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Old September 21 2013, 09:23 PM   #15
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Re: The Undiscovered Country and Yesterday's Enterprise

Mario de Monti wrote: View Post
How about, that significant parts of Germany, that had been part of it for almost 50 years, were annexed by neighboring countries? Or the fact, that the final loans made in the 1920s for paying reparations could only be repaid by Germany as recently as 2010??
50 years? Wow! Where had those parts of Germany been part of before that? I'm pretty sure Poland had a 500 year history prior to its annexation by Prussians (and others) in the 1800's.

As for the financial aspect. The UK helped to rid Europe of Nazism, it was the last nation standing against the tide until Roosevelt could wake America up to the threat. Our reward? We too only finished paying off our war debt around 2010. I suppose we could whine that it was "unfair" because we were "the good guys"! But we just got on with it.

The fact that Versailles was too harsh and lead to the rise of Hitler and WWII is well documented, but to whine that it was "unfair" and argue that Hitler was some kind of hero?! I just hope that has been lost in translation.

Mario de Monti wrote: View Post
BTW, a treaty is by definition a "means of willing parties assuming obligations among themselves, and a party to either that fails to live up to their obligations can be held liable under international law." (Wikipedia)
When you dictate conditions to a defeated country, that has no other choice but to accept the terms, it can hardly be called a "treaty".
I know alot of Southern Europeans that feel that way about the EEC.

I know that none of this is the point of this thread, but I wanted to comment anyway.
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