Friday, October 31, 2003
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?? Which Of The Greek Gods Are You ??
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Mmmmmph. Something disturbing is going on in Germany. It's making me nervous.
"A German parliamentarian has refused to apologise for remarks that appeared to compare Jews during the Bolshevik Revolution to Nazis in World War II. I would be inclined to say that when everyone who was alive at the time is dead, then Germans as a nation can start to give up the guilt. Except of course, that shit like this sneaks out in unguarded moments. That and the fact that a significant group of people want to claim that germany was a victim in WWII.
Conservative Martin Hohmann had said many Jews were active in execution squads during the Russian Revolution.
He compared the killings in Russia's violent 1917 revolution, which he said were orchestrated by Jews, with the murder of Europe's Jews during the Holocaust of World War II.
According to a transcript of his speech on the website of his local CDU branch in Neuhof, Mr Hohmann said: "Jews were active in great numbers in the leadership as well as in the Cheka [Soviet secret police] firing squads.
"Thus one could describe Jews with some justification as a Taetervolk [a race of perpetrators].
"That may sound horrible. But it would follow the same logic with which one describes the Germans as a race of perpetrators."
However, he went on to say: "Neither the Germans nor the Jews are a race of perpetrators."
The BBC's Ray Furlong in Berlin says Mr Hohmann went further in defending his remarks on national television.
He said the MP demanded "justice" for Germans and that they should not define themselves as the nation who caused Auschwitz.
In a brief statement on Friday, without apologising or directly retracting his comments, Mr Hohmann said: "I describe neither the Jews nor the Germans as a nation of perpetrators."
"It wasn't and isn't my intention to hurt anyone's feelings."
During the runup to the Iraq war I was listening to the radio in my car one night. Loveline was on and they were discussing the debate at the UN. Adam Carolla summed it up pretty well when he said something along the lines of: Germany killed millions of people within living memory. They don't get a say in the discourse of civilized nations for at least 200 years.
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Delightful. Just delightful. There's hope for our society yet.
Yet another reason why I'll never make a jury. I have a flexible attitude toward laws, but I know them. I'm an INTJ who took enough ethics classes for a minor in college. In an ideal world I'm the perfect juror. In the real world I'm not influenceable enough.
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So I've been called for jury duty. I wouldn't mind being on a jury but I know that I never will be. It seems like there should be a box you can check that says "I'm not a easily influenced middle aged houswife, no lawyer in his right mind is going to select me, let's not waste each other's time."
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