The Russo-German Symbiosis in the First and Second World Wars

With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the retreat of Leninist forces within the empire, hosannas have rung out in the Western world. "The Cold War is over, the Cold War is over," the leaders of the West have exclaimed, and demands to turn swords into knitting needles have filled the air. At every hand, there is a militant yearning to disarm, to declare "peace dividends," and to return to the state of inertia that marked the eras which followed World War I and II. To listen to some of the nation's legislators, only a unilateral assertion of universal peace stands between us and a balanced budget. The facts are something else again. Few realize that even in a world rid of the Soviet threat, the responsibilities piled on the "one remaining superpower" are limitless and of far greater significance, the threat to world security from the Eurosian land mass as great today as when Stalin and his successors ruled.

Even fewer bother to recall—since recollection has never been de rigueur among policymakers, either in Washington or in other Western capitals—that a spasmodic, usually covert, relationship between Russia and Germany has existed throughout modern history—a relationship of tremendous significance since World War I, which has conditioned, if not determined, the course of recent history. That relationship—close to a loose "alliance"—was interrupted...

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