The irony of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s comparing the German invasion Czechoslovakia to the Russian occupation of Crimea was not lost on me. In 1995, Clement Leibovitz and Alvin Finkel published a book entitled In Our Time: The Chamberlain-Hitler Collusion.
One review had this little gem:
Base on The Official Secrets Act and other dispatches, the authors tell us what was really going on between the British and German governments. What Chamberlain was really trying to achieve at Munich had nothing to do with “appeasement” of Hitler. It had everything to do with: A) trying to keep Hitler focused on his much-touted “Drive to the East.” in order to achieve the destruction of the Soviet Union and B) preventing the Red Army from taking up a prominent place in Central Europe. For the Soviet Union had pledged to the Czechs, who had a well-equipped and trained army of their own ready to fight the Wehrmacht, full ground and air military support. As the deadline for the threatened German invasion approached, the Red Air Force had many planes warming up ready to attack the Nazis. But, under enormous pressure from the British and French governments, the final “go” never came from the Czech government to the Soviets. The Red Air Force stayed on its runways and the Czechs were left to the tender mercies of the Nazis.
So there you have it: Baird using an example of French and British complicity in an unprovoked German attack on Czechoslovakia, which led to the invasion of the Soviet Union and the beginning of the Second World War.
The Irony will not be lost on Vladimir Putin either.
Bev Currie - Swift Current