But where is the evidence that Adolf Hitler, whose victims as of March 1939 were a fraction of Gen. Pinochet's, or Fidel Castro's, was out to conquer the world?I kind of imagine Buchanan putting more emphasis on Castro rather than Pinochet. That said, the obvious response is that we have historical perspective on what Hitler did. Even at the time, regardless of what he had done, his ability to mess with Western civilization was far greater than Pinochet's Argentina or Castro's Cuba. For one thing, Hitler was right in the middle of it. For another, Germany was a nation with enormous technological and military strength.
Pat Buchanan then invokes Winston Churchill to support his view that England shouldn't have provoked Hitler. Interesting choice there; of course Churchill is well known for having been one of the main voices against Chamberlain's appeasement policy.
Winston Churchill was right when he called it "The Unnecessary War" -- the war that may yet prove the mortal blow to our civilization.How exactly will World War 2 prove the mortal blow to our civilization? What civilization, exactly, is Buchanan talking about? Which civilization? The questions are unexplored; I suppose that if they were explored either Buchanan would have to blow on his dog whistle so loud it would deafen us or he would come clean and admit some pretty ugly things.