There are certain similarities between Nazi Germany in the 1930’s and the Islamic Republic of Iran today. Iran today, and Nazi Germany in the 1930’s, counted on a population of about 80 million. Nazi Germany cheated on the Treaty of Versailles (June 1919), which limited the size of its army and navy, and forbade it to maintain an air force. Germany rearmed secretly, with no pushback from the allies. The allies (principally Britain and France) simply didn’t have the stomach to risk a war with Hitler and looked the other way. Iran’s Islamic Republic has likewise discarded the provisions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement between the five powers (China, France, Germany, United Kingdom and the United States) and Iran, adopted on July 20, 2015. The agreement called on Iran to provide the IAEA with information on past activities related to nuclear weapons development. Iran cheated, and it was only due to Iranian defectors that the world found out about the secret Iranian nuclear facilities. The agreement limited Iran’s uranium enrichment and stockpiles, as well the as the quality of its centrifuges. Iran has, moreover, denied access to IAEA inspectors hoping to visit military facilities in contravention of the agreement’s monitoring and verification clause.
The Obama administration (and the western allies), much like the allies in the 1930’s, didn’t reproach Iran for its transgressions, for fear that the latter would pull out of the agreement. The JCPOA became President Obama’s primary foreign policy achievement and admitting its flaws would discredit his administration. Like Neville Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister in the 1930’s appeasing Hitler’s Nazi Germany, President Obama appeased the ayatollahs of Iran, looking the other way on their continued cheating, and their development of short and medium-range rockets capable of carrying nuclear payloads. Obama’s central appeasement act was providing Iran with $150 billion in cash, which the Iranians used to foment terror and instability throughout the Middle East.