No I do not understand why Germany opposed and why France opposed so actively to the point of running around the world to organize opposition.
It is all fine and dandy for you to come online and argue from a politically correct viewpoint that “war is always wrong” and “women and children might get hurt” but the fact remains that when a nation like Germany has built its entire security policy since WWII around its security relationship with the United States and has nothing else in place except some nebulous “common European force” then we really have to wonder if the Germany leadership is congenitally stupid.
As to France, the leadership could have abstained and things would have been fine. The leaders of France were so stupid and poorly advised to believe that they could stop the US invasion of Iraq. Look at where that has gotten them. No one is coalescing around the French position now and even Germany and Russia are rebuilding ties with the US. Russia was always a bit of a spoiler so fair’s fair but France was supposed to be a friend.
You can look at the fact that they are not really helping with troops or money right now and say that is fair and I would agree, but actively opposing, well that is something that the French will have to live with for a generation. They could have kept to the abstaining position in the beginning and would therefore not have been required to send troops or money in the first place. The US will never include them in any important security fora again. AND it will be France that suffers.
Must look through this site and get back to you (washington post). Guess off hand, I would agree about the tone of “victimhood” but as someone whose family was one of the ones expelled - actually, I should say, the 7 percent of those that were not killed in war or by the Russians, were expelled - I would agree to a large part of your assessment. Now that said, I think that we are looking at things from the wrong point of view here. This seems to me to be one part of an overall effort that soon may involve legal action to reclaim “expropriated” properties. Now, as a lawyer, do you see where this is going? Once Poland is part of the EU for example, there may be more pressure that can be brought to bear against its government to restore certain properties. I believe that is where this is headed.
No one in my family for example had anything to say except “We got we deserved.” They (not including me haha) started that war regardless of the fact that Hitler was a dictator, they fought it, they were morally responsible. No one is disputing that. But I wish that Stalin and Mao would get half the attention that the poor Germans do . Maybe I should start a thread? haha