I have a few 'observations' and statements to add...
Originally posted by cmcarter
I have to agree with that. Were the German people really so niave that they did not know what was going on with the Jews or plans for World
Domination in WWII?
To put how much one could 'know' in Germany into perspective the Nazi regime executed, depending on who you will believe, up to a quarter million of
their own soldiers by the end of the war. If one compares population sizes the German regime was not much less brutal towards it's own soldiers and
citizens than the Russian one and if you think serious issues like genocide are widely discussed ( whether you know or think you know you will quickly
know that you best shut up) in this climate you have the wrong idea about the type of brutality such governments employ to keep their citizens in
As for the German people being naive despite Hitler promising peace and prosperity ( much like the bush Jnr; and many others) they did not in fact
chose him and, in fact , in the case of Germans chose Hindenburg ( who was suspected to be quite senile at the time) rather than Hitler. So much for
the Germans as a nation not being at least wise enough to know that they could do better than Herr Hitler. In fact since voter turnout in the USA is
normally between 50-60 % Bush jnr wasn't elected ,twice, by around 25% of eligible voters. If you ask those people how many are in favor of foreign
invasions and or genocides i doubt the numbers would be as low for Germany back then or for that matter now
If so, can they be forgiven for blindly following a leader as insane as Hitler.
Hitler was not in my opinion insane ( and clinical opinions on such issues vary significantly) , at least no more so than either of the bushes, and a
host of other well known presidents. Since he most certainly better educated/more knowledgeable one has to wonder where the line between sanity can
be drawn in his instance. If Hitler succeeded in his goals of a continental reich he might have been hated today ( by whoever was still free enough to
have such a opinion) but probably no more considered insane than Alexander.
I have nothing against the Germans, but when people talk about the attrocities of the American Government, they need to put in context
To have something against Germans for the crimes they as people did the best they could to prevent would, in my opinion, be insane but as you
accurately point out without context few can ( and far fewer do) knowledge and 'facts' can be quite deceptive. How many Americans went to jail in
their effort to prevent the torture/execution of 'suspected' terrorist since 9/11? What power do you think the American government would exercise
against suspects and those who try to help them if something like the cold war ever went hot?
It's oh so easy to call others cowards for 'inaction' when those in the so called freest nation on earth does so little to keep themselves and
fellow citizens free. How many people would the American government need to execute as terrorist 'sympathizers/traitors' before the American people
got the message,and like good Nazi's, started minding whatever business did not attract any attention?
I am sorry to have to break it to you but terror works and if governments become corrupt or Messianic inspired enough to kill those who oppose them it
becomes dangerous to your health to even attempt having a different point of view.
If it could happen to a cultured, well educated and Christian society like Germany it can happen, and in my opinion did happen, elsewhere.
[edit on 7-9-2010 by StellarX]