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Churchill despised Hitler, and he knew The Fuhrer was a man who could not be trusted. Churchill recognized that Neville Chamberlain's act of appeasement concerning the Munich Pact only postponed the inevitable: He knew that Hitler had his sights set on not only the Sudetenland (the ethnic border areas of Czechoslavakia) and all of Czechoslavakia, but Churchill saw that Hitler would soon invade other areas of Europe. Churchill called the pact "a disaster of the first magnitude," recognizing that it could be months or years, but that war would eventually result. Churchill believed that Germany had been strengthened substantially, and that "Britain and France were in a much worse position compared to Hitler's Germany." In his speech before the House of Commons, Churchill stated that
"We have suffered a total and unmitigated defeat... without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road... the whole equilibrium of Europe has been deranged... And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless... we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time."
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