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Tilting at Windmills

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February 12, 2003
By: Kevin Drum

STEPHEN GREEN HATES GERMANY TOO....ARE THERE ANY EUROPEANS LEFT THAT HE DOES LIKE?....Stephen Green says:

Coming of political age during the 80s, I loved and respected Germany. Id read of Konrad Adenauer and his successful efforts to integrate West Germany fully into western Europe, creating a peaceful state that was nevertheless willing to defend itself against Soviet Russia. I watched on the news as Helmut Kohl stared down his own countrys pacifists to help the US in the post-dtente era. I wept tears of joy and shock when the Wall came down, and I wept again tears of pure joy when the Two Germanies were finally reunified. At last, I thought, a good people are whole again, and wholly part of this glorious thing we call the Western World.

But now Im beginning to think that Adenauer and Kohl were aberrations leaders who not only remembered firsthand the horror and fear of Hitlers Germany, but were brought up under Americas tutelage. Lessons, I might add, taught at the cost of hundreds of thousands of American lives. Is what were seeing now simply Germany going back to being, well, goddamn German?

Let me translate: I really liked Germany when they did everything we wanted them to, but now that they don't, "There is something sick and wrong and not-so-buried at the heart of the German culture." At least we're clear about what it takes to be considered a proper country.

And on another subject: how many people believe that Stephen really "wept tears of pure joy" when Germany was reunited?

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