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March 24, 2004
Surprise! The Appeasers Aren't Safe, Either

Germany learned a lesson last night about the fate of all appeasers, and fortunately for them may have learned it the easy way -- this time:

German President Johannes Rau canceled a trip to Djibouti Tuesday after receiving threats that Islamic terrorists were planning to try and assassinate him, his office said.

Rau had planned on wrapping up a three-nation African tour in the tiny country on the Horn of Africa on Wednesday, where he was to meet with German naval troops patrolling the Indian Ocean coast as part of the U.S.-led war on terror.

Germany, of course, offered up a very public Nein! when asked to support the Anglo-American proposal to topple Saddam Hussein for its twelve-year nose-thumbing of UNSC demands for compliance to 1991 cease-fire terms. Gerhard Schroeder hitched his wagon to Jacques Chirac and Dominique de Villepin in joining the Axis of Weasels, although Germany never went as far as France did in attempting to intimidate other European countries into opposing the US. Despite all of this open-mindedness, Germany still got targeted by Islamofascists for an assassination attempt.

Memo to Germany: Figured it out yet? Appeasing terrorists don't make you their friend; they hate you because you exist, not because of complex international or financial reasons. When you appease, all you buy is time, but as history shows, you buy it for the enemy -- time inevitably works against the appeaser, allowing evil to gain credibility, support, and further growth. Time makes the eventual day of reckoning that much more painful.

Once upon a time, Germany taught the West that lesson. Perhaps Germany can figure it out quicker this time.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 24, 2004 5:53 AM

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