Just finished reading Crab Walk by Gunther Grass, the crux of which is that anti-Semitism (the Jewish not Arab variety so spare me the semantics) is deeply ingrained in the German psyche and bubbling up despite the fact that there are only perhaps 80,000 Jews in Germany today. The irony of the book is that the main character murders someone for completely ludicrous reasons as is later discovered. Worse, the excuses and rationalizations, etc for the murder are even worse. I will not say more so as not to ruin it for anyone intending to read it.
Is Germany to be a “troublemaker” perennielly? I read another treatise recently which said Germany’s excessive “pacifism” today should not be seen as a sign of change but merely a new “dogma” which the nation latched onto just as happily during Luther’s Reformation, Bismark’s imperialism, Hitler’s Nazi movement, and East Germany’s communism. The point the author was making is that dogmatic adherence to “isms” is second nature to the Germans. While today thankfully it is “pacifism,” tomorrow it could be something else more dangerous. Any opinions on this?
Also, in a second article, the author went into the character of Joschka Fischer during the 1970s. He may have been responsible for the death of a policeman, who was beaten to death by radical Marxists. Today, he is the foreign minister of Germany.