Sunday, January 07, 2007

Nothing new

Arthur Koestler writing in 1953:

"It is to be hoped that this speech will be taken everywhere as a sincere and well-considered utterance....There are no greater enemies to the peace of Europe than those who would spread an atmosphere of suspicion..."
The Times, May 21 1935, on a speech by Hitler.

The scapegoat of the deluded was at that time not the United States but the 'militarism' of France. When Hitler marched into the Rhineland and the French Prime Minister came to London for consultations, he had the same type of welcome that American generals have nowadays in Europe, for it was obvious to all peace-loving enlightened men that the real danger to peace came not from Hitler but from the aggressive French.... It was the same unconscious desire to evade reality which we observe today; it is so much easier to stand up in a manly way to 'French militarism' in 1936 and to 'American imperialism' in 1953, than to the Nazi and the Soviet Empires.
The Invisible Writing, 1954 (Vintage), p232

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