How We Lost, How We Won (1930–1960)
“I think it is well for the man on the street to realize that there is no power on earth that can protect him from being bombed… the bomber will always get through.” – Stanley Baldwin (British parliament member)
Hitler withdraws Germany from the League of Nations. The World Disarmament Conference begins to break down, until its final halt in 1937.
Nazi Germany reoccupies the Rhineland, in violation of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. No sanctions are imposed for that action.
“How horrible, fantastic it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a far away country between people of whom we know nothing. I am myself a man of peace from the depths of my soul.” – Neville Chamberlain on Czechoslovakia
“I asked Hitler about 1 in the morning while we were waiting for the draftsmen whether he would care to see me for another talk….I had a very friendly and pleasant talk, on Spain, (where he too said he had never had any territorial ambitions) economic relations with S.E. Europe, and disarmament […]” – Neville Chamberlain in a letter to his sister
Germany invades the remainder of Czechoslovakia, not content with the Sudetenland, which it had gained in the Munich Agreement.
“Instead of agitating for war, the Jewish groups in this country should be opposing it in every possible way for they will be among the first to feel its consequences.” – Charles Lindbergh at an America First Committee rally
Allied powers occupy Germany. The Nazi leadership is put on trial (Nuremberg), most executed.
Germany is denazified: Nazi elites removed, education forced upon the German people to eradicate all Nazi ideas.
Summary of the Brief Timeline
During the 1930’s, appeasement had been the method tried for the purpose of preventing another Great War (the war of 1914–8, now known as World War I). That method failed: the French silence in the face of the German retaking of the Rhineland signaled its weakness to Hitler, and a year after getting the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia in a peace treaty, he proceeded to occupy the entire country. With the invasion of Poland, it was clear that appeasement was dead.
In the years 1941–45, after harrowing defensive warfare, the Allied powers finally began the counterattack, the invasion of the Axis countries. In 1945 the invasion was complete and war ended, with total victory for the Allied powers.
For the following 15 years or so, the Allied powers occupied Germany and used a different method of preventing it from becoming a danger for world peace again: first, the removal of the leadership, and second, the reeducation of the German people. The Nazi elites were tried and many executed. The German people were made to undergo a new education that cleansed them of all the former ideas.
“We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.”
Perhaps because of her scandal-seeking way of writing, but probably more because of the Left’s rationalism (which makes them prefer appeasement rather than admit the enemy’s willingness to go for total war) and hatred of the West’s Biblical heritage, Coulter’s column had the Leftists seething, and to this day, when you bring it up, they reject Coulter’s words just because they’re Coulter’s.
I do not pretend to read Coulter’s mind, so this is just my personal interpretation, but Coulter’s words at the bottom of that column, whether intentionally or not, strike me as an adaption of the Allies successful World War II policy for our times, when Islam takes the place of Nazism, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the place of Hitler. In order to have lasting peace, the West needs to depose the Islamic elites (political and religious leaders) and reeducate the people away from the death cult. “Convert them to Christianity” does not imply conversion at gunpoint anymore than denazification was such. It means education encouraging conversion, with the occupying Western power preventing the execution of apostates.
Conventional sentiment militates against the idea of religious conversion, even encouraged and not forced. Under the premise that religion is one’s own matter between his deity and himself, the revulsion is understandable. But Islam’s thin mantle of spirituality hides a thick core of a political movement. Were Islam a spirituality at its core, why would death be the punishment for apostates? Apostates are required to be executed because apostasy from Islam is considered treason. “Treason” is a political term, not a spiritual one.
The West still recoils at all these very thoughts. It will, however, find out, like Britain in September 1939, that what is at stake is Western civilization’s very survival.