He would probably be surprised by the central role he and his fellow Nazis play in contemporary American public dialog: as a cultural touchstone in the health care debate, as a point of comparison for CIA interrogation techniques, and now as reluctant warriors:
Because Hitler wanted to end the war in 1940, almost two years before the trains began to roll to the camps.
Hitler had never wanted war with Poland, but an alliance with Poland such as he had with Francisco Franco’s Spain, Mussolini’s Italy, Miklos Horthy’s Hungary and Father Jozef Tiso’s Slovakia.
Indeed, why would he want war when, by 1939, he was surrounded by allied, friendly or neutral neighbors, save France. And he had written off Alsace, because reconquering Alsace meant war with France, and that meant war with Britain, whose empire he admired and whom he had always sought as an ally.
I’m no expert on Hitler Studies, but I do find it interesting that, in today’s free-wheeling marketplace of ideas, Hitler apologism won’t get you kicked off MSBNC, but criticizing coverage of the Iraq war will.
Sometimes I think we should just be grateful there’s no Luke, Jenna, and Cokie Buchanans running around the set of the “Today” show. Though his sister is bad enough.