FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:|
September 24, 1999
BUCHANAN RESPONDS TO
MCLEAN, VA -- Today, Republican Presidential candidate Patrick J. Buchanan released the following statement:
"Listening to John McCain, I may be the first man ever read out of the Republican Party for refusing to support the Danzig policy of Neville Chamberlain. For those unfamiliar with A Republic, Not an Empire, let me summarize what I believe:
"Hitlerism was conceived in the brutal gang rape of a defeated Germany in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles in 1919, as Woodrow Wilson, who had promised justice to the German people, looked on. The Harding-Coolidge-Hoover policy of easing reparations and seeking to bring a defeated, demoralized, divided, democratic Germany back into the family of Western nations was morally and politically sound.
"Chamberlain's Danzig Policy, giving Poland a war guarantee he had neither the capacity nor will to honor, was not only immoral, it was, as Lloyd George said, 'demented,' and led to war in the West, the Nazi occupation of the European democracies, the death of 400,000 British soldiers, and the destruction of the British Empire.
"It was Wilsonism, liberal interventionism, not 'isolationism,' that created the moral-political swamp in which fascism, Hitlerism, and Stalinism were spawned. Unable to deal with the truth-that their own heroes produced the disasters that may yet ring down the curtain on Western Civilization-the blind children of Wilson now scapegoat Pius XII and America First.
"Do those attacking me realize they are defending the policies that produced World War II and virtual annihilation of the Jewish population of Europe? While the West is busy erecting Holocaust museums, it has failed to study the history that produced it.
"Today, the United States is handing out war guarantees all over Eastern Europe, guarantees a future generation of Americans may refuse to honor, guarantees that are driving a defeated, demoralized, divided and democratic Russia, with 20,000 nuclear weapons, straight into the arms of a Chinese Communist regime whose rulers bristle with hatred and resentment at hubristic American attempts to create some arrogant 'global hegemony.'
"My book was written to prevent that cataclysm; my book was written to save lives. As for my Republican rivals, opportunistically piling on me, to the giddy applause of the Establishment, do you really think you will be spared, should you, too, violate the norms of Political Correctness and speak truth to power?"
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