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Victor Davis Hanson: Is Germany Becoming Germany Again?
NRO ^ | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 06/05/2019 3:37:38 AM PDT by RoosterRedux

The more things change, well, the more they . . . So it is with the perpetual German resentments of the U.S.

Recently German chancellor Angela Merkel reminded us of that German fixation, when she made some astounding statements to the German media that revealed what many Americans had long ago surmised.

Merkel all but announced that Germany, or for that matter Europe itself, is no longer really an ally of the United States: “There is no doubt that Europe needs to reposition itself in a changed world. . . . The old certainties of the post-war order no longer apply.”

She insisted that Germany views the democratic United States as not much different from autocratic Russia and Communist China: Urging Europe to present a united front in the face of Russia, China, and the U.S., she said, “They are forcing us, time and again, to find common positions.” And Merkel concluded that therefore Germany must find “political power” commensurate with its economic clout to forge a new independent European path.

In other words, in the calculus of the supposedly sober and judicious Merkel, the democracy that saved Europe twice from a carnivorous Germany — and Germany once from itself and once from becoming a Soviet vassal — is now similar to the world’s two largest authoritarian dictatorships, nations that not so long ago murdered respectively 30 million and 70 million of their own citizens. And how odd a sentiment for someone who grew up in Communist East Germany, a nightmarish state whose collapse was largely attributable to the Reagan-era effort to bankrupt and roll back the Soviet empire.

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TOPICS: Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: europe; germany; vdh
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To: RoosterRedux

41 posted on 06/05/2019 6:27:58 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: RoosterRedux

Germany was a crappy ally. They won’t be missed.
Germany turning back into pre-1914 Germany wouldn’t really be a bad thing.
But I think its more headed towards 1933 Germany.


42 posted on 06/05/2019 6:45:29 AM PDT by Little Ray (Freedom Before Security!)
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To: RoosterRedux

Will Germany someday have the bomb?


43 posted on 06/05/2019 6:49:33 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Vermont Lt

Three strikes and they’re out..


44 posted on 06/05/2019 6:53:03 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Huskrrrr

Only if it lands on them..


45 posted on 06/05/2019 6:57:13 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: DownInFlames

By whom??


46 posted on 06/05/2019 7:06:03 AM PDT by 100American (Knowledge is knowing how, Wisdom is knowing when)
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To: RoosterRedux

Continental western Europe is more of a burden to the US than an ally. Time to treat them at arm’s length and put them on notice they are responsible for their own defense.


47 posted on 06/05/2019 7:13:00 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: RoosterRedux

PDJT has a number of economic wars going on, but he also has the only super power military, and nukes behind him. Germany lacks both so I don’t know where they think their economic wars will lead them. Speaking loudly with no stick at all...


48 posted on 06/05/2019 7:29:31 AM PDT by MrKatykelly (Hello)
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To: RoosterRedux

Have you ever been to Germany? Its who they are.


49 posted on 06/05/2019 8:00:26 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped)
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To: Little Ray
Germany turning back into pre-1914 Germany wouldn’t really be a bad thing.

Except when they did that the global establishment spent the next 1/2 century trying to starve them to death.

Or "how Nazi's were born."

50 posted on 06/05/2019 8:05:45 AM PDT by AAABEST (NY/DC/LA media/political industrial complex DELENDA EST)
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To: RoosterRedux

Merkel is just completing Hitler’s dream of a muslim Germany, they can purge the Arab genes through eugenic DNA testing later.


51 posted on 06/05/2019 9:03:16 AM PDT by Grey182
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To: FLT-bird
The German elite warns Germans constantly of Amerikanische Verhaeltnisse (American economic conditions) even as I saw homeless everywhere in Berlin last time I was there.

The elite has crushed German wages with Hartz IV, reduced benefits, driven utility costs through the roof with Klimaschutz and invited hordes of Muslims into the country, but the real danger is imported American food.

I lived in western Germany for a about a year in '94-'95-- the difference now is shocking.

52 posted on 06/05/2019 9:24:11 AM PDT by pierrem15 ("Massacrez-les, car le seigneur connait les siens")
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To: wbarmy; RoosterRedux
NATO is to

“Keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.”
53 posted on 06/05/2019 9:54:07 AM PDT by RedMonqey (Welcome to Thunderdome... America 2019)
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To: RoosterRedux

This time, they get to KEEP France!


54 posted on 06/05/2019 10:41:13 AM PDT by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Build the Wall Faster! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
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