I emphasized the view that . . . the most incomprehensible circumstance in
the whole modern world is the ability of dictators, overnight almost, to stand
35 million Italians and 65 million Germans on their heads and so dominate their
mental processes that they arise the next morning and insist on being sent to
the first-line trenches without delay.
Source: U.S., Department of State, Publication 1983, Peace and War: United States Foreign Policy, 1931-1941 (Washington, D.C.: U.S., Government Printing Office, 1943, pp. 306.
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