Sunday, October 3, 2010

Welcome to the end of World War One

Was WWII France's fault?

I thought it was important to note that today is officially the end of World War One. Germany is paying its last reparations of about $95 million dollars.

"WWI brought an end to the reign of monarchies and empires across Europe. It is also responsible for creating the modern Middle East, total mechanized warfare, nations instead of empires, etc. In short, it was the start of modern society as we know it." - GPS

It would appear that France, at least to some degree, was responsible for the eventual degeneration of Germany leading to WWII. Don't mistake this to say that because someone taunted someone into killing another person, the taunter is responsible. They own a responsibility, but not THE responsibility. Germany is certainly responsible, they have even signed documents to that effect, way back when.

"But when you push a country into a corner financially, they have a responsibility to their own people to do something.

"France, which had been ravaged by the war, pushed hardest for the steepest possible fiscal punishment for Germany. The principal representative of the British Treasury at the Paris Peace Conference, John Maynard Keynes (you may recognize the phrase, "Keynesian economics"), resigned in June 1919 in protest at the scale of the demands.
"Germany will not be able to formulate correct policy if it cannot finance itself," he warned." -- The Telegraph

And so it wasn't.

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