Some of this country's leading nuclear scientists -- Nobel laureates,
Indeed, it's hard to recall such fulsome praise for a diplomatic agreement since the leading lights of British public opinion were waxing enthusiastic about
It's all enough to bring back the history of
The result: A new German army of 36 divisions was outfitted with the latest equipment. That's not all. Police forces were reorganized as paramilitary units. A variety of militias, much like
The thorough-going efficiency of German science, engineering and manufacturing was soon producing all kinds of technological innovations as the buildup to war continued. The new dive bombers got their premiere in the Spanish Civil War.
It was all technically (but only technically) illegal. Advanced new aircraft like the Heinkel HE-111 bomber appeared in the skies over Guernica, and German shipyards were kept busy turning out new weapons at a prodigious rate. No wonder
There is an old joke about the German factory worker who decided to smuggle out the parts for a baby buggy piece by piece to please the wife. But when she kept asking where it was, he could only look puzzled. "I don't know, honey. Every time I put it together, no matter how carefully I follow the instructions," he explained, "it turns out to be a machine gun."
Despite all our scientists' assurances, no one should be surprised if
It was left to a Tory backbencher named
"I do not grudge our loyal, brave people, who were ready to do their duty no matter what the cost, who never flinched under the strain. ... I do not grudge them the natural, spontaneous outburst of joy and relief when they learned that the hard ordeal would no longer be required of them at the moment; but they should know the truth. They should know that there has been gross neglect and deficiency in our defenses; they should know that we have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road; they should know that we have passed an awful milestone in our history ... the terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the Western democracies: Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting.
"And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigor, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time."
Sleep on, America, you ain't seen nothin' yet.