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Punitive Isolation Will Do to Russia What Versailles Treaty Did to Germany

Jacques Attali | Posted 05.24.2014 | World
Jacques Attali

The West actually believes it will not make the same mistake that was made with the annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938 by Adolf Hitler under the pretext that in this region of Czechoslovakia, the majority of the inhabitants were of German race. Remorse certainly is quite praiseworthy. But it is too late to rewrite history. The situation before us today is not analogous to 1938, but rather to 1919. If there is something to remember, it is what the attempts to humiliate and isolate Germany after the First World War led to: the Germany of the Weimar Republic and the tragic Treaty of Versailles that led to Hitler's rise to power.