Eternal Recognition

Hitler dismissed a return to the boundaries of 1914 as a false goal for Germany, because boundaries are arbitrary: one is not morally entitled to them, one simply takes them if one can. “The reality of a nation having managed a disproportionate acquisition of territory is no superior obligation for its eternal recognition. It proves at most the might of the conqueror and the weakness of the victim. And, moreover, this might alone makes it right,” Hitler wrote. (David A. Welch)
John Gast, American Progress, 1872

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