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Continued: Appeasement's folly looks more obvious in hindsight

  • Article by: NICK BAUMANN , Slate
  • Last update: October 4, 2013 - 7:15 PM

Should we really fault Chamberlain for postponing a potentially disastrous fight that his military advisers cautioned against, his allies weren’t ready for, and his people didn’t support?

Chamberlain’s story is of a man who fought for peace as long as possible, and went to war only when it was the last available option. It’s not such a bad epitaph.


Nick Baumann is a senior editor in the Washington, D.C., bureau of Mother Jones.

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