To Avoid An American War Ukraine Must Be Poland Not The Rhineland

Isaac Newton Farris Jr
7 min readMar 2, 2022

In 1936 Adolf Hitler and Germany, in violation of the Treaty of Versailles, militarily reoccupied the Rhineland and the world unofficially appeased it by doing nothing. In 1938 Hitler and Germany invaded Czechoslovakia and the world officially appeased it in the Munich Agreement. As a result of world appeasement in 1936 and 1938, in 1939 Hitler and Germany felt free to invade Poland starting World War 2. If America wants to avoid a very-possible very-near future war with a particular non-Russian country, it must stand up now vigorously to Putin and Russia in Ukraine making Ukraine a final straw Poland and not an appeasement Rhineland and Czechoslovakia that led to World War 2.

It’s gratifying to see how most of the world is working together to avoid the mistakes that led to World War 2. It’s clear to any unbiased observer that Vladimir Putin is using the same lies and distortions of the truth to justify his Ukraine war of aggression, as Hitler used to justify his World War 2 aggression. In 1936 Hitler violated the Treaty of Versailles by militarily reoccupying the Rhineland using the excuse that he and Germany felt threatened by the Franco-Soviet Treaty of Mutual Assistance, a NATO-like defense agreement between France and the former Soviet Union to prevent German military aggression.

In 1938 Hitler used the excuse of protecting the 3 million Germans living in the Sudetenland to invade Czechoslovakia. He falsely claimed that Germans living there were being persecuted and that 300 Germans had been killed. Having successfully invaded the Rhineland and Czechoslovakia with no repercussions from the world, Hitler preceded in 1939 to invade Poland using the excuse that Germany was recapturing land once a part of the German empire. Hitler invading Poland started his downfall and World War 2, but most historians all agree that if the world had reacted with defiance at the Rhineland and Czechoslovakia invasions World War 2 would have never occurred.

Isaac Newton Farris Jr

Isaac Newton Farris Jr. is the nephew of Martin Luther King, Jr. and serves as Senior Fellow at the King Center.