It is not often that a ghostly figure from the past is not only embodied in a present-day politician but addresses the
The prime minister could have been Banquo's ghost out of "Macbeth" summoned to haunt this administration's festive rapprochement with
In this remake of the Munich tragedy, Benes' warnings about the threat Nazi
--"This deal won't be a farewell to arms. It will be a farewell to arms control."
--"I don't believe that
Not any more than Herr Hitler's did after Munich. On the contrary, he was emboldened. Just as today
The world has seen this tragedy before, though the cast may change from time to time.
Yes, some in
He could see that Mr. Chamberlain's vaunted Peace in Our Time would prove anything but. And the war came. The most terrible of wars in man's history. It's hard to see how throwing nuclear weapons into this witches' brew of negotiation, appeasement and general procrastination will improve anything this time around. This repeat performance of the Follies of 1938 could come to an even sorrier end. And soon.
"I do not grudge our loyal, brave people, who were ready to do their duty no matter what the cost, who never flinched under the strain. ... I do not grudge them the natural, spontaneous outburst of joy and relief when they learned that the hard ordeal would no longer be required of them at the moment; but they should know the truth. They should know that we have passed an awful milestone in our history, when the whole equilibrium of
"And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigor, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time."
In the end, the British race did just that in what would become its Finest Hour as it stood alone against the tyrant till the rest of the world awakened.
But why wait till desperate circumstances oblige the American people to rediscover our character and rise again to the occasion? Why not reject Munich II and make this the moment America awoke? While there is still time to rise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.