Moscow analyst: Britain’s support for Poland, not Molotov-Ribbentrop, caused WW2, and its backing of Ukraine could trigger WW3

David Low named his political cartoon describing the German-Russian invasion of Poland that started the WW2 - "Rendezvous." The cartoon depicts a meeting by the two allied Nazi-Soviet dictators over the corpse of a Polish defender. Hitler says to Stalin while smiling, lifting his hat and bowing: "The Scum of the Earth, I believe?" and Stalin responds to him "The Bloody Assassin of the Workers, I presume?" while smiling, bowing and lifting his in kind. The secret agreement on the division of Poland that was part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was not yet known, but nonetheless, Low recognized what happened and drew it in this work. (Image: The Evening Standard (UK), September 20, 1939 issue)

David Low named his political cartoon describing the German-Russian invasion of Poland that started the WW2 - "Rendezvous." The cartoon depicts a meeting by the two allied Nazi-Soviet dictators over the corpse of a Polish defender. Hitler says to Stalin while smiling, lifting his hat and bowing: "The Scum of the Earth, I believe?" and Stalin responds to him "The Bloody Assassin of the Workers, I presume?" while smiling, bowing and lifting his in kind. The secret agreement on the division of Poland that was part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was not yet known, but nonetheless, Low recognized what happened and drew it in this work. (Image: The Evening Standard (UK), September 20, 1939 issue) 

2016/12/04 • Analysis & Opinion, History, Politics, Russia

Moscow analyst Yury Mukhin offers an historical analogy which says far more than he intends. In a new commentary, he argues that it was British support for Poland, not the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between Hitler and Stalin, that was responsible for the outbreak of World War II in Europe.

Had Britain not committed itself to defend Poland against aggression, he suggests, Warsaw would have been compelled to accede to German demands and war would not have broken out. And if London refuses to back Ukraine, Kyiv will have to come to an agreement with Moscow and once again war can be avoided.

By making this analogy between the events of 1939 and those of today, Mukhin unwittingly invites the conclusion that Putin’s Russia, just like Hitler’s Germany, felt compelled to invade Ukraine because the Ukrainians like the Poles thought that the West would come to their aid and prevent or at least repel such actions and did not accede to reasonable demands.

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He thus implicitly acknowledges that Moscow made demands of Ukraine like those Hitler made of Poland and that the actions of both Putin and Hitler were thus legitimate, an equation amazing from someone in a country which commemorates what it calls “the Great Fatherland War” as the unifying event of national life.

Further, Mukhin implies that any government committing itself to the defense of another against outside aggression is in the wrong if the author of the aggression is stronger than the target of that aggression and is itself to blame for the war rather than the one that has launched the invasion.

And finally, he goes even further than the notorious Andranik Migranyan did a few years ago when the Russian propagandist then in New York, said the world must distinguish between a “good” Hitler up to his invasion of Poland and a “bad” one after that time.


Joint Soviet-Nazi military parade in Poland. The history of Russian aggression.

If one follows Mukhin’s logic, what Hitler did in Poland was justified – and of course, what Stalin did in conjunction with him, was too – because the British should not have supported Poland and thus been the chief cause of World War II in Europe rather than it being a playing out of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols dividing the continent.

Those in the West who oppose helping Ukraine defend itself against aggression lest it “provoke” Putin need to recognize the exact nature of Russian “logic” about such things. Putin will feel “provoked” whenever he wants to be and regardless of what anyone does. And he will blame others for the wars that he himself has caused.

Britain’s willingness to go to war to defend Poland against aggression in 1939 was one of its finest hours; a failure by Britain or the West more generally now to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression would not be – and it would only delay but not prevent the broader war Putin appears to want.


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  • laker48

    Mukhin is not a analyst. He’s an ultranationalist katsap propagandist associated with Dugin and Zhirinovsky. He doesn’t bear the tiniest shred of credibility and can be only compared with Holocaust deniers. He still claims that the Polish officers, whose mass graves were unearthed by Germans in the Katyn forest in 1943, were murdered by the Germans in 1941 in spite of all evidence confirming that it was a Soviet mass murder of unarmed Polish POWs committed in the spring of 1940. That rabid fascist RuSSian dog doesn’t deserve any space here.

    • http://www.krantvannederland.nl/ Cees Boogaart

      Agree with you, I hesitate to share this to be honest.
      I know most media try to hear both sides on all subjects, but if one side in a “conflict” being agressor, NOT uses facts, only propaganda against the victim, and accuses ONLY victim of use propaganda, media should use common sense and NOT give the agressor propaganda side a platform.
      FACTS should be guiding line for media and everyone else, not propaganda or FAKE news/facts.
      Thats why I always keep a keen eye on kremlinmedia/fake news/facts not only from Muscovy/”russia”, but all (r)us-eu media.
      Kremlinmedia I said in early 2014 you should not view,listen and if you do, just believe the opposite, you can’t go wrong with that, EVER!

      It’s known from facts in media both Kremin and EU spend billions on propaganda for self-survival, Kremlin the most, they also have the socalled paid Trolls from Olgino https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolls_from_Olgino
      who not only are active in (socia) media but a lot are also rewriting history and trying to make Wikipedia, in regard to (history) former soviet countries, a Russipedia 2.0..
      https://www.reddit.com/r/russiawarinukraine/comments/37tryg/muscovy_the_name_of_the_grand_duchy_of_moscow/ (at top)

      Perhaps euromaidanpress should investigate THAT instead of giving kremlinmedia a platform, just my 2 cents..(you have from a former contact my emailadress)

      Regarding this article, like I said , I hesitate to share it, added in title pro-putin between Moscow and analyst, and at end added also (kremlinmedia!)

    • zorbatheturk

      He is an anal-ist – his head is up Putin’s a s s.

  • tarawabrat

    It was actually all America’s fault for imposing sanctions against Japan in 1938 over the war in China. If America had instead helped the Japanese bring civilization to Eurasia the USSR could have been partitioned between Gross Deutschland and Dai Nippon and everyone would be happy driving Mitsubishi-Benz and Toyota-BMW cars. Now it looks like the former USSR will be partitioned between Belgium and Beijing, boo hoo.

  • Dirk Smith

    This Duginite thug is only rephrasing the narrative of Pat Buchanan’s book, “Churchill, Hitler, and the unnecesary war.” Shows you the true intellect of the putin’s minions.

    • laker48

      He’s kinda Putin’s trial balloon.

  • Terry Washington

    Naturally EVERYTHING and EVERYONE is to blame for WWII except the regimes ruled by Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin- I call this the “John Pilger school of international relations- the West is always in the wrong!”

  • Turtler

    As somebody whose bread, butter, and lunch was the late 19th to mid 20th century, if this were true there would be an incredibly easy way to tell it.

    Britain had been supporting Polish aspirations since at least 1917. It was providing very concrete diplomatic, military, economic, and humanitarian aid to it by early 1919. So by logic the meshing of British support for Poland and Pilsudski’s battle-hardened patriots, nationalists, and militarists should have triggered it.

    Well guess what? It turns out this DIDN’T lead to WWI in the next few years. And in fact it STOPPED a transparent attempt to ignite a third world war when the Poles combined with both the Western Allies and the newly re-established nations from Finland to Romania to repulse the Soviets, including at the Neigh-Miraculous Battle of Warsaw. Which in turn resulted in a general European peace for the next twenty years.

    In contrast, Molotov-Ribbentrop was inked mere months before the wholesale invasion of the nations partitioned in it began. And the nearly-as-long Soviet-German relationship dating back to Rapallo marks crucial moments in the road back to European War, such as the re-establishment of the German Air Force (of Guernica infamy), tank testing and training (including in occupied Ukraine before the war), and ultimately the return to mass conscription. During which time people like von Seeckt and Hitler were reassured that if the West moved to smash the German militarists plotting for a second world war, they could count on the diplomatic and military support of the Soviets.

    So yeah, this is utter nonsense on its’ face. And when you look deeper at it it just gets worse.

    The British and other Western Allied nations withdrawing the assurances they gave to Austria, Czechoslovakia, Albania, and so forth did NOT lead to peace. It merely led Hitler and Mussolini to go up to someone ELSE and press wholly unreasonable demands. Rather than the independent nations of Central and Eastern Europe and their allies “giving in” to demands resulting in Peace For Our Time, it resulted in an even BLOODIER war. Of which the Polish Ultimatum (which Hitler had not the least interest in honoring anyway,since he figured it was just a pretext to completely erase the Poles) was merely the last in a long, bloody pattern.

    So this is all just the sort of morally bankrupt stuff Mukhin, Buchanan, Putin, and the like do. And its’ immensely stupid.

  • zorbatheturk

    Putin and Hitler are similar in one respect – both are/were psychotic personalities.

    • laker48

      So is Fuhrer Shorty the Shirtlers who has probably memorised Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”.

  • http://www.taboogenocide.com kris dietrich

    Internet oriented historical revisionism is grossly myopic narcissistic and false. Read the extensive material on the two world wars and preparations. It was planned. Expected and no accident. Poland was the trigger. A timely setup and framework already in place to bleed Russia weaken the West and destroy Old Europe. Read the historical framework as it killed Ukrainians by the millions in peacetime showing how easy genocide can be when at war and the wesk masses become patrotic propagandized. Dupes. War workers and fodder. TABOO GENOCIDE

    • Turtler

      “Internet oriented historical revisionism is grossly myopic
      narcissistic and false. ”

      Indeed. So why the hell do you keep doing it?

      “Read the extensive material on the two world wars and preparations.”

      I have. Which is why I keep going at you.

      “It was planned. Expected and no accident.”

      Planned yes, no accident yes, expected… depends on the party we’re talking about.

      For instance, for the Bolshevik and NSDAP dictatorships and various cabals in the IJA it was absolutely expected. For others not so much. Even those who could actually stomach the deeply unpopular notion that war was coming, they tended to MASSIVELY misjudge the time it would happen and the nature of their enemies. For instance, the Poles estimated that Hitler would attack no earlier than 1940 and do it alone. In reality he came in at 1939 and had an ally in Stalin.

      “Poland was the trigger.”

      Sure, if we overlook the Far Eastern war and shenanigans in Africa and Iberia.

      “A timely setup and framework already in place”

      Gee, I wonder by who? Would it happen to be the German militarists and their Soviet frenemies?

      “to bleed Russia ”

      Russia was already bleeding badly. In Spite of the utterly unprecedented and unequaled bloodshed of the Eastern Front of WWII, it was still less of a source for the carnage than Soviet politics as normal.

      The idea that you had to get clever to do it is hard.

      “weaken the West ”

      True.

      “and destroy Old Europe.”

      WHAT “Old Europe?”

      WWI basically as the end of the old school Ancien Regimes. All of the governments that came through the war intact were republics, constitutional monarchies, and democracies.

      “Read the historical framework as it killed Ukrainians by the millions in peacetime showing how easy genocide can be when at war and the wesk masses become patrotic propagandized. Dupes. War workers and fodder.”

      I have. Oh and BTW Moron: you claim to be a writer, but why the heck did you screw up spelling “patriotic” and “weak” or “West’s”?