from over at EotW, a critique (if you can critique a mess of crazy) of Pat Buchanan’s article on Hitler:
I can’t even begin to parse the ridiculousness of Pat Buchanan’s latest piece, which argues that Hitler had no interest in conquering the world but was forced into war in Poland and then prevented from making peace by the recalcitrance of the Allies. “Hitler wanted to end the war in 1940, almost two years before the trains began to roll to the camps,” Buchanan intones, as if the Holocaust was also forced on the Germans by lack of cooperation.
He does deal with the Soviet Union, eventually, but can only manage the patently risible “As of March 1939, Hitler did not even have a border with Russia. How then could he invade Russia?” The mind boggles. How strange a coincidence for Buchanan that the country blocking Hitler from invading Russia was, in fact, Poland, and that by October 1, 1939, Germany and the USSR did share a border. It was overthis border that around 3 million German troops would pour two years later.
i most definitely have no intention of reading the original article (i don’t like it when my eyes bleed and my brain shuts down in self-defense), but i will say that while buchanan’s weird defense of hitler is horrible but not entirely surprising, what really boggled the mind was the rhetorical lengths he went to in his attempt at defense. like the idea that a common border is a necessary precursor to an invasion. since when?