Mon. Jun 24th, 2024

Donald Rumsfeld recently compared critics of the Iraq war with the appeasers of Hitler’s Germany (original story apparently now taken down).

Terrible thing, appeasement, but is it better or worse than doing business with Nazis?

While Chamberlain waved his bits of paper at everyone in 1938, and even after the Nazis had occupied most of Europe and Britain was standing alone, even after the declaration of war in December 1941, American companies were doing business with Nazi Germany. Indeed, one of the US entrepreneurs making money in Naziland was the grandfather of George Bush, Rumsfeld’s boss.

But it’s OK. Grandad wasn’t actually appeasing anyone.

By chris page

Magazine editor, writer of fiction and non-fiction; exile; cat person; red wine for blood and cheese in his soul. Chris Page is the author of the novels Weed, Sanctioned, Another Perfect Day in ****ing Paradise, King of the Undies World, and The Underpants Tree. He is also a freelance journalist, copywriter, editor, cartoonist, illustrator, graphic designer, and consultant in the use and abuse of false moustaches (don’t wear them — you’re welcome — the invoice is in the mail).

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