Monday, March 14, 2005

Little Noticed Declaration of War

If history is any guide (it usually is), China is preparing to attack Taiwan. Fox News publishes the "Invade Taiwan" law they just passed.

"In the event that the `Taiwan independence' secessionist forces should act under any name or by any means to cause the fact of Taiwan's secession from China, or that major incidents entailing Taiwan's secession from China should occur, or that possibilities for a peaceful reunification should be completely exhausted, the state shall employ nonpeaceful means and other necessary measures to protect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Here's what Adolf Hitler said at Danzig in September 1939, after he had conquered Poland:

I, for the first time, tread on the soil which for five centuries was German, and which - thereof you may rest assured - will remain German.

The fact that a province was torn from the German Reich and that other German territories were given to the Polish State was explained on the grounds of national necessity.

No power on earth would have borne this condition as long as Germany. I attempted to find a solution - a tolerable solution - even for this problem. I submitted this attempt to the Polish rulers in the form of verbal proposals. You know these proposals. They were more than moderate....

I do not know what mental condition the Polish Government was in when it refused these proposals. After again waiting and even receiving new proposals I finally decided, as I declared in the Reichstag, to talk with Poland in the same language as they talked to us, or believed they could talk to us - the language which alone they seem to understand.