70th anniversary of the beginning of World War II

ww2-98Pages of History1 September 1939 marks the start of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland and the beginning of the Second World War. On that day, without a declaration of war, German battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire from on the Polish garrison at Westerplatte in  Gdańsk harbour.  Days after 1 September 1939, Poland’s allies, France and Britain, declared war on Hitler’s Germany but failed to engage. Paris and London hoped that Hitler would be appeased after the invasion while the dominant feeling in the West was that nobody wanted “to die for  Gdańsk ,” which was seen as a remote place. World War II lasted for nearly six years. It put 110 million people under arms in 72 countries, and resulted in the deaths of an estimated 70 million people, making it the deadliest conflict in history.

Many leaders will be present today on ceremony in Poland. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French Prime Minister Francois Fillon have all confirmed their attendance, along with many other leaders. Britain has already accepted the invitation and will be represented by Foreign Secretary David Miliband, it was reported in the press. The recently-elected first Polish president of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek will also be present, the Parliament’s website announces.  Accordingly, the U.S. attitude seems a little strange. USA is sending a low-level delegation to a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the beginning of World War II, the Polish press reported last days. It may be that the presence of Prime Minister Putin in the company of his friends Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Berlusconi has been considered quite indigestible for Obama ? Especially since according to the press, the Polish authorities was hoping that the event will be a good opportunity to put down cards on issues such as the US missile shield planned for deployment in Poland and the Czech Republic. According to George Friedman in his reports “The Western View of Russia” on Stratfor, the US could decide to abandon the plans in order to avoid tensions with Russia. The Warsaw daily Gazeta Wyborcza said that Washington was exploring other options including deploying the shield in Israel, Turkey, the Balkans or on battleships.

The fact that the sides of history are very complicated is shown by the journalist – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. What “committing” an article for Gazeta Wyborcza, entitled “Pages of History – Complaints or Reason for Mutual Ground for Reconciliation and Partnership?” (you can read in full here). Of course, Prime Minister Putin’s speech is good, constructive …obviously it’s pointless to live in the past and always look guilty in another court; question is if premier Putin’s attitude will be constructive for the energy security of Europe or Russia’s interests only ?…


4 responses to “70th anniversary of the beginning of World War II

  1. On the 70th anniversary of the German blitzkrieg on Poland, it would be wise to reflect on the consequences of appeasing barbarians over taking the action necessary to protect your country.

    1938: Neville Chamberlain signs the Munich agreement and 50+ million people die.
    1967: Levi Eshkol launches a preemptive assault on 4 Arab nations and saves his country.

    It is clear that in a choice between appeasement and victory there is no real choice to make at all. We can either put an end to the Iranian menace now or we can wait until they are on equal footing with us and the job becomes exponentially worse. For both sides. In the history books intentions are irrelevant, only results are remembered.

  2. World War, the Great War, and the War to End All Wars, it was a global military conflict that embroiled most of the world’s great powers, assembled in two opposing alliances: the Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance. More than 70 million military personnel were mobilized in one of the largest wars in history.

    And we, people are waiting when will this World War ends, because having this can affect many things. Let’s all pray and wish for peace. So, everyone will be happy and live without fear.

  3. да,но это еще и не все…

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