Let's not forget that the Croats were not the only ones tempted by the Axis to view the Fuhrer as the bulwark against Communism. There were plenty of Americans with similar sympathies in the German American Bund, Charles Lindbergh, Joe Kennedy and others who believed that an alliance among Britain, Germany and the US could stop Stalin and destroy communism. We can rehash 20th century history if we like, but the sad reality is that the innocent blood of millions of souls was shed across the continent of Europe. The major powers used one political, economic or religious justification or another to excuse, or more likely turn a blind eye towards, the overwhelming brutality. Americans tend to forget that from the beginning of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 through the destruction of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the Balkan war of the mid 1990's, many historians would argue that the major powers of the continent, or their surrogates, essentially were continually at war with limited periods of either armistice or 'cold' war interrupting the bloodshed.