To respond to some of the holes in the argument.
Hitler’s annexation of Czech and Rhineland was justified (by him) as they were germans being forced to be ruled by minorities.Pretty flimsy in today’s world but back then it wasn’t that big of a deal (to go to war over).A comparable Iraq situation exists with the Kurds in the north today,but nobody’s suggested going to war over that issue.
Even Bush’s “regime change” has more to do,in his rhetoric,with getting a bombmaker off the throne.
Secondly the military parity of the parties involved back then wasn’t even close to today’s scenario.Nobody questioned Germany’s troops’ abilities to fight,nor their armament to be effective.Going too soon then could have had the same result as '39,'40.Today our armaments and manpower can wipe Iraq off the map,if so inclined.Do you seriously think in some measure of years SH can come even close to that capability?
Remember the allied countries were engaged in a depression and butter was a much more discussed topic than guns.As late as 1940 the US was reported to be practicing war games with the equivalent of sticks and stones-the equipment wasn’t there.The biggest reason Germany had the jump on us.A dictatorshp that bought guns first,and confiscated the wealth of some of the populace to do so.
Which brings the “Jewish question” vis a is SH to mind.On a moral plane one’s no better than the other.
But on a practical plane,remember there was no UN,or widely circulated media attention to the plights of worldwide minority groups.Or even a broadbased opinion on how to treat some of these same groups in our contries.We were a much more conservative and isolated people,and struggling with depression our main focus was our food and shelter.Who was going to care what some German was doing over there.
And just as today,politicians only keep their jobs when appealing to their costituents worries.FDR,for all his New Deal programs,which struck fear in the business (read Repub) community,were still passed because of that nature.He would have been laughed off the Congress floor if he would have presented bills designed to allieve some foreign nations problems.He didn’t even try to advance a civil rights reform despite his wife’s nagging because of this same apathy.
Better to compare Saddam with Mussolini.Another toothless tiger.