Re: Benito Jonsolini
The sentiment is far older. In the opening months of WW1, after it became clear that it wasn't going to be over by Christmas and several hundred thousand people had died in as many months, there were still people arguing about a political settlement. The basis of the settlement as proposed by the Germans was basically a return to pre-war borders but with a customs union to stop the half-dozen different empires from trying to screw each other over on trade. The proposal was rejected by the British and French who thought they had suffered too much in the opening months to just pack up and go home. Naturally, Fate decreed that the eventual outcome, several decades and many millions later, was a customs union.