Feelings, according to the new logic, are equatable to facts. Blinded by feelings and an ignorance (of unredeemed human nature) born of pride, western politicians are practically incapable of seeing the manipulations of dangerous foreign politicians. Once upon a time, Neville Chamberlain—the head-in-the-clouds Prime Minister of the United Kingdom—famously declared peace with Nazi Germany. By agreeing to the Munich Accord, only to soon thereafter be rudely awakened by Hitler's attacks on several surrounding sovereign nations, Chamberlain's actions are a mirror into which contemporary man can look and see his own stupidity.
Chamberlain's dangerous naiveté has returned, clouded once again by sentimentality and fuelled by pride. Contrary to the historical revisionists who attempt to rehabilitate Chamberlain's actions, the opinion of those who lived through WWII—family and friends who grew up and lived in England and experienced the consequences of Chamberlain's folly—continues to defy the revisionists' curious defence of a man whose deluded self-confidence compounded by a lack of vision was correctly identified by Churchill in the lead up to the Second World War.
Churchill's vision was clear, uncomplicated by the wishful thinking of lesser men, lesser men who, in our day, are repeating the mistakes of the past by having ignored, for example, Putin's belligerence toward Ukraine, Iranian ambition and the expansionism of the PRC. It's not that Chamberlain started a war. He and others swayed by the allure of peace completely underestimated an individual whose diabolical genius needs no repeating, at least not here.
The wisdom and experience of our elders, especially those who fought for freedom, and the example of those who paid the price of freedom with their blood, is being lost, or siphoned away by limp documentaries that are short on facts, i.e., eye witness accounts, and typically impose a contemporary mindset of suspicion on any firsthand accounts that happen to be included.
It takes a good set of ears to listen past one's own generation back to the times when duty, honour and truth meant subordinating one's own ambitions to the common good. Not some socialist or communist version of the common good. The reality of authentic solidarity with one's neighbours that expressed itself in the protection of the inalienable dignity of every person. A defence of the weak, e.g., the child in the womb, has been replaced by a defence of the morally weak whose sense of entitlement is responsible for a massive loss of respect for human life and a massive loss of ability to take action to defend the innocent.
Western politicians are twiddling their thumbs as innumerable people suffer each day at the hands of wicked men. Churchill's comments in his time also apply to our own:
Final judgement upon them can only be recorded by history in relation to the facts of the case as known to the parties at the time, and also as subsequently proved.— p. 320, The Gathering Storm (1948) by Winston S. Churchill.
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