Scott Smith wrote:
Roberto wrote:And then there was the unprovoked aggression on 22 June 1941 against the Soviet Union ...
Not exactly unprovoked. The Soviets were massing forces at least defensively on the border in 1941, which even if it had not led to an attack by Stalin in 1942 at a favorable opportunity, it would have at the very least tied-up Germany's divisions, and thus prolonged the war in the West.
Now that's what I call a provocation.
Molotov made it clear to Hitler in the autumn of 1940 that the Soviet Union wanted a foothold in Romania, which would then control German supplies of natural oil, and that was strategically intolerable.
And here's another illustrative piece of warlord thinking.
Anyway, the Führer had written the following decades before in Mein Kampf
We National Socialists have to go still further. The right to territory may become a duty when a great nation seems destined to go under unless its territory be extended. And that is particularly true when the nation in question is not some little group of negro people but the Germanic mother of all the life which has given cultural shape to the modern world. Germany will either become a World Power or will not continue to exist at all. But in order to become a World Power it needs that territorial magnitude which gives it the necessary importance to-day and assures the existence of its citizens.
Therefore we National Socialists have purposely drawn a line through the line of conduct followed by pre-War Germany in foreign policy. We put an end to the perpetual Germanic march towards the South and West of Europe and turn our eyes towards the lands of the East. We finally put a stop to the colonial and trade policy of pre-War times and pass over to the territorial policy of the future.
But when we speak of new territory in Europe to-day we must principally think of Russia and the border States subject to her.
Destiny itself seems to wish to point out the way for us here. In delivering Russia over to Bolshevism, Fate robbed the Russian people of that intellectual class which had once created the Russian State and were the guarantee of its existence. For the Russian State was not organized by the constructive political talent of the Slav element in Russia, but was much more a marvellous exemplification of the capacity for State-building possessed by the Germanic element in a race of inferior worth. Thus were many powerful Empires created all over the earth. More often than once inferior races with Germanic organizers and rulers as their leaders became formidable States and continued to exist as long as the racial nucleus remained which had originally created each respective State. For centuries Russia owed the source of its livelihood as a State to the Germanic nucleus of its governing class. But this nucleus is now almost wholly broken up and abolished. The Jew has taken its place. Just as it is impossible for the Russian to shake off the Jewish yoke by exerting his own powers, so, too, it is impossible for the Jew to keep this formidable State in existence for any long period of time. He himself is by no means an organizing element, but rather a ferment of decomposition. This colossal Empire in the East is ripe for dissolution. And the end of the Jewish domination in Russia will also be the end of Russia as a State. We are chosen by Destiny to be the witnesses of a catastrophe which will afford the strongest confirmation of the nationalist theory of race.
But it is our task, and it is the mission of the National Socialist Movement, to develop in our people that political mentality which will enable them to realize that the aim which they must set to themselves for the fulfilment of their future must not be some wildly enthusiastic adventure in the footsteps of Alexander the Great but industrious labour with the German plough, for which the German sword will provide the soil.
Source of quote:
http://www.stormfront.org/books/mein_ka ... 2ch14.html
So whatever perceived necessities of the moment hastened his decision, good old Adolf was doing something that it had always been his dream to do.
Still, I think there was a better chance for Germany working out an acceptable deal with Stalin (who was a realist)
Unfortunately he was also the leader of Bolshevik Judeo-Slav sub-humanry. No deal with him could therefore last, beneficial though
the Nazi-Soviet pact of 1939 was for both sides.
than with Churchill (who was just a foolish old drunk). Any toad could have fought Hitler and wound up being dubbed a Great Man.
Not that I have any particular sympathies for Churchill, but who calls him a "toad" while considering the Führer a remarkable statesman who gambled and failed should seriously examine his perception of proportions and reality, in my opinion.
My only concern is in going after the facts. As such, I am not interested in defending Adolf Hitler to my dying breath. I will say, however, that he was a great man ... certainly greater than Churchill and FDR put together, and possibly the greatest leader of our century, if not longer. This is not to say that he was perfect, but he about the best thing that could have happened to Germany.
"Revisionist" grand dragon Greg Raven, as quoted under
http://www.nizkor.org/ftp.cgi/people/r/ ... -on-hitler
Keep 'em coming, Mr. Volksempfänger.