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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2020 9:11 p.m. PST

"his year has been such a miserable and violent one in so many parts of the world that it can scarcely end too soon. But for many Europeans, it has also been a year of remembrance: the centenary of another terrible conflict. The intensity of public feeling about what those who survived it called the Great War has surprised some, and annoyed others, but it has undoubtedly been a dominant element in the public mood. Apart from all the books and articles, television and radio programmes, an astonishing 5 million people visited the sea of poppies around the Tower of London. Although there are few still living who have even childhood memories of the war, Paul Cummins and Tom Piper's 888,246 ceramic flowers one for every dead British soldier which steadily filled the moat over three months, provided a reminder that scarcely any family in Britain was unaffected by that war. It is a deeply ingrained folk memory.

Next May sees another milestone, the 70th anniversary of VE Day; it will also mark the 75th anniversary of Winston Churchill's appointment as prime minister. For all the deep and sincere mourning this past year, there has long been an implied contrast between the first and second world wars. In crude terms, we have come to think of them haven't we? as the Bad War and the Good War…"
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rmaker28 May 2020 5:20 p.m. PST

The British government should require the Guardian to publish in German for a year to remind them WHY it was the "Good War".

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2020 3:29 p.m. PST



Der Krieg Geist10 Jul 2020 3:31 p.m. PST

It was a pretty good article. However ,the author fails to acknowledge they would not have had the freedom to write said article if the Germans/Russians/ Japanese would have come out on top.
Critical examination is important and needed, but the Marxists/Anarchists/Communists need to stop deluding themselves that, if they had come out on top, the world would have been perfect. Any place in the world they found themselves in charge, murderous thugs ran ram-shod over their own populations.
They love to muddy the waters of history,pointing out that everyone else failed to live up to their greater expectations. All the while Leftists refuse to even apply such standards to themselves, in reality.
Someday the truth that Communists and Fascists are two sides of the very same coin might dawn on everyone else and we can all learn not to kowtow to either group , in any way shape or form .
I have no stomach for either, in equal proportions.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2020 3:09 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)


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