HISTORY LESSON: The premier cited the 1938 Munich Agreement as an example of a peace agreement that failed to keep its signatories from going to war with each other
Date: Feb 23, 2019
By: Sean Lin and Stacy Hsu / Staff reporters
Noting that a peace treaty between the UK and Germany in 1938 did not prevent the two from going to
war, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday said that people should “heed history’s lessons and not repeat its mistakes.”
Su made the remark at the Legislative Yuan when asked for comment on the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) accusation on Thursday that by refusing to sign a cross-strait peace agreement, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is “courting war and rejecting peace.”
“The KMT’s tone resembled that of [former British prime minister Neville] Chamberlain before he flew to Berlin and signed the agreement with Adolf Hitler,” Su said. “[Chamberlain] proudly brandished the agreement as he disembarked his airplane, only to see Hitler wage a war later.”
Su was referring to the Munich Agreement spearheaded by Chamberlain in 1938 and signed by the UK, France, Italy and Nazi Germany, which pressed then-Czechoslovakia into ceding the Sudetenland.