- Oct 2010
It's germane to note that the world looked the other way when Hitler annexed Austria. Again, on the advice of Chamberlain, Hitler's designs on the Sudetenland were unopposed on the basis that Hitler would make no more territorial demands.
The rest is history. Estonia, think, Austria.
I understand your points , but don't see your point.At that time Hitler had no nuclear weapons, at that time we had no real understanding of Germany's capability,and furthermore at that time the Ocean was a hell of a barrier. In my opinion dredging up WWII scenarios is irrelevant on this matter. This is 2019 not 1933,35, 41 or 45
Putin, April 2005 state of the nation address to the country’s top politicians and parliament:
"The breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century."
Putin may not wish to recreate the Soviet Union, but he definitely wants to establish Russin hegemony over the former Soviet states.
Those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it. In 1938, Chamberlain told the French and UK Governments that if Hitler was allowed to annex Austria, he'd stop there. He didn't. The world looked the other way when Putin took Crimea through a military invasion, bloodlessly, but irresistibly nonetheless ... in 2014.