I dare to believe that in the future the Czechoslovakian state cannot be maintained as an immaculate entity. You will find that at a time that is measured only by month, Czechoslovakia will be involved in the Nazi regime. Per-haps, they can join her out of desperation or despair. In any case, this story is over and tells… This is the most painful consequence we have ever experienced of what we have done and what we have left in the last five years of good intentions, five years of ardent search for the line of least resistance, five years of uninterrupted withdrawal from British power, five years of neglect of our air defence. We are from a position of security, security and power to do good, the power to be generous, a defeated enemy, the power to properly arrange with Germany, the power to give it the correct reparation for its abuses, the power to stop its armament, if we decide to do so, takes every step in strength, mercy or justice , five years from now, we felt that we needed to reduce our position to a safe position and an undisputed position until we are now. Chamberlain was also aware that “many others,” including Churchill, were lining up to take advantage of the crisis. Yet he was determined to make British politics alone. So he developed an idea that, as he put it, “took his breath away in Halifax”: he flew to Germany to meet Hitler face to face. On 16 September Chamberlain returned to London with Hitler`s approval for the referendum in the Sudetenland to verify that the inhabitants wanted to join the empire. This week 1938, Winston Churchill gave one of the most remarkable speeches of the twentieth century, his condemnation of the Munich Accords. In the agreement, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain agreed to allow Adolf Hitler`s Germany to annex the Sudetenland, a German-dominated province of Czechoslovakia. Hitler had already revealed his hatred of the Jews and his imperial ambitions in Europe.
But Chamberlain believed that the admission of Hitler`s claims could help prevent another catastrophic European war that ravaged the continent two decades earlier. (The FDR privately condemned Chamberlain`s weakness, but publicly assured Hitler that the United States had no intention of intervening.) The Munich Agreement is rooted in popular memory as a diplomatic disaster and a source of lasting lessons for the future. The political crisis in Britain, caused by Hitler`s ambitions towards the Sudetenland, is much less well known. Yet it was one of the most serious of the century. He points out that even in times of great danger, politicians will naturally take care of themselves. But it also reminds us to follow closely the interaction between foreign and domestic policy. More often than we can imagine, these two are intertwined. Rearmament efforts, the nature of which has not been seen, should be undertaken without delay and all the resources of this country and all its united forces should be bent to this task. I was very pleased to see that Lord Baldwin said yesterday in the House of Lords that he would mobilize the industry tomorrow. But I think it would have been much better if Lord Baldwin said it two and a half years ago, when everyone asked for a supply department.