A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Shame of Britain

Have we forgotten our lessons so soon? Almost seventy years ago, a British Prime Minister refused to stand up to a tyrant and his meekness and refusal to go toe to toe with him led us down the path of another bloody European war. Today, Tony "Neville Chamberlain" Blair has destroyed the last vestige of British pride by making nice with the Iranian government after it kidnapped 15 British sailors and marines in Iraqi waters. Winston Churchill is turning in his grave:

"We bear you no ill will. We respect Iran as an ancient civilisation...The disagreement we have with your government we wish to resolve peacefully... in the future we hope to do so." - Tony Blair

Shame on Blair for not being brave enough to defend his country! He has met this crisis with weak platitudes and has demonstrated an alarming lack of nerve in dealing with Iranian strongman Ahmadinejad. Worse, he has delivered a shocking message to the world that Britain can be cowed. This will embolden Iran and the enemies of the west.

If Blair had any nerve at all, he would have met this hostage taking with an ultimatum that Iran return them or face disatrous consequences. Seventy years ago a German leader gambled everything by re-occupying the Rhineland, betting that the French would not have the courage to send the German troops packing. Had they resisted, the German troops had orders to retreat back to Germany's borders as quick as they could.

Emboldened by what he correctly divined as a weakness in French foreign policy, Hitler invaded Poland and started the Second World War.

Now, Ahmadinejad will go even further in his dealings with the west, gambling on British weakness. How far will he go? The answer is alarmingly obvious:

Imagine if Hitler had a nuclear weapon.

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