Easter March Follow-Up
In Frankfurt/Main we have a rather endearing case of wanting ones cake AND to eat it:"For Peace and Western Values". Bless their hearts!
In 2007, too, we had, like every year, to suffer the ubiquitous nuisance of the Ostermärsche, Easter Marches, where hypocrisy goes rampant as always when Germans are trying to prove how good they are and how much they have learned from history and, as always, too, they are proving just one thing: That they are still nothing but their parents' children and grandparents' grandchildren and will always be.
Easter Marches have a fairly long tradition in Germany. After WWII, started by Germany and lost with disastrous results, it seemed to be the only fair-minded and just thing to do to opt for pacifism and, no doubt, for some it was a serious cause and honest sentiment. The Campaign against Atomic Death, who later organised the Ostermärsche, had been founded by the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the trade unions in 1958 already, when the Adenauer Government announced their plans to acquire nuclear-capable equipment for the German Bundeswehr. In 1961, the first Ostermarsch, shaped after British example, took place in West Germany. About 23,000 people participated in the final rally. By 1964, more than 100,000 took part nationwide.
The West German movement did not try to win followers, like the British movement did, by showing pictures of governmental, police or military, violence, but of the apocalypse: pictures of bombed German cities and, increasingly, Hiroshima were used to link the campaign to the war experiences of the West German population, thus creating an absurd parity of German and American misdeeds. That Hiroshima was about defeating Nazi-Germany's ally, an ally, who had started "their" war as callously as Germans had done with theirs was forgotten already.
Germans – always good for a principled stance: German Bombers in the Hindu Kush – Suicide Bombers in Germany quite in the spirit of the Floriani Principle "O holy Saint Florian, spare my house, burn down others".
Increasingly, atomic death was connected with and compared to the Holocaust and comparisons between Auschwitz and Hiroshima found their way into the West German campaigns. The activists on the first Easter March already established a direct connection between Hiroshima and the concentration camps of Bergen-Belsen, the Bavarian Easter Marches frequently stopped at the Dachau concentration camp to ram home the point that it was war who started Nazi barbarianism. That it was, in fact, the other way round: who cared – even then.
"Fascism is not an opinion, it's a crime!" In the Ruhrgebiet our Gutmenschen have long forgotten that "Fascism" (that is what the left likes to call the Nazi movement, thus to avoid the embarrassing "Socialism" bit) didn't go away by singing "Kumbayah".
In the meantime, any pretense of pacifism as an ethical stipulation has been dropped to be replaced by spinelessness and opportunism of the Dear- Crocodile-Eat-Me-Last-sort at best, shameless partisanship for any murderer, as long as he is only killing Jews, at worst. And all that in the proud and basically unbroken tradition of multi-culturalism Bubba Adolf had established to last a Thousand Years. Wasn't it Robert A. Heinlein who said something to the effect that the creed, that violence never settles anything, is both, historically untrue and thoroughly immoral? This becomes specifically obvious when a people, whose nightmarish fantasy could become reality only through appeasement and the cowardice of other nations, and whose plans of genocidal global domination could only be stopped by war, now elevates the same spinelessness, which allowed them to pervade Europe with genocide and the bloodiest war in history, to a piedestal where in more ethical societies religion can be found.
In Hanau it's "Hands off Iran" and "No Blood for Oil". They just (JUST!) don't dare to write "No Blood for Isra-oil" – yet...
…whereas in Hamburg the comrades are more outspoken about their specific idea of peace. The picture just allows a peek at a banner saying "Freedom for Palestine" and "… occupation" but one does get the general idea. Right! Peace is when murderous Arabs can go on killing Jews … in peace.
But it doesn't end here. If it only would.
Here, in Potsdam, we have what looks like a child hugging a tank with the caption (misquoting, not entirely unappropriately, Germany's National Poet Friedrich Schiller): "He who wants to become a murderer (in Schiller's original it's "master craftsman") must start practising young."
If this is a Palestinian child, and it may be, it would reconcile me a bit with the whole sad, pathetic business the peace movement is, however, it doesn't look like it. Pal children are usually clad by their admirably peace-minded parents in bandana and bomb belt plus there are – thank God for that – no tanks around – yet.
So we can safely assume that the most cynical abuse of children since Bubba Adolf's Hitlerjugend is not just thoroughly ignored, but actively supported by the multikulti kissyhuggy children and grandchildren of same Bubba's followers who would be, let's grant them that, appalled to be called what they clearly are. By the way, the bottom picture was taken at an anti-Israel "peace" rally in (are we amazed?) Berlin some years ago.
He (or she) who wants to become a murderer must start practising young indeed.
Last, I give you this little historic gem from the Leipzig Easter March 1999, just nine (9) years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The peaceminded Germans east of the former Iron Curtain, in the former Communist netherworld, were protesting against the "NATO Eastern Enlargement – Easter March for Peace instead of Nato March Eastbound", totally and blissfully oblivious of the fact that it was same "NATO March Eastbound" that enabled them to protest against it. Or to protest against ANYTHING, for that.
You can get the Germans out of the dictatorship, but not the dictatorship out of the Germans.
Or the wish to kill Jews, even if it is by proxy.
Source for the history and timeline of the Easter Marches: Holger Nehring, Politics, Symbols and the Public Sphere: The Protests against Nuclear Weapons in Britain and West Germany, 1958-1963, in: Zeithistorische Forschungen/Studies in Contemporary History, Online-Ausgabe, 2 (2005)
Hat tip: Philologisches Klo and Lizas Welt.