If you’re an armchair historian, get up and move around

By Andy Weinberger


In the midst of the flurry of events surrounding the apparent change in U.S.-Iranian relations, I couldn’t help but notice the inevitable: a letter to the editor, published in the Index-Tribune, in which the writer harkens back to Munich and the naïve agreement made between Neville Chamberlain and Adolph Hitler, the “peace in our time” episode, about which armchair historians love to yammer to this very day.

Those who can’t remember history, the writer lectures us dutifully, are bound to repeat it.

Well, er, okay, but first, let’s back up a minute and get our history straight. Let’s remember, it’s 2013. The United States and Iran today are in no way comparable to England and Germany in 1938. And let us further stipulate that it’s always a bad idea, when talking about current, events to inject Hitler into the discussion.

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