AFAIK, Grass was "recruited" in the SS when he was a kid, but so was basically everyone at that time.
I think it's ironic that Israel does in fact exactly THAT what the Nazis did in the past, "forbidding" inconvenient opinions and making people a "persona non grata" because they dont like their opinion. WTF! I wonder whether Israel realizes they are actually acting like the Nazis, not Grass.
While i myself am NOT saying that Iran is all good and dandy (in fact i outspoke myself a few times already here on the forum in regards to my opinion of Iran)...so DO i think that Grass is right in many things he says in this "poem".
In fact, his poetry was rather constructive, him asking about controlled nuclear programs on BOTH sides, simply warning stating a few OBVIOUS things...with the goal asking for peace etc. in the middle-east.
The fact that eg. Germany is actively supporting Israel by sending nuclear subs there is NOT helping the peace there...nor denying that Israel THINKS they have a right for a first strike.
I am glad Grass made a few people think.
The outrage over the poem and in particular Israel's reaction is scandalous, IMO.
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