Saturday, February 24, 2018

Will the world listen to Netanyahu’s warnings on Iran? Of course not, mankind is unteachable

At the Munich Security Conference, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was blunt: “Iran is not Nazi Germany. There are many differences between the two. Well, for one, one advocated a master race, the other advocates a master faith.”

Will the world listen? Of course not. As Winston Churchill put it in 1935, mankind is unteachable.

“When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand, we apply the remedies which then might have effected a cure. There is nothing new in the story. It is as old as the Sibylline books. It falls into that long dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and the confirmed unteachability of mankind. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.”