Arafat, Neville, Did More For Peace Than Obama
10/09/2009 - 00:00
Jonathan Mark
Friday, October 9th, 2009 I don’t get it, how did Obama get the peace prize and not Chamberlain? At least Chamberlain came home from Munich with a piece of paper. And don’t dismiss the prize because Arafat won it. Don’t compare Obama’s accomplishments to Arafat’s. That’s not fair to Arafat. At least Arafat had the Oslo Accords to show for himself.  (That’s pretty grim, when you compare Obama to Arafat and Arafat comes out more worthy of the prize.) Obama actually has been less flexible than Arafat. Arafat didn’t demand that all settlements be frozen before Arafat got involved with Oslo. By Obama’s opting to negotiate with Israel as if he was some colonial bully, as if he personally inherited the British Mandate, as if he was a history-twisting hardliner negotiating on behalf of the Palestinians — demanding as a prelude to negotiations that the Juden not be allowed even “natural growth” in east Jerusalem, or in settlements such as Maale Adumim and Efrat, places that even Arafat agreed could remain as Israel — what he did was to destroy any chance of Middle East peace for the past nine months. And into the future. By the way, did the dead and the dying, did the occupied peoples of Afghanistan and Iraq — oppressed by bullets and bombs fired by land and air forces under Commander-In-Chief Obama — get to have a say in Obama’s prize? How can Obama, a president who oversees Guantanamo, that most evil of all prison camps, (surely worse than even Shalit’s prison, wouldn’t most World Progressives say?), be worthy of a peace prize? Guntanamo must be worse than Shalit’s prison because more liberals around the world and on college campuses have demanded that Guantanamo be closed but they don’t demand that the prison holding Shalit be closed. The world must be right, as Obamaphiles keep telling us. The world is always right. America and Israel are always wrong, unless they agree with “the world.”    Here’s one reason why Obama got the prize. He kept saying “the world” was right about Israel. Encouraged by J Street Jews, Obama tried to throw Israel under the bus, the greatest single thing that anyone can do for peace. All right, so maybe Obama didn’t throw Israel under the bus, but at least he deserves credit for trying, and the Norwegians see that. Obama reconnected America to that world of cynicism. Instead of comparing the unworthy Obama to the worthy Arafat, and the worthier Chamberlain, better to compare Obama’s prize to Jimmy Carter’s a few years ago. Jimmy Carter, now that’s pretty fast company for Obama, the best president in the history of the world. As one Newsweek editor said of Obama, “He’s sort of God,” the way Obama cares about the whole world, not just his own country. There must be dancing in the Street of J. Here’s why Chamberlain deserved the prize in 1938 far more than Obama does today. Chamberlain got a piece of paper, the kind that J Street would drool over. It’s the exact same piece of paper that Obama wants from Abbas or Hamas. And what’s the one very good thing about Obama getting the prize? Most leaders get into the worst trouble in pursuit of the Nobel Peace Prize, not by what they do after they get it. Now that Obama has it, he has one less reason to throw Israel to the wolves. The other good thing about the prize is that it embarasses Obama, it diminishes him, by forcing even his sycophants to recognize that his adulation has far, far outstripped his accomplishments. It diminishes him by illuminating just how ridiculous it looks to treat this Muslimophile-who-isn’t-a Muslim as if he was the Messiah, the Prince of Peace, to treat him as a god, a Huey Long Kingfish, deserving constant adoration instead of an accounting. What we actually have here is a J Streeter who has to work his way up to a Neville Chamberlain wannabe. Now, J Streeters, let’s take a trip to London, to a rainy September day in the autumn of ‘38. It was one of the happiest days in the history of the peace process. See up there, it’s Neville Chamberlain, and the crowd is singing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.” One thing you have to give that Chamberlain: He wasn’t intransigent like Netanyahu or that terrible Avigdor Lieberman. He was pro-peace, Chamberlain was. He believed in land for peace, albeit Czechoslovakia’s land. Hey, Obama believes in land for peace, too, like Chamberlain, whatever land the other guy wanted. That’s one thing you had to admit. Chamberlain — like Obama — was a “good fellow.” From the AP archive: Sept. 30, 1938 Chamberlain Returns With Czechoslovak Peace Pact LONDON, SEPT. 30 (AP) - Prime Minister Chamberlain flew home today, to vast, cheering throngs, with a peace pact on Czechoslovakia and strong hopes for a broad European settlement as the fruits of his diplomacy. ”Settlement of the Czech problem, which now has been achieved,” Chamberlain said, ”is in my view only a prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace.” Smiling broadly, the prime minister waved his hat with schoolboy enthusiasm at the excited thousands. He held up, for the crowd to see, the joint declaration he and Adolf Hitler signed this morning in a private talk after the Four-Power conference. Then he said: ”The German chancellor and I regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German naval agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again.” He stepped from his plane at 5:39 p.m. (11:39 a.m. New York time) to mad cheering by excited crowds that had gathered at Heston Airport to give him a triumphant homecoming from this third flight to Germany. The prime minister was handed a letter from King George as soon as he emerged from the airplane. One of his first duties was to go to Buckingham Palace and report personally to the King on the achievements of the Four-Power conference at Munich yesterday. First, however, the prime minister told the crowd there were two things he wanted to say: ”I have received an immense number of letters during all these anxious times. So has my wife - letters of support and approval and gratitude - and I cannot tell you what encouragement that has been to me. ”I want to thank the British people for what they have done, and next, I want to say that settlement of the Czechoslovak problem, which now has been achieved, is in my view only a prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace. ”This morning, I had another talk with German Chancellor Herr Hitler and here is the paper which bears his name on it as well as mine. ”Some of you, perhaps, already have heard what it contains, but I would just like to read it to you.” It was raining, but the crowd stood and listened. As he finished reading, there were chants of ”For he’s a jolly good fellow.” Chamberlain then entered his auto and sped directly to Buckingham Palace. In response to a clamoring crowd in front of the palace, the king and queen ushered the prime minister and Mrs. Chamberlain to a balcony, where they received tremendous cheers. When he got back to Downing Street, there was another crowd, and Chamberlain spoke from a window. ”It is peace for our time,” he said, declaring that ”for the second time in history, there has come back from Germany peace with honor.” (The other time was at the Congress of Berlin in 1878.) The crowd sang the national anthem, while anti-aircraft searchlights, put in place a few days ago in preparation for war, moved their beams rapidly across the sky. ”My good friends,” said Chamberlain, ”I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Now I recommend that you go home and sleep quietly and peacefully in your beds.” Hours before Chamberlain’s plane was expected, roads leading to Heston Airport were blocked with automobiles, bicycles and pedestrians. In the throng was the entire Cabinet, out to greet him on his return from the mission to Germany which he started yesterday with his ministers’ surprise send-off. In the milling throngs were school children waving Union Jacks. Lloyds’ rang the famous Lutine Bell in celebration of the peace settlement. Viscount Halifax, foreign secretary, weary from long hours during the crisis was given rousing cheers by crowds in Downing Street as he left to meet his chief, Sir John Simon, chancellor of the exchequer, similarly was acclaimed. Boos and cries of ”throw them out!” dinned in the lit street as a deputation representing a national unemployed workers’ movement called at No. 10 to leave a resolution censuring the government for cooperating with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. ###

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