I am reposting this again, because this tactic is still used over and over and the masses continue to fall for its trick. With the advent of alternative outlets of news however, some have woken up to how the game is played. Take an issue currently in the news cycle and you can see this first hand.
(The following is from the study of the Book of Romans by Chuck Missler. Romans 9,10, and 11 all with deal with the Nation of Israel from past, to present to its future. It is uncanny how the tactics used by the Nazis in Czecholovakia, are in use today against Israel)
History teaches us that man learns nothing from history. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The Strategic Barrier
Czechoslovakia was strategically placed in the heart of Europe, and its conquest was central to Hitler’s plans for overrunning Europe. Though small, Czechoslovakia could field over 800,000 men (one of the strongest armies in Europe), and it had a highly efficient arms industry. To complicate matters from Hitler’s point of view, it possessed a formidable physical barrier to his designs in the shape of the Sudeten mountains, which bordered Germany and guarded the access to the Czech heartland and the capital city of Prague only miles away. A system of fortifications and fortresses had been built in the mountains over many years, making passage by force a very costly proposition, perhaps even impossible. We now know from the Nuremberg trials and other sources that Hitler’s generals were utterly opposed to an assault on the Czech fortifications. Worse from Hitler’s point of view, the Western powers
had promised at Versailles to guarantee the Czech border against any aggressive attack. France, which in 1938 could field one hundred divisions (an army 50% larger than Germany’s), had agreed in writing to come to the Czech’s defense, and Britain and Russia were committed to joining in if France did.
The Propaganda Solution
Since an outright military victory seemed impossible, Hitler embarked on an unprecedented campaign to politically force the Czechs to give up the land, and with it any hope of being able to defend their capital or their country. The inhabitants of the Sudetenland, Hitler said, were predominantly German, and these three million Sudeten Germans deserved—what else?—the right of self-determination and a destiny separate from the other seven million inhabitants of Czechoslovakia; this despite the fact that the country was a democracy and that the Sudeten Germans enjoyed economic prosperity and full civil rights. To buttress his claim, Hitler organized and funded the creation of a new Sudeten political leadership that would do his bidding, which was, in the words of Sudeten leader Konrad Henlein, to “demand so much that we can never be satisfied.” In addition, Hitler backed the establishment of a Sudeten liberation movement called the Sudeten Free Corps, and he instigated a series of well-planned and violent uprisings that the Czechs were compelled to quell by force. Hitler’s propaganda chief, Goebbels, orchestrated a fearful propaganda campaign of fabricated “Czech terror” and oppression of the Sudeten Germans.
Thus the plight of the German minority in Czechoslovakia was merely
a pretext … for cooking up a stew in a land he coveted, undermining it,
confusing and misleading its friends and concealing his real purpose …
to destroy the Czechoslovak state and grab its territories ….
The leaders of France and Great Britain did not grasp this. All through the
spring and summer, indeed almost to the end, Prime Minister Chamberlain
and Premier Daladier apparently sincerely believed, along with most of
the rest of the world, that all Hitler wanted was justice for his kinsfolk in
William Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
The Reversal of Causality
The Czech refusal to allow the Sudeten territories to return to their “rightful” German owners, Hitler prattled, was proof that the Czechs were the intransigent obstacle to peace. For what choice would Germany have but to come to the assistance of its oppressed brethren living under intolerable Czech occupation? Moreover, the Germans reversed causality, claiming that the Czechs were trying to precipitate a European crisis in order to prevent the breakup of their state, that the choice between war and peace in Europe was in
Czech hands, and even that “this petty segment of Europe is harassing the human race.” But there was a simple way to simultaneously avoid war and achieve justice, Hitler said. The Western powers—meaning Britain and France— could force the Czechs to do what was necessary for the sake of peace: Czechoslovakia had to relinquish the “occupied territories!” Manufacturing a Point of View And it worked. With astonishing speed, the governments and opinionmakers of the West adopted Hitler’s point of view. Throughout 1937 and 1938, mounting pressure was exerted on Czechoslovakia by the leading Western powers “to go to the utmost limit” to meet Sudeten demands. Czech leader Edvard Benes was reviled as intransigent. The Western press published articles lamenting Czech shortsightedness and its total disregard for the cause of peace in Europe, as well as the injustice of not allowing the Sudetenland to be “returned” to Germany (despite the fact that it had never been part of Germany). The British envoy who was dispatched to investigate the situation even went so far as to demand that Czechoslovakia “so remodel her foreign relations as to give assurances to her neighbors that she will in no circumstances attack them or enter into any aggressive action against them.”
Land for Peace
On September 18, 1938, under the gun of Hitler’s September 28 deadline, a meeting was held between the British Cabinet and the French prime minister and foreign minister, in which it was determined that democratic Czechoslovakia must accede to Hitler’s demands. Despite the fact that the West had promised in writing at Versailles to go to war to defend Czechoslovakia’s borders, it was agreed that the Czechs must give up the Sudetenland for “the maintenance of peace and the safety of Czechoslovakia’s vital interests.” In return, the Czechs would receive from Britain and France “an international guarantee of the new boundaries… against unprovoked aggression.” If the Czechs did not accept the plan and thereby save the peace of Europe, they were informed by the leaders of the free world, they would be left to fight Hitler alone. In Neville Chamberlain’s immortal words: “It is up to the Czechs now.”
But in fact it was not even left to the Czechs. Chamberlain realized that if the Czechs were to fight, France and Britain might be forced to fight too. As the Czechs and Germans mobilized, Chamberlain became increasingly hysterical about averting war by buying off Hitler with the Czech defensive wall. He shuttled repeatedly to Germany to try to arrange the payoff. Finally, minutes before his September 28 deadline, Hitler “agreed” to Chamberlain’s proposal for an international peace conference to bring peace to Central Europe. At Munich, Britain and France pleaded with Hitler for 11 hours to “compromise” and take the Sudetenland peacefully.
In the end Hitler agreed. The Western leaders returned in triumph to London and Paris. In government, in parliament, and in the press, Chamberlain and Daladier were praised, cheered, and thanked for having traded land for peace. “My friends,” said Chamberlain, “I believe it is peace in our time.” Having grasped the fact that his supposed democratic allies had allowed themselves to become tools in Hitler’s hand, Prime Minister Benes announced Czechoslovakia’s capitulation to the demands of the
totalitarians. “We have been basely betrayed,” he said.
On September 30, the Czech army began its withdrawal from the Sudetenland—from the strategic passes, the mountain fortresses, and the major industrial facilities that would have been the backbone of Czechoslovakia’s effort to defend itself. But this was only Phase One of Hitler’s plan. The German annexation of the Sudetenland was followed by a renewed list of demands on the Czechs. The Nazis continued to invent incidents of violence and oppression against the ethnic German minority in what was left of the Czech state.
Less than six months later, on March 15, 1939, the Nazi war machine rolled through the rest of Czechoslovakia. Shorn of their defenses in the Sudeten mountains, the Czechs were now powerless to resist. Phase Two had been implemented. The Western powers again did nothing. Once more, all their assurance proved worthless.
Clear and Present Danger
Unfortunately, the parallels to today’s effort to gouge Judea and Samaria out of Israel are all too easy to see. Like the Sudeten district, the West Bank is mountainous territory, a formidable military barrier that guards the slender and densely populated Israeli shoreline and Israel’s capital city. Like the Germans, the Arabs understand that as long as Israel controls these mountains, it will not be overrun. They understand too that a military campaign to seize these mountains is at present unthinkable, and that Israel’s removal from them can be achieved only by the application of irresistible political pressure by the West on Israel to withdraw. The Arab regimes have therefore embarked on a campaign to persuade the West that the Arab inhabitants of these mountains (like the Sudeten Germans, comprising roughly a third of the total population) are a separate people that deserves the right of self- determination—and that
unless such self-determination is granted, the Arab states will have no choice but to resort to war to secure it. As in the case of Czechoslovakia, Israel’s insistence on not parting with territories strategically vital for its defenses is presented as the obstacle to peace. Echoing Munich, the Arabs repeatedly advocate “active” American (and European) involvement, in the hope that an American Chamberlain can be found to force “the intransigent party” to capitulate where it is otherwise unwilling to compromise its own security. That the Arabs have borrowed directly from the Nazis in this, as in so many of their other devices against Israel, is not surprising. What is surprising, or at least disappointing, is the speed and readiness with which this transparent ruse has been received, digested, and internalized by the elite of the Western world. Not a day passes without some somber editorial or political comment from august quarters in America or Europe asking Israel to voluntarily accept the same decree that Czechoslovakia was asked to accept.