Will past be prologue?

On October 5, 1937, Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered a speech in Chicago in which he spoke out strongly against Axis aggression. He said in part:

“The political situation in the world, which of late has been growing progressively worse, is such as to cause grave concern and anxiety to all the peoples and nations who wish to live in peace and amity with their neighbors.”

“Innocent peoples, innocent nations, are being cruelly sacrificed to a greed for power and supremacy which is devoid of all sense of justice and humane considerations.”

“Most important of all, the will for peace on the part of peace-loving nations must express itself to the end that nations that may be tempted to violate their agreements and the rights of others will desist from such a course. There must be positive endeavors to preserve peace. Most important of all, the will for peace on the part of peace-loving nations must express itself to the end that nations that may be tempted to violate their agreements and the rights of others will desist from such a course. There must be positive endeavors to preserve peace.”

America and its allies didn’t react. Two years later Hitler invaded Poland, triggering World War II. America still didn’t react until Japanese bombs fell on Pearl Harbor.

As Obama kicks the nuclear Iran issue further down the road, the growing prospect of our next Pearl Harbor becomes indeed frightening.

Confucius say: Man who sticks head in sand will get ass blown off.

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