Nope...the worst choice was the choice of the polish politicians to annoy and aggravate the neighbours fully trusting "allies" in London and Paris.
Annoy and aggravate... :) What a reason for war... :)
BB, be serious :)
You wrote yourself:
No, the clash with Stalin was unavoidable...Europe wasn't big enough for both of them.
So, I have an impression which I often get with Russians trying to justify what Stalin did - blame the victim. The easiest way...
NOTHING could had been worse than that what actually happened to Poland afte r 1939-1989.
As I wrote - I don't think it could be avoided.
Just showing that this wasn't some "good" against "evil" battle right out of the Lord of the Rings but something what happened around Europe for Millennia now...Nothing surprisingly new
No, BB, there was no such a big war (world war, you know) in which civilians would be targeted like this and would die in such numbers. It was a terrible war and the inhumanity of the Nazis and their ideology is almost proverbial in Poland.
with even Poland taking part if they had the means.
Nothing surprisingly new and smarter politicians should had looked at the cards, the realities, the real position and means of Poland and acted accordingly.
It's easy to say this, when you know what happened :)
So you actually give a sh'it about the mass destruction and 6 million killed Poles?
I give a sh'it :) If I didn't give a sh'it - it would mean I don't care :) But I care ("I give a sh'it" in English, as far as I know).
But if you like it or not, most of these deads would have chosen life to a "heroic" death if asked. If you want to die for Jews, Gypsies and Homosexuals you can offer yourself, but don't force your people to do so.
BB, I don't force anybody to do anything :) It's my opinion.
The LIFE of your people should be on your mind, not their death, heroic or not!
I'm a Christian - so I believe there is something worse than death. But it's my opinion and I don't force anybody to do anything.
Stop your moralizing...
I can't - it's the way I am, sorry... :P
it's demeaning actually!
BB, if you like it or not - only few Poles would agree that Poles should ally with Hitler. For many - it's unthinkable.
PS: The Russians had no problems with it after partitioning Poland with the Germans...they were all smiles!
I know, some Poles still aren't able to forgive them that...