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Iraq Study Group should learn from mistakes made in history

Americans today seem to have short memories. Perhaps this serves to anesthetize us from troubling past events that may be repeating themselves.

Take the Iraq Study Group's report just proudly delivered to President Bush.It reads like an appeaser's handbook.One hopes he will throw much of it in the trash, for overall it is a craven piece of work.Of course, it's naturally being widely praised in liberal circles and in Iran and Syria.

One key recommendation in the Report is all too reminiscent of a degrading historical agreement from yesteryear.The similarities between the two are disturbingly comparable.The Study Group, presumably to appease Iran, wants Israel to give up the Golan Heights--this without even consulting with Israel. It has happened before and in eerily the same manner and for the same slimy purpose.

In 1938, under pressurefrom Adolph Hitler, the heads of Germany, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom met and signed the Munich Agreement--which said in essence that the Czechoslovak government must cede the Sudentenland to Germany. This occurred while the Czech official sat outside in the hall. A year later more Czech land was confiscated by agreement and given to Poland and Hungary, leaving only a tiny "rump" of the country left. Another year saw the end of the sovereign nation of Czechoslovakia, even itsrump swept away by the winds of war.

This shameful "deal" was brokered by England's Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, infamous for his "Peace in our Time" announcement just before the Nazis changed tactics and this time took Poland the old fashioned way--by force.

Thus I'm reminded of this sordid bit of WWII diplomacy every time I think of the ten men and women who, in emulating Chamberlain's Peace at all Cost, have, without consulting Israel, consigned it to this first step on the road not to peace, but to oblivion.

Carter Swart

Crescent City


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