The Evolution of the Appeaser
Norman Podhoretz has in a wise and clear article pointed out how a renowned French historian has described the strategy which led irresistibly to the WW II. See any parallel between the appeasers of World War II and today?
- Stage 1 (negation):
is not at all rearming. Germany
- Stage 2 (bagatellisation): Okay, but not very much.
- Stage 3 (relativating): Okay, but in relation to GB,
and Soviets, it is a tiny army. France
- Stage 4 (psychologization): Okay, but try to understand how they must feel surrounded, yes, under siege by many other nations!
- Stage 5 (disengagement): Okay, but now it is too dangerous to confront them.
- Stage 6 (appeasement): For hell, don't provoke them! That will only worsen the situation.
- stage 7 (resignation): We can't do anything about it.
How about these parallels.
- Stage 1 (negation): The terrorists are not real Muslims.
- Stage 2 (bagatellisation): Okay. They say they are Muslims.
- Stage 3 (relativating): Okay but it’s just a tiny minority of Muslims.
- Stage 4 (psychologization): Okay, try to understand their anger.
- Stage 5 (disengagement): Okay, let’s not make the 1.2 billion Muslims angry – make concessions.
- Stage 6 (appeasement): Hell! Don’t provoke
Iranand . That will only worsen the situation. North Korea
- Stage 7 (resignation): Let’s leave the Middle-East and preach ‘no more war’. Maybe they’ll leave us alone.
What stage do you think we’re at?