Wikipedia defines Appeasement as “granting from fear or cowardice unwarranted concessions in order to buy temporary peace at someone else’s expense.”
“Someone else” often seems to be some small, inconveniently-located democratic state. It helps when there is a strong current of barely subterranean prejudice against them.
The roots of 1930’s appeasement were deep-rooted in the horrors of the First World War and the pervasive pacifism it generated among the victors.
The roots of the Democratic Party’s appeasement reflex must be found elsewhere. Can it be that their post-nationalist sense of America as a global sinner makes them suspicious of anyone that would take our side? Do they naturally empathize only with those who feel contempt for America? Do our true allies (like Israel) make them uncomfortable because they don’t share our…anti-Americanism?
Is this some bizarre version of the Marxist (Groucho) joke about not joining any club that would have us as a member?