Pat Buchanan: Hitler was just misunderstood 8

JISHOU, HUNAN — Is Pat Buchanan mindnumbingly stupid, or does he secretly adore Adolph Hitler? Nevermind, I can answer the question myself. A couple of the blogs I visit refer to Buchanan’s essay for Chronicles magazine, in which he suggests that the Allies pushed Hitler into declaring war on practically everyone in Europe. No, says the big B, it wasn’t that Hitler really intended to go to war; he really had no choice. Well, being somewhat of a history buff, with World War II one of my interests, I decided to read the essay myself to see exactly what Buchanan has to say on the 70th anniversary of the war’s beginning. The man is a blithering idiot, and/or an apologist for one of history’s most power-hungry dictators. Following World War I (the last time Germany tried to take over Europe), the Treaty of Versailles gave Danzig, a city that was heavily German in population, to Poland. Kind of unfair, in retrospect, but the winners of the war were trying to keep Germany weak. Buchanan suggests in his essay that Hitler, in occupying Danzig in 1939, was merely taking back what Germany should rightfully have had. Those stubborn Poles, “a junta ...
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