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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Jan 27, 2006 at 16:04

Dear Frank Adam, you wrote :

>After 1918 everybody thought the reconstruction of the Central Powers as republics - the great liberal goal of the 19th century - would guarantee peace, social and international. It did not because the Germans did not see that they had been indisputeably beaten...

Not exactly. The Germans had been promised by the allied propaganda to get mild and just treatment during the coming peace negotiations if only they adopted democracy and got rid of the Kaiser. They did but the promise turned out to be a fraudulent trick. They believed in Woodrow Wilson's noble 14 points and what did they get ?...Versailles and the "Alleinschuld" clause (They were the only cause of the war and must pay for it 132 billion gold marks)!...They voted more against Versailles than for Hitler or the communists who also had had a chance to take over Weimar Germany at that time.

For this reason I am afraid that comparing Hamas election victory with Hitler's takeover in 1933 should be seen with some skepticism.

Jan
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