the Dogsalmon wrote:remember Per...the only reason your primary language is not German is because of the USA...if the Nazi's wanted to take your country back then it would have taken about 45 minutes...stop being so smug...
Actually, the Soviets beat the Germans, but the US arriving at the scene right before the curtain call may have saved me from having mandatory Russian classes at school...
Not that it helped much. I'm fluent in German and took Russian for three years in high school just for kicks.
And it probably would have taken more than 45 minutes. Denmark took almost a whole day and Norway nearly a week. And we had a stronger army than either of those.
But it also wouldn't have made much sense for the Germans to divert troops our way. They controlled Norway, Denmark and Poland and were basically allied with the Finns. So we were surrounded, posed no threat and were of no strategic significance. It would only make sense to invade us after they had defeated the Soviet Union and Britain, and by the time they would have done that, an invasion would not have been necessary anyway, as we and the Swiss would be the only ones left, and as I said, we posed no military threat to them, nor could we serve as a beachhead for an Invasion by someone else.
The Soviet Union on the other hand were a real threat. If they had conquered Finland and Germany, they would have gone through Sweden to take Norway and gain control of the North Atlantic. Thus the Finns putting up a good fight, the Germans tenderising the Soviets and the Allied Forces arriving on the scene during the last death throes of the Nazi regime helped keep us out of the Warsaw pact, which I guess was a pretty good deal for us.
But we're drifting off topic!
I'm just frustrated that people are trying to weaken democracy instead of strengthening it, whether it be the US, Italy or Russia. From experience ( at Central, but still ) it is much harder to get a thread going when I try to discuss Italian or Russian politics, and I don't know much about the Canadian brand, so US politics it is.
Orwell predicted a world where government controlled and suppressed all information. Huxley predicted a world where people were flooded with meaningless information and lost track of what is important. Seems Huxley was right.
PS: Besides, I wasn't really criticising the US, but the GOP, and last time I checked it was FDR who declared war on Germany, so I can't really see how WW2 is relevant to the article in Rolling Stone that I linked to.