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Thursday, April 05, 2012

One Should Know When To Keep One's Mouth Shut

You have to give former West Virginia Senator - and renowned Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan - Robert Byrd credit for having had the good sense to repudiate his past and spend the rest of his life trying to make amends for his wicked youthful ways.  He went from being an avowed racist in the 40's to a champion of civil rights just a few decades later.  Not a bad twist.

Now, along comes a Nobel laureate (in literature) with a poem attacking Israel as being the scourge of humankind.  Or darned near.

See "German Nobel laureate Guenter Grass' new poem: Nuclear Israel is a threat to world peace."

Yes, that would be Strike One.  A German (think Aryan) assailing the Jewish State for wanting to destroy world peace?  Call it Die Judenfrage of Günter Grass.

Strike Two?

Not only is he German but Grass served in World War II in Adolf Hitler's Waffen SS.

The Waffen SS of Warsaw Ghetto fame:

Perhaps it would have done SS-Schütze Grass well to have kept his mouth shut?

* Specifically, Grass served in the 10th SS tank division "Frundsberg," which, for the sake of accuracy, was not a part of the destruction of the Ghetto and the slaughter of 56,085 Jews.  At the time he served, his division was stationed on the Western Front, opposing the American invasion of Belgium. Still ...