Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Crimea vs. the Sudetenland

Russia has annexed Crimea from Ukraine.  This brings up bad feelings in Czechland because the rhetoric sounds way too familiar.

Vladimir Putin's claim is that Russia has a duty to protect ethnic Russians.

To many Czechs, this sounds like the same argument that Hitler used to occupy the Sudetenland in 1938.

Hitler claimed that Nazi Germany had to protect ethnic Germans in Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.  The west allowed the Nazis to annex the territory in hopes of maintaining the peace.  Not long after, the Nazis took over the rest of Bohemia and Moravia.  Then came World War II.  Let's hope that the west doesn't allow Crimea to be dealt away like the Sudetenland was.
Crimea vs. the Sudetenland

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