reply to post by Germanicus
Hitler was many things but not a genius. The proof is simply on he having lost the war almost single handed (most of the really bad decisions are
directly linked to him).
In regard to the original post that you commented, it depends on how the poster meant before Hitler. If taken before 30 January 1933 when Hitler
became chancellor of Germany. The idea is acceptably correct. Germany had and still is regarded as a nation very much dedicated to precision and the
creation of precise scientific instruments (and quality over quantity), this is one reason why the Chinese are very keen in getting German
You are also partial correct, Hitler did turn temporarily the situation around (economically and socially), but by doing it on his terms, he created
the need for German expansionism and the war.
The blame for the war or core issue is external, to Germany and Hitler. The global potencies at the time created the perfect storm not only for the
event that fallowed but by refusing to act in time to prevent an escalation or even creating the perfect setup to someone like Hitler to emerge. The
last straw was the criminal way that the world reacted to the events in Spain and it's civil war...
Nothing seems to have been learned, the situation today with the continuous delay in resolving the world's problems that remain basically the same
from the onset of the human experience (food, water and security) is again brewing to a critical point. This time it will be truly global.
Hitler should not be given any credit by anything positive that happened while he was in power because the negatives he was responsible of erased any
long lasting benefits.
As for the USA and the USSR they were acted like thugs as soon as Berlin was taken, they ripped everything that was not nailed down from art,
technology, values and even female virtues. Some of the technology theft was not even limited to Germany but to most of Europe that was in shambles.
You need not look much further than how they treated European intellectual property rights (that they now so vehemently defend).
Nations do not do benevolent acts, they act on self interest. A nation (like a corporation) is amoral, especially when they act in impunity. To the
victor the spoils and the advantageous position proclaim "the facts".
Paper clip is just the tip of the iceberg, but is a true example on how morals (or even the attribution of responsibility and justice) has no better
response from the Communist Soviets or Capitalist America alike.
I strongly dislike Adam Sandler in movies he performs a comic character. The jokes often appeal to lowest common denominator and are not very well
played out (or require a good actor). The only exception is the movie Idiocracy...
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