Conned by Neocons on my way to writing an article
Earlier this month, I wrote an article titled Are We Hearing Echoes of Germany’s 1936 Olympics and Neville Chamberlain’s ‘Peace in our Time?’
I regret having written it and admit that here, rather than simply removing it from the site. One of the deals I make with readers is to leave my bad-calls out there, warts and all. Five volumes of essays, The Dark Side of the Moon, make that promise and keep it. They’re all there, the good judgments along with the not-so-good. But I seldom follow-up by writing a mea culpa and this is one, because it has serious implications. My hubris was showing, like an untucked shirt.
Ukraine was (and is) a hot topic and I live in Prague, just a hop and skip down the continent from Ukraine. The American press was busy damning Vladimir Putin for ‘invading a sovereign nation without provocation’ and although I fully understood the irony of that claim, went on to compare Hitler’s preening at the 1936 Olympics, followed by his quick invasi…