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appeasement and retreat lead to utter extermination

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Submitted by Gilbert Simons (United States), Aug 10, 2005 at 03:16

Hitler put it succinctly:'An intelligent victor will, whenever possible, present his demands to the vanquished in installments. He can then be sure that a nation which has become characterless - and such is every one which voluntarily submits - will no longer find any sufficient reason in each of these detailed oppressions to take to arms once more. The more extortion thus cheerfully accepted, however, the more unjustified does it seem to people finally to set about defending themselves against some new, apparently isolated, although really constantly recurring oppression, especially if, taking everything together, so much more and greater misfortune has been borne silently and tolerantly without doing so.'"
("Hitler: The Nazi Concept of War, quoted in Makers of Modern Strategy, p 510).


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