Those who do not learn the lessons of history . . .

by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

In 1938, the world news was bleak. The prospects for yet another major, destructive world war were unmistakable, and yet much of the world stood by, hoping for the best. Here are a few from Europe:

http://www.infoplease.com/year/1938.html

German soldiers march into Austria; political and geographical union of Germany and Austria proclaimed.

Munich Pact—Britain, France, and Italy agree to let Germany partition Czechoslovakia.

Nazis destroy Jewish shops, homes, synagogues in Kristallnacht riots; 20,000-30,000 sent to concentration camps.

Things were no better in the Pacific, where Japan, having left the League of Nations, was committing massive atrocities against China and other nations in the region.

Fast forward to 2015. ISIS has captured much of Iraq, perpetrating massive atrocities against civilians, trampling upon soil once bled for by thousands of Americans. Russia has annexed Crimea, and is now moving into Syria, demanding that the United States withdraw.

In 2015, the world news is bleak. The prospects for yet another major, destructive world war are unmistakable, and yet much of the world stands by, hoping for the best.

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