That's the title of a document written by Mathias Dapfner, CEO of the massive German publishing house Axel Springer (AG) and published in Germany's largest newspaper Die Welt. Our contributor Paul Jackson calls attention to this document, remarkable both for its content and its author, today in his Sunday column in the Calgary Sun.
Dapfner... noted a week or so ago, commentator Henry Broder wrote in the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag an article entitled Europe -- your family name is appeasement.
It's a phrase, says Dapfner, one can't get out of one's mind.
"Appeasement cost millions of Jews and non-Jews their lives, as England and France, allies at the time, negotiated and hesitated too long before they noticed Adolf Hitler had to be fought, not bound to toothless agreements."
Dapfner doesn't stop there.
"Appeasement legitimized and stabilized communism in the Soviet Union, then East Germany, then all the rest of Eastern Europe, where for decades, inhuman suppressive, murderers were glorified as the ideologically correct alternatives to all other possibilities."
Dapfner also points out rather than protecting democracy in the Middle East, today European appeasement, hiding behind the "fuzzy" term "moral equivalency" countenances suicide bombings in Israel by fundamental Palestinians.
I don't want to be a Pollyanna, but I am heartened that more voices in Europe are being heard warning of the mass folly in the birthplace of Western Civilization.