The universal silence around this fact,
under which my own silence lay,
I feel now as a heavy lie,
a strong constraint, which to dismiss
courts forceful punishment:
the verdict of “Antisemitism” is well known.
... Marcel Reich-Ranicki, the country’s leading literary critic and himself a Holocaust survivor, described the poem as “disgusting.” ... In an interview in the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Mr. Reich-Ranicki, who is 91, said that he did not consider Mr. Grass an anti-Semite but that the poem itself was “a disgrace.”
One fact appears certain. Mr. Grass served as a tank gunner with the Waffen SS. This revelation touched off a furor in Germany, not because the author served for a few months in the SS, as the German Army disintegrated, but because Mr. Grass, self-appointed conscience of postwar Germany, insistent speaker of unpleasant truths about the Nazi period, had concealed his past.
Es ist ein Machwerk des Ressentiments, es ist, wie Nietzsche über das Ressentiment sagte, ein Dokument der „imaginären Rache“ einer sich moralisch lebenslang gekränkt fühlenden Generation. Gern hätte er, dass jetzt die Debatte entsteht, ob man als Deutscher Israel denn kritisieren dürfe. Die Debatte aber müsste darum geführt werden, ob es gerechtfertigt ist, die ganze Welt zum Opfer Israels zu machen, nur damit ein fünfundachtzigjähriger Mann seinen Frieden mit der eigenen Biographie machen kann.
cesspool of Satanic evil
can't imagine another country responding so vociferously from the highest levels of government to what is in the end, critical commentary from someone of middling cultural importance.
Grass isn’t the only prominent European to perform a complete inversion of cause-and-effect in his attempt to demonize Israel. So let’s be clear: Israel is contemplating an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities because the Iranian regime openly labels Israel a cancer that must be eradicated and because Iran is the prime sponsor of Muslim terrorists who seek Israel’s physical elimination. The goal of an Israeli attack would be to deny the Ayatollahs the means of bringing that about. (Whether this is a wise course of action, for Israel or for the U.S., which is also contemplating an attack, is another matter.)
On Iran’s threats to end the Jewish state -- which was built on the ashes of the German Holocaust -- Grass is tellingly silent.
Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after having given him so much as you propose. If to-day he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him,--"I see no probability of the British invading us"; but he will say to you, "Be silent: I see it, if you don't."
Mr. Hersh writes: "Ben-Menashe's account might seem too startling to be believed, had it not subsequently been amplified by a second Israeli who cannot be named. The Israeli said that the Pollard material was sanitized and dictated to a secretary before being turned over to the Soviets. Some material was directly provided to Yevgeny M. Primakov, the Soviet Foreign Ministry specialist on the Middle East."
No Soviet official has ever acknowledged that any such material was passed to Moscow.
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