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Yes, waging the war did help people. If Hitler had beaten Britain The Holocaust would have been extended to eliminate Slavic populations and the less useful Brits. (The remaining upper classes would have likely reached an accomodation after surrender.)

Hitler had no chance of winning a war on two fronts. But if he could have concentrated forces on Russia after defeating the UK there was a reasonable possibility of winning significant land concessions - possibly pushing them far into the east where the remains of the USSR could have been contained with help from the Japanese.

The rest of the Soviet Union would have been turned into agricultural land for Germans, dotted with farms and heavy industry manned by captured slave labour.

The US would have been isolated, and without help from British scientists its unlikely the Bomb would have been ready as soon as it was, so the US might well have faced mainland fighting.

Hitler was - notoriously - funded by both the US and German mil-ind complex, so those are the people directly responsible for WWII. But once the war started the mil-inds lost control of Hitler, and if he hadn't been stopped the world would be a much less pleasant place for very many more people than it was after WWII.

WWII was nothing like Iraq, which is an incredibly inept attempt at a war of aggression and occupation without any moral complications.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Apr 25th, 2008 at 06:10:40 PM EST

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