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    • Bob
    • 20.10.09 | 17:29 (IST)

    "It was characteristic for the `Allgerman' ideology to have a radical dualistic separation of the world in good and evil. The evil ones - these were the inner enemies (inside Germany), social democrats, liberals, Jews, ethnic minorities, and then the resentful, envious neighbours, who blocked the expansionist tendencies of the empire. Paranoia mixed in a strange way with lust for aggression. "Surrounded by enemies: this was our situation right from the beginning. And we suffered from this like no other country. Surrounded by enemies, this will be our situation in the future. And this is our fortune", Hasse (the president of the `All-German Union') said in 1907. It was this sense of paranoia, that the `All-German Union' shared with the power elites of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-era, which became the root cause for the attitude to accept war not only as something unavoidable, but actually to long for war." (translated from German history book)

    from the article: Dovish Jews? They love Israel? Excommunicate them
    First published 15:31 19.10.09 | Last updated 20:07 20.10.09
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