Friday, October 21, 2011

Germany Not Playing Nicely?

Predictions of dire consequences for Europe and the world suffuse Yasha Mounk's article in Foreign Policy if Germany's government acts in accordance with what is admitted to be the will of its people. He accuses/warns that the feared actions of Germany's government will even be harmful to Germans themselves, imputing to them a willfulness that he charges is an unwarranted reaction to the country's systematic demonization and subjection to reparations requirements since the unpleasantness of 1939-1945.

That a country's populace should remain peevish two generations after its suffering a genocidal bombing campaign, invasion from both sides, losing a third of its territory and being kept split in two by occupying powers for 45 years after the Unconditional Surrender would seem a bit churlish to anyone whose own country hadn't undergone anything similar, I suppose.

Interestingly, the author bio at the bottom of the article indicates that Mounk will soon release a book on German-Jewish relations since 1945.

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