# 74 Ryan - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nick Ferriman
    • 17.03.07 | 20:36 (IST)

    Dear Ryan, To claim that Germany started both world wars is simplistic. In their post -WW1 analysis, there was an understanding in the UK that hostilities might have been avoided if the country had played a greater mediating role in the Franco-German rivalry, and had allowed the Germans, as the world?s third industrial power, to be promoted up to the top table. Germany was a power house with ambitions to match and these were thwarted by a club of nations wanting to retain the status quo. The consequence of this was war. One of the aims of UK foreign policy ever since has been to work for the orderly rise and fall of powers. Roosevelt also recognized that the US had a major responsibility for the outbreak of WW2. The US had walked out in a huff from the Versailles Treaty Talks of 1919 when its influence may have lessened the punitive measures exacted as war reparations by the others on Germany. It was these that lead to German resentment that Hitler was able to exploit to the fullest. The League of Nations, an American initiative, collapsed soon after, leaving just France and the UK to try and manage regional conflicts, and later head off the challenge from a resurgent Germany. To lay the blame at the door of the Germans alone would be to ignore the lessons of history and run the risk of repeating the worst mistakes. A point of interest, and honour, is that the first country to declare war on Nazi Germany was Canada.

    from the article: Seeing the Other more clearly
    First published 00:00 16.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 15.03.07
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