Re: Super Anti War Computers
From: Bill Todd (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From: "Bill Todd" <email@example.com> Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 17:02:00 -0500
"CBFalconer" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> email@example.com wrote:
> > firstname.lastname@example.org (Seebs) wrote:
> > >Arthur T. Murray <email@example.com> wrote:
> > >>The White House gangsters are about to march into Iraq
> > >>the way Nazi Germany marched into Poland on 1.SEP.1939.
> > >
> > >Or the way someone should have marched into Germany 1.AUG.1939.
> > >
> > >Which way is it? Ask someone in 50 years.
> > Yes. I've been fortunate enough to read _The Rise and Fall
> > of the Third Reich_ this winter. It's not a joke nor
> > is this a mere political matter.
> Doesn't anybody see the parallel to the prelude to Munich, 1938.
Er - maybe?
At that time, Germany was developing an *immense* war machine (something
Saddam has no hope of doing without being seen - even if there were no
on-the-ground inspections). Annexing Austria. Invading the Sudetenland
(which IIRC was what the Munich agreement accepted, to its everlasting
That's why such comparisons and talk of 'appeasement' with respect to Iraq
are so ridiculous: as the French have so aptly observed, the situation
today is that Saddam is in his box, the inspectors are in there keeping an
even closer eye on him than can be done with aerial and satellite
surveillance, and he's not about to invade *anybody*.
Now, if you were instead drawing a parallel between *U.S.* actions and
Germany's around 1938, then I regret to say that you've got much more of a
point. The Project for a New American Century may not be arguing for
'lebensraum' in the physical sense, but it certainly is talking about
expanding American hegemony world-wide. And if the U.N. ratifies such
action under U.S. pressure rather than standing up against it, then indeed
it will evoke memories of Munich in 1938.