Post by Byker
Just think if Lord Halifax would have been PM instead of Churchill, which
very nearly happened. When the BEF was pushed all the way back to the
Channel, he'd probably have sued for peace, and Franco-Prussian War II would
have lasted a grand total of eight months.
And there would be further and bloodier wars when Nazi Germany renewed
its career of aggression. Moral idiots like Buchanan imagine that Nazi
Germany would have destroyed the USSR and then everything would be all
rosy. That assumes Germany would win that war - not at all certain,
since Germany would not be attacking with complete operational and
and tactical surprise as in OTL.
If Germany loses, the USSR would have the sole credit for doing it,
and would "liberate" the whole of Europe. Communism's pose as the
true enemy of Nazism would be a reality, not a fake. With Communist
control of the home countries, Communism would be imposed throughout
the French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies.
Also, the USSR would develop the atomic bomb first. Britain couldn't
afford to, and the peaceful US would never allocate the enormous
budget. (Besides which, many American and British scientists had
left-wing and pacifist sympathies; they worked on the Bomb only
because they feared the Nazis might get it.
So there's Buchanan's result: Soviet control of all Europe, most of
Africa, major chunks of SE Asia, and a substantial beachhead in the
But let's stay with Buchanan's preferred fantasy: Nazi Germany
triumphant. We know the horrors Nazi Germany perpetrated in its
short and territorially limited rampage. Those horrors would be
expanded and extended. Nazi success would inspire imitation and
alliance. The peace with Britain would soon dissolve as Germany
moved against Britain in the Middle East. (Germany wants the
oil, and the Arabs like Germany and want Germany to support them
Germany would support Indian nationalists like Bose, so there
goes the Empire. The Afrikaners in South Africa were pro-German
already. Japan would mop up SE Asia.
The US of course could ignore all this - until Latin American
nations began veering into fascism, in imitation of the highly
successful German model. (See Peronism in Argentina, and
Integralism in Brazil.)
Eventually, of course, the US would have to fight - on far worse
terms than OTL's WW II. Or maybe the US could do what Buchanan
might secretly want - become a fascist and explicitly racist
state like Germany. (He doesn't want that? Well, there were lots
of leftists who claimed they didn't want the US to go Communist,
while opposing every effort to resist Communism. I never believed
Nous sommes dans une pot de chambre, et nous y serons emmerdés.
--- General Auguste-Alexandre Ducrot at Sedan, 1870.