From 78 years ago, as the Rhineland, was invaded by German troops in the invasion that marked the start of World War II.
“Men of the German Reichstag!” Hitler began.
“France has replied to the repeated friendly offers and peaceful assurances made by Germany by infringing the Reich pact though a military alliance with the Soviet Union and exclusively directed against Germany.”
Hitler was deliberately lying about this, he knew France had no taste for war at that time; in fact, he was counting on their reluctance to fight.
“In this manner, however,” Hitler continued, “the Locarno Rhine Pact has lost its inner meaning and ceased in practice to exist. Consequently, Germany regards herself, for her part, as no longer bound by this dissolved treaty. The German government is now constrained to face the new situation created by this alliance, a situation which is rendered more acute by the fact that the Franco-Soviet treaty has been supplemented by a Treaty of Alliance between Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union exactly parallel in form.”
This is Hitler’s allusion to the danger he faces from other countries joining a defense pact (like NATO), and is, of course, almost exactly word for word (except for the country names) a reflection of Putin’s recent statements.
Hitler concluded with the big lie, as always. “In accordance with the fundamental right of a nation to secure its frontiers and ensure its possibilities of defense, the German government has today restored the full and unrestricted sovereignty of Germany in the demilitarized zone of the Rhineland.” In other words he had invaded and claimed it for his own.
He signed it, “Adolf Hitler.”
Now, from the from The New York Times piece by Andrew Roth, today:
“That prompted Mikhail Popov, the deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council, to announce that the country would revise its military doctrine to account for “changing military dangers and military threats,” including, he said, NATO expansion.
In an interview, he called the expansion of NATO “one of the leading military dangers for the Russian Federation.”
Putin must have been sitting around, watching some old blurry newsreel footage of Hitler and got the idea just like a thunderbolt.
“Damn, that guy was smart. I’ll take over the Crimea, just roll right in, and they’ll respond with sanctions, treaties, and other kinds of diplomatic noise, giving me cover to feel threatened! I can’t stand to even listen to that; “Please, please, don’t kill us” sniveling nonsense — just like they did to Hitler – but it will give me exactly what I need so I can continue rolling right down the road to protect myself.”
A deep smile crossed his face.
“I can even imitate his crazy temperament” Putin daydreamed, “Throw in a reckless statement here and there about taking Kiev in a week — or using the nuclear arsenal to escalate with – yeeaaa, that’s the exact ticket to really get them in a sweat – Hell, this will work for 3 or 4 countries at least!”