Moving forward to the present, the international community’s unwillingness to demand reparations from Russia and Turkey, two of the most irredentist and aggressive countries today, means neither country has incentive to come to terms with its past.
World War I crippled Germany.
The war took the lives of 3 million Germans, and the country lay in ruins.
The victorious powers blamed Germany exclusively for the war.
In the Treaty of Versailles, they demanded reparations that in today’s terms would exceed a half-trillion dollars.
While allied powers later reduced and helped Germany reschedule its…