian breakup…the Vance-Owens plan that only served to get nearly 750,00 people killed before Clinton finally had to face reality and deploy the forces against the serbs.

    In all these cases, plans and pacts, had the troops acted immediately upon the slightest appearance of aggression…no war, fewer killed and the lesson would be seen by all. Diplomats…peace at all costs ignoramuses who fall for their own hype as being smart enough to actually achieve something when dealing with evil players. Never as pres…but maybe a Trump deal-making traing class might be in order?

    Again, Thomas Sowell’s book “Intellectuals and Society” is a great expose about the worlswide pacifism movements, before and after WWI, gave us WWII and the conditions for today’s nightmartish world

    • liz

      Yes, it really shows Obama’s incredibly self-deluded conceit, that he thinks he has grounds to school Walker on foreign policy, when he’s a laughingstock, especially to the Iranians. What a joke.

  • liz

    I doubt if Obama’s ever given five minutes thought to any history, beyond the leftist propaganda version of it. He’s not interested in anything except advancing that agenda, with himself as the centerpiece of it.
    The comparison with these other disastrous treaties is all too real, with the only difference being that the results of this one will be far deadlier.