According to syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager, “Evil is actually intensely bright. So painfully bright that people look away from it. Many even deny its existence. Why? Because once people acknowledge evil’s existence, they know they have to confront it. That is what led to World War II and the death of 55 million people.” Many in the West denied the darkness of Nazism. They looked the other way when it could have been stopped and appeased it as it became stronger.
We are reliving the year 1938. During that year, the Prime Minister of England, Neville Chamberlain, went to Munich to negotiate with Adolf Hitler. When he left, he believed that Hitler promised peace in exchange for allowing Germany to annex large areas of Czechoslovakia. Upon his return, Chamberlain announced, “Peace for our time.”
The 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement mirrors the zeitgeist and historic aspects of 1938. The Nazi Regime then and Iran today are both police states, seek to dominate their regions, share a hatred for Jews, a hatred for the West and their freedoms, and are problematic in the face of the international community. Additionally, and maybe most importantly, both were appeased by Britain, France, and the United States.
However, there is considerably less defense for the Iran deal than the Munich agreement. Prior to 1938, Hitler had not proclaimed his intentions to eradicate Europe’s Jewish population. Iran has been declaring its intentions to destroy the Jewish state, Israel, for decades. In fact, the Iranian lawmakers in the Iranian Parliament set an American flag ablaze and vowed to increase spending on their ballistic missile program in a direct response to President Trump’s announcement. Further, prior to 1938, Germany had not been responsible for terror around the world as Iran is today.
The Neville Chamberlain’s of 2015, such as Barack Obama and John Kerry, defended the Iran nuclear deal on two foundations—that the only alternative is war and that the framework of the agreement has the potential to bring Iran into the “community of nations.” However, the war premise is untruthful for many reasons.
First, the economic sanctions that were in place before the deal was created were working and doing a great job weakening the Iranian regime and diminishing its ability to fund terror organizations. Secondly, because the agreement strengthens Iran and makes it richer, they would have used the money to continue funding and expand what they were already doing which makes war more likely. Thirdly, Iran has repeatedly called for the annihilation of Israel, an American ally. As a matter of fact, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani described Iran’s position saying, “If one day the Islamic world is also equipped with weapons like those that Israel possesses now, then the imperialists’ strategy will reach a standstill because the use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything. However, one bomb will only harm the Islamic world.”
No other country in the world is committed to annihilating another country. Congress voted to allow the potential for all three to happen, so President Trump pulled out of the agreement as he did not want Iran the potential to build nuclear weapons. If the Iranians were to gain access to a nuclear weapon, they will pose a severe threat to the security of the world, initiate a regional arms race, and threaten the Jewish people for the second time in less than a century.
As part of the Iran Agreement, Iran essentially only has to wait 15 years from the beginning of the agreement and collect hundreds of billions of dollars and then it will be allowed to construct a nuclear weapon consequence free. Iran has effectively put their nuclear program on hold while using the billions of dollars given to them by the United States to fund terror groups and their missile program. They have maintained their technology and once the deal’s deadline expires around 2025, Iran will relaunch their nuclear program. This all goes to show that time-based policies and agreements tend to fail or lead to no good in the end.
When Trump pulled out of the agreement, he demonstrated to the world that he would allow Iran to have aspirations of attaining a nuclear weapon or can have an economy, but cannot have both. Congress now will likely pass new sanctions against Iran. Many contracts that were recently signed with Iran, such as Boeing, will eventually be revoked by the government.