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Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact:
A bad deal, 80 years ago

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 8/14/2019 4:27:38 PM

Some 80 years ago, on Aug. 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, formally known as the Treaty of non-aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The world was shocked — and terrified — by the agreement. Western democracies of the 1930s had counted on the huge resources of Communist Russia, and its hostility to the Nazis, to serve as a brake on Adolf Hitler’s Western ambitions. Great Britain and the other Western European democracies had assumed that the Nazis would never invade them as long as a hostile Soviet Union threatened

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If you think we have problems today....the world teetered on the edge of war in August 1939. The next 6 years would be horrific.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Ming 8/14/2019 4:48:21 PM (No. 152338)
Something the left never wants to discuss, particularly the old guard red diaper doper babies--when Stalin and Hitler were joined at the hip to take out Poland. Fascism is just a European version of international communism.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: GO3 8/14/2019 5:08:48 PM (No. 152357)
Yeah, the whole world was shocked except the American left, which thought it was a great deal.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rightfromthestart 8/14/2019 5:32:13 PM (No. 152374)
And right after that thousands of German and Russian ‘migrants’ sought ‘asylum’ in Poland .
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Reply 4 - Posted by: couchguy 8/14/2019 7:04:15 PM (No. 152444)
Outstanding as usual, thank you VDH.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Nevadadad46 8/14/2019 7:44:17 PM (No. 152471)
The Pact was a good deal at the time- it seemed so to both Germany and Russia. Who knows how the war might have turned out if Germany had honored the deal all the way through to the end? With Russia's vast, unlimited resources in material, manpower and fuel, and German intelligent design and manufacturing processes, the war really could have ended much differently. Stalin was convinced of it's veracity- so much so that he thought his intelligence organizations were simply falling for a British plot to divide Russia from the pact when they discovered vast German military movements along the border between the two signatories. He refused to move critical units or even to put them on a war footing in order not to give German observers a hint that he was prepared to defend Russia. When he was advised of the German invasion, he locked himself away and was not seen for more than ten days! This led, of course, to annihilation of huge swaths of the Russia defense forces in the first years of the German invasion. Although Russia finally gained the upper-hand at Stalingrad in Feb of 1943, the cost up to that point nearly bled Russia white. That allied assistance came in the form of huge influx of supplies, mainly in food and machine tools, saved the USSR from complete defeat by the Nazis. The shame came at the end of the war when Stalin totally ignored the Malta conference agreements and simply annexed all of Eastern Europe into the USSR. Truman did not care and Churchill was beside himself in futile objection to Stalin's aggression. Millions more innocent people had to die due to the western alliance failing to belie in themselves against the Nazi war machine and supported the USSR against Hitler. If they had simply let the Germans do their dirt, the USSR would have collapsed completely by late 1944. But,t hat is just one man's opinion. Who really knows how things might have ended up?
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