This is a photo of the world’s biggest fool, Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of England. The paper he is brandishing is the Munich Agreement, signed by Chamberlain, Hitler, Mussolini, and French Prime Minister Deladier on September 29, 1938.

Chamberlain was very proud because he believed he had just negotiated a deal with Hitler that would guarantee peace in Europe. Hitler would be allowed to take a part of Czechoslovakia and promised in return that he had no further annexations or conquests in mind.

And then he invaded the whole of Czechoslovakia. He had never intended to honor his agreement, which from his perspective was merely a tool to bind England and France to non-action while he proceeded with his war plans.

Chamberlain, fully aware of Hitler’s public bombast, chose to believe the “personal and private” Hitler that seemed so agreeable. Chamberlain was a fool, a terrible fool.

And this week President Pena of Mexico made a fool of himself in a very similar way. With men like Hitler and trump, it is essential that one listen not to the private conversations but the public bombast. trump sounded very nice when standing with Pena before the press, even calling the President a friend. And then a few hours later, he delivered his hard-line bombast against illegal immigrants, hollering again almost everything that has made him hated in Mexico.

And the poor fool in Mexico was left with a career almost certainly damaged beyond repair.

People have private meetings with tyrants like Hitler and trump, then come away saying “All is well and he is on our side.” And they always turn out to have been fooled.

My rule is simple: Never, never, never made a deal with a man like that because you will always, always, always lose. you may have entered the deal not even guessing it was a win/lose situation. But that kind of man only knows how to make losers out of those with whom he deals.

Just think of how much damage trump did, not just to Mexico but to the US, in those few hours on Wednesday. When an American leader publicly humiliates and foreign president, all America looks mean and cruel.

All the world — except Putin, perhaps — knows we in America should be ashamed of ourselves to giving trump a hearing, let alone let him come close to the White House.


About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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