March 16, 2017

Today in History: Hitler signals intent to breach terms of Versailles Treaty (1935)

John RobsonArchive

It seemed like a small thing when Hitler announced on March 16, 1935 that Germany would breach the terms of the Versailles settlement by bringing in conscription and training 100,000 men a year without dramatically expanding its military. 

But when the former Allies did not react, he quickly announced a tripling of the armed forces in May (along with renaming it the Wehrmacht from the Reichswehr, already purged of Jews a year earlier), then remilitarized the Rhineland a year later while the French stood feebly by despite still having a far bigger army.

Then came the Czechoslovak crisis, Munich and… well, you know the rest.

Not every ominous deed foreshadows disaster if ignored, of course. But almost every disaster is foreshadowed by ominous deeds ignored. Like this one.

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commented 2017-03-17 12:48:53 -0400
Maurice, we really need to sit down for coffee one day.
commented 2017-03-16 18:19:24 -0400
We should be ridding the world right now of fundamentalist Islam, but we aren’t and we won’t.
commented 2017-03-16 17:09:30 -0400
Art – most of us aren’t fine with it, but we are being silenced by our governments, the MSM, and all the “special needs groups,” who’ve been brainwashed into believing that they are victims. They are victims alright, victims of the UN/globalist elites who wish to own us.
commented 2017-03-16 14:41:01 -0400
Ignoring deeds is one thing. Actively courting disaster as Clinton and Chretien did with China and Europe is now doing with Islam is a different matter. These were not, ‘mistakes’ or even sticking ones head in the sand (or up one’s ass). This is the deliberate destruction of the west, that apparently enough of us dumb ass, entitled, blue haired, fat ass, zombie’s are just fine with.
commented 2017-03-16 12:55:44 -0400
The muslim invasion comes to mind. We in the west are hoping to appease the most unappeasable people on earth.
commented 2017-03-16 12:50:44 -0400
I understand the need to take care of a budding problem before it becomes a menace, but to play the “devil’s advocate” here, how does one tell when something is going to become a menace.

Hind sight is 20/20 and we all know it would have been better for powers at the time to call Hitler out on breaking the treaty and deal with it then, but could they have known at the time what he would have done?
commented 2017-03-16 12:16:15 -0400
Yes, deal with something ominous before it becomes menacing – this is ignored time and time again. Our world leaders, with the exception of a few; are willfully blind.