US President Obama needs a history lesson
Oh dear, this old fairy tale again.
It is the tale of the British people, whose courage during the Blitz forced Hitler to call off the invasion of
EnglandBritain (thanks, we know the US has long tried to destroy our union, pack it in).
Hitler never intended to invade Britain, nor did he want a war with Britain.
Britain turned down many offers of peace from 1939 till 1941. Heck even as late as 1943 when Churchill was asked by a reporter while going to meet Roosevelt in Quebec if they had considered offering peace terms with Germany he replied "heavens, no. They would accept immediately". They just weren't interested in war with other powers in western Europe, even France's terms of surrender were light - calling for French neutrality in the war, and allowing Germany to occupy northern France to continue the war with Britain, the south of France, its empire largely business as usual. After getting back from Paris, Hitler made it pretty clear the USSR would be next, it was only due to the sanity of his generals that this was delayed until 1941.
The Nazis regarded France and Britain, and their empires as equals. Unlike the Slavic people in central and eastern Europe and those Bolsheviks in Moscow, who's lands would form the basis of a new German empire.
It's unfortunate how history is trivialised, and sound-bited, how easily and readily some powers go to war, and how the actual material conditions that cause war are so poorly understood by so many, brushed aside by vague generalisations and half-truths. Just like dismissing the Nazis and a sizable chunk of the German population as racist, blood thirsty war-mongering un-human monsters means you can't understand the material conditions that resulted in their movement, how they were played by other western powers to stamp out socialism in Germany. Nor can one understand the similarities between the Nazis in the 1930s, and the BNP today, and even some of the policies of UKIP, and why such policies, such an ideology is fundamentally anti-human, unprogressive and frankly utterly backward.
History is not so simple, and it can be better served by not inventing German invasions of Britain and downplaying how badly the British ruling class wanted war. All that without mentioning how the USSR always gets a raw deal these days - a country and a people who contributed 50 or a 100 times more than the western powers did towards defeating the Nazis are barely mentioned.
Again, although it's true that the Allies somewhat relished the thought of Russia (ok, USSR to be pedantic) and Germany knocking each other out, millions of Westerners died in the fight against Nazism. That simply can't be ignored. Vichy France did not simply carry on "as usual", and the occupied areas were not simply to be thrown away and left to be ravaged by Hitler.
The millions of westerners you speak of is more like 1 million - 1.5 million. More people died in the seige of Leningrad.