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To: PurpleMan
Hate to rain on the parade, and NO, I'm not defending Buchanan. BUT, when VDH says Britain went to war with Germany because Germany had systematically violated Versailles, etc, he's wrong.

The British went to war over Poland. They had guaranteed Poland's independence against any [read German] aggression. If one reads the history, you will note Britain gave Germany something like 12 hours to cease military operations and withdraw from Poland, after which time, if Germany did not, a state of war would exist between the two countries. Poland was the casus belli.

20 posted on 06/16/2008 7:15:45 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr
Hate to rain on the parade, and NO, I'm not defending Buchanan. BUT, when VDH says Britain went to war with Germany because Germany had systematically violated Versailles, etc, he's wrong.

The British went to war over Poland. They had guaranteed Poland's independence against any [read German] aggression. If one reads the history, you will note Britain gave Germany something like 12 hours to cease military operations and withdraw from Poland, after which time, if Germany did not, a state of war would exist between the two countries. Poland was the casus belli.

Umm... no.

VDH is right and you missed the point. Why did Britain take the step of assuring Poland its independence? Precisely because of Germany's systematic violations of Versailles. Poland is where Britain drew the line in the sand "so to speak".

Had Germany not violated the treaty, Britain would not have felt the need to make that guarantee. As for Russia's participation, it was simply following Germany's lead and would not, at that time, have considered invading Poland independently.

Point, VDH.

36 posted on 06/16/2008 8:29:40 AM PDT by PsyOp (Truth in itself is rarely sufficient to make men act. - Clauswitz, On War, 1832.)
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