Opa speaks some strong words. I actually find it hard to discern if he is for or against the Lease-Lend bill. He seems to divide the argument in two- that the only reason to be upset about it is to be a pacifist, otherwise if you are for war- you should be for it all the way. It's sort of a slight against folks who want to meet somewhere in the middle. He's essentially saying: you can't do that. If you're for war- you have to do it and do it right- all the way. If you're a pacifist- then you are against this. Period.
I imagine Opa finds himself thinking about this more than the average person. His mother, a jewish woman in the heart of Berlin, could use a weakened Hitler right now. His friends and soul-partners in adolescence - and the way he got to the United States- they are Quakers and Pacifists. Where does his heart and mind settle?
I also find that little tidbit about Spain not allowing their airspace to Nazis interesting. I wrote about this a while ago, but the Nazis helped Franco win the Spanish civil war. This civil war was between Franco (a nationalist or how we call the German Nationalists: Nazi) and the democratically elected powers in Spain. Pablo Picasso's famous Guernica mural depicts the chaos and carnage following the Nazi-aided attack/bombing of civilians in the Spanish town of Guernica. So Franco was indebted to Hitler... and didn't seem to care. This is a shock! History lesson: Franco ruled from 1939 until his death in 1975. That's a long dictatorship.