The claims by President Putin and other Russians that they had to go into Crimea and maybe further into Eastern Ukraine because they had protect the Russia minorities,” Clinton said Wednesday, “that is reminiscent of claims that were made back in the 1930s when Germany under the Nazis kept talking about how they had to protect German minorities in Poland, in Czechoslovakia, and elsewhere throughout Europe.First, Putin and the Russians have not "gone into Crimea" except, if at all, in accordance with the terms of the lease agreement they have with the Government of Ukraine, which permits Russia to station up to 25,000 troops in the Crimean Peninsula, a tiny portion of Ukrainian territory and home to Russia's Black Sea naval base since 1783.
Second, Germany's pre-World War II claim to territory in Czechoslovakia and Poland were consistent with the principle of national self-determination that was supposed to underlie the post-World War 1 settlement enshrined in the treaty of Versailles. But, whereas state boundaries were supposed to reflect the ethnic makeup of the various regions of Europe, millions of Germans were excluded from Germany by the Versailles Treaty even when, as in the Sudeten region of Czechoslovakia and in Danzik, Poland, they made up the great majority of the population.
Clinton specifically mentions German claims on the Sudetenland. But under an agreement of the European powers, the Munich agreement, which was accepted by the government of Czechoslovakia, the Sudetenland was ceded by Czechoslovakia to Germany. There was, thus, nothing specifically Hitlerite, certainly nothing criminal or even illegal in Germany's acquisition of former German territory with a population comprising mainly ethnic Germans.
What was a war crime was Hitler's subsequent invasion and occupation of the remainder of Czechoslovakia, and his invasion of Poland. But there has been nothing whatever in the actions of the Russian government that could be considered, in that sense, Hitlerite. Therefore, when Hilary Clinton and the foolish Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper accuse Putin of Hitlerism, while supporting an illegitimate and unelected government in Kiev, they prove themselves to be ignorant, stupid or thoroughly mendacious. That Clinton compares Putin with Hitler, notwithstanding Putin's avowed commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine, while she proclaims support for an illegitimate Government in Kiev brought to power by US-funded Neo-Nazis, truly pushes the boundaries of hypocrisy.
Compounding the hypocrisy is that Clinton, like Stephen Harper, had no hesitation in supporting bloody US/NATO wars against Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya: wars justified by trumped up charges relating to 9/11, weapons of mass destruction, or on the basis of the fraudulent claim of responsibility to protect. These unnecessary and bloody wars of aggression have resulted in the deaths of, at a minimum, hundreds of thousands, while creating millions of refugees.
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