“Even the Germans?” piped up my friend Billy Fry in amazement.
“Yes Bill,” she said, “even the Germans.”
Yet for some reason, when I began studying history seriously in the 1970s, various similarities between
Civilization has advanced, thanks to the Second World War and
German foreign policy had been controversial before 1914, and the large Social Democratic Party, which won a third of the seats in the Reichstag in 1912, generally favored some kind of international reconciliation. But even though
The Bush Administration, from the beginning, has fought the war in
Politically, however, it has been the left wing, not the right, that has suffered from
It was not until 1960 that a courageous German historian named Fritz Fischer dared argue, in a huge and well-documented book, that
The oceans, we used to say, protected our freedom. Now, I am afraid, they protect our hubris. 9/11 probably represents the upper limit of the harm foreign powers can do to us. Unfortunately the oceans do not prevent us from wreaking havoc in various parts of the world, or from debasing our own political life to continue harmful foreign adventures.