Mary Anna (8 Feb 2012)
" Israel Should Strike Iran Now, Hal Lindsey"

³Whoever says later may find later is too late,² Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said last week. His words drove Western policymakers into a tizzy. Everyone wants to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, but not everyone is willing to do what it takes to bring that about.

The recent high-level comings and goings between Jerusalem and Washington remind us of nothing so much as all those ³consultations² between top-level officials of two other democratic allies 76 years ago. In 1936, everyone wanted to stop the German army from coming into the de-militarized Rhineland, but no one was willing to use force to prevent it. Hitler sensed this weak resolve in the Americans and the British. The Americans were still in the throes of isolationism in 1936. Britain wanted to talk about Hitler¹s move into the Rhineland, but it did not want to use force, or even allow the
threat of force.

Hitler could smell fear. He deliberately chose Saturday, March 7, 1936. He knew that British statesmen retreated to their country estates every weekend. He knew that ³consultations² by telephone between the French and the British would be very hard on a weekend. Telephone communication was not the best. Then, there were language difficulties to consider.

Most of all though, Hitler knew that the British were still haunted by the nightmare of trench warfare in World War I. Although Hitler was himself a decorated veteran of that war, he was focused on a new form of warfare: blitzkrieg. His ³lightning war² would rely on planes and tanks to force events with blinding speed.