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'One day president Roosevelt told me he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once "the unnecessary war",' Examine this statement by Winston Churchill.

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'One day president Roosevelt told me he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once "the unnecessary war",' Examine this statement by Winston Churchill. To what degree do you agree or disagree that World War II was 'the unnecessary war'? 'The unnecessary war' as expressed by Winston Churchill, describes a war, which in his viewpoint could've been avoided if certain things and groups had lived up to their ideals. This 'Unnecessary war' as defined, is an opinion which in varying degrees is quite correct but it is clear that at the end of diplomatic timeline that all out war was indeed necessary and undeniably inevitable. The reasons behind such an opinion include the failure of the Versailles treaty, the League of Nations and democracy in addition increasingly militarised and ambitious Nazi Germany. One of the ideas behind the unnecessary war was the Treaty of Versailles. This document which Germany signed after their unconditional surrender in World War 1 was in effect a record telling the world that the sole cause of the war was Germany and that they had to make reparations for everything. ...read more.


With these examples it is quite clear that had a weaker treaty of Versailles been forged then the strong moderate political parties could have stayed in power and thus averted a war started by the ideals of a madman. Perhaps a more ambiguous idea would have been the failure of the League of Nations. This league, having been formed to keep democracy well alive and prevent future catastrophic total wars, was to have the power to uphold its ideals. However it was without doubt the failure of this body that led to World War II. Even if Hitler had risen to power all could have been salvaged. For example, the failure of the League to monitor Germany's armed forces led to a huge expansion of the 'police force', the militarisation of the Rhineland created not even a stir within the league and the Invasion of the Sudetenland as a reclamation act was all but ignored. Irrefutably the fact stood and still stands, that had the League lived up to the ideals instead of just verbal condemnation after condemnation and constant procrastination for action, then Nazi Germany would have been stopped dead in its tracks. ...read more.


that Hitler would be a hard negotiator and he was very rooted into his ideals, with his eyes set on full remilitarisation of Germany and on world domination. His ambition bundled with the lack of resistance and policy of appeasement meant that without war Germany would literally take all of Europe without anyone stopping him. By this time intervention had to take course lest the free peoples of Europe fall under the Iron fist of Hitler. Diplomacy had passed and failed, the time for war was now and unnecessary had become necessary. The conquest of lands for living space was no justification and Germany had to be stopped, nothing could stop war now. The statement 'unnecessary war' was true for a while; the treaty of Versailles could have been changed to steady a already destabilised democracy. Even after the rise of Hitler the League of nations could have stopped him, but it was their failure to act that caused the outbreak of war. By the 1939 the British and French had to intervene to stop the violation of democratic countries by Germany and war had become very necessary. ...read more.

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