Precisely. It seems Warren didn't bother reading the details before posting so I'll repost it below . The crux being Britain did not go to war to save an oppressed people (the jews) they went to war because they thought their empire was under threat. -EnumaElish said:I guess one can say that WWII did not start until Britain entered the fray (or that it did not start before the U.S. joined the fight), and be right in a definitional sense. In that sense, saying that "Britain started WWII for selfish reasons" is equivalent to saying "Britain started to fight against Germany for selfish reasons." Which was probably the point that Art meant to make originally.
That Britains involvement centered on protecting it's interests was a view also taken by the american administration of the time. Roosevelt and Eisenhower were extremely suspicious throughout the war of British imperialism and went to great lengths to ensure they weren't used by Britain to bolster it's empire. (using american troops on the western front could free up british troops to maintain Britain's holdings elsewhere)when world war 2 actually started is a matter of perspective. From the British point of view it started when they declared war on Germany in Sept 1939 whereas the Ethiopians no doubt believe it started when Italy invaded them a few years earlier in 1935. It could equally be argued that WW2 began as early as the end of WW1 with the seeds of discontent sown by the Versailles Treaty or as late as 1941 when Japan and the USA became involved. For practical purposes it seems fair to say that it started when the first super power of the time - Britain, became involved in which case it is also fair to say it began with Britain's declaration of war.
The US were fuming when Churchill diverted troops to Greece shortly before the D day landings as they saw this as evidence of Britain's continuing imperialism though as it turned out if they hadn't done this Greece would have ended up part of the eastern bloc.
Eventually US suspicion of British motives played straight into Russia's hands as Roosevelt mistakenly trusted Stalin more than Churchill with the result Russia ended up with all of eastern europe. Not that he should have trusted Churchill more. He probably should have distrusted both of them equally.
This distrust of Britain was further vindicated after the war when Britain engineered a crisis in the ME as an excuse to seize the Suez canal (sound familiar? ). American threats of economic sanctions forced Britain to beat an embarassing retreat.
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