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On CBC Radio on Friday mornings, the usual host for the news show "The Current" is replaced by a well known person who is not a broadcaster. Last Friday the guest host was retired Canadian general John de Chastelain (Lliam, you may be familiar with his name as he was brokering the arms decommissioning in Ireland not that long ago). He spoke to Ingo Stawitz, a spokesperson for the German far-right National Democratic Party (NPD). The NPD was mobilizing a march of 10,000 people on the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to protest VE Day celebrations. The party has not won much support, and the German government has made efforts to ban the party as it is frankly neo-Nazi, but the amount of support it does have is scary. Mr. Stawitz declared that people were tired of hearing about Germany's role in WWII and the Holocaust, and that is time to move on. He also claimed that there was never a peace treaty signed with Germany and that it is under control of the Allied nations and is not independent. His party, of course, wants to change all that. I found it frightening.Originally posted by dai bread:
The only comment I've heard from a German was from a 16-year-old girl who said her generation had put WW2 behind them as a piece of history.
Prince Harry's foolishness attracted a lot of unfavourable comment. Clearly the boy has no idea of his own country's history.
Lliam, maybe out here in the colonies we get a little more bent out of shape about such things!Originally posted by lliam:
What Prince Harry did was, just a young man enjoying himself at a fancy dress party and nothing more.
I think Americans see immigration differently. We can get caught up in the "Us versus Them". So often immigrants are perceived as not becoming American, but simply creating pockets of their old homeland.Originally posted by Angie:
Britain has absorbed immigrants since pre-history. What is there about this recent wave that is so different to make people so upset?
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