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post #31 of 33
Doesn't ANYONE read and learn, from history?

After WWI, the League of Nations imposed sanctions and ordered the disarmament of Germany. Inspectors were dispatched, to insure this. Hitler managed to rearm, build an illegal 100,000-man army and submarines, right under the noses, of the inspectors! The inspection process and the League of Nations fell apart, in 1934. So much for sanctions and inspections.

Neville Chamberlain returned from Germany, waving a piece of paper and promised "peace in our time". Hitler promptly rolled into Poland, France, Belgium and Czechoslovakia. Six million Jews and untold numbers of Gypsies, homosexuals and other "undesirables" were herded into slave labor and death camps. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen died to liberate Europe, from this insane dictator. All of this could have been avoided, if Hitler had been neutralized, in 1934.

Once again, the world is faced with a megalomaniac, bent on world domination, with weapons that Hitler never even dreamed of. Some of the very countries, which the United States fought long and hard, to liberate now want to appease another dictator. Have they learned NOTHING, from their own history?

What is it going to take? A Scud missile, hitting the Eiffel Tower or a cloud of nerve gas, in the Paris Metro?

I'm getting emotional, here - my dad slogged through mud and blood and saw his buddies killed, in the Pacific, so that I could have a safe place to live and be able to sit at this computer and express my opinions, FREELY without fear of government reprisals. My late husband, Russ, was Jewish. Eleven members of his family went into Dachau and they didn't come out. This must not happen again!
post #32 of 33
I'm sorry kat, but I feel, dispite anyones efforts, time and time again, that this world will never really be a safe place.
Your father reminds me of those people who once believed it could be, specially since you said that's what he faught for, but then 9/11 happens and wakes the rest of the nation up who haven't come to the realization that no, no place is safe, not even America.
post #33 of 33
No Angel, it won't ever be a safe place. Does that mean we should sit back and let the future Hitlers of the world take over? I'm not a fatalist. I think this world can be a better place than it is now, but in order to achieve that we have to constantly remain vigilant and put down the threats as they come up. There will always be those who want more than their share of the power, those who want to rule the world with an iron fist. Do we let them get to the same point that the League of Nations let Hitler or do we squash them before it gets to that point? Like Cindy said, we have to learn from history, and obviously the UN and especially France (Of all people!!!) refuse to even acknowledge the mistakes of the past.
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