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June 05, 2003

The Czech Parable

A small nation threatened with annihilation takes preemptive action to save itself, wins, and is never forgiven ...

....Considerations of space force me ( adds Sara Honig ) to leave out most of this parable of the Six-Day War and its aftermath, but the basic idea is that little Czechoslovakia (i.e., Israel), threatened by Nazi Germany (the Arabs), takes preemptive action (the Six-Day War) to save itself from the destruction that Hitler planned for it.

The brilliant Czech campaign lasted six days. Chunks of Germany were occupied. Wrathful condemnations were rained upon the aggressor by British prime minister Neville Chamberlain, the French Quai d'Orsay, the Soviets, and the League of Nations.

The Czechs were raked over the coals for firing the first shot, winning a war without permission, and damaging international commerce. Their willingness to contract a peace in which Hitler would recognize their country's independence and integrity did no good. The world pitied Nazi refugees and accused the Czechs of inhumanity. Thus began the period of unjust occupation.
(Emphases added).