| Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 11:01 am |
Bob: Apparently, the anti-semetic message didn't just sell well in Deutschland...
Indeed. In fact, it was pretty much endemic in the whole of the Western World (Europe and North America) in the years leading up to WWII.
You are also right to say that there were a number of Nazi sympathisers in the UK before and during the war. We even had our own British Union of Fascists party lead by Sir Oswald Mosley (yes, he was knighted by the King). Our royal family were possibly sympathetic to the Germans, as they were in WWI (being German themselves), although I think they kept it quiet.
Edward VIII supported him as Mosley campaigned for Edward to keep the throne after marrying the divorcÃ©e Wallis Simpson (he abdicated in 1936). As Duke of Windsor during the war, he was even accused of passing top secret information to Nazi Germany (never proven).
Guys I called it right. A strategic oil pipeline runs through Georgia.
Forgive this rather facetious comment, dare I say it, but it wouldn't be the only war over oil supplies taking place at the moment.
\me prepares to deal with the flak from this statement.
Treas: I believe Thatcher had a boost when Britain went to the Falklands.
Very much so. It sealed the 1983 election for her. Before the war the SDP-Liberal Alliance held an opinion poll lead. In the end, the Alliance came third, even behind a split Labour party.
South Ossetia situation
I agree that this is unlikely to develop into anything more than a local issue. It may turn into a full-scale Russian invasion of Georgia, but I fear no country will leap to Georgia's defence. Not against a resurgent Russia.
Whether this proves to be a major error in the long-run (similar to appeasement of Nazi Germany in the lead up to WWII), only time will tell.