March 19, 2004

WMD's not found

A topic of conversation today was Weapons of Mass Destruction. It came to mind that FDR faced the same issue 62 years ago when he funded the Manhattan Project and the development of the Atomic Bomb. That development was founded on the idea that the Nazi government was at work developing the same sort of weapon and that we had to race to beat them. We didn't find anything there either. Are you saying then that our entry into WWII was unlawful and unjust and that we should have worked it out diplomatically? I am reminded of the time when Neville Chamberlain triumphantly returned from Munich, meeting with Adolf Hitler and securing the Munich Agreement that if Czechoslovakia was granted to Hitler, Hitler would not invade any more territory. Needless to say, Winston Churchill was not happy at this appeasement and his speech on this is a classic: bq. "And do not suppose this is the end," he warned. "This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in olden time." We all know the outcome of the 1938 Munich Agreement - it took seven years of warfare and the intervention of the United States to set things right. And things are sliding down the slippery slope yet again... Posted by DaveH at March 19, 2004 1:09 PM