So convinced was he of the efficacy of economic measures that he ordered the Royal Air Force to drop not bombs, but propaganda leaflets Germany’s industrial regions. Leaflets.
One RAF bombardier was actually reprimanded for failure to cut the strings binding a large bundle of Chamberlain’s notes before tossing them out. He might have hurt someone.
After the war, at their trial at Nuremberg, Nazi Generals Keitel and Jodl testified that Hitler’s regime could surely have been toppled had the English and the French moved quickly to invade Germany after they declared war on September 3, 1939. Attacking Poland, the Germans had few divisions defending their western borders.
But Hitler knew how weak, how irresolute, his enemies were. He read Chamberlain’s propaganda leaflets, too, and he took them for the exercise in fatuousness they were.
The obvious enthusiasm for economic sanctions displayed by the liberal commentariat and by the spokespersons in all the foreign offices and prime ministerial chanceries throughout the West are serving only to stiffen the Mullahs’ conviction: They won’t do anything to stop us. They are afraid of us. They’ll drop leaflets on us.
Every Mideast despot who has been overthrown, and even Osama bin Laden in his cinder block palace, have left behind stashes of luxury goods, plenty of food, alcohol, drugs and pornography. These evil men are doing just fine. Sanctions may bite their captive peoples, but they won’t even nibble at the dictators’ pleasure domes. If their hungry, oppressed people rise up, they are shot down. This is what the Mullahs did to protesters in the streets of Tehran following the fraudulent elections of June, 2009.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has put the world on notice: Israel will act when Israel must. This is the month of Holocaust Remembrance. This is the month when Israel reminds us that “Never Again” will she allow the fate of the Jewish people to be decided by others.