"The EU also warned it was ready “to act to protect European interests” - "peace cannot be brought by appeasement; that it is far better in the long run to challenge at an early stage rather than allow an aggressor to go on from strength to strength until the inevitable war begins with the defender at a dangerous disadvantage."
The EU also warned it was ready “to act to protect European interests if the sanctions legislation damaged the blocs dealings with the Russian energy sector. Brussels is concerned that the new sanctions will adversely affect European firms as well as oil and gas projects on which the EU states rely.”
EU and Russia condemn proposed new US sanctions on Moscow, France24, 2017-07-26
Protecting Russia a clear violator along with their co-conspirator China both usurping the sovereignty of other Nations, both intent on undermining others National Security, and in Afghanistan Russia support the Taliban directly and China enabling the Taliban to purchase Chinese machine guns over the internet, history has clearly warned us of the dangerous stupidity of an "attempt to appease the imperialistically minded dictators by weakly acquiescing in the early acts of aggression.”
To become immersed in short term political point scoring and economic gain when history teaches us exactly what the terrible cost of doing so is, what is definitely going to occur and the victim first into the killing fields will be the very sycophantic Europeans hugging the “imperialistically minded dictators “ Putin and XI is sickening to watch once again.
A Strategy of Patience with dangerous cultural duplicity is a Strategy of Failure enabling evil to flourish and strengthen. Wars are not created by those who have to fight them they are created by secondary free-rider elite refusing to confront evil as soon as it arises. "Peace in my time, the future who cares."
“The outstanding feature of the opening phase of the Middle East (WWII) was the unreadiness of both sides to undertake operations. This dangerous state of affairs had been forced on the British Service authorities by Government policy, which resulted in the first instance from general public apathy towards defence, and secondly from the attempt to appease the imperialistically minded dictators by weakly acquiescing in the early acts of aggression.
The lessons here are:
(a) That once Service strengths have been allowed to run down they cannot be restored quickly.
(b) That the restoration of Service strengths requires much more than giving them the necessary manpower; it requires an immense and sustained effort involving every aspect of national life.
(c) That peace cannot be brought by appeasement; that it is far better in the long run to challenge at an early stage rather than allow an aggressor to go on from strength to strength until the inevitable war begins with the defender at a dangerous disadvantage.
If you make the deductions from your intelligence reports fit your preconceived notions about what the enemy is or ought to be doing, you are almost bound to be surprised.”
MIDDLE EAST 1939-43, DIRECTORATE OF MILITARY TRAINING, Military Board Army Headquarters, Melbourne, 31/8/1959