It's 220 miles and 77 years from Munich – which epitomized the appeasement that led to World War II – to Vienna, where Obama's nuclear capitulation to Iran was negotiated. Whenever a grounded-in-reality person (non-Democrat) compares the Iran surrender to peace-for-our-time, liberals get unhinged.
In a way, they're right. Vienna is worse than Munich.
Hyperventilating in the pathetically predictable Christian Science Monitor, on July 26, staff writer Dan Murphy insisted, "The comparison being tossed around (Iran and Munich) is full of false equivalences, a misunderstanding of European history, and perhaps a deliberate distortion of the Iran deal."
Murphy argues that Iran "hasn't invaded or annexed anything." Its military capacity is insignificant compared to that of the West and it has no aspirations for global conquest. Apparently, the planetary Caliphate is to come about democratically.
Besides, Hitler had a moustache and Grand Ayatollah Khamenei has a beard. So there!
In September 1938, Hitler was relatively weak. Then, the combined aircraft production of Britain and France exceeded Germany's.
Before Munich, it could plausibly be argued that Hitler also hadn't invaded anything. He had remilitarized the Rhineland, which was German territory. When the Wehrmacht crossed the border into Austria in March of 1938, there wasn't even token resistance. The Anschluss was approved overwhelmingly by a plebiscite.
Both Nazi Germany and Ayatollah-infested Iran were/are ruled by fanatical followers of megalomaniacal religions (the worship of the Aryan race on the one hand and Islamic millenarianism on the other). Like the Third Reich, the Islamic Republic of Iran is virulently anti-Semitic, hates the West, is committed to violence and is crazy enough to unleash its own Gotterdammerung.
Here are ten ways the Iran deal is worse than the Munich Pact.
1. Munich didn't free up $100 billion to $150 billion in Nazi assets – Chamberlain at Munich: "Oh, Mister Hitler, you forgot your check for $150 billion." Adolf; "How thoughtful of you, Neville. That will buy a lot of tanks and planes and help us to expand the Wehrmacht." We don't have to guess what the ayatollahs will do with $100 billion to $150 billion in newly thawed assets – hint: not build a Museum of Tolerance. The deal also includes lifting bans on conventional weapons and ballistic missiles, so Iran can buy a lot more of both.
2. It was easier for Britain and France to deceive themselves about Hitler– At Munich, Hitler had been in power a shorter time than Obama. Iran's ruling theocracy has been in place for 36 years. In that time, it hasn't changed one iota. From Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini to Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khameini, the rhetoric, the goals, the hatred, and the brutality have been consistent.
3. Chamberlain didn't accuse Churchill of being allied with the SS – The president recently said radical Islamists opposed to the treaty-which-isn't-a-treaty are "making common cause with the Republican Caucus." In Obama-land, there are militant Iranians opposed to the deal, and moderate, reasonable, middle-of-the-road fanatics who support it. On his return from Munich, imagine Chamberlain telling the British people, "Radical National Socialists are allied with members of parliament opposed to the pact, which we negotiated with the nice Nazis."
4. By September 1938, Hitler hadn't killed more than 1,000 British soldiers or held British hostages for over a year – We're entering an agreement with same regime that held 60 Americans hostage for 444 days following the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Ret. Col. Richard Kemp and Ret. Major Chris Driver-Williams disclose: "Iranian military action, often working through proxies using terror tactics, has led to the deaths of well over a thousand American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade and a half."
5. The Nazis didn't support a worldwide terror network – True, they intervened in the Spanish Civil War and supported indigenous Nazi parties in various European states. But, up to Munich, acts of terror were directed primarily against their own people. A State Department report says Iran's support for terrorism was "undiminished in 2013-2014 and the U.S. remains very concerned about the activities of Iran's Revolutionary regime and its proxies in the Middle East." In testimony before a House committee late last month, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked if he believed "that Iran is the world's foremost sponsor of terrorism?" Not wishing to elaborate on the point, Kerry simply said "Yes."
6. At Nuremberg, Hitler didn't lead chants of "Death to England!" – On al-Quds (Kill Jews) Day, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani led the bloodthirsty mob in chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Israel." There were also the standard flag-burnings and references to the Great Satan (us) and the Zionist Entity. Rouhani is Obama's partner in the nuclear deal, you know, one of those sensible, trustworthy Islamists.
7. Chamberlain didn't promise to help the Germans defend their Panzer and Stuka factories – Senator Marco Rubio says the treaty's Annex III (innocuously labeled on "civil nuclear cooperation") provides that the United States will help the Iranian regime to secure its nuclear facilities against acts of sabotage. So if Israelis feel threatened because the ayatollahs have drawn a giant bull's-eye around their country, and try to forestall a nuclear attack, we will have to help the Iranians protect their weapons of mass destruction.
8. Britain didn't have a leader who called National Socialism the ideology of peace – Chamberlain did not tell the British people: "You can't blame all Nazis for random acts of violence perpetrated by a few troubled individuals. Ideologies aren't responsible for violence and terrorism. People are responsible for violence and terrorism. Oh, by the way, Kristallnacht was workplace-related violence."
9. The Nazis didn't promise to wipe Czechoslovakia or Jewish Palestine off the map. – That was always Hitler's intension; he was just more circumspect than the Iranians. The Tehran regime has repeatedly pledged to annihilate the Zionist Entity and with it 6 million Jews (43% of the world's Jewish population). Then it will get the rest. Mohammed told his followers that in the end times (which the ayatollahs believe is now) Moslems will institute their own final solution. Then every stone and tree will say: "'O Moslem, 'O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him."
10. Chamberlain didn't hate his country. – Obama has told us that white people (a majority of Americans) are racists in their DNA, that small town America is made up of bitter-clingers (gun nuts, religious zealots and xenophobes) and that this nation has no right to control its borders. He began his political career in the home of Maoists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. He started his presidency with a notorious apology tour. He's reached out to America's sworn enemies (besides Iran – Cuba, China, and the Muslim Brotherhood), while jeering at our historic friends and allies. What does he have to do to make the point, burn the American flag on the South Lawn of the White House?
Munich gave Hitler strategic territory and assets that allowed him to launch a war for world conquest a year later. The Iran deal will give a gang of apocalypse-drunk ayatollahs the power to bring about nuclear Armageddon. (GrasstopsUSA.com)
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains a Facebook page.