Confrontation vs. Appeasement

Capitol Hill Cubans examines the disparate results of confrontation and appeasement in regards to diplomatic policies applied to brutal and murderous dictators:

Confronting (Syria, Libya) vs. Appeasing (Cuba, Iran)
While the international community (and the Obama Administration) confronts and sanctions the Gaddafi and Assad regimes (emboldening opposition activists), they continue to appease the Castro and Ahmadinejad regimes (emboldening the repressors).

The result?

In Cuba:

American development worker, Alan Gross, has been taken hostage and given a 15-year prison term for helping Cuban connect to the Internet.

In Iran:

Two American hikers were taken hostage and given 8-year prison terms for “spying and illegal entry.”

As 19th century abolitionist leader William Lloyd Garrison astutely noted:

With reasonable men I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.”