VERSAILLES – The Poisonous Spirit of Vengeance
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“Injustice, arrogance, displayed in the hour of triumph will never be forgotten or forgiven.” – Lloyd George, 1919
“Those three all-powerful, all-ignorant men… sitting there carving continents with only a child to lead them.” – Arthur Balfour
The Worst Peace Treaty in History
The Versailles Treaty, which was signed 28 June 1919 has to be recognized as the worst failure of a peace treaty ever signed in history. Timed to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Frans Ferdinand by Serbian terrorists, 28 June 1914, which is credited as being the spark that led to the catastrophic First World War. The Treaty of Versailles was meant to guarantee peace, but led to the most violent and destructive century in the history of mankind. One cannot understand the history of the Soviet Union or Eastern Europe without understanding the pivotal role played by the shortsighted, vindictive and counter-productive destructive Versailles Treaty of 28 June 1919.
The Failure of Justice at Versailles and the Price of Vengeance
On April 8, 1945, Churchill, in a memo to the Foreign Office traced the origins of the unnecessary war back to Versailles – and Woodrow Wilson:
“This war should never have come unless, under American and modernising pressure, we had driven the Habsburgs out of Austria and the Hohenzollerns out of Germany. By making these vacuums we gave the opening for the Hitlerite monster to crawl onto the vacant thrones. No doubt these views are very unfashionable. The men of Versailles had brought home the peace of vengeance the people wanted. Their children would pay the price for their having failed to bring home a peace of justice. That price would be 50 million dead in the war that would come out of the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles.”
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7
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Dr. Peter Hammond
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