Just looking through William Shirer's books, Berlin Diary and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
* World War II started with a false flag operation on September 1, 1939. Hitler and Nazi Germany had spent a great deal of time and effort trying to convince the world that Poland was on the verge of attacking Germany. Meanwhile, they were quietly sitting up their plans for a blitzkrieg on Poland.
* On August 30, Nazi propaganda stressed all day long that they were preparing to protect Germany from an attack by the Poles.
* On the morning of August 31 Shirer wrote: Everybody against the war. People talking openly. How can a country go into a major war with a population so dead against it? People also kicking about being kept in the dark. A German said to me last night: “We know nothing. Why don’t they tell us what’s up?” Optimism in official circles melting away this morning, I thought. Huss thinks Hitler may have one great card left, an agreement with Stalin to attack the Poles in the back. I highly doubt it, but after the Russo – German pact anything is possible. Some think the big boys trying to get off the limb now – but how? Shirer’s last entry in his diary on August 31 said: Tonight the great armies, navies, and air forces are all mobilized. Each country is shut off from the other. We have not been able today to get through to Paris or London, or of course to Warsaw, though I did talk to Tess in Geneva. At that, no precipitate action is expected tonight. Berlin is quite normal in appearance this evening. There has been no evacuation of the women and children, not even any sandbagging of the windows. Will have to wait through still another night it appears before we know and so to bed almost at dawn. [next entry] Berlin September 1 at 6 AM, Sigrid Schultz – bless her heart – phoned. She said: “It’s happened.” I was very sleepy – my body and mind numbed, paralyzed. I mumbled: “Thanks, Sigrid,” and tumbled out of bed. The war is on.
* What had been going on during Hitler’s phony peace proposals was a plan for a black operation. On the night of 31 August, the SS had put together an operation that would allow the Reich to blame Poland for an invasion. During a broadcast from a German station near the border suddenly there were sounds of gunfire and claims that the radio station was being attacked. When the radio went silent, the SS brought in what was called “Canned Goods.” These were concentration camp inmates drugged into unconsciousness and dressed in Polish uniforms. SS men in Polish uniforms shot up the radio station and read a statement containing inflammatory statements against Germany and declared that the Poles were attacking. They then left, leaving the bodies behind in Polish uniforms. This and several similar attacks on the border were then used as the justification for the blitzkrieg of Poland. (It remains only to be added that according to the testimony at Nuremberg of Gen. Lahousen of the Abwehr, all of the SS men who wore Polish uniforms in the simulated attacks that evening were, as the general put it, “put out of the way.”)
* I fear we’re looking at the same thing in Syria and the Middle East today to satisfy a new dictator’s whims of conquest.