NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN
24th October, 1939 – A end to Hitler’s month-long peace offensive was signalled tonight by Joachim von Ribbentrop, the German Foreign Minister. In a speech in Danzig, he accused Britain of “secretly and relentlessly preparing for war against Germany for years”, but victory in the war was “guaranteed by Hitler”. Hitler is reported to be angry that his peace overtures have been rebuffed by Britain and France. He proposed a conference of leading nations to determine the future of the continent. Mr Chamberlain, twice shy after Hitler’s promises of peace in Munich last year, told the Commons no reliance could be put on “the promises of the present German Government”.
[ September 2014 – “Vladimir Putin on Wednesday issued a seven-point peace plan for eastern Ukraine, hours after his Ukrainian counterpart said there was an agreement for a “permanent ceasefire” for the region. But in a day of confusing mixed messages, Arseny Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s prime minister, dismissed the peace plan, which Putin had apparently jotted down on a flight to Mongolia, calling it a trap.”]