On this day in 1938…

September 27, 2008 at 3:55 pm (Europe, fascism, Guardian, history, Jim D, thuggery, war)

I am grateful to the Graun for drawing this to my attention, from exactly seventy years ago:

Czecho-Slovakia is the last territorial claim I have to make in Europe. But it is not one I will renounce. Now I have for the first time stated that the self-determination of these 3,500, 000 (Sudentans) at last come into force and that we won’t wait any longer.

“I am not willing any more to stand  by calmly without acting and see these madmen, who believe they can mishandle 3,500,000 people, and I have no doubt German patience is at an end. The memorandum which I wrote and which is my last and final word for the British Government contained only the method of execution.”

Remind you of anything more recent?

1 Comment

  1. resistor said,

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2240866.stm

    Friday, 6 September, 2002, 11:58 GMT 12:58 UK
    Patience with Iraq ‘limited’

    Mr Straw was marking the anniversary of 11 September
    There is a limit to the world’s patience with Saddam Hussein and military action should not be ruled out, Jack Straw has said.
    The foreign secretary also warned that the danger posed by failed states such as Afghanistan under the Taleban needs to be met with strong action.

    In a speech to mark the forthcoming first anniversary of 11 September, Mr Straw said that the world must be prepared to use sanctions or even force to avoid a repeat of last years terror attacks.

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