Originally posted by Ashiitaka to Whodey
The British have a knack for standing up to European dictatorships. Jean Claude Juncker and his
bureaucratic cronies have far to much power for those not elected by the will of the people. Fat cats must fall.
Ash (If I write his complete name, RHP censors my post) likes to make very misleading,
disingenuous, or simply blatantly false comments about history.
"The British have a knack for standing up for European dictatorships."
Some of them. Some of the time. When it seems important enough to serve British interests.
Or *beginning after* a European dictator has attacked the UK or its ally.
What did the UK ever do to stand up against Franco seizing power and ruling Spain?
What did the UK ever do to oppose Mussolini's invasion (very popular in Italy) of Ethiopia?
In reality, the UK showed its readiness to accept Fascist dictators such as Franco and Mussolini.
After the Second World War began in Europe (September 1939), the UK kept doing
business as usual (including ordering arms) with Italy. The UK courted Mussolini,
hoping that he would stay neutral or even turn against Hitler if offered enough inducement.
The UK began 'standing up' to Mussolini *only after* Italy declared war on the UK.
And the UK (apparently regarding Stalin as the greater evil) also cooperated with Hitler,
facilitating his territorial demand for the Sudetenland and later tolerating his occupying
most of the rest of Czechoslovakia. Poland and Hungary also seized pieces of Czechoslovakia.
And Hitler appealed to Slovak nationalists by allowing a nominally independent Slovakia.