By Anthony J. Mountjoy | Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST
When Hitler was rising to power in the 1920s, he at first attempted to take the German government by force in a failed coup called the Beer Hall Putsch; involving the Kaiser and the sitting Chancellor of Germany.
After eight months in jail, and careful contemplation of his failures, he realized that power is a game of energy and investment. His second attempt at power was much more effective. Instead of pure aggression he used the system against itself like an infection.
In 1933 Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. Hoping to satisfy his hunger for power the Kaiser mistakenly believed he could appease the enemy from within and end the threat to the institutional power. Of course he was wrong, as were the French when they tried to pay off the Vikings hundreds of years earlier with silver. Is it really a surprise when they show up again for more next season.
This is why we don't negotiate with terrorists, they do not make deals in good faith
. Besides conceding ones weakness is a poor way to deter a competitor and those who compete at the highest level move until stopped and will never accept anything less.
Still the Kaiser was full of pride and inherited over-confidence. A weakness Hitler was well aware of. A common trait, really, often shared by much of the political class after only a few decades of comfort and wealth. Sadly mistaken is the man who thinks he can defeat the enemy with kindness.
It wasn't just that the Nazis could use the suffering of the average German in a post WWI economy to feed the base, it was the key advantage such knowledge gave Hitler in the negotiations of other European powers. Even Britain succumbed to his tactic early on as evidenced when Neville Chamberlain returned from one such charm offensive to declare Hitler a man of peace. 60 million dead Russians, 6 million dead Jews, and 60,000 Canadians might beg to differ. (The list of honoured dead goes on.)
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, within and without, because the enemy appears from the least expected direction. In the case of Hitler, the left was the source of his power. The national socialist movement, so often mistaken for Mussolini's right wing fascist party of Italy. This is why so many people place the Nazi's on the right. A classic conflation of detail that leaves us wide open for another socialist invasion.
Details matter. The Yalta Conference in 1945 was a return to the same old politics ushering in the Cold War global economic planning responsible for so much loss of wealth in the years since. Don't compromise with villains just because it appears expedient; a dollar saved today might be a thousand lives lost tomorrow.
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