The two articles on May 21 ("When appeasement works -- Hey, conservatives: It's not 1938 and not every enemy is Hitler" and "Bush referring to his own administration, maybe?" Page B-7) brought something to mind: Have you ever heard the phrase "Do as I say, not as I do"? It is one of those hypocritical lessons learned at some point by every child. You know, "If I catch you smoking I'll whip your butt," as the parent takes a long drag on a cigarette.
Has anyone ever heard of "conflict resolution teams" in our schools? You know, where "appeasement" through negotiation is used to prevent outbreaks of violence by one student on another or one group against another. Those who call negotiation appeasement would abolish such programs and just let problems run their course.
But if you see those conflict resolution programs as prevention of violence -- yet call negotiation with Iran, Venezuela, or Cuba "appeasement" -- you are using the same logic mentioned above. If you prefer that your son or daughter use conflict resolution programs but are against the United States using those same strategies -- well, you know what you are, and so do your kids.
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