Students of history will recall how British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain wanted desperately to believe that Adolph Hitler was a man of his word when Hitler said in 1938 that after Czechoslovakia he had no further territorial ambitions.
Even after Hitler invaded Poland, Chamberlain clung to his delusion that another land swap might restore peace. More than 50 million people died in World War II in part because of Chamberlain's willful delusion about the nature of his enemy.
Fast forward to the Middle East, where the Obama administration seeks to relearn that lesson. First, they looked the other way and saw only the good side of the Egyptians demonstrating for the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. Now, as Christian churches burn in Cairo, we see who many of these people really are.
Next in Syria, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, propagated the myth that President Bashar Assad was a reformer. This despite the fact that he is butchering his own people and has allowed his country to be a transit point for terrorists into Lebanon and Iraq, where they killed American soldiers.
Finally, President Barack Obama calls on Israel to return to its pre-war 1967 borders without any meaningful concession on the side of Palestinians, who continue to refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist. No peace can exist without that.
Once again, willful delusion and appeasement join hands to create a situation that can only lead to disaster.
Hilton Head Island