Hillary Clinton compared Russia’s move to issue passports in Crimea to “population transfers” in pre-World War II Germany, according to a report by Buzzfeed late Tuesday. Her comparison of Putin’s actions to Hitler’s, appeared to be plagiarized from those of a professor who said the exact same thing in February, but both left out the obvious other comparison between Obama and Chamberlain.
The Russian consulate in the Crimean capital of Simferopol prepared for invasion by issuing Russian passports to ethnic Russian Crimeans—a practice Moscow also employed in South Ossetia ahead of the conflict there.
It’s from Putin’s playbook of “soft-annexation.” He didn’t invade, he claims, he engaged in an “uncontested arrival.” He pretends he is protecting Russians and his military base while keeping us all guessing as to his next move.
Putin lies as Hitler lied. Putin said he wouldn’t invade and within hours he moved troops into the Crimea. His troops were disguised and he denied they were Russians.
President Obama wimpishly assisted Putin’s “uncontested arrival” by immediately ceding that Russia has cultural and economic ties with Crimea and an important military base in the region, even though neither the ethnic Russians nor the base were in danger.
At a recent fundraiser, to demonstrate her knowledge of the Ukraine situation and to appear tough, Hillary raised the similarities between Putin’s tactics to Hitler’s.
She compared issuing Russian passports to Ukrainians with ties to Russia with early actions by Nazi Germany before Hitler began invading neighboring countries. She said, however, that while that makes people nervous, there is no indication that Putin is as irrational as the instigator of World War II.
That does remain to be seen. Putin has called the breakup of the Soviet Union the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 20th century. He sees it as destabilizing.
Hillary said this: “Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ‘30s,. All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, 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.”
She talked about how what Putin is doing now is similar to what Hitler did, essentially providing these ethnic Russians in the Crimea region access back to Russia, and that it was destabilizing.”
Hillary’s comments didn’t come from her depth of knowledge of WWII but rather, they were copied from other experts and most likely a professor who made the exact same comments only last month.
Dr Jonathan Eyal, International Director of the security think-tank Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), said a such Russian move would be President Vladimir Putin’s “Sudetenland option”.
Dr Eyal warned that state-owned Russian media outlets are already focusing on the suffering of ethnic-Russians in the region, just as Nazi Germany did with its propaganda in 1938.
Hitler’s similar claims for the Sudetenland was one of the direct precursors to the Second World War.
After legally gaining power in Germany, Hitler quickly began solidifying his position by putting those that disagreed with him into concentration camps. He created massive amounts of propaganda that strengthened German pride by blaming all their problems on Communists and Jews. The concept of pan-Germanism inspired Hitler to combine German peoples in various countries in Europe as well as look east for lebensraum.
Pan-Germanists originally sought to unify all the German-speaking populations of Europe in a single nation-state known as Greater Germany, where “German-speaking” was taken to include the Low German, Frisian, and Dutch-speaking populations of the Low Countries, and sometimes also as synonymous with Germanic-speaking, to the inclusion of Scandinavia.
Neville Chamberlain’s European Policy was to continue a commitment to “peace for our time”, pursuing a policy of appeasement and containment towards Nazi Germany, much as Barack Obama is doing today in the Middle East and now in Eastern Europe.
Hitler claimed he wanted to protect 3 million Germans living in Czechoslovakia and he falsely claimed that 300 Germans were murdered there.
Chamberlain said this during the Munich agreement: “Hold on a minute: there is one point on which I want to be clear and I will explain why: you say that the three million Sudeten Germans must be included in the Reich: would you be satisfied with that and is there nothing more that you want? I ask because there are many people who think that is not all; that you wish to dismember Czechoslovakia.” (National Archives)
Hitler then launched into a long speech; he was out for a racial unity and he did not want a lot of Czechoslovakia. All he wanted was Sudeten Germans. (National Archives)
Czechoslovakia’s border fortifications were in the same area being annexed by Germany, just as Israel’s borders are protected by the lands Obama wants Israel to cede in a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority, a terrorist organization.
Chamberlain signed the Munich Agreement in 1938 permitting Nazi Germany’s annexation of portions of Czechoslovakia along the country’s borders mainly inhabited by German speakers, for which a new territorial designation “Sudetenland” was coined. The agreement was negotiated at a conference held in Munich, Germany, among the major powers of Europe, without the presence of Czechoslovakia.
Today, it is widely regarded as a failed act of appeasement toward Germany. The Czechs, not invited to the meeting, called it the “Munich Betrayal.”
Hitler claimed he only wanted the Sudetenland but proceeded to take over all of Czechoslovakia. He then annexed Austria using the same ruse.
Chamberlain’s appeasement policy made war more likely because Hitler thought he could get away with anything much as Obama’s world-wide appeasement policy makes the USA look weak and unwilling to protect our overseas interests and our allies.
Chamberlain believed that Hitler was a man of his word much as Obama and Hillary who seemed to think they reset their relationship with Russia when few else did. Hillary’s unwillingness to protect even a consulate in Benghazi stemmed from her belief that upsetting the locals with the presence of troops was unnecessary and would stand in the way of rehabilitation.
Chamberlain did not prevent war, he delayed the inevitable, much as the irrational agreement with Iran merely delays the inevitable as Iran hastens to become a nuclear nation. Much as allowing Russia to take command of the Syrian weapons situation allows Syria to hide most of their chemical weapons.
Hitler invaded Poland after Czechoslovakia. Obama, in return for nothing, gave up the missile defense shield that would have protected Poland and the Czech Republic. Why do you think Russia was so afraid of a defense shield in these countries?