The 70th Anniversary of World War II

On September 1, 1939, a German battleship shelled Gdansk in Poland. Hitler’s attack on Poland, with the connivance of Stalin who took the Baltic Republics in exchange, was the beginning of World War II.

It was 70 years ago. Do you think a war like that could ever happen again?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://brbible.org/from-rich RIch Shipe

    It is really hard to imagine that a war like that could happen again. But didn’t they say that about World War I?

  • http://brbible.org/from-rich RIch Shipe

    It is really hard to imagine that a war like that could happen again. But didn’t they say that about World War I?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01763924682909630509 Orianna Laun

    In some ways I’d venture to say yes, as people are still people with evil tendencies. In some ways I’d venture to say no because protesters would never stand for Congressional funding of such a war.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01763924682909630509 Orianna Laun

    In some ways I’d venture to say yes, as people are still people with evil tendencies. In some ways I’d venture to say no because protesters would never stand for Congressional funding of such a war.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    History repeats itself. So yes it could. I don’t expect it to happen in my day, but….
    As for the protesters not standing for that kind of funding. At somepoint the Baby boomers are going to die off, and the 60′s will lose there nostalgia. At that point people will stop seeing every war we get involved in as a reason to relive the drugged out haze of their glory days, or to allow ones parents to relive them vicariously.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    History repeats itself. So yes it could. I don’t expect it to happen in my day, but….
    As for the protesters not standing for that kind of funding. At somepoint the Baby boomers are going to die off, and the 60′s will lose there nostalgia. At that point people will stop seeing every war we get involved in as a reason to relive the drugged out haze of their glory days, or to allow ones parents to relive them vicariously.

  • Peter Leavitt

    Probably, though not in most of our lifetimes of our lifetimes, there will be a savage struggle between the West led by America and Asia led by China and Japan. Sam Huntington’s book, The Clash of Civilizations explains that at the least there is strong tension between civilizations that can easily with rogue leadership end up in brutal war. Such a war would likely end in some sort of nuclear holocaust.

  • Peter Leavitt

    Probably, though not in most of our lifetimes of our lifetimes, there will be a savage struggle between the West led by America and Asia led by China and Japan. Sam Huntington’s book, The Clash of Civilizations explains that at the least there is strong tension between civilizations that can easily with rogue leadership end up in brutal war. Such a war would likely end in some sort of nuclear holocaust.

  • Peter Leavitt

    Pardon the awkward first sentence above. It does help to read over one’s wonderful prose.

  • Peter Leavitt

    Pardon the awkward first sentence above. It does help to read over one’s wonderful prose.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    Wars, and Big Wars will always happen again…until the Lord returns.

    Let’s not forget who’s inhabiting this place.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    Wars, and Big Wars will always happen again…until the Lord returns.

    Let’s not forget who’s inhabiting this place.

  • Haynes Earnhardt

    Actually Dr. Veith, Stalin took half of Poland, the eastern areas (areas the Soviets claimed contained large Byelorussian and Ukrainian populations)as part of the secret Hitler-Stalin Pact (also known as the Molotov-von Ribbentrop Pact). The Soviets invaded Poland on September 17, 1939. The Soviets invaded the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) later (in June 1940). These invasions were agreed upon in the secret pact signed by the respective foreign ministers 23 August 1939, a week before Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

    Respectully submitted,

    Haynes Earnhardt
    History major
    Missouri Synod Lutheran

  • Haynes Earnhardt

    Actually Dr. Veith, Stalin took half of Poland, the eastern areas (areas the Soviets claimed contained large Byelorussian and Ukrainian populations)as part of the secret Hitler-Stalin Pact (also known as the Molotov-von Ribbentrop Pact). The Soviets invaded Poland on September 17, 1939. The Soviets invaded the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) later (in June 1940). These invasions were agreed upon in the secret pact signed by the respective foreign ministers 23 August 1939, a week before Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

    Respectully submitted,

    Haynes Earnhardt
    History major
    Missouri Synod Lutheran

  • Kimett N Geist

    Unfortunately, the next big one will be worse. It will be uniquely nuclear and merciless. Lord have mercy.

  • Kimett N Geist

    Unfortunately, the next big one will be worse. It will be uniquely nuclear and merciless. Lord have mercy.

  • CRB

    Kimett N Geist,

    Perhaps, if it is nuclear, and that would seem quite
    likely, that would the be fulfillment of what Scripture says about the world ending in fire and then Christ returning?

  • CRB

    Kimett N Geist,

    Perhaps, if it is nuclear, and that would seem quite
    likely, that would the be fulfillment of what Scripture says about the world ending in fire and then Christ returning?

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    I’m inclined to think that the next big one will be with the hard-line Islamic world–the war on terror writ large, with horrendous casualties. And don’t worry about the peaceniks. If Obama or someone like him declares a righteous war, the left will be on it in a second, just as American leftists suddenly became anti-Nazi when Hitler betrayed Stalin and broke the non-aggression pact.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    I’m inclined to think that the next big one will be with the hard-line Islamic world–the war on terror writ large, with horrendous casualties. And don’t worry about the peaceniks. If Obama or someone like him declares a righteous war, the left will be on it in a second, just as American leftists suddenly became anti-Nazi when Hitler betrayed Stalin and broke the non-aggression pact.

  • Mark Veenman

    Haynes @ #7. I truly feel for the Poles. Always stuck in the middle. Could it happen again? Sure. It could happen soon; all it takes is one jerk in the middle east with a nuclear bomb pointed at Israel or India.

  • Mark Veenman

    Haynes @ #7. I truly feel for the Poles. Always stuck in the middle. Could it happen again? Sure. It could happen soon; all it takes is one jerk in the middle east with a nuclear bomb pointed at Israel or India.

  • http://www.ronmossad.com ronmossad

    On the 70th anniversary of the German blitzkrieg on Poland, it would be wise to reflect on the consequences of appeasing barbarians over taking the action necessary to protect your country.

    http://ronmossad.blogspot.com/2009/08/why-we-fight-in-defense-of-preemptive.html

    1938: Neville Chamberlain signs the Munich agreement and 50+ million people die.

    1967: Levi Eshkol launches a preemptive assault on 4 Arab nations and saves his country.

    It is clear that in a choice between appeasement and victory there is no real choice to make at all. We can either put an end to the Iranian menace now or we can wait until they are on equal footing with us and the job becomes exponentially worse. For both sides. In the history books intentions are irrelevant, only results are remembered.

  • http://www.ronmossad.com ronmossad

    On the 70th anniversary of the German blitzkrieg on Poland, it would be wise to reflect on the consequences of appeasing barbarians over taking the action necessary to protect your country.

    http://ronmossad.blogspot.com/2009/08/why-we-fight-in-defense-of-preemptive.html

    1938: Neville Chamberlain signs the Munich agreement and 50+ million people die.

    1967: Levi Eshkol launches a preemptive assault on 4 Arab nations and saves his country.

    It is clear that in a choice between appeasement and victory there is no real choice to make at all. We can either put an end to the Iranian menace now or we can wait until they are on equal footing with us and the job becomes exponentially worse. For both sides. In the history books intentions are irrelevant, only results are remembered.

  • CRB

    Speaking of war, here is a pertinent article from a military historian. Also, I highly recommend his books!

    http://www.victorhanson.com/articles/hanson090209.html

  • CRB

    Speaking of war, here is a pertinent article from a military historian. Also, I highly recommend his books!

    http://www.victorhanson.com/articles/hanson090209.html

  • Bruce Gee

    While we’re mentioning Hanson, check out this pertinent article from today’s NRO:

    http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZTA1MDg3NmI2ZWMwMTBiMTNhNjhmYzRmYjNmYmIwZDY=

    He gives a quick survey of the pendular swinging from militarization to demilitarization in this country and the world from the time of the 20′s. We seem to be continuing the swing.

  • Bruce Gee

    While we’re mentioning Hanson, check out this pertinent article from today’s NRO:

    http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZTA1MDg3NmI2ZWMwMTBiMTNhNjhmYzRmYjNmYmIwZDY=

    He gives a quick survey of the pendular swinging from militarization to demilitarization in this country and the world from the time of the 20′s. We seem to be continuing the swing.