Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Obama's German trip

President Obama's ratings for his domestic TV addresses may be declining sharply (reports are that 20 million fewer viewers tuned in for the most recent one), but he continues to grab attention with his foreign speeches and travels. An entry yesterday described the anticipation preceding his Cairo address to the Muslim world.

Today, John Rosenthal analyzes possible messages Obama may want to transmit by visiting Dresden, the German city firebombed by the British in World War II. An increasing number of Germans now equate that firebombing to Germany's genocide of the Jews. Conveniently overlooked are Germany's role in starting World War II, its previous destruction of many non-German cities, and the fact that Nazi genocide was carried out against an innocent civilian population.

So will Obama apologize for the firebombing and equate that destruction with the Holocaust? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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