1938 Munich: It was Mussolini’s idea that they should meet and so Hitler, Chamberlain, Daladier, and Mussolini met in Munich and determined the fate of the Czechoslovakian region Sudetenland. No one from Czechoslovakia was present at the meeting. The claim by Hitler was that ethnic Germans in the region were under threat from the Czech people and that Germany needed to annex the region in order to protect them. No one seemed to notice that the most important part of Czechoslovakia’s defense network against Germany was in the Sudetenland. The Munich conference ended with Germany being allowed to annex the Sudetenland and Hitler concluding that the West was weak. Poland was next and millions of people died in the war (WWII) that followed.
Today: Paris, France: Russia and the United States met to determine the fate of Crimea. A region Putin claims is filled with ethnic Russians who are under threat from the new government in Kiev, Ukraine. While these two nations grapple with what needs to be done, it seems strange to me that no one from Ukraine was present at this meeting.
Before another shameful chapter in world history is written, the conference in Paris, France needs to immediately cease until the Ukrainians are included in discussions about the future of their country.