Putin’s move into Ukraine a striking parallel to Hitler’s tactics
by Don McKee
March 02, 2014 11:00 PM | 2568 views | 14 14 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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On the morning of March 12, 1938 — 76 years ago — German troops marched into Austria and the next day Hitler annexed the country into the Third Reich, having first used the pretext that troops were needed to restore order.

Next came the takeover of part of Czechoslovakia on the pretext of protecting Germans living there — with the acquiescence of France and Britain. Next, Hitler marched into Czechoslovakia a year after taking Austria. Then he used a contrived Polish attack on a German radio station to capture Poland with the infamous blitzkrieg of Sept. 1, 1939, igniting World War II.

It’s striking how Russian president Vladimir Putin follows the pattern of pretexts used by Hitler to take territories coveted in the thirst for empire.

In 2008, Putin attacked and annexed part of Georgia at the invitation of “legitimate” local authorities seeking protection. Now he is on the same track with Ukraine, where already he has control of the Crimean region with his parliament’s approval to further the invasion of that country — in the name of protecting Russian interests and Russian-speaking citizens.

Putin has little regard for how other nations react. He ignored the urging of European leaders and President Obama by moving into Ukraine. Obama had said only a day before the occupation that there would be “costs” if Russia intervened in Ukraine’s civil unrest that toppled its president. This was followed by a White House warning of “greater political and economic isolation” and a statement the United States will suspend participation in meetings preparatory to a summit of G-8 countries in Sochi, Russia — the setting for Putin’s Olympics that glorified him, a la Hitler and the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, another striking parallel noted by Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion.

Putin called Obama on Saturday, according to a Russian government statement, and asserted in the event of “further spread of violence in the eastern regions of Ukraine and Crimea, Russia reserves the right to protect its interests and the Russian-speaking population.” That signaled a broad expansion of the Russian occupation and de facto annexation.

The White House said Obama “expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law,” and said the U.S. “condemns Russia’s military intervention,” and “calls on Russia to de-escalate tensions by withdrawing its forces back to bases in Crimea and to refrain from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine.”

Words. As a Forbes columnist said, Putin has the advantage: “The constellation of forces — a political vacuum in Ukraine, a weak and indecisive U.S. president and a European herd of cats — are aligned for him to get away with the annexation — formal or de facto — of a prized portion of Ukraine.”

Unfortunately, this looks like a replay of 76 years ago and the next step in Vladimir Putin’s plan to retake coveted parts of the old Soviet empire he still cherishes. This much is certain: words won’t stop him.



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Kevin Foley
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March 06, 2014
@ East Cobb Senior - If that's all you're taking, then you should be on meds. See your gerontologist.
anonymous
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March 05, 2014
Unfortunately conservatives such as McCain and Graham are suffering from "Combatus Interruptus".

Obama has used diplomacy to remove a dictator from Libya with no losses, got Iran to agree to international inspections of their nuclear facilities, got Syria to dispose of supplies of nerve gas they never admitted they had. Just think, If it had not been for Obama the Republicans could be enjoying the fruits of at least six full blown wars by now!
West Cobb
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March 06, 2014
Yeah, those four guys in Benghazi were just an inconvenience, anyway; everybody knows the Iranians are scrupulously honest, and where did Syria get nerve gas in the first place? If it had not been for Obama, most Americans would still have their health insurance, the economic recovery would be nearly complete, and the rest of the world wouldn't be chuckling behind their hands whenever our President issues a "warning".

When did McCain and Graham become conservatives?
Putin-Hitler & 2008
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March 04, 2014
Fox News commentators have been rushing in to blame President Obama for the Russian military's excursion into Ukraine. It's because of Obama's "weakness" that Vladamir Putin has seized the military initiative, announced Sarah Palin.

The crisis proves Obama's guilty of misunderstanding the Russians and not being "interested in American national security affairs," according to John Bolton. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told Fox viewers Obama "left a vacuum that Putin is filling," and Steve Doocy complained the president hasn't done "much" to solve the situation.

Also, Obama needs to get a "backbone" and he's "lost moral authority." All this while Fox has marveled over Putin's prowess as a true "leader," and swooned his supposed physical superiority over Obama.

Please note that in August 2008, during President Bush's final months in office, a strikingly similar scenario played out when Russian forces invaded the former Soviet state of Georgia. At the time, the Bush White House sounded an awful lot like today's Obama White House. From Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino, now a Fox host:

"The United States supports Georgia's territorial integrity. We call for an immediate ceasefire. We urge all parties Georgians, south Ossetians, Russians to deescalate the tensions and to avoid conflict. We are work on mediation efforts and to secure a ceasefire, and we are urging the parties to restart their dialogue."

Ben Twomey
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March 05, 2014
It is marvelous the way you liberals try to justify Obama's monumental ineptness by coming up with something Bush did.

What Bush did, in no way, mitigates, justifies or excuses the overt destructiveness of the Obama presidency.
Constant criticism
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March 03, 2014
Putin may be bad, but he is not Hitler. Our only recourse is economic sanctions. We are not about to attack Russia or is that what you suggest? And tell Osama, or those terrorists being attacked endlessly by drones that the President is weak. You can criticise every day from now till he leaves office but I respect his word and actions far more than your constant criticism.
don't ignore
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March 03, 2014
This matter should be of concern to every American. This is exactly the way freedoms are lost and the Ukraine deserves our support. Military intervention is not necessary, there are other ways to make it tough for Putin. Just hope this very weak administration does the right thing. We are becoming the laughing stock of the world!
anonymous
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March 03, 2014
You are totally correct Don, "words won't stop him", as any conservative knows there is only one solution, thermo-nuclear war!
Kevin Foley
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March 03, 2014
Yep, the reactionaries thing the guy who ordered the killing of OBL is "weak."

The reactionaries want, what, a full scale war in eastern Europe with Russia over a small piece of territory where America has no national interests?

Is that what a "strong" president would do?
East Cobb Senior
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March 03, 2014
@Foley, Obama couldn't recognize America's national interest abroad if it was the size of Antarctica. Using Obama's Ukrainian tactics against Russia, I suppose if Mexico moved troops into California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to "Protect" the spanish speaking populations from the intimidation, deprivation, alienation and polarization caused by what they would assert as a "hostile and dangerous environment" perpetrated on spanish speaking minorities by the English speaking majority, Obama would draw a "Red Line" in Oregon and threaten there would be "costs" if they went any further. This clown in the White House endangers our National and Economic Security every time he opens his incompetent mouth. When he unilaterally cancelled the missile defense systems for our NATO allies he not only lost all credibility with them but gave up a critical bargaining chip with Russia. And by the way we got nothing in return from Russia for that cancellation. Yes he is WEAK.
Kevin Foley
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March 04, 2014
East Cobb Senior - Mexico? Oregon? What? I thought Don was comparing Putin to Hitler. Better have your attendants check your med dosages.
East Cobb Senior
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March 04, 2014
@Foley, just for your information, my meds consist of a vitamin pill and a baby aspirin. It's your "Kool Aid" dosage that needs checking. The analogy I laid out with a Mexican "invasion" is representative of how Obama would respond to such an incursion. He is gutless and weak. As McCain so aptly described Obama and his foreign policy and it applies to his domestic policy as well, the "Liar in Chief" in the White House is "Feckless" as are you and your Liberal Socialist minions.
East Cobb Senior
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March 03, 2014
And Obama's response is strikingly similar to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's naiveté with his "Peace in Our Time" debacle which lead to Hitlers expansionist agenda in Europe and a World War that cost millions of lives. Unfortunately the only talent Obama has is "words". As a street organizer from Chicago, he mastered the art of rhetoric and lying but is totally inept at governing and has been a total failure with respect to foreign policy. He has assembled a menagerie of incompetent knee jerk yes types in his cabinet who see nothing wrong with also lying and breaking the law to serve the anti-American, leftist socialist agenda of their Messiah Obama. Let's hope that Obama's idiotic incompetence does not plunge us into another war as Chamberlain's did.
why not
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March 05, 2014
East Cobb Senior is right, we should ourselves "What would Dick Cheney do" and attack Russia immediately. Why not? They have WMD's somewhere. They hate our freedom. The defense contractors could use the money. The military provides jobs for unemployed youth. What could possibly go wrong?
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