Controversy Settled In Germany Over Where Barack Obama Will Speak

Cross Posted From Wake up America

(The Victory Column)
Today a column came out in Washington Post from Charles Krauthammer discussing Barack Obama’s intention to speak at the Brandenburg Gate and calling that intent the “Audacity of Vanity“.

What Obama does not seem to understand is that the Brandenburg Gate is something you earn. President Ronald Reagan earned the right to speak there because his relentless pressure had brought the Soviet empire to its knees and he was demanding its final “tear down this wall” liquidation. When President John F. Kennedy visited the Brandenburg Gate on the day of his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, he was representing a country that was prepared to go to the brink of nuclear war to defend West Berlin.

Who is Obama representing? And what exactly has he done in his lifetime to merit appropriating the Brandenburg Gate as a campaign prop? What was his role in the fight against communism, the liberation of Eastern Europe, the creation of what George Bush the elder — who presided over the fall of the Berlin Wall but modestly declined to go there for a victory lap — called “a Europe whole and free”?

He goes to explain why he feels that Obama has an “elevated” opinion of himself.

Read the whole thing…

That type of criticism has been heard around the conservative blogosphere and Obama’s intention of trying to use the Brandenburg Gate for his planned speech, also caused quite a stir in Germany.

But…..

What became a controversy within Germany over Barack Obama’s desire to speak at the historical site of Brandenburg Gate, has been resolved and the location of his speech will be the Victory Column instead.

The Victory Column at Grosser Stern in Germany is second most well-known landmark of Berlin, with the Brandenburg Gate being the most well known.

It was announced weeks ago that Barack Obama planned to give a speech in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate, which became a hot button topic in Germany with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel criticizing the proposal and the Social-Democratic vice chancellor and foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, speaking out in favor of it.

The official statement from Merkel’s office, via her spokesperson Thomas Steg, regarding using such a historical site being used as a way to pull a potent symbol of German division and reunification into the American elections, was, “To use the Brandenburg Gate in some ways as a campaign backdrop, she has a limited sympathy for this and expresses her skepticism over pursuing such plans.”

As the Germans fought this issue out within Germany and it became apparent that it was becoming highly controversial, Obama’s campaign weighed in, via his spokesperson Bill Burtonm saying, “Senator Obama looks forward to his visit to Germany and his opportunity to meet with the chancellor. He has considered several sites for a possible speech, and he will choose one that makes the most sense for him and his German hosts.”

The internal German struggle continued and as a result a compromise has been reached, where Barack Obama will speak at The Victory Column instead with the Brandenburg Gate as a backdrop.

The Brandenburg Gate is the spot where Ronald Reagan gave the speech where he told Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”, and John F. Kennedy visited the landmark site in the 1960s.

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Controversy Settled In Germany Over Where Barack Obama Will Speak

Cross Posted From Wake up America

(The Victory Column)
Today a column came out in Washington Post from Charles Krauthammer discussing Barack Obama’s intention to speak at the Brandenburg Gate and calling that intent the “Audacity of Vanity“.

What Obama does not seem to understand is that the Brandenburg Gate is something you earn. President Ronald Reagan earned the right to speak there because his relentless pressure had brought the Soviet empire to its knees and he was demanding its final “tear down this wall” liquidation. When President John F. Kennedy visited the Brandenburg Gate on the day of his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, he was representing a country that was prepared to go to the brink of nuclear war to defend West Berlin.

Who is Obama representing? And what exactly has he done in his lifetime to merit appropriating the Brandenburg Gate as a campaign prop? What was his role in the fight against communism, the liberation of Eastern Europe, the creation of what George Bush the elder — who presided over the fall of the Berlin Wall but modestly declined to go there for a victory lap — called “a Europe whole and free”?

He goes to explain why he feels that Obama has an “elevated” opinion of himself.

Read the whole thing…

That type of criticism has been heard around the conservative blogosphere and Obama’s intention of trying to use the Brandenburg Gate for his planned speech, also caused quite a stir in Germany.

But…..

What became a controversy within Germany over Barack Obama’s desire to speak at the historical site of Brandenburg Gate, has been resolved and the location of his speech will be the Victory Column instead.

The Victory Column at Grosser Stern in Germany is second most well-known landmark of Berlin, with the Brandenburg Gate being the most well known.

It was announced weeks ago that Barack Obama planned to give a speech in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate, which became a hot button topic in Germany with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel criticizing the proposal and the Social-Democratic vice chancellor and foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, speaking out in favor of it.

The official statement from Merkel’s office, via her spokesperson Thomas Steg, regarding using such a historical site being used as a way to pull a potent symbol of German division and reunification into the American elections, was, “To use the Brandenburg Gate in some ways as a campaign backdrop, she has a limited sympathy for this and expresses her skepticism over pursuing such plans.”

As the Germans fought this issue out within Germany and it became apparent that it was becoming highly controversial, Obama’s campaign weighed in, via his spokesperson Bill Burtonm saying, “Senator Obama looks forward to his visit to Germany and his opportunity to meet with the chancellor. He has considered several sites for a possible speech, and he will choose one that makes the most sense for him and his German hosts.”

The internal German struggle continued and as a result a compromise has been reached, where Barack Obama will speak at The Victory Column instead with the Brandenburg Gate as a backdrop.

The Brandenburg Gate is the spot where Ronald Reagan gave the speech where he told Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”, and John F. Kennedy visited the landmark site in the 1960s.

German’s Point of View on islam


Major HT to my friend Bonnie.

German’s Point Of View On Islam

A man whose family was part of the German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

“Very few people were true Nazis “he said,” but many enjoyed the return of German pride; many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us–we had lost control and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp; the Allies destroyed my factories.”

We are told again and again by “experts” and “talking heads” that islam is the “religion of peace” and the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff meant to make us feel better and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of islam.

The fact is FANATICS rule islam at this moment in history.

It is fanatics who march. It is fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an islamic wave. It is fanatics who bomb, behead, murder or honor kill. It is fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard, quantifiable fact is the “peaceful majority”, the “silent majority”, is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority was irrelevant. China ‘s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were “peace loving”?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up because, like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find the fanatics own them and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for we who watch it all unfold? We must pay
attention to the only group that counts–the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Anyone who doubts the issue is serious is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.

German’s Point of View on islam


Major HT to my friend Bonnie.

German’s Point Of View On Islam

A man whose family was part of the German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

“Very few people were true Nazis “he said,” but many enjoyed the return of German pride; many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us–we had lost control and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp; the Allies destroyed my factories.”

We are told again and again by “experts” and “talking heads” that islam is the “religion of peace” and the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff meant to make us feel better and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of islam.

The fact is FANATICS rule islam at this moment in history.

It is fanatics who march. It is fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an islamic wave. It is fanatics who bomb, behead, murder or honor kill. It is fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard, quantifiable fact is the “peaceful majority”, the “silent majority”, is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority was irrelevant. China ‘s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were “peace loving”?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up because, like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find the fanatics own them and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for we who watch it all unfold? We must pay
attention to the only group that counts–the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Anyone who doubts the issue is serious is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.

German’s Point of View on islam


Major HT to my friend Bonnie.

German’s Point Of View On Islam

A man whose family was part of the German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

“Very few people were true Nazis “he said,” but many enjoyed the return of German pride; many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us–we had lost control and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp; the Allies destroyed my factories.”

We are told again and again by “experts” and “talking heads” that islam is the “religion of peace” and the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff meant to make us feel better and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of islam.

The fact is FANATICS rule islam at this moment in history.

It is fanatics who march. It is fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an islamic wave. It is fanatics who bomb, behead, murder or honor kill. It is fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard, quantifiable fact is the “peaceful majority”, the “silent majority”, is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority was irrelevant. China ‘s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were “peace loving”?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up because, like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find the fanatics own them and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for we who watch it all unfold? We must pay
attention to the only group that counts–the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Anyone who doubts the issue is serious is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.