JF Ptak Science Books Post 2753
There were some in Great Britain who just simply did not want to become involved in the European crisis, and who saw their way around the obvious to the in-obvious of what needed to be seen. That, or the source of info leading to this opinion was limited. Or, the information sources were good but the interpretation was limited. Or it was too early in the process of war...except in this case, in the pamphlet below, it was already 1938, and the issue was Hitler and Czechoslovakia.
It is a little difficult to say when this was published in 1938--if it was published in the early Spring the Anschluss would not yet have occurred, and so no mention; but I have a feeling that this is post-Anschluss, and the event (of March 1938) is treated with silence, as it surely would not have fit very well with the writer's denouncing of the diatribes against Hitler. My suspicion is that this was post-Anschluss and pre-Munch Agreement/Diktat (30 September), and that the entire business with Austria is left out of whatever thinking is going on here. There is a mention of strengthening Chamberlain's hand though nothing specifically about the Munich meeting, so my general reaction is that this pamphlet was printed in the Summer of 1938.
The case that the author makes is that the Sudeten Germans “are suffering from intolerable grievances” and that anything to the contrary is a construction of “the Press” who were implying that the troubles were “mostly imaginary”, “therefore assuming that Hitler is trumping up an agitation as a mere excuse for aggression which would endanger the peace of Europe”, and so on. Any sort of European war coming as a result of an involvement over Czechoslovakia, the author contends, would result in "world Bolshevism", no matter the winning side. Thus the need for Great Britain to stay away from any possible conflict, and that its only "moral position" would be to see justice done to the Sudenten Germans. Poland and Hungary would carve up their own slices of the rest of Czechoslovakia in October and November 1938, and then come March 1939 Germany would seep into what was left of the country, completing the death of the six-month Munich agreements.
And somehow the ending argument was that even if Central and Southern Europe were “dominated” by Germany, “she will be a disunited, and therefore weaker country, Balkanized out of any resemblance to her present self”.
In any event, these sentiments were hardly unknown, in any country. The U.S. certainly had its fair share of groups espousing these beliefs, some --like the "America First" organization--held on to their keep-our-distance programs 28 months into the war, only disappearing on December 7, 1941.
Here's t he entire leaflet: