December 3, 2013
Adolf Hitler sent the armed forces of Great Germany into Poland on 1 September 1939. Thereupon Britain and France declared war on Germany. Simplistic history says that it was Hitler’s fault that Britain and France declared war on Germany, since it was he who made the decision to violate Polish territory.
The people who say this show little knowledge of the circumstances that impelled Hitler to make this decision.
The fact is that Britain was trying to start a war with Germany. From the German perspective, Britain was engaged in saber-rattling against Germany throughout 1939, with a belligerent Poland, encouraged by Britain, posing the threat of a two-front war. The invasion of Poland by Germany in 1939 was a response to a menace deliberately created by Britain. The fact that Hitler had not wanted war with Britain and France is evident in his peace-offer following the conquest of Poland, which included the proposal to restore a reduced Polish state. Britain and France undertook that war expecting that Germany could easily be contained on land and starved with a naval blockade. Because they did not expect to have to wage a real war, the decision was made lightly. There was even talk of how the war would help with unemployment in Britain.Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said to U.S. ambassador Joseph Kennedy that the reason why he had made war against Germany was that “the United States and the World Jews” had pressured him. Kennedy later told this to Admiral James Forrestal, who recorded it in his diary.
Here is a piece of documentation that Britain was bent on war against Germany. This British declaration of war was composed one week before the invasion of Poland.
Already on this first page of King George’s draft for a declaration of war we see the two main points of Anglo-American war-propaganda: (1) you cannot negotiate with Hitler (because he is an uncivilized moral nihilist who won’t keep his word); (2) you cannot ignore Hitler (because he wants to conquer the entire world). It is the general practice of governments that depend heavily on popular support to try to represent any decision to go to war as forced by the other side, and these two points constitute an effective argument to that end, if the public is simple-minded enough to believe it.
The same form of propaganda with slight adaptations has been used to motivate Americans to support Middle-East wars. Dealing peacefully with Saddam Hussein was also pointless, we were told, and he was “so-damned insane,” and bent on, perhaps not conquering the entire world (which was far from credible), but it was suggested to us that we could not ignore Saddam Hussein for other reasons, that he intended to conquering Saudi Arabia in 1991, or later that he might attack the United States with a nuclear weapon.