Thursday, August 7, 2008

Who Said That?

And of what country or countries was it said?

1.) By the most brutal methods of terrorism, a regime sought to maintain an existence that was condemned by the overwhelming majority of its people. I have tried to persuade the responsible authorities that it is impossible for a great nation, because it is unworthy of it, to stand by and watch million belonging to a great, an ancient civilized people be denied rights by their government… I have endeavored to find some way to alleviate a tragic fate. One agreement was signed, only to be broken. I then tried a second time to bring about an understanding. A few weeks later, we were forced to the conclusion that the government of ____ had no intention of carrying out this agreement in the spirit that had inspired itm, but in order to create an excuse. I have determined therefore to place the help of our country at the service of these millions.

2.) We have no interest in oppressing other people. We are not moved by hatred against any other nation. We bear no grudge. I know how grave a thing war is. I wanted to spare our people such an evil. It is not so much the country of ____; it is rather its leader, _____. He has led a reign of terror. He has hurled countless people into the profoundest misery. Through the continuous terrorism, he has succeeded in reducing millions of his people to silence. The _____ maintenance of a tremendous military arsenal can only be regarded as a focus of danger. We have displayed a truly unexampled patience, but I am no longer willing to remain inactive while this madman ill-treats millions of human beings.

3.) The wave of appalling terrorism against the minority inhabitants of _____, and the atrocities that have been taking place in that country are terrible for the victims\, but intolerable for Great Power, which has been expected to remain a passive onlooker. We will not continue to tolkerate the persecution of a minority, the killing of so many, and their forcible removal under the most cruel conditions,. I see no way by which I can induce the government of _____ to adopt a peaceful solution. But I should despair of any honorable future for my own people if we were not in one way or another to solve this question.

[Scroll down for the answers.]

1. Adolph Hitler, March 12, 1938, announcing the invasion of Austria. The next sentence he spoke was, ”Since this morning, our soldiers are on the march across all of Austria’s frontiers.”

2. Adolph Hitler, April 14, 1939, on why it was necessary to invade Czechoslovakia

3. Adolph Hitler, August 23, 1939, on why it was necessary to invade Poland


Tony said...
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Tony said...

Similar things were said by the president of Tanzania about Uganda when Idi Amin declared war on him. Course, they were all true.

[had a typo in my last post, hence the new one]