“The Soviet ambassador to Britain, Ivan Maisky,” writes Victor Davis Hanson in The Second World Wars, “recorded a conversation in November 1939 he had with Lord Beaverbrook, who illustrated British fears just ten weeks into the war: ‘I’m an isolationist. What concerns me is the fate of the British Empire!’”
As Hanson points out, Beaverbrook’s words were not that different from Hitler’s feelings about Britain. Hitler felt Britain should stay out of a European land war and keep its empire. Hitler felt Britain should make a deal with the Third Reich, believing both countries could keep their hegemonies.
But neutrality has its costs. “Being neutral is by design a choice,” explains Hanson, “with results that either harm or hurt the particular belligerents in question—with neutrality almost always aiding the aggressive carnivore, not its victim.”
Originally posted on Your Survival Guy.