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Letter: Hitler, Putin

March 28, 2014

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To the editor:

In 1938, Hitler as a pretext for Germany’s right to acquire land where German-speaking people lived, invaded and enveloped neighboring Austria and Czechoslovakia which rapidly became World War II.

Russian Leader, Vladimir Putin, recently took this page from Hitler’s war book to invade the Crimea region of the Ukraine under the same pretext; i.e. Russian speaking people there really wanted to belong to Russia.

The idea of sanctions to isolate Russia is a start. But make them hurt! Cut Russia off from all international banking and trade. Countries siding with Russia will experience the same, severe sanctions, perhaps more, such as our suspending debt payments to China.

“Those who don’t learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat its mistakes.” The world did not have the guts back in the ‘40s to take on Hitler.  The question is, do we have the courage today, to take on Putin?

Comments

Scott Burkhart 8 months, 4 weeks ago

The short answer is no and it's too bad. The storm is rising.

8 months, 4 weeks ago

"...such as our suspending debt payments to China." What if we all could do that, just not pay the rent or mortgage payments if we don't like our landlord or bank, not make payments on merchandise from stores if we get mad at the store?

I really don't think the attitude of really make them hurt is a good one. If someone really wanted to make me hurt because I did something they did not like, that would not persuade me to stop.

Putin broke both Ukrainian and UN laws as did the ethnic Russians in Crimea when they voted to secede and become part of Russia. The Ukrainian constitution in Article X, Section 135 says that the Crimea does not have a legal right to do so.

It should be the duty of the UN to settle this. If boots on the ground is the answer then let UN troops go in.

Please, God, do not let the US declare war on Russia, go back into Iraq, stay in Afghanistan, go into Syria, etc. No more. Let the UN deal with this.

And, no one, under any circumstances say the word Hitler every again!

Fred Mertz 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Anyone who thinks otherwise only needs to recall how we backed down from the redline with Syria. Putin knows we won't stand up to him.

Wayne Kerr 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Quit comparing Putin with Hitler, it's totally ridiculous to so. Learn your history, Russia was our ally against Hitler in WWII and did more than any nation to stop the spread of fascism in Europe. The American propaganda against Russia is completely unfounded. Did Hitler hold an election in Poland before taking it over? Why should we take on Putin? America has invaded more countries after WWII than all other nations combined. America has no moral authority to condemn Russia for reclaiming their former territory.

Wayne Kerr 8 months, 4 weeks ago

"The world did not have the guts back in the ‘40s to take on Hitler." Wrong. The Soviet Union established the International Brigades to fight Hitler in 1936. The Soviets were the first nation to step forward in opposition to Fascism in Europe and sadly America was the last to do so.

Bob Smith 8 months, 3 weeks ago

"….America was the last to do so." Not true, Brazil declared war on Germany in August 1942. Thanks for playing. Better luck next time.

Wayne Kerr 8 months, 3 weeks ago

It's hard to forget Brazil, they had a such a big impact on the war. thanks

Bob Smith 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Don't forget that little thing called the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Hitler and Stalin were besties there for a while.

8 months, 3 weeks ago

"More honor'd in the breach than the observance," William Shakespeare "Hamlet."

It seems to me that more pacts and treaties have been broken than honored because one of the signers had no intention of doing so, but was merely trying to gain some time to beef up their offenses before attacking what they hoped would be an unsuspecting country.

"Treaty of Peace between His Majesty the Emperor of the French and King of Italy, and His Majesty the Emperor of all the Russias. Done at Tilsit, July 7th, 1807."

Then, wouldn't you know it, Napoleon turned around and attacked Russia. Surprise!

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