The Iran Deal: Peace in Our Time, The Sequel?

Facebook can be a place that is both harmful and beneficial, constructive and destructive. When scrolling through the various posts on my feed today, I saw an interesting status: “I have brought peace in our time” — Barack Chamberlain Obama. Now, I don’t want to start a political argument over the Internet. I hate politics and don’t follow up with enough news sources regularly to call myself politically informed. I like the kind of stuff that’s not offensive like superheroes and hamburgers.

However, as the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, a proud Jew, and a supporter of Israel, I must wonder if the deal that has been struck with Iran is wise. Is it an example of Santayana’s famous quote on being forced to repeat history if we forget it? It hasn’t even been a century since Neville Chamberlain stepped aside and let Hitler have Czechoslovakia, the country my grandfather came from. As the world would soon learn, appeasement with murderous fanatics is never a good idea.

Wouldn’t it have been wiser to call for a total end to nuclear activity by a country that chants “Death to America” and calls for the destruction of Israel? From what I’ve read, the deal only extends the inevitability of a nuclear Iran from a few months to one year. I can’t be the only one who’s scratching his head at this. Like the Allies stipulated in WWII, unconditional surrender seems the only rational option here. I’m not saying drop one of our own nukes on them like the U.S. did with Japan. That’s trying to solve the problem with the problem itself. All I’m saying is I don’t want a nuclear war and I sure don’t want Israel suffering a deadly attack from her enemies. And for that matter, I don’t want America — my birthplace — attacked either. I love both countries and consider them my homes.

I could be wrong. I’m not a professional diplomatic negotiator. Feel free to disagree with me, but calling this deal a “historic deal” is misleading. Neville Chamberlain struck a similar one back in 1938 and the world almost fell to a madman. Scary how soon we might be making the same mistake all over again. Never Again.

About the Author
Joshua H. Weiss is currently a communications student at Drexel University. He is from Cherry Hill, NJ and is fascinated with Judaism's connection to pop culture. He is the social media director for several organizations like Fresh Ink for Teens, an online publication for Jewish high schoolers.
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