Spain’s decision to turn tail and run, in response to a terrorist bombing, not only tells terrorists how to get their way in the future, it should also tell us about the dangers of outsourcing our foreign policy to our allies or to the United Nations, as so many on the left want us to do.
In an age of international terrorist networks, perhaps about to be supplied with nuclear bombs by
The sheer repetition of words — the mantra of “the international community” and the anathema of “unilateral action” — has become a substitute for examining the hard realities and the track record of those to whom we are supposed to defer when it comes to a mortal threat in a nuclear age.
The so-called “international community” that the left has so long envisioned consists in reality of disunited nations, too many of whom are short-sighted enough to cooperate with terrorists in hopes of deflecting their wrath toward someone else.
Throwing others to the wolves is a strategy that has been tried before.
Those who are impressed with French airs of sophistication and condescension toward the
The only other nation with a comparable track record of self-inflicted catastrophes over the same span of time has been
But the Kaiser could not leave well enough alone. He had to push for military glory.
The beginning of the First World War has been attributed to the assassination of the Hapsburg archduke in
We know how that ended — not only in defeat for
What an irony that these two countries, with a track record of monumental foreign policy disasters, would be the ones to preen themselves on their superior wisdom in international affairs while impeding the American response to the terrorists’ war. And what a pathetic thing that there are some Americans willing to accept French and German presumptions and condescension.
You can always buy time with appeasement — and end up paying a staggeringly higher price than if you had shown a little backbone earlier. That was the tragic lesson of the 1930s, spelled out in painful detail in “The Gathering Storm” by Winston Churchill.