From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: Appeasement Never Works, For those who talk so much about engagement with dicta
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 15:31:14 -0400
NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 15:30:58 EDT
Organization: Bell Sympatico
For those who talk so much about engagement with dictatorships or
totalitarian tyrannies...HERE IT GOES !
Appeasement Never Works
It didn't worked with North Vietnam, it didn't worked with
North Korea, it will not work with Castro.
by Nicholas Provenzo (October 20, 2002)
Summary: By definition, every dictatorship's hands are
drenched in blood, yet some people still think they can be
placated by simply appeasing them.
By definition, every dictatorship's hands are drenched in
blood, yet some people still think they can be placated by simply
appeasing them. Consider the revelation that the Stalinist
dictatorship of North Korea now has nuclear weapons, despite
promises to the contrary.
In its 1994 deal with the US, North Korea promised it would
not develop nuclear weapons in exchange for $2 billion to replace
its weapons-capable nuclear reactors with light-water nuclear
power plants, as well as shipments of oil to support the almost
defunct North Korean economy. At the time, the 1994 agreement
with North Korea was hailed as a great victory. Much as Neville
Chamberlain spoke of "Peace in our time," after giving
Czechoslovakia to Adolph Hitler, then President Bill Clinton
called the agreement with North Korea "the triumph of diplomacy."
The editors of New York Times chimed in a similar note, writing:
"Diplomacy with North Korea has scored a resounding
triumph. Monday's draft agreement freezing and then dismantling
North Korea's nuclear program should bring to an end two years of
international anxiety and put to rest widespread fears that an
unpredictable nation might provoke nuclear disaster."
Eight years later, we now know diplomacy with North Korea was
a sham and certainly the world is now more anxious and closer to
nuclear disaster than it ever was. But should we honestly be
surprised by North Korea's actions? Is it honestly surprising
that a nation that rules by bloody force would not keep its word?
Is it honestly surprising that even as North Korea's neighbors
sought to establish ties with the backwards dictatorship, the
North Koreans would be building weapons of mass destruction? It
must be, because time and time again the free nations of the
world have caved in cowardice to the despots of the world. But
why do they do it?
I think people believe appeasement works because they do not
grasp the nature of those they are dealing with. They evade the
fact that the rational cannot communicate with the irrational. If
a nation murders its own innocent citizens, how can it be
expected to respect the rights of its neighbors, or abide by the
agreements it makes with its neighbors?
At most, appeasement buys short term security. But long term,
when as a nation fails to respect the basic rights of human
beings, it never can be trusted and must always be considered a
threat. It serves no legitimate aim to make deals with those who
ultimately make life impossible.
But as long as our politicians think that short term deals
and appeasement with tyrants will protect our security, they will
choose short term political deals over the much harder job of
honestly assessing and dealing with foreign threats. What is
needed is a philosophical commitment by our government to protect
us and protect our rights, from both criminals at home and
tyrants abroad, and the honestly to recognize that there are some
people that just can't be dealt with.