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Saturday, April 25, 2015

BOOK BITS - William L. Shirer's THE NIGHTMARE YEARS - 1930-1940 - The day in 1936 when French and British cowardice made them miss the last chance to stop Hitler and NAZISM without bloodshed, when Hitler remilitarized the Rhineland.

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The Nightmare Years 1930-1940 A book worth re-reading every few years because it holds so many lessons for contemporary politics.  Written in a conversational style, the writer's voice is a delight in contrast to many other heavy volumes on World War II.

William L. Shirer was a US news correspondent in Berlin during the Nazi years.  He subsequently wrote several highly regarded books on that era.
This Book Bit will focus on two important issues:
1)  The fateful decision made by Britain and France not to stop Hitler's 1936 remilitarization of the Rhineland. 
This reminds us of the West's years of reluctance to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, and the White House severe warnings to Israel not to dare destroy Iran's nuclear sites. 
2)  How the world chose to ignore Hitler's own written plan for the expansion of Germany and the genocide of the Jews and other peoples, while believing in Hitler's speeches where he reassured his adversaries that all he and Germany wanted was "peace".
Reminiscent of today's willful blindness to what Islam really is and pursues - all in black and white on the Koran and the Hadith, and in the documented history of 1300 years of Islamic oppression, enslavement, and conquest - while choosing instead to believe the hoax of Islam as "the religion of peace".

Continue reading, including quotes by William L. Shirer from his book, and further references

 Saturday, March 7, 1936 - German Army troops cross a bridge over the Rhine River and enter the Rhineland - for the first time since the end of World War I.
France's and England's fateful decision
Had France and England stopped Hitler's remilitarization of the Rhineland in 1936, he would have lost face, and quite likely been swept out of power.  Millions of lives would have been saved.
On March 7, 1936, Hitler sent troops to the Rhineland, in violation of the Treaty of Versailles signed after World War I.
Hitler's generals were extremely concerned that this move would elicit immediate military response from France. 

Hitler knew better.  He was acutely aware of the political rot affecting both France and England, and sensed that he could take a chance. 
Hitler's assessment proved correct.  Neither France nor England moved a finger to stop him, thus proving to Eastern European countries that they could no longer count on France for protection against Nazi expansion.  
And most importantly, demonstrating to Hitler that he could carry out his grand plan for the conquest of Europe without expecting any effective organized military response by either France or England.
That single day in March 1936 sealed the fate of Europe. 
William L. Shirer writes: 
British PM at the time
Stanley Baldwin
"I called up our London office to check on what the British were going to do.  My inquiry drew hearty laughter.  The prime minister and the cabinet, I was told, had not yet returned from the weekend." 
(Weekends were sacred to British parliamentarians, who retired to the countryside and refused to be bothered by any - even the most urgent - matter of state.  This was a fact well known to Hitler, who timed the invasion to coincide with the weekend. Blogger.)
Shirer:  "Much of the Sunday (British) press actually welcomed Hitler's move, my London colleagues said. " 

"I had seen the rot in France in 1934.  Frenchmen were more concerned with fighting Frenchmen than Germans."
"The French, regardless of what the British did, had the chance to stop Hitler and probably bring about his downfall.  But by late that Sunday afternoon, it became clear to me that they had to let it slip by.  The French army was not going to march." 
French PM during the
crisis:  Albert Sarraut

"The French government was going to appeal to the League of Nations, which had just showed its spinelessness and helplessness by its failure to halt Mussolini's aggression in Abyssinia." 
"I was sure that if the French army had budged it would easily have turned back the Germans in the Rhineland, and that that would have been the end of Hitler an of Nazi Germany." 
"The next Sunday I learned that (Germany's) General Von Blomberg had given strict orders to his contingents in the Rhineland to retreat if the French army moved against them. "

In fact, many in Britain, the United States, and other countries, saw Nazism as a convenient political tool to stop Communism.  That was one important factor explaining the West's feeble response to Hitler's regime's brutality and expansionism.    

The Weimar Republic German Communists also share much of the blame for Hitler's rise because they were so intent on destroying their rivals - the socialist SPD - that they failed to adequately concentrate their struggle against the rising power of the Nazis.  Once the Nazi party took office, it was already too late.  Hitler destroyed the unions and brought German society completely under his control.
Willful blindness

Image result for hitler's manifesto mein kampfHitler wrote Mein Kampf, a comprehensive volume on his philosophy and his plans for Germany, the Jews, and the world. 

He did not hide anything.  The book was available for purchase all over Germany, and news correspondents and diplomats had the chance to read it and to communicate its contents to the world.  Some of them did, but not forcefully enough.

The result is that Western governments chose to believe the soothing words of Hitler's speeches swearing Germany stood for peace, particularly after every one of his land grabs. 

He could be eloquent and persuasive, and Western leaders chose to believe his lies instead of taking the time to read his manifesto, Mein Kampf, and correlate his actions to his ultimate master plan.

His two main objectives were to expand dominance of Germany to Eastern Europe, and to destroy the Jews.  He did not accomplish these objectives in one giant swoop, but in increments  -  all the while reaffirming his peaceful intentions.  And the West chose to believe his speeches instead of looking - really looking - at his actions, and reading his book. 

What we choose to believe today
Today Iran swears that it needs nuclear power for peaceful purposes.  Soothing words the White House chooses to believe.   But Iran also repeats that it wants to destroy Israel, words that the White Houses chooses to dismiss.

And a Muslim invasion of the West is taking place under the guise of "immigration" and "asylum seeking".  And our governments help Muslims to get here and establish themselves - in the name of "diversity," "compassion," and "tolerance".
It is hard to believe that in the internet era, when one can access information within seconds, Western governments, media, churches, and activist organizations, can still get away with their hoax of a peaceful Islam.
Islam's core is one of domination and conquest by the sword.  There are 1400 years of history to prove it. 
The largest genocide is the one perpetrated by Islam.  A conservative estimate is of 250 MILLION non-Muslims slaughtered by the religion of peace.
Many cultures have been obliterated throughout Asia and Africa and violently replaced by Islam. 

The oppression and murder of Christians continue to this day, not only at the hand of ISIS but by citizens of well-established countries such as Pakistan, Egypt, and other African nations.
One million Jews became refugees from Arab lands and fled to Israel in the mid-twentieth century, after suffering centuries of oppression, humiliation, and massacres by Muslims.
The genocide of Hindus by Muslims went on for 800 years.  Muslims did to Indians what ISIS is doing to minorities these days:  rape, slaughter, enslavement.
Will Durant argued in his 1935 book “The Story of Civilisation: Our Oriental Heritage” (page 459):
The Mohammedan conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. The Islamic historians and scholars have recorded with great glee and pride the slaughters of Hindus, forced conversions, abduction of Hindu women and children to slave markets and the destruction of temples carried out by the warriors of Islam during 800 AD to 1700 AD. Millions of Hindus were converted to Islam by sword during this period.”
Quotations by William L. Shirer from:
The Nightmare Years - 1930-1940.  Chapter 9. (First published in 1984.)
Islamic India: The biggest holocaust in World History… whitewashed from history books
The greatest genocide in the history of humankind: 
the one perpetrated by Islam that slaughtered 250 million non-Muslims.
The Armenian genocide by the Muslim Ottoman Empire in 1915 - At least 1 million victims.
JIHAD AND THE CRUSADES - See 5 minute video by Prof. Bill Warner illustrating how Islam conquered and occupied BY JIHAD the Middle East and Europe - The CRUSADES were intended to expel the Muslim conqueror and ended centuries ago, while JIHAD goes on to this day
Read more
Jihad versus Crusades
The Facts
By Professor Bill Warner

More by Professor Bill Warner on Islam:

Why we are afraid
For a brief and fascinating look at Islam and why we are afraid, watch Professor Bill Warner's chat on the history of Islam.  He'll tell you facts that are being deliberately obscured by the media and other politically correct institutions.
Prof. Bill Warner's YouTube channel

Interview with Bill Warner

Bill Warner on Islam

More on Islam

Mark Humphrys' in-depth article on Islam's violence with numerous links to different subjects exposing Islam's true nature.

The Religion of Peace

American school children being indoctrinated with Islamic ideology

ISIS is selling women as slaves.  Nothing new, as you can see.  Slavery is part of Islam

Arab Slave Trade (ongoing)
Myths of Islam -

The four stages of Islamic conquest (when not by outright invasion, as in the case of ISIS) -

What the Koran says about violence -

Islam and human rights

News from Islam

Creeping Sharia

Bare Naked Islam

Money Jihad (recommended)

The Muslim Issue

Soeren Kern 

Gates of Vienna

Geert Wilders

Tundra Tabloids

Andrew Bostom

Vlad Tepes

The Islamization of Europe and European Anti-Semitism
Columns by Dr Manfred Gerstenfeld

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