Bibi Netanyahu is correct for arguing that the European response to the Iranians today is similar to the European response back in the 1930’s. This analogy is frighteningly true. It is not an exaggeration to say that appeasement today could have as dire circumstances today as it had back in the 1930’s.
First off, appeasement was not the only cause for World War II. It was perhaps the main reason that the Nazi threat was not stopped or at least stalled a bit earlier. But without the isolationism of the United States and the collaboration of the Soviet Union with the Germans during the first two years of the War, the Nazis would not have destroyed most of what they did.
Bibi Believes The Threats of Dictators
There are very few leaders in the world who speak of destroying other countries. But Iran has been led by a radical Islamic leadership since 1979 that is focused on domination of the Middle East and destruction of the State of Israel. They don’t merely hint towards there goals. They say it – loud and clear to anyone willing to listen to them. Many German citizens knew that the Nazi party was dangerous and racist, but they thought the words would not translate into actions. That is a very comforting thought that leads to inaction. But it was proven completely disconnected from reality. All of the innocent millions paid the price of the policies of appeasement, isolationism, and collaboration of the world powers who unified to fight Germany years too late.
One of the key lessons of World War II is that we must take threats seriously. When North Korea, Iran, or other rogue dictatorships threaten, we should listen. If the European Union thinks that they can duck behind idle promises of dictators, they are in for a rude awakening.