In his excellent op ed, “Dishonor, war, or both?” (September 27), Ben Cohen concludes with a quote from Churchill to Chamberlain after the Munich Pact: “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you shall have war.”
What Churchill did not say is that the war he predicted was a more devastating war with much greater loss of lives, than if Chamberlain had chosen to stop Hitler initially. We must recognize that there are times when war saves lives.
The same situation exists with Iran. We all want a true diplomatic solution. We hope and pray that our leaders, unlike Chamberlain, can realize when they are being duped. If Iran successfully uses diplomacy as a delaying tactic to develop nuclear weapons, we will all pay dearly. Stopping a nuclear armed Iran will be a much more costly war in every aspect than if we do it now. A “peace in our time” diplomatic solution is not a solution. We should learn from history.