08 July 2010
In defence of appeasement

Interesting article in (partial) support of appeasement by Paul Kennedy.  I have long thought that appeasement has had a bad press.  The point about 1930s appeasement is that it clarified the issue.  Had Britain fought in 1938 it would have done so divided.  When it did finally fight it did so united.

Kennedy, however, says something completely different.

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  1. I agree that appeasement is often the best policy, partly for the reason you say, and partly because often attackers who look very threatening just run out of steam, and turn out to have limited objectives, which are appeasable.

    I wonder how that applies to the current debate about Europe “appeasing” Islam.  First guess: appeasement is good for your reason, but bad for my second reason.

    Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 12 July 2010 at 10:01pm

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