Friday, March 16, 2012

Another Neville Chamberlain

>> i don't think as we stand today that military action by israel would be justified. i don't think the israelis should take that action now. we told them they shouldn't and said we wouldn't support it if they did. we've been very clear. i'm a friend of israel .israel has a right to exist as a democratic state . it's very, very important it knows it has strong allies like america, like the united kingdom , but i don't support action now because, frankly, we've got more road to run in putting in place sanctions and putting in place tough measures against the regime and saying to them they need to take a different path. they can have civil nuclear power , if they give up the ambition of having military nuclear power , they can have a future as a country that has more normal relations with the rest of the world . we need to keep up the pressure to encourage them to make the right choice.

Of course, David Cameron must have read Winston Churchill’s The Gathering Storm and  Lynn Olson’s Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England.     But he has learned absolutely nothing from history. He is repeating the same mistakes.  Fortunately, Israel has not forgotten.

On May 7, 1940 Leo Amery spoke in the Commons, attacking Neville Chamberlain's government, quoting Oliver Cromwell: "You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!" 

On May 10, 1940, Winston Churchill became Prime Minister. 

There is nobody to play Leo Amery's role today. But it is obvious that Netanyahu is destined to play Churchill's and become the leader of the Free World