reblogged this interesting discussion. When I was about 8 years Old I lived in Hanover Then West Germany 1969-1975 I was born in 1964. Father was attached to the BAOR. We visited Belsen and it had a profound effect on me and still does to this day.
I remember the Photographs and the Mounds of mass graves I also recall very keenly the News reports of the Soweto Riots in the late 1970's by now we lived in Rural Oxfordshire near Upper Heyford the USAF strategic bombing base and lived near Barford St John Listening Station part of The Echelon Network Father also worked on the defence estate establishment site of Bletchley Park. I remember Protest Graffiti about Vietnam along the Oxford Rs just past Upper Heyford.
It seemed to me then and now that the lessons I thought Belsen must have taught us about war had not been learned.
Quiggleys words.p.232 tragedy and Hope.
´´but criticism should have been directed rather at the hypocrisy and lack
of realism in the ideals of the wartime propaganda and at the lack of honesty of the chief negotiators in carrying on the pretense that these ideals were still in effect while they violated them daily, and necessarily violated them. The settlements were clearly made by secret negotiations, by the Great Powers exclusively, and by power politics. They had to be. No settlements could ever have been made on any other bases. The failure of the chief negotiators (at least the Anglo-Americans) to admit this is regrettable, but behind their
reluctance to admit it is the even more regrettable fact that the lack of political experience and political education of the American and English electorates made it dangerous for the negotiators to admit the facts of life in international political relationships.”
Henry Kissinger, A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-1822 (1957)