Thursday, December 07, 2006

Cox and Forkum Unconditional Appeasement Then and Now

by Forkum
But with today also being the 65th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, I couldn't help but recall, and be inspired by, an article in the latest Objective Standard that I linked to earlier this week: "No Substitute for Victory": The Defeat of Islamic Totalitarianism by John Lewis. In this excellent, must-read essay, Dr. Lewis compares today's approach to war with that of the 1940s. Here's another excerpt:In 1945, Americans knew that there was truly "no substitute for victory," as General MacArthur said in his farewell speech to Congress. In 1945, Americans also knew the meaning of "victory." In other words, continued FDR: We have learned that if we do not pull the fangs of the predatory animals of the world, they will multiply and grow in strength . . . [they] must be disarmed and kept disarmed, and they must abandon the philosophy which has brought so much suffering to the world. The CNN headline captures the essence: Bush tells Iran, Syria how they can join Iraq talks.



The 1940's might as well have been 4 billion years ago to today's sorry crop of "leaders". One might as well be speaking of another universe when looking at that era.

John Lewis said...

Thanks for mentioning my article, "No Substitute for Victory: Defeating Islamic Totalitarianism." It can be found at:

John Lewis