The Teacher of Fools

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The similarities between this sorry story and the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs are striking. Hitler’s Wehrmacht was not ready for a war against both France and England in 1938, so he was reluctant to gamble on force to achieve his aims; the Arab states have suffered three humiliating defeats at the hands of Israel, and are unlikely to risk such humiliation again. Hitler then turned to duplicitous negotiations over the alleged suffering of the German minority in the Sudetenland and their right to ethnic self-determination to buy time and achieve his aims without war; the Arabs now speak of a “Palestinian homeland” and Palestinian self-determination to grind Israel down in a process of specious negotiation that buys time for achieving their true aim, destroying Israel in “phases.” The Sudeten Nazi Party fomented violence and manufactured atrocities in order to justify German intervention and create international sympathy for their cause; the Palestinian Arabs have manufactured atrocities, such as the Jenin “massacre,” and used terrorist violence in order to provoke retaliation and defensive measures that further alienate the international community from Israel and increase pressure on it to make concessions. And most important, just as a demoralized England and France were unwilling to take action against Hitler’s aggression, and so found in the alleged suffering of the Sudeten Germans a convenient excuse to pressure Czechoslovakia into committing national suicide, so too the West finds in “Palestinian suffering under Israeli occupation” a convenient pretext for ignoring the true cause of Arab hatred of Israel––the intolerable humiliation of formerly subject and despised dhimmi creating in the heart of the Middle East a Western, non-Muslim military and economic power light-years beyond that of its dysfunctional neighbors.

Finally, President Obama’s demands for more Israeli concessions as a prelude to a peace settlement eerily recalls the suicidal concessions England and France demanded from Czechoslovakia. As the crisis continued in 1938, the British solution was “for Prague to get a real twist of the screw.” Thus while the Czechs fought for their national existence, British Minister Basil Newton accused Czech president Edvard Benes of “spinning out the negotiations without any sincere intention of acting on the immediate and vital issue,” and further advised him to “go forthwith to the very limit of concession.” How similar to the constant accusations that Israel negotiates in bad faith, and to the continually escalating demands on Israel to make territorial concessions to a people who have met every previous concession with terrorist attacks, who always “demand so much they cannot be satisfied,” and who now have allied with a terrorist organization explicitly dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

Experience, the Romans said, is the teacher of fools, and history is the record of man’s collective experience. The important lesson we should remember is to look beyond the pretext of “justice” and learn instead the enemy’s true motivations and goals. We should not demand that Israel stake its very existence to prove the truth of what Thucydides knew 2400 years ago, and what the grim experience of Czechoslovakia has already taught us.

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  • jacob

    Let it be clar once and for all that Arabs of any kind will never accept a Jewish
    state in their midst, because to them the Middle East is the same as the
    Mediterranean Sea was to ancient ROME :
    Their Mare Nostrum (Our Sea), in which there was no room for anything but
    Roman ships
    Conversely, there is no room in the Middle East for anything but Arabs, unless
    Infidels accept Dhimmitude and there is the root of the whole conflict…

    Add to it their notion that any land they ever set foot on also belongs to them
    as their stance about SPAIN, (to them EL ANDALUS) and now, go figure…

    They will keep on manoevering in the style described in the article above, which
    fits to a "t" to whatb is going on and which such good results it gave HITLER in
    his endeavor against CZECOSLOVAKIA , moreover having as they do, the ear of "statesmen" like OBAMA, his clique and the rest of them refusing to learn
    from history or just plain Judeophobes, no matter how they choose to disguise it

  • courdeleon

    Excellent article! Well done! It has amazed me for years that so many supposedly well educated people are so seemingly so ignorant of so much history and the value that information presents. Now, as a 65 year old history buff who has paid attention to what has gone on in the world, I am even more amazed at what an incredible level of foolishness that emanates from people who we have been told unendingly by the media are “brilliant”.

    Then again, perhaps to the media they really are brilliant. After all, if everyone you associate with is a bunch of head nodding elitists living in an echo chamber of self congratulations, with has a moron’s IQ, then below average intelligence is “brilliant”.

  • Michael

    The history repeats itself:the same fools and monsters.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Indeed, the Palestinian people were created in Moscow by the Soviet KGB as a disinformation campaign to cloak the Islamic world’s perpetual genocidal jihad being waged against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel as a struggle for the inalienable national right to self-determination of the Palestinian people, when the reality is the so-called Palestinian people, created out of whole cloth by the Soviet KGB for this purpose, are in reality nothing but the proxies of the Islamic world with their sole allegiances being to Islam and the ummah and their sole purpose being the destruction of Israel.

  • PhillipGaley

    . . . . kind of comical: beside the interesting point in minutiae about the Christians and the Druze, by far away and large, aren't most Arabs, Moslem? Is there, or, is there not, the greatest sympathy and assistance from Arabs generally, toward Moslems, and against Jew? So, "being Arab has exactly nothing whatsoever to do with anything where Israel is concerned."?
    Although as permanent and intractable and implacable tribes, there are the greatest number of conflicts between them, upon the facts of Israel as the sole Western nation there, and as has been said, light years ahead of those other nations—whether Moslem or not, and they are Moslem, whether Arab or no, and, upon the fact of envy against apparent wealth as a permanent factor of affect in the human condition—so, I wonder, are Arabs in any way immune to the same sense of envy and covetousness which is in affect in Moslamia in general?
    I kind of think rather that, the exception which might be carved out for a few Arabs as opposed to Moslems is so small as may be of academic interest, only, . . .

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Is there, or, is there not, the greatest sympathy and assistance from Arabs generally, toward Moslems, and against Jew?

      Only if those Arabs happen to be Muslims themselves, otherwise if those Arabs happen to be something else, other than Muslim, then they don’t have a problem with Jews. Of course, like Jews, they also are the targets of Muslims, and if they happen to live in a Muslim country, well they are violently oppressed and systematically persecuted when not outright slaughtered altogether. Same thing goes for Persians, Pakistanis, and Afghanis, whatever.

      and they are Moslem, whether Arab or no, and, upon the fact of envy against apparent wealth as a permanent factor of affect in the human condition—so, I wonder, are Arabs in any way immune to the same sense of envy and covetousness which is in affect in Moslamia in general?

      Muslims don’t hate unbelievers because of envy or because of what unbelievers do or do not do. They hate unbelievers simply because they are obligated to have nothing but enmity in their hearts for unbelievers. Hence, no matter what unbelievers do or do not do, they will turn it around and use it to incite hatred and violence against unbelievers regardless.

      Meanwhile, the West like unhinged fools is obsessed by the fact that the Islamic world hates our ever-loving unbelieving guts because the West projects its own Western sentiments onto Muslims. Hell, Europe blames Muslim’s hate for unbelievers on Jews, Israel, and the USA while delusional self-hating leftists in the USA and Ron Paul kooks claim it is because of America’s support for Israel and also because America is a bully.

      I kind of think rather that, the exception which might be carved out for a few Arabs as opposed to Moslems is so small as may be of academic interest, only, . . .

      Actually all Persians that happen to be Muslims, all Pakistanis that happen to be Muslims, all Afghanis that happen to be Muslims, all Americans that stupidly converted to Islam and happen to be Muslims hate Jewish unbelievers, exactly like they also hate all unbelievers per the texts and tenets of Islam.

  • Catmann

    The idea of a peace accord with the Palestinians is the triumph of naivety over experience.

  • kblink45

    Brilliant analysis, Mr. Thornton. The only distinction that should be made between the Nazis and Islamists is that the former were not religious zealots. Hitler was, notwithstanding, an admirer of Mohammed. Islam was from the outset a militant ideology, a complex rationale for war cloaked in religiosity.

    • ajnn

      There was a 'religious element' to Nazi ideology. It had pagan roots and was hostile to Christianiy.

      • Rifleman

        Yep, many forget that, and socialists often do on purpose.

  • FelixPrismus

    This is one of the best articles I have ever read outlining the Middle Eastern conflict. You can bet I'm sharing this with every person of interest I know.

  • ajnn

    Interestingly, people from Lebanon and Syria living in the Un ited States often deny that they are Arabs. Instead identifying themselves as "Christians".

    • autdrew

      The ones I have known have said the same to me. Unfortunately, they also didnt like Jews or Israel. It was explained as part of the dhimmi mindset. If I am badly treated I then take it out on others who are treated worse than I. They cant get away with fighting back against the muslims who mistreated them so they treat Jews with contempt because they can. It is also a way of identifying with the abuser, "Im not so bad, look, I hate Jews too, kill them, not my community" kind of thing. Sad, sad, sad. They were the ones sympathizing with the "Palestinians"

  • WilliamJamesWard

    I do hope that when all is said and done and the Islamists have made
    their final moves, following in Hitlers footsteps he should keep a light
    on for them, Hell may be very dark……………………………..William

  • Dispozovdaburka

    Obama's speech to the Polish people about how the "Arab Spring"
    is similar to the "Polish Spring,"
    is another huge lie and illusion.
    It's just another step to deligitimize the right of Israel to secure her borders.
    Guess his reading of Reagan's Autobiography is paying off for him that and other fine book
    The Post American World, by Fareed Zakaria.

  • Cynic


    Ironically though those Brazilians of Syrian and Lebanese extraction, though Chritians, take the side of the Palestinians and the PLO even though the Arafat and his PLO slaughtered Lebanese Christians, e.g. town of Damour, in the thousands during the “civil” war in the 1970s.

  • careyrowland

    Thank you, Mr. Thornton, for providing this timely analysis of the Czech/Sudetan situation in the 1930s. What you present is consistent with other historical reports that I have found recently while researching the year 1937 for a novel I am writing. Projection of those diabolical forces that contended with civilization seven decades ago into our present situation is little trickier. The O_Yomama person who links Palestinian issues with the KGB, for instance, should provide some citational evidence for that outlandish theory. The anti-Israel positions of both Islamic houses are, however, more obvious.

  • sportske vesti

    Brilliant analysis, Mr. Thornton. The alone acumen that should be fabricated amid the Nazis and Islamists is that the above were not religious zealots. Hitler was, notwithstanding, an adherent of Mohammed. Islam was from the alpha a active ideology, a circuitous account for war buried in religiosity.