Michael Oren, over at Foreign Policy, has written a thoughtful article that Samantha “Invade-the-Jew-State” Power and her White House pals (especially the one in charge!) ought to read. It describes Israel as America’s ultimate ally, and also gives reasons why the annual $3 billion in aid for this ally is a drop in the bucket. Not only is it much less than we give to other (often dubious) “friends;” we also get a solid return on it both financially, geostrategically, and morally (yes, Barack and Samantha, it is, in fact, moral to support a genuine democracy afloat in a sea of tyranny).
Well, I don’t want to steal Michael Oren’s thunder, so please read the article. But I do want to make a comparison with another alliance of that sort, when a puissant little state was allied with a superpower.
That would be Czechoslovakia and France in 1938. Just look at the comparative order of battle, here, at the time of the Munich diktat. Imagine a France with enough spine (in the French Army, they called it le cran, and any French officer lacking it was demoted) to give Adolf H. a firm No! In 1938, the German Army was not prepared to face two modern armies, again on two fronts. Indeed, German generals had told the military historian Sir Basil Liddell Hart after the war that, rather than start a losing battle, the German General Staff was ready to overthrow Hitler if “Case Green,” the contingency plan for an attack on Czechoslovakia, had been ordered in 1938.
As it was, the Daladier government was sadly lacking in le cran and refused to stand with the only democracy – and the only true ally – afloat in a sea of tyranny. (Even though Daladier had no illusions about Hitler’s aims, he allowed himself to be pushed into negotiations by Neville Chamberlain, the clueless British Prime Minister.) Without commitment by France, neither the British nor the Soviets had any legal requirement to march, either.
And so it was that, less than a year later, war was declared anyway, less than a year after that, France was quickly crushed, ironically with tanks of Czechoslovak manufacture in the lead. For six years, destruction had free rein throughout the world, and over 55 million died before peace was finally restored on a much-changed planet.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail, so to speak.