Cal Thomas: Obama's Munich decision

BY CAL THOMAS Published: November 27, 2013
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Seeking to create an analogy with the deal the United States negotiated with Iran to supposedly limit further production of its centrifuges, Secretary of State John Kerry chose to recall disarmament agreements between the United States and the Soviet Union.

A better analogy would be the 1938 Munich Pact, which gave Hitler part of Czechoslovakia in the vain hope that war could be avoided. It is worth noting that several of the nations that were signatories in Munich, namely Germany, France and Britain, are also part of the current deal with Iran.

There is another flaw in Kerry's analysis. Deal or no deal, Iran says it will never stop enriching uranium. According to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, it is Iran's “inalienable right” to develop nuclear technology. This does not bode well for Israel, Iran's sworn enemy. Just days before this deeply flawed agreement was announced, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described Israel as “the rabid dog of the region.” Did Kerry and his U.S. negotiators confront this recalcitrance before signing off? I doubt it. This is not an auspicious beginning.

The New York Times reported that Hilik Bar, a member of Knesset for the Israel Labor Party, secretary general of the Labor Party and deputy speaker of the Knesset, wrote a letter to Kerry and Catherine Ashton, the European Union's top foreign policy official, urging them to “stand up against the dark, racist statements and incitement.” Of course they did nothing of the kind, because reaching an agreement was apparently more important than confronting the reality of Iran's hatred toward Israel.

In exchange for Iran's promise to halt progress in its nuclear program, the United States agrees to unfreeze some of Iran's foreign assets and lift a few trade sanctions. The Washington Post quotes “officials” as saying Iran's “concessions” will “make it virtually impossible for Tehran to build a nuclear weapon without being detected.” Anyone familiar with the history of the Middle East knows that subterfuge is a skill learned early.

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