Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 21/05/2008

Appeasement. Bush-Obama-McCain Clash.

The word appeasement has taken on that negative pong, unlike the positive phrase it should be and all because of the policy then to be labelled forever as the policy of Appeasement towards Hitler, by the UK, Chamberlains governement.

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I very much doubt that Obama has the same set of cicumstances to deal with. It would more appropriate if we have an image of Obama with a microphone in one hand and a club (metphorically speaking) in the other.

The context of the appeasement policy is important or we will believe that appeasement is the cowardly act, of giving in to a bully.

Europe feared the growing powers of Soviet russia and communism, hence Hitler seemed to be the simple, easy solution. After all, he only seeemed to be interested in Eastern Europe.

President Bush while speaking to the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament for their 60th anniversary, conveniently forgot that Henry Ford and Irenee du Pont financed Hitler during this time and even when war did break out, the Americans were not too keen to get invoved in European affairs.

Souce:WARNING. Accuracy cannot be verified.

“Some people suggest that if the United States would just break ties with Israel, all our problems in the Middle East would go away.” He (Bush) did not say who those people were. Source

Timesonline says

Barack Obama today accused President Bush of launching a “false political attack” after he appeared to compare the Democratic presidential hopeful’s foreign policy to appeasement of the Nazis.

Mr Bush triggered a row when he implied during a speech in the Israeli Parliament that Mr Obama’s willingness to talk to radical regimes was a dangerous “delusion”.

Although he did not refer to Mr Obama by name, the Illinois senator condemned the President for using Israel’s 60th birthday to attack Democratic contenders for the White House.

“Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along,” Mr Bush said.

A succinct explanantion of appeasement can be found here

The five most important reasons, however, were:

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Some British people approved of Hitler’s policies.

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The British people hoped that a strong Germany would stop the growth of Communist Russia.

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Many people felt that events in Europe were not Britain’s business.

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Many British people wanted peace.

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Many British people agreed with Hitler that the Treaty of Versailles was unfair.

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