Friday, 11 November 2011
Heres a thought, to mark this armistice day how about we as a nation forgive enemies who havent been enemies for nearly seventy years, learn the lessons written in the blood of our grandfathers and those of Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Russia and let go of all these old cultural grudges?
For as long as I can remember there have been a great number of people in England who still consider Germany not only "the enemy" but regard them with a smug superiority as we "Won" two wars against them. Nearly a million British dead in each world war. The other world powers on either side were equally devastated. I can see why people hold on to these old grudges most if not all families in Britain suffered deaths as a direct result of these wars, That builds a kind of hatred that is hard to shift. But this is the hatred of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers....even our great-great-grandfathers. As a nation we have held this hatred so long is it now a core part of our culture.
I dont know about you, dear reader. But I find that incredibly upsetting.