In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, Generalisimo Franco and the Fascists rebelled against the crown. Volunteers came from all over the world to join up with the loyalists to fight Franco. Called, generally, the International Brigades, in the U.S.A. it was called the Abraham Lincoln Brigade--in Germany the Thielmann Column, etc.. (We've talked about these folks in other threads.)
Back in the 1930s, the American government turned their back on Spain and the volumteers from all over. Adolph Hitler supported Franco's fascists with his airforce (Luftwaffe)and, many say, turned the tide of that war and allowed Franco to take over as Spain's dictator---a position he held until he died in the latter part of the 20th century.
In Afghanistan the U.S.A. has aided the Northen Alliance in order to facilitate our own agenda of fighting back at terrorists for what was done by them on 9/11.
Yes, I'm seeing definite parallels here----parallels highlighted by the glaring differences between the U.S.'s different responses. Also, the similarities between Hitler's actions then and ours now.
I DO BELIEVE that Hitler could've been nullified if the response then had been like our actions now !!! WORLD WAR 2 Might've been avoided. (And 1600 members of the Lincoln Brigade and mtany from the other groups might've lived out their natural lives.)