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Dialog, appeasement or support


Last updated 5/22/2008 at Noon

This week President Bush made a significant blunder while giving a speech in Israel. He compared Senator Barack Obama’s willingness to talk with Iran, Syria and Palestinians with the “appeasement” Prime Minister Chamberlain gave to the Nazis in 1938. The rightwing echo machine went into full speed, naming Obama as the one Bush was talking about and how history has proven that appeasement of evil regimes has had disastrous results.

What Chamberlain actually did in 1938 was to concede part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler in a treaty. That wasn’t dialog – it was giving into demands, muc...

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