Wednesday, February 18, 2009

They Have Forgotten Munich

Animal experts are baffled by chimp attack

In 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain flew to Munich for a meeting with Adolf Hitler. At that meeting, he agreed to Hitler's demands for the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia. He returned with a scrap of paper and the promise of peace in our time. The Second World War began a year later.

Since that day, "Munich" has been shorthand for the failed policy of appeasement. Giving in to threats in the hope that by accommodating aggression we can spare ourselves from violence at the hands of an aggressor.

Travis the Chimp's owner fed him steak and lobster, ice cream and wine. He watched television, bathed himself and had the run of the house.

And on Monday he mauled his owner to death.

Don't kid yourselves, friends. We cannot buy simian goodwill with trinkets. We cannot purchase our safety with surf and turf. There is only one thing the monkey understands: force!

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
-----George Santayana

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