In retrospect, it appears that the rearmament of the Federal Republic of Germany has been the linchpin in the political evolution of postwar Europe. The alternative might have found an isolated Germany turning to the Soviet bloc.
Simpson, Benjamin M. III
"The Rearming of Germany 1950-1954: A Linchpin in the Political Evolution of Europe,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 24
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol24/iss5/8