- Aug 2009
- Athens, Greece
What I meant was that Hitler's invasion of Poland, and WWII, would have happened anyway. The decision to attack was already taken, the pact came after the decision. "The historic course" I wrote about was not about stopping or not Hitler, it was about the Nazi moving East and the consequences of their actions.“This is a pivotal issue, because a "yes" means that the Soviet pact simply facilitated a historic course already en route,”
The soviets actively allowed for Hitlers plans to come to come about, they gave the greenlight to invasion; cause precedes effect; the pact precedes the invasion.
The wording you use implies Hitler moving east was unstoppable, that resistance was fruitless – it is an incorrect way to approach history, in this instance at lease. It was only a “historical course” in retrospect, and was by no means “en-route”, this means that Hitlers goals were inevitably going to be achieved – that the Nazis moving east was destiny or unstoppable. It was a desire, a goal; yes, but this is not the same thing as it actually happening without chance of prevention, again, the allies tried to prevent the invasion passively (although they did enter the defensive alliance with Poland AFTER the USSR gave that greenlight to Hitler – which was an active and reactionary measure).
From Dictionary:“The pact certainly facilitated the resolve to invade Poland”
This is such indirect and opaque language, tell me directly what are you trying to say. It sounds very much like your actually saying “It allowed for (“certainly facilitated”) the desire (“resolve”) to invade Poland to be realized; which is exactly what I’ve been saying all this time. The Pact allowed for the Nazis to invade (alongside the communists) without fear of starting a war between the Nazis and Communists.
"Facilitate": make (an action or process) easy or easier. "Resolve": firm determination to do something.
I used these words in exactly that meaning. The Soviets made the invasion of Poland easier for the Nazis, which they were determined to perform in any case. The pact made it easier for them.