Three Peace Treaties Gone Bad for America
I know. Some people simple refuse to believe facts, and so, like in 1938 and 1973, the people then thought the adversary could be trusted because of the threat of military action to honor the treaty.
But history tends to repeat. Human beings just either forget or simply are in denial even when their instinct tells them otherwise.
In 1938, both Britain and France thought they had contained Nazi Germany and Hitler with the Munich treaty. They thought they had avoid a war over Czechoslovakia that Hitler claimed was part of Germany in certain border areas. Both France and Britain were sick of war and had no appetite for it, so they sought to contain Hitler. Both countries were rather weak and the public were not concerned with Hitler who seemed like a whacko.
Does anything of this sound familiar? No? Think again.
Hitler got what he wanted without having to invade the Czechs. He simply massed his untested army along its border threatening to invade. The only thing France and Britain got was time to become militarily stronger. Like with Iran, both countries then desperately wanted to avoid a war and willing to just about accept anything that Hitler would agree to. Then, just nine months later in 1939, Hitler started WW2 by invading Poland, another area he claimed was part of Germany. After Hitler had signed he privately told his generals, "I'll kick him downstairs and jump on his stomach", referring to the British PM.
America was more directly involved with the 1973 peace treaty with North Vietnam that both countries signed. Then, it was declared, "Peace with honor". It was celebrated after two years of negotiations and mistrust and broken terms by the North Vietnamese, By this year, America was sick of war and Vietnam. America had been there since 1964, the draft had ended, and the public demanded President Nixon and Ford to get out of Nam. The only reason by the North went to the treaty table was to seek relief from the massive B-52 bombing campaign that was on the verge of demolishing the North's infrastructure by 1972.
As America began to withdraw forces, North Vietnam secretly expanded their military using Soviet and Chinese equipment. Like Iran today, they only agreed to the treaty to buy time because they only wanted one thing- conquer South Vietnam and unify the country. All of the verifications of the terms were agreed to to appease the Americans, but they had absolutely no intention in honoring it. There was no honor for the US in this treaty and it made the 58,000 killed wasteful. By 1975, few American troops remained and by April, the North invaded South Vietnam and got what they wanted.
Does this sound familiar? No, Iran and North Vietnam are a clone when it comes to achieving what they really want. North Vietnam and Iran went for peace because of serious economy problems caused by America, but to also buy time to recoup and secretly proceed to their goal.
Now, in 2013, the parallels are similar to the 1938 and 1973 attempts to avoid a war against a country that has a goal, a relentless goal that they are willing to keep. Iran is under intense pressure from the sanctions. They are not in the same league militarily to the US, yet, they know America is so sick of war and willing for some sort of deal. Iran and other countries now see an America afraid to use its power. Even the use of a very limited strike against Syria for using chemical warfare made Obama sick to his tummy. Some say it was smart, countries like Iran, think weak and lame.
Already, Iran is stating that the US is not understanding the treaty as how the Iranians are. The treaty has a six month window, yet, there is no clock ticking as to when it starts. The treaty indicates that more meetings are needed. Meanwhile, Iran has no obligation to do anything but to spin centrifuges to enrich uranium for a bomb. Even the Arak facility can continue to be built under this treaty. What? When complete, Iran can then enrich plutonium. All this means that Iran is blatantly doing what it wants and still receives over $5 billion from lifted sanctions it needs badly. iran is peddling false hopes to an eager West that desperately wants to avoid the three letter word-war.
Iran will play around with the terms and nuances about the treaty, what sites can be inspected and so on. Time will pass. Then, like in 1939, when Hitler conducted his surprise attack on Poland, Iran will test its nuclear bomb or use it as a dirty bomb.
Peace treaties are like baseball, three strikes and you're out. All of the echoes of past treaties are warning but nobody really believes it will happen. Think again. The Book of Revelations predicts "Armageddon" in the Middle East. This is exactly what will happen when Iran gets the nuclear bomb.
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