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IF MEMORY SERVES…
Re: Tom Bethell’s The Good War? Maybe Not:
Mr. Bethell: While a case can be made that the alliance with Poland was a foolish exercise, it ignores the real issue: Poland should never have become the flashpoint of the War. Beginning in 1933, Hitler made it well known what his plans were and in fact began carrying out much of them. His speeches, published writings and actions all pointed to a determination to rebuild the German empire and seek revenge on the perpetrators of the Versailles Treaty. Yet every tangible step he took in open violation of treaties and international law was met with a wink and a nod giving him license to move further toward his goal. Even he was surprised by the lack of any tangible reaction to his moves.
The bottom line is he could have been stopped many years before Poland became an issue and in due course perhaps overthrown or defeated by the German people in an election. If we assume that England et al. should have ignored any alliance with Poland and allowed Hitler to conquer it unopposed then at what point and at what cost in the future would the western democracies confront the most powerful military power in the world armed perhaps with nuclear weapons and controlled by a madman?
It is quite easy to sit in comfort seventy years from the events
and view them through a prism of today but to those who died or
managed to survive the worst of the War the fault does not lie in
whether Poland should have been defended or foolish alliances
made, but why did those who had the power impose Versailles on
the German people and why did they not stop a madman from
fomenting a World War.irrelevant.
— Stephen J. McCann
BOLTS OF INK FROM ABOVE
Re: Quin Hillyer’s Unsurprising Bigotry:
I wonder if there exists a divine causality between decreased
religiosity and falling newspaper sales. Could the god of
newsprint be angry?
— David Govett
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?