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Chamberlain negotiated at Munich...

Reader comment on item: My Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
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Submitted by Dean (United States), Mar 16, 2007 at 23:24

but there was a definite lack of illumination of Hitler's agenda. (I thought it was a practice in negotiating a position to hold your cards close to the chest, to not reveal your final position unless that position was being served. Somehow I don't think, given the highly politicized nature of public meetings, that Congress is always interested in the facts or to where the facts will lead it, thus public meetings are often merely an extension of political partisanship.)

Hitler was elected. He did good things for the German people, barbarian though he was. The Black Panthers did meaningful things for ghetto children, much as Hamas and Hezbollah have done for their constituents. So what? Doing good things for your own does not mean you are willing or able to be a functioning or honest participant in meaningful negotiations or relationships.

Illumination? That smacks of New Age thinking...

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