# 163 to 171. Betzalel Ben Uri. You've misquoted. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nick Ferriman
    • 18.03.07 | 13:26 (IST)

    Dear Betzalel Ben Uri, Thank you very much for your reply. You have a splendid repertoire of vitriol and spleen. I could almost hear the gnashing of teeth. However, I think in several places you have deliberately misquoted me. Your quote: nick ferriman in effect tells us that it was reasonable for germany to start ww1 because it had "its ambitions thwarted." I did not say it was reasonable for Germany to start WW1. I did not even claim that Germany started it. You are presuming that based on a sketchy understanding of history. Other posts have made it clear that Serbia and the Austro-Hungarians had a lot to answer for. I pointed out in # 142 that France also had an interest in making war against Germany. The point I was concerned to make was one of status. Germany wanted the status commensurate with its power and economic clout. It was denied it, and that had repercussions. Just as in recent history China was given membership of the WTO. It had met all the entry requirements and to have refused it membership would have been a deliberate snub that China would have resented. Finding itself outside of international polite society, it would have fermented all sorts of trouble. It is better to have them on the inside than on the outside stirring up trouble. The same applied to Germany in the early 1900s and the same will apply in the future when a new power on the block arrives. They must be accommodated into existing international structures, or there will be a rumpus. And on this basis, that is, status denial, the origins of WW1 make much more sense. But it is also inconvenient, because now the traditional bad guys don?t look so bad, and the good guys don?t look quite so clean. Brought up on a diet of Hollywood movies that glorified the actions of the cowboys, you may wish to tell me next that it was the Indians who massacred the whites; again, in face of all the evidence to the contrary. We must go beyond trite media images to understand what happened and why.

    from the article: Seeing the Other more clearly
    First published 00:00 16.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 15.03.07
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