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Ukraine and Putin: Shades of Adolf Hitler!

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Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to wage war is senseless and useless.         Adolf Hitler.


Shades of Nazi Germany's Fuhrer Adolf Hitler! The parallels between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Twentieth Century's mass murderer of so many millions, while seeking world domination by his adopted nation,  are indeed eerie. Even the recent stress on Olympic success resonates: Putin strove for medals in Sochi to show Russian athletic superiority; Hitler tried, unsuccessfully, to use the 1936 Berlin Olympics to prove Aryan supremacy.   And just as Hitler hated the Jews, Putin detests homosexuals.  Above all, though their times are eighty years apart  in  history, when it comes to Hitler's Fatherland and Putin's Motherland, they are cut from the same cloth of attempted world domination.

Which brings us to the current major crisis for Ukraine -- and for all of us. Again, the parallels are uncanny.  Hitler broke the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, through a series of aggressive military moves, including the annexation of his own homeland, Austria, in March, 1938, followed by the successful invasion of Poland on September 1,1939. Russian  President Vladimir Putin has violated various international treaties, standards, and laws by sending troops into the Crimea region of Ukraine, which has ethnic ties to Russia -- but nevertheless is part of a separate sovereign  nation.  Like Hitler's invasions, Putin's incursion into Crimea has been rubber-stamped by his own parliament.

Philosopher George Santayana often said that those who fail to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat  it.  One of the most important lessons of World War II is that failure to take forceful and effective action in the early days of a conflict inevitably leads to increased and often-intolerable conflicts later.  Dictators and pseudo-dictators always test the waters before jumping in wholeheartedly.  When Adolf Hitler tested those waters in the 1930's, the  world looked the other way at his incursions and invasions.  It was even said that the terms of the Treaty of Versailles had been so harsh against Germany that the rise of a dictator preaching Aryan supremacy while practicing war was understandable.  Understandable, perhaps -- but those practices should have been totally unacceptable.

That process of "turning a blind eye" to Hitler's territorial aspirations came close to leaving the entire world blinded.   While we may not yet be certain of all of Vladimir Putin's territorial and other aspirations, they undoubtedly exist, and  are undoubtedly hostile to world peace and the best interests of humanity.  Anyone who thinks Putin will stop upon gaining control of the Crimea region of Ukraine is an incurable optimist.  The West has but two choices: stop Putin now, or risk one more World War later, and a potential thermonuclear war this time.  

When Albert Einstein was asked what weapons would be used in the next major war, he responded that he did not know the answer to that question, but in the war after that one, the weapons would be sticks and stones.  We cannot allow Vladimir Putin, or anyone else, to use threats and bullying tactics -- combined with our timidity -- to cause that doomsday outcome. The time to stop this 21st Century Adolf Hitler is here and now.  "Later" is likely to be too late.

 

Author's Biography Eugene Elander has been a progressive social and political activist for decades. As an author, he won the Young Poets Award at 16 from the Dayton Poets Guild for his poem, The Vision. He was chosen Poet Laureate of Pownal, (more...)
 

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After speaking with Russian President Vladimir Put... by Eugene Elander on Monday, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:12:48 PM
He is. He had a dream of being Peter the Great. ... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:15:24 AM
From Wikipedia: "Imperial title of Peter the G... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:20:59 AM
 Today Ukraine.. tomorrow the world ! And all... by Carol Jackson on Monday, Mar 3, 2014 at 4:22:39 PM
So was Germany in 1933. ... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:24:50 AM
I hesitated responding because, frankly, your com... by Robert S. Becker on Monday, Mar 3, 2014 at 6:19:27 PM
You reason it well. Problem is - does Putin? If t... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:29:34 AM
Speaking of illegal aggression, how about the W Bu... by Michael Collins on Monday, Mar 3, 2014 at 6:51:07 PM
Don't defend the wrong by quoting other wrongs. ... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:12:30 AM
If you wanted to write about fascists and NAZIs th... by Tom Madison on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 10:27:53 AM
It's been reported by Jeremy scahill etc that in 2... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:06:44 AM
Now that's some bad analysis! No mention of Bush... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:04:06 AM
But hey what do facts matter when you have an Empi... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:08:21 AM
"historical spheres of influence" Is that what y... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:14:40 AM
I'm not defending Putin - I'm just saying Ukraine ... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:10:31 PM
First I hope that by Mexico you mean New Mexico, ... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 1:48:47 PM
Thank you for making a thoughtful analysis. Unfor... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:13:53 AM
I don't see the "thoughtfulness" in absurd analogi... by Robert S. Becker on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 1:06:20 PM
I respect your thoughts too. Our reading of the a... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 3:34:46 PM
I suspect all loose analogies and this one is a w... by Robert S. Becker on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 7:29:02 PM
I guess we disagree about the author's suggestion... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 12:57:23 AM
Hillary Clinton Compares Russian Actions To Nazi... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 8:59:31 AM
The "protection" of Sudetian Germans indeed sound... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 9:29:25 AM
Doomsday is doomsday: no accommodation in this lan... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 9:01:58 AM
A simple action that I heard is possible (and I wo... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 9:27:25 AM
This is disingenuous on your part, unrelated to th... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 10:41:48 AM
This  is a pathetic misunderstanding of what'... by Jeffrey Bodony on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 1:54:35 PM
This puerile article full of US hyperbolic propaga... by Archie on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 2:16:14 PM
I agree 100%. Eugene Elander is a dumb ass who doe... by Guglielmo Tell on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 5:24:21 PM
LOL... Succinct and accurate! However, never assu... by Paul Repstock on Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 12:07:34 AM
How the heck did this propaganda piece get up on O... by Samson on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 10:53:28 PM
You have got it right.OpEd needs donations and th... by kappie on Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 9:09:11 AM
Utter fantasy, rather like comparing Putin with Hi... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 9:25:32 AM
This must be the right wing representation of arti... by kappie on Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 9:07:14 AM
This so called action by Russia is in no way simil... by Michael Shaw on Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 9:43:36 AM
Furthermore, our involvement in this Ukrainian deb... by Michael Shaw on Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 10:00:48 AM