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Old 05-24-2024, 06:39 AM   #11
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Default Re: New Reality Seeds

Originally Posted by Astromancer View Post
The Morganthau plan was rejected in America just about as soon as it was made public. Morganthau had to publicly apologize to keep his job. It's interesting that America gets far more criticism for a plan that was never official, let alone put in practice, than many European nations received for actual war crimes.
My point is less, "America's ****ed up for wanting to wreck Germany" and more, "The British political elite wasn't particularly in to wrecking Germany". You can see this during the Versailles negotiations, where the French were strongly in favour of occupying the Rhine permanently, while the British delegation was caught between a public that strongly disliked Germany and a political elite that sought balance of powers and a Germany that could be a counterweight to the Bolsheviks (while stripping their colonial empire and destroying the German navy).

In a hypothetical peace, I could see the French saying, "To hell with Germany, let them all starve.", but I can't see Britain saying that too.
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