He senses the need to cleanse his soul for his deeds and the deeds of his people, having managed to bring the death of 50 million people throughout Europe, during the Second World War. The best way to do so, from his perspective, is to deflect the sense of guilt onto others, blame the Jews for being ready to annihilate Iran and its population, a country of some 80 million people, and when that is done, and he probably hopes it will be done, his soul will be cleansed, seeing his victims, the Jews, doing even worse than he and his comrades did to humanity - he volunteered to the Waffen SS!! - thus ensuring that he could die peacefully. One predicament he has not considered: Israel has NEVER called or expressed interest in annihilating Iran and its people. For that matter, Israel has never threatened or expressed the desire to annihilate any country and its population, NEVER! The contrary has been the case, when the Iranian leaders, both religious and secular, call every single Friday, in public, for the death of Israel and the annihilation of every trace of Jewish life in it. But, this fact is missing from Grass's "poem" for some reason, since inserting it will destroy his desperate need to cleanse his soul, and that can be done only, in this case, by spewing yet another blood libel on the Jews, right before Pessah, in keeping with tradition of the circles of people from whence he comes.
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from the article: Israeli politicians are having a field day over Gunter Grass