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BANGLA DESH-Case for Indian Military Intervention

Case for Indian Military Intervention J Bhattacharjee DURING the Nuremberg trials in 1946, several German generals, including Keitel and Jodl testified that the German occupation of the Rhineland in 1936 was a gigantic military bluff. Any resistance by the French Army, then the largest in Europe would have compelled the Wehrmacht, which was still quite weak, to carry out a humiliating withdrawal, and this would have forever destroyed Hitler's credibility among the German General Staff. forever. The French paid for their "restraint" four years later when the Germans held their victory parade in the Champs Elysee and the Swastika flew over the Arc de Triomphe. History is replete with instances of dictators and bully-boys getting away with anything because of the "moderation" and "restraint'* of their opponents. The Spanish Civil War was another example when the Western democracies watched from the sidelines as freedom was butchered by the Spanish generals with the active support of the Italians and the Germans. As General Walter Warlimont with his German "volunteers" and Adolf Galland with his Condor Legion of Focke-Wolfe dive-bombers helped Franco to bomb, loot, rape and murder unarmed civilians (Guernica was just one incident), the nominally Socialist Popular Front government of Leon Blum would not even allow the Spanish Republicans to buy arms in hard currency. The final instalment of this sordid sequence was of course Munich when Czechoslovakia, the only true democracy east of the Rhine, was sold down the river by its Anglo-French "allies" who even blackmailed the Czechs into not resisting with their own excellently equipped and trained army.

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