In September 1938, four European nations, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy, signed the Munich Agreement, allowing Germany to take over western Czechoslovakia. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain told us, “Here is a plan that will bring peace in our time.”
In September 1939, Germany invaded Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II.
In August 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union signed a nonaggression pact. In June 1941, Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union.
In January 1973, North Vietnam signed a peace treaty that supposedly ended the Vietnam War and guaranteed the freedom of South Vietnam.
In 1975, our Congress cut off all aid to South Vietnam and practically invited North Vietnam to invade the south. Later that year, the Soviet-backed North Vietnam Army violated the agreement they had signed barely two years earlier and conquered the south. Vietnam now has one of the world’s most repressive governments.
Now we are reading that the Taliban, a terrorist army of Afghanistan, has signed a peace treaty with the United States. How much can we expect that agreement to be worth? Unless we can keep a gun pointed at the head of the Taliban, it will be absolutely worthless. …
It has been said, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”—George Santayana (1863-1952)
Russell A. Scott