The EU would cause itself massive economic difficulties if it did that, and it's completely incapable of responding militarily. I seem to remember you strongly arguing that the EU needed to focus on alternative energy sources to end their reliance upon Russian oil and gas. Britain and France - especially France - were actually in a MUCH better position in relation to Germany in 1938-39. No massive economic treaty with the USSR made Germany piss easy to isolate and blockade, and their militaries were strong enough to take it down fairly quickly. It would take time for the French to switch over from defensive strategic planning to offensive planning, but, considering Germany's distraction in Czechoslovakia - and potentially Poland - I doubt Germany could actually have held Czechoslovakia for more than a few months, if that. Considerably different to the Georgian situation. Transnistria, now that's another story. But we need to keep it around until it unleashes transgenic plagues on us all. They're not failures. They're merely temporary delays in the achievement of success.