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Why were western democracies unable to stop aggressive dictators?


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October 06, 2014 8:52PM

During the World War II era, Western democracies were initially unable to stop aggressive dictators from accomplishing expansionist goals for several reasons. For one thing, they lacked the popular support that would enable decisive military action against the dictators (and nations) in question. For another, they lacked reliable support from a significant number of allied or sympathetic nations, whose support would have proved critical in any confrontation with the dictators in question.