Finally finished it up. Dave tends to straw-man Revisionist arguments. For example, he says that if there is no evidence left at Treblinka to indicate that it was an Extermination Camp, there is nothing there that shows it was a Transit Camp.
Okay, Treblinka was a pretty small camp. Where is the mass-grave?
In fact, there is still a big pit from a gravel quarry between the upper and lower Treblinka camps and the TI camp still has building foundations there. And in the TII area closer to the railroad spur there is land that supposedly was used for body disposal and grilling.
The Transit Camp thesis might be questionable but what evidence do we need for that?
Dave seems to think that we have to prove that Treblinka was a "Transit Camp" to disprove that it was a "Death Camp."
He also has great confidence that the Gitta Sereny interview of Franz Stangl, which was never recorded, is accurate and reliable evidence. An interview very shortly after which, Stangl dropped dead. Sorry, not buying it.
Dave repeats the shopworn theme that unless Stalin was moments away from an attack of his own that Germany made a big mistake in widening the war by attacking Russia. Well, maybe. German Foreign Intelligence is now know to have hugely UNDER-estimated the actual Soviet threat. This implies even less that Germany had the luxury of doing nothing and not widen the war.
Hitler believed in striking while the iron was hot, before his options melted away. Germany just did not have the luxury of time to wait out the clock while his enemies gained more strength.
I am not saying that HItler never made mistakes, but Germany's options were not the best from the start, and that was understood by Hitler only too clearly.
After Munich, Hitler found that Germany had a narrow window of opportunity to finish breaking the Allied encirclement and to emerge as an independent continental superpower before his hostile neighbors had completed their rearmament, in which case Germany would be seriously outgunned. Germany would not win a long-term arms race. Perhaps in retrospect it was lost from the start.
I guess that Germany could have gone back to being an Allied economic colony, or maybe become a Soviet satrapy, but that wasn't what the Nazi Party was all about and why they had come to power. I suppose everybody is guilty of having some undue wishful thinking; otherwise Can't-Win/Don't-Try.