Special Opinion to the Mirror by Paul Plante.
Seventy-nine (79) years ago now, in 1943, the year after Joe Biden made world history by being born on November 20, 1942, a man named Walter Phelps Hall, Ph.D, the Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University wrote what I consider to an excellent and well-documented contemporary history of what was happening in the world in the years before the outbreak of World War II, that book being titled “World Wars and Revolutions – The Course of Europe Since 1900,” and in the Preface, he wrote as follows:
Since the events herein have taken place within the memory of living men, this book may be regarded as contemporary history.
To some historians such a description in itself is sufficient to read no further; others, sensitive to the momentous character of these years of turmoil, believe it not only permissible but desirable to chronicle the present, and even to dub what they have written, “history.”
The writer, it is evident, is sympathetic to their point of view.
He is, of course, aware that much of what he has written is not definitive.
On the other hand the revolutionary tempo of this present hour and the bitter death of young men everywhere in this global maelstrom are facts which need recording by one who breathes the atmosphere of 1943.
Facts which need recording by one who breathes the atmosphere of 1943!
Powerful words I thought when I first read them, and not only are they still powerful, but they are directly relevant to us today, everyone in the world, not just in the USA, as we all are forced to have to breath the toxic atmosphere of 2022, which takes us to facts needing recording today by one who breathes that toxic atmosphere, in this case, that being myself, which in turn takes us to March 6, 2014, this being seventy-one (71) years after those words in the Preface to “World Wars and Revolutions – The Course of Europe Since 1900” were written, and when Joe Biden was Hussein Obama’s executive deputy president, and an Associated Press article titled “Clinton slams Putin, a day after her Hitler remark” wherein we had as follows from Hillary, an imp up from Hell bent on the destruction of our civilized world if there ever was one, to wit:
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Russian President Vladimir Putin is a tough but thin-skinned leader who is squandering his country’s potential.
Clinton’s comments came Wednesday, a day after she likened his actions on the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.
Putin has said he was protecting ethnic Russians by moving troops into Crimea.
Clinton said Tuesday at a closed fundraising luncheon in Long Beach that Putin’s actions are similar what happened in the Nazi era in Czechoslovakia and Romania.
“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s,” Clinton said, according to the Press-Telegram of Long Beach.
“Hitler kept saying, ‘They’re not being treated right.'”
“‘I must go and protect my people.'”
“And that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”
Responding to a question submitted at the UCLA talk, Clinton said she was not making a comparison although Russia’s actions were “reminiscent” of claims Germany made in the 1930s, when the Nazis said they needed to protect German minorities in Poland and elsewhere in Europe.
“The claims by President Putin and other Russians that they had to go into Crimea and maybe further into eastern Ukraine because they had to protect the Russian minorities, that is reminiscent of claims that were made back in the 1930s when Germany under the Nazis kept talking about how they had to protect German minorities in Poland and Czechoslovakia and elsewhere throughout Europe,” she said.
“I just want everybody to have a little historic perspective.”
“I am not making a comparison, certainly.”
“But I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before,” she said.
And since I do have more than a little historic perspective on that matter of the Sudeten Deutsch as they were called, with the courtesy of the Cape Charles Mirror, what I would like to do is share that history as it was written in 1943 by Walter Phelps Hall, Ph.D, the Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University, in “World Wars and Revolutions – The Course of Europe Since 1900,” and as it is comprehensive the way the author presents it, I will break it up into installments that are more bite-sized, to make it easier for the reader of today to absorb and comprehend, because like Hillary, I too see comparisons between the Sudeten Deutsch in Czechoslovakia just prior to WWII, and the ethnic Russians in Ukraine today, on the eve of WWIII if Joe Biden has his way, to wit:
The Czechs had watched with anxious eye, as well they might, the submergence of their southern neighbor in the German Reich.
Not only did they have Nazis to the north of them and Nazis to the south of them, but within their own border was a clamorous German minority, the redemption of which might be sponsored any day by Adolf Hitler.
That minority had received more consideration than that given to any other minority in the post-war world.
It had full parliamentary representation and equal educational opportunities – in fact, there were more German secondary schools in Czechoslovakia in proportion to the population than there were schools for Czechs.
On the other hand, that German had just cause for complaint: Public officials were generally Czechs; and minor officials, such as postmen and ticket agents, were apt to pretend that they could not understand German.
The great estates in Czechoslovakia before the war (World War I) had been owned by German landlords who were dissatisfied with the compensation paid them when the lands were subdivided after the war among the peasants.
More important yet, the condition of the German workingmen in the industrial districts was deplorable.
The Czechs were not responsible for the world economic depression of the nineteen-thirties, but they might have been more generous in the relief given to the stricken areas.
At one time there were nearly a million unemployed in this little country, and over a half were Germans!
Until 1935 most of the Germans in Czechoslovakia cooperated with the Czechs in carrying on parliamentary government, but in that year, Konrad Henlein’s Sudetendeutsch Partei, intransigent and dissaffected, captured sixty percent of the German vote.
This party, the S.d.P., was not originally allied with the German Nazis.
It did, however, stress certain German principles: hatred of democracy, devout obedience to a Fuehrer – Henlein – and racial particularism.
The S.d.P.’s demands now increased, one of them being “full liberty for Germans to proclaim their Germanism and their adhesion to the ideology of Germans,” and another a demand that Czechoslovakia should renounce its treaties with France and Russia, the former calling for the military support of the Third Republic should Germany threaten invasion, the latter promising Russian aid, provided France aided the threatened state first.
Neither of these demands could safely be granted by the Czech majority; to accede to the first would invite open propaganda against democracy in a democratic state; to accede to the second would make Czechoslovakia defenseless in case of attack.
War was narrowly averted in the month of May, 1938.
A frontier incident resulted in the death of two Germans; Hitler promptly cut off negotiations with the Czechs and hastened troops to the border.
Czechoslovakia as promptly mobilized and rushed 400,000 men to the German frontier.
France affirmed her support for Czechoslovakia and that meant that Russia must follow suit.
Britain agreed to support France, and Hitler withdrew his troops.
But he did not change his intentions, nor did the Czechs their resolution to fight for their country.
What did take place during the four succeeding months was the betrayal of Czechoslovakia by France, aided and abetted to no little degree by England.
And with that last sentence about the betrayal of Czechoslovakia by France, aided and abetted to no little degree by England hanging there before us, as just a bit ago, on 26 March 2022, Joe Biden was in Poland and was quoted in the transcript of his address to the Polish president as saying “I’m confident that Vladimir Putin was counting on being able to divide NATO, to be able to separate the eastern flank from the West, be able to separate nations based on past histories,” and “But he hasn’t been able to do it,” and “We’ve all stayed together,” and finally, “And — and so, I just think it’s so important that we — Poland and the United States — keep in lockstep in how we’re proceeding” (keeping in lockstep with Joe Biden on this issue could well prove fatal for Poland), let me stop here to let the import of that about how not to count on your friends in a time of crisis sink in, and then I will be back with installment two.