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April 14, 2003

A RoachMap a la Munich

In a piece subtitled Straw to Arafat: Road map to be released in coming days , Ha'Aretz reported on April 13, 2003:

European diplomats announced the plan [i.e., the RoachMap] would be presented for implementation without any changes in its text as soon as Abu Mazen forms the new Palestinian cabinet.
And this, even while a high-level Israeli delegation is in Washington, presenting Israel's objections!

The situation in which the British government, in collusion with other European governments, sacrifices a small democratic republic to appease terrorists is not new. Nor is there novelty in these governments arrogantly ignoring the protests of the small democracy to be sacrificed. It all happened before, in September 1938 in Munich, and even the prime villain, Britain, is the same. Indeed, upon reading the foregoing excerpt from Ha'Aretz, I immediately remembered the description of the 1938 Munich proceedings, as recorded by William Shirer (see reference at article's end).

On the fateful day of September 30, 1938, two Czech representatives were summoned by the Munich Quartet to be presented with the Roadmap that the Quartet had just agreed upon; Shirer writes [bold font and notes in square brackets, added]:
At 10 P.M. the two unhappy Czechs were taken to Sir Horace Wilson, the [British] Prime Minister's faithful adviser. On behalf of Chamberlain, Wilson informed them of the main points in the four-power [Quartet] agreement and handed them a map of the Sudeten areas which were to be evacuated by the Czechs at once. When the two envoys attempted to protest, the British official cut them short. He had nothing more to say, he stated, and promptly left the room. The Czechs continued to protest to Ashton-Gwatkin, who had remained with them, but to no avail.
The humiliation of the Czechs did not end there. The next day, October 1, 1938, the delegates were summoned to meet Blair's predecessor, Chamberlain, and Chirac's predecessor, Daladier. The Czech delegates reprted to Prague:

"At 1:30 P.M. we were taken into the hall where the conference had been held. There were present Mr. Chamberlain, M. Daladier, Sir Horace Wilson, M. Leger [secretary general of the French Foreign Office], Mr. Ashton-Gwatkin, Dr. Mastny [the other Czech representative] and myself. The atmosphere was oppressive; sentence was about to be passed. The French, obviously nervous, seemed anxious to preserve French prestige before the court. Mr. Chamberlain, in a long introductory speech, referred to the Agreement and gave the text to Dr. Mastny..."

The Czechs began to ask several questions, but

"Mr. Chamberlain was yawning continuously, without making any effort to conceal his yawns. I asked MM. Daladier and Leger whether they expected a declaration or answer of our Government to the Agreement. M. Daladier was noticeably nervous. M. Leger replied that the four statesmen had not much time. He added hurriedly and with superficial casualness that no answer was required from us, that they regarded the plan as accepted, that our Government had that very day, at the latest at 3 P.M., to send its representative to Berlin to the sitting of the Commission, and finally that the Czechoslovak officer who was to be sent would have to be in Berlin on Saturday in order to fix the details for the evacuation of the first zone..."

With minor variations, this is exactly what Israel can expect, unless our voice in support of Israel is sufficiently loud to prevent the sellout by the Quartet.

There are three additional points about the RoachMap that warrant attention.

First, apart from the objections in principle to the creation of another Arab state in Yesha (for elaboration, see, and apart from the fact that the PA has failed to comply with Bush's conditions (for details, see ZOA's report at, one has to wonder why the US government is so eager to reward the very population that has shown such strong support for Saddam Hussein and such strong disdain for the US. For the record, following is a typical news report from AP - hardly a pro-Israel outlet - dated April 8, 2003, and published in the Jerusalem Post:

Palestinians demonstrated Tuesday in the West Bank and Gaza Strip against the war in Iraq, and the Palestinian Authority labeled the bombing of the Palestinian embassy in Baghdad "US aggression."
There are almost daily demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip protesting the war in Iraq.
In the Gaza Strip, about 1,000 Palestinians marched down the main street of the city of Khan Younis, carrying Palestinian and Iraqi flags and posters of Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat. They chanted, "With our blood, we will defend you, Iraq," and burned American and British flags.
A second point to note is Blair's hypocrisy. On Thursday April 10, 2003, the media reported that the Roadmap for a peace agreement in Northern Ireland had been shelved, together with the "Hillsborough Summit", where the Roadmap was to be presented. As the following piece from the Guardian (10 April 2003) indicates, the reason Tony Blair shelved the Roadmap was the refusal of the IRA terrorists to disarm:

Hillsborough summit cancelled

Today's Northern Ireland summit has been cancelled because "sufficient progress has not yet been made" by the British and Irish government and Sinn Fein, according to Downing Street...

The prime minister and Mr Ahern were expected to unveil their blueprint to kickstart the peace process and reinstate the devolved assembly at Stormont once it had been agreed with the pro-agreement parties, including Sinn Fein.

It was also hoped that the IRA would declare an end to its paramilitary activity. This now seems unlikely as British government officials have failed to reach agreement with republicans over a visible act of IRA disarmament.
The Ulster Unionist leader, David Trimble, however, said the governments were right to withhold their blueprint, as the peace process should not be "held to ransom" by Sinn Fein and the IRA.

"Our position with regard to republicans was clear from the outset," he said. "They had to forswear violence, to wind up their paramilitary wing and to proceed to completion with the process of disarmament." "We told them that they had to be genuine about 'acts of completion'.

Thus, when the IRA persist in belligerent intransigence, the British government knows all too well how to react accordingly, but when it comes to Israel, Tony Blair becomes Tony Blur, failing to see that like the IRA, the Arab terrorists in Yesha refuse to renounce violence. It is commonly known that Tony Blur's pressure is behind the zeal with which the US is currently pursuing the RoachMap, in flagrant disregard of Bush's June, 2002, speech. (As previously noted, those who doubt the veracity of the latter statement are referred to the ZOA weekly reports comparing the five demands of the speech with the PA's non-compliance; the reports are reproduced weekly by IMRA and the link to the most recent report is given above).

Finally, note that one of the parties to the Quartet, Russia, stands accused of actively sabotaging the Coalition's war against Iraq by spying on the Coalition leaders and by providing Saddam with intelligence. The Telegraph, 13 April 2003, reports in this connection:

...Russia provided Saddam Hussein's regime with wide-ranging assistance in the months leading up to the war, including intelligence on private conversations between Tony Blair and other Western leaders.

Moscow also provided Saddam with lists of assassins available for "hits" in the West and details of arms deals to neighbouring countries. The two countries also signed agreements to share intelligence, help each other to "obtain" visas for agents to go to other countries and to exchange information on the activities of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qa'eda leader.

Now, why would the governments of the US and the UK wish to reward the Russians for this conduct by retaining them as part of the Quartet?

For a related piece, see "Munich, 1938 - Europe, 2003", posted on IsraPundit on January 11, 2003.

Reference: Shirer, William L. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960. Quotation in this article is from pp 417-418.