Robbie Michaelson
Neither Right Nor Left - Just Passionate

Appeasement knows no era

The United States of America, under the Presidency of Donald J. Trump, recently blinked when it came to responding to the downing of an American drone in the ongoing confrontation with The Islamic Republic of Iran. How else can one explain the apparent last minute climbdown from initiating a military response to the Iranian action.

The expensive American drone was shot down by the Iranian military over International Waters. Yes, the Iranians have claimed that the drone had entered Iranian airspace but if you believe that then there is an JCPOA Agreement that you probably believe Iran is in compliance with as well. The current Mullahs who rule Iran will never agree to peacefully give up working on their nuclear weapons project. If you think otherwise try buying a used car from an Iranian Car Dealer anywhere in the world – they will put you in their pocket; which is just that they did to the fools that are Obama and Kerry.

So along comes Trump and after a lot of fanfare he correctly pulls the United States out of the disastrous JCPOA Agreement that the naive Europeans and the anti-Western Russians and Chinese all liked – for all of the wrong reasons. Next the President of the World’s currently sole Superpower slapped tough economic sanctions on Iran. And, surprise surprise, the sanctions started to work. Which in turn has led up to the current confrontation between the United States and Iran.

The Iranians were starting to feel the pressure and lashed out at the Saudis and the Japanese and whatever other soft targets they could attack. So America got concerned and sent some troops and drones back to Middle East. And Iran shot down an American drone with no reaction. Forget about the supposed cyber attacks on Iran. That has likely been going on for quite some time. The downing of an American military asset demanded a military response – not a last minute pullback of an attack because of one reason or another. It showed weakness, not restraint, and weakness. as anyone living in this part of the world knows, is not widely respected by friends and foes alike – throughout the Middle East.

Of course there are many in America and in other parts of our world who applaud President Trump for showing restraint; giving diplomacy yet another chance; and not igniting a major war with Iran. But they all are wrong – as they usually are. Responding militarily to Iranian aggression will not automatically lead to a major war. What evidence is that for that assumption? Do people really believe that the Iranian leadership, who care only about their self-survival, will take on the United States in an all-out military confrontation.

What should concern people who care about security, human rights, and a better world is why the West, under the de facto leadership of the United States, would want to appease Iran in the first place? Iran is a country being ruled in a brutal totalitarian fashion by a group of clerics who dress like they just came from the 10th Century and preach an extremist version of Islam. The rights and lives of women, religious and ethnic minorities, and gay people are trampled on and in many cases permanently silenced. The economy has been ravaged with the clerics and their chosen supporters in the Republic Guard controlling up to two-thirds of the Iranian economic landscape. Iran has been behind most of the international terrorism that has plagued the world since 1979. Iran has supplied weapons, advisors, militias and more to Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Gaza, Yemen and other countries. Iran continuously threatens to wipe a member state of the United Nations out and also threatens American and European assets throughout the world. And yet all this overlooked in the rush to appease Tehran and avert hostilities.

In the thirties the stronger and victorious countries in Europe appeased Hitler and the Germans, despite the Treaty of Versailles. The result was that Germany rearmed herself and World War II and the holocaust ensued.  Appeasement was the policy in the ’50s toward Korea and China. That worked out well. The United Nations appeased Nasser in 1956 and again in 1967. Since 2006 the U.N. has appeased Hezbollah in Lebanon.  Appeasement was the policy of Obama toward the Syrians and the Iranians. Appeasement never works.

Recently Iran’s Rouhani called President Trump “mentally deranged” – in response to the application of yet more sanctions on Iran’s leaders.  In one sense you was wrong about Trump – the President has been consistently inconsistent with his tweets, statements, actions and strategies. Unfortunately, when it comes to dealing with Iran the firm unwavering application of American military power is what is needed. Otherwise, we will soon be facing another North Korea; but this time with an agenda to take on the West in a much more threatening manner once the Mullahs have achieved their nuclear objective.

About the Author
First came to Israel as a volunteer after the Six Day War. Made Aliyah in 1972, served in the IDF, stayed in Israel for 4 years. Returned again to live permanently in Israel in 2017. Am widely traveled & strong supporter of Zionism. Have an M.A. in International Relations from McGill University.
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