I found this article on www.commonconservative.com and I thought it was a pretty good read. I would post this in the Iraq thread but I think this deserves a thread on its own. If a mod disagrees, he can merge them if he so wishes. Britain Learned...Why Hasn't the Rest of Europe? Those who do not learn from history... by Frederic Gutierrez 10/16/02 Neville Chamberlain didn't have the benefit of hindsight when he "negotiated" a peaceful settlement to the Sudetenland problem with Adolf Hitler. Chamberlain, as the Prime Minister, was doing what he felt was right: doing everything in his power to avoid another destructive war in Europe. To his mind "doing everything" meant following a policy of appeasement and non-confrontation, a policy of political spinelessness which subsequent events demonstrated was shortsighted and poorly planned. Regardless of what history has shown us, the Munich agreement was a domestic political victory for Chamberlain. The British did not want another war, and for that they cannot be faulted. Unfortunately, Adolf Hitler did want war and the spineless appeasement policies of his chief opponents in Europe encouraged him to believe that no one would stand in his way. It wasn't until the invasion of Poland that Britain and the rest of Europe woke up to the fact that appeasing Hitler wasn't going to work and that the man would do what he damn well pleased regardless of what anyone said or did. Over half a century later, Britain has learned the lessons taught by World War II. Appeasement does not work. Threats to world or even regional stability and peace must be met with firm determination and a willingness to resort to military force if necessary. Negotiated settlements with tinpot dictators are nothing but a ploy to buy time and confuse international resolve. In a show of determination, and demonstrating that he, at the very least, listens to the lessons of history, Tony Blair has broken ranks with Britain's European allies and neighbors and stands resolute with President Bush in confronting the threat Saddam Hussein represents to the world. Even though the domestic political environment in Britain is against any war with Iraq, Blair will do what he feels and what he knows is necessary: confront Hussein, militarily if necessary, and forgo the appeasement policies which brought about such destructive horror 60 years ago. Britain learned. Appeasing Saddam Hussein today is even more dangerous than appeasing Adolf Hitler was over 60 years ago. Hussein must be confronted, he must be brought up short in his goal of acquiring or creating a nuclear weapon, and the threat to world and regional peace and stability removed. Britain learned. Unfortunately, the rest of Europe has not. France and Germany, especially, are still stuck in pre-Hitlerian policies of appeasement and non-confrontation. War, they say, is not the answer, but negotiating with a murderous idiot bent on getting his hands on the most destructive weapon in human history is. Appeasing Hitler, taking a non-confrontational approach with the man, was dangerous. Doing so with Saddam Hussein is insane. Britain knows this, because Britain learned--painfully--with Hitler. The rest of Europe had better learn as well. Fast. Or the next lesson just may be the nuclear annihilation of Paris or Berlin.