Originally Posted by mhgaffney
The Balfour Declaration signaled the intent to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This became reality at the Versailles Conference after WW I.
Incidentally, there was nothing altruistic about it. Lord Balfour was a well known anti semite. It was purely done out of expedience -- a quid pro quo. The Zionists in the US used their considerable influence here to change the US policy of neutrality. The US media mounted the first Madison Avenue style propaganda campaign to drum up war fever. Americans were strongly opposed to US involvement -- but the propaganda machinery played on people's fears and emotions -- and it prevailed. The media portrayed Germans as Huns and the polls shifted in favor of war.
TE Lawrence was so dismayed by the betrayal of the Arabs at Versailles that afterward he refused a commission in the Royal AF --
The Germans also correctly understood the Versailles conference as a betrayal -- and this no doubt explains the hostility inside Germany for German Jews. Most Germans believed that the rich Jews of Germany had sold out the nation. Up until this time, German Jews were very well off -- very successful and fully integrated into German society. There was little anti semitism before these developments.As for Germany winning the war -- yeah, check it out. The US entered the war late. The Germans whipped the Brits before we came in.
That is a blatantly false statement. Anti-semitism was rampant throughout Europe in the 19th century. When it comes to anti-semitism, you couldn't slide a hair between the views of Hitler and the views of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Hell, Martin Luther was one of the great anti-semitic preachers of all time, advocating the burning down of all synagogues and the massacre of all Jewish men, women and children. The tradition of anti-semitism in Germany goes back hundreds of years.
The number one cause for the U.S. entry into WWI was Germany's declaration that they would carry on unrestricted submarine warfare against all shipping trying to supply England (at that time, the "civilized" world considered submarine warfare treacherous and barbaric) and the subsequent sinking of the Lusitania, which enraged the American people as a moral issue.
You're an idiot.