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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Appeasement 1938 vs. 2011

By Israeli Girl:

On the streets of Tehran brave people are fighting for their freedom. Despite the rain, despite the tear gas, despite a stultifying security presence of police forces arresting protesters - the Iranians are not giving up.

World powers should support the frail call for freedom heard in Iran. The people under the cruel dictatorial regime of the Ayatollahs need all the help they can get to break free.

Instead we're seeing a rare meeting between Germany's Foreign Minister and President Ahmadinejad. Leading Iranian exile opposition representatives called Guido Westerwelle's visit a "disgrace," saying Germany was bowing to the regime in a move that could deal a blow to popular protests gathering new steam amid the turmoil in the Middle East.
"This is a simply a disgrace," said Kazem Moussavi, a spokesman for the Green Party of Iran in Germany. He added Westerwelle's visit came as a blow in the face of those currently taking to the streets in Iran hoping to oust Ahmadinejad.

"His meeting ignored the ruling regime's terror, the people's suffering," he said, warning the president could now use Westerwelle's visit for his propaganda.

A Paris-based spokesman for the National Council of Resistance of Iran said Westerwelle's visit at a time when the president faces popular unrest will "only embolden the regime to further suppress Iranian people."

"This trip is nothing but pinning hope on the bankrupt and utterly failed policy of appeasement and submitting to mullahs' blackmail," Shahin Gobadi said.

The Iranian regime is doing everything in it's power to stifle the protests. In addition, opposition elements are reporting that 1,500 Hezbollah men have also been asked to assist local forces to disperse protests.

Is this the time for appeasement? Is history forgotten so quickly? Germany today is acting like British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain did in 1938 as he shook Hitler's hand claiming peace with the dictator. We all know how that ended.
Chamberlain-hitler   Ahmadinejad germay foreign minister

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