It its important members started to ignore the restrictions

It was not only Britain and France which failed to act on time but the League of Nations as well. The organization did not succeed in accomplishing some of its initial purposes with one of them being to resolve disputes in a peaceful manner. This was due to several reasons such as USA’s decline to join and the lack of armed forces which rendered the League ineffective. Moreover even from the beginning it became evident that the organization was not able to enforce its own rules when some of its important members started to ignore the restrictions with the purpose of personal gain. A prominent example, as well as a supposed reason for the increase in tension between France and Germany, is the Ruhr Crisis in 1923. This occupation of Germany’s industrial zone was born from the fact that the country was not able to pay a reparation which was not accepted by the Allies who despite the rules set by the League attacked the city. This event later led to the Hyperinflation in Germany which, as stated by Morgan Price in his “My Three Revolutions”, “encouraged Hitler and his Fascists in Bavaria and, on November 9th, they struck and tried a coup from the Right”(Price 1969). Using the chaos caused by the inflation, Hitler tried to stage a coup and seize power. In addition to ignoring clear violation which subsequently had long-term consequences, the League of Nations failed to protect its own allies and resolve disputes peacefully. One of these conflicts was the invasion of Ethiopia by Italy. As the Ethiopian emperor responded “God and history will remember your judgment. . . . It is us today. It will be you tomorrow” (Selassie 1936), the League’s refusal to aid its allies, urged Germany to invade Rhineland even if with the purpose to test the League. This was one of the many major failures which later was followed by the invasion of Abyssinia by Italy, the result of which was a sanction that was imposed on Mussolini. However, this only drove him to take the rest later in 1937 and to sign a pact with Hitler. After this attempt began a series of invasions and gains by Germany such as Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia and later Poland. This further confirmed that by the beginning of the war the organization has already failed due the lack of power over its own rules and due to the fact that it couldn’t protect its allies from occupations and conflicts.