In the dreary years of Depression and drift leading up to World War II, there was always a difference of perception between Britain and France about the Hitler threat. France wanted to strike Hitler when he marched into the Rhineland in 1936. This was a direct violation of the Treaty of Versailles and France felt its very life was threatened by a re-militarized Rhineland on her border. The French premier was invited to London by Prime Minister Baldwin--for talks. Four years later, France fell under the Nazi boot.
Britain always had the advantage of distance from Germany. Britain had a 22-mile anti-tank trench called the English Channel. France naturally resented Britain's talking, talking, talking while Hitler moved.
This is useful history as we view the situation in Israel today. The Iranian mullahs are motivated by the same anti-Jewish hatred that poisoned Hitler. They are developing a nuclear weapon, while claiming only to want nuclear energy for "peaceful purposes." Why a country like Iran that is sitting on a sea of oil needs a nuclear power program is left for the credulous of the world to consider. The mullahs want the bomb.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to the U.S. to attend a UN meeting in New York. President Obama does not have time to meet with him. The President was able to squeeze a rap DJ known as "the pimp with the limp" [http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/09/11/obama_talks_football_rapping_with_dj_known_as_pimp_with_the_limp.html] into his busy schedule, but Israel's elected leader will have to meet with Sec. of State Hillary Clinton in New York, instead.
Sec. Clinton has responded to the latest increase of Mideast tensions with soothing bromides. "We're convinced that we have more time to focus on these [economic] sanctions to do everything we can to bring Iran to a good faith negotiation." She actually means it. Iran's mullahs are the men who invented suicide bombing. They sent their cat's paws into Beirut, Lebanon in 1983 to murder 241 U.S. Marines and Navy Corpsmen as they slept in their barracks. These are the men whom Madame Secretary thinks can be induced to give us their "good faith negotiation."
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