Along with former Chancellor Angela Merkel, former President Trump, and sitting President Biden, former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder comes in for blame for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Could he and Merkel, Trump and Biden have done more for world-peace if they had been more skeptical of Putin? I suppose they could have, but Western nations don't like to stay on a war-footing, or treat other nations as a threat to world-peace, any more than they have to.

Rather than say "Make love, not war," politicians and diplomats abide by the slogan "Make trade, not war." And Russia offered plenty of good deals for America and Europe. Russia has scads of raw materials. Now Russia want to use that dependence on its raw materials to make it easy for them to invade other countries and get away with it. It's a shame that Putin wants to scuttle good trade-deals, in order to facilitate military exploits.

As Chairman of the Nord-Stream pipeline that delivered natural gas from Russia, Schröder put himself in a difficult situation, As a German, he appeased Putin, just as the British Prime-Minister Neville Chamberlain appeased the Nazi aggressors in Czechoslovakia as the price for "Peace in our time." But no one expected Putin to turn the tables on history and to act as the Russian Hitler, deceiving Western diplomats in the name of territorial acquisitions.

The "Hannover-Moskau" article also says that Schröder decided to reduce military spending in Germany, in order to reassure Putin, and to help the "Energiebezieung," the energy-relationship with Russia. Too bad that the conservative Chancellor Merkel helped that relationship by ending support for nuclear power.

Poor Schröder even had "romantische Erinnerungen", nostalgic ideas about cultivating relations with Russia in the spirit of Willy Brandt's efforts at rapprochement with Russia after World War II.
Criticize the Western leaders all you want. Just remember who started this damn war with Ukraine!!!


September 30, 2022

Rolexes and Wealth

I remember the day my eighth-grade teacher arrived at school wearing his new wrist-watch. We saw this guy for the 180 days of the school-year and knew him pretty well--as well as anyone did. We noticed that, among his other mannerisms, he tended to look often at the watch during class. We thought he was keen to know the time on a regular basis. Now, I believe he was just admiring his new watch.

September 28, 2022

Family-life is not a Democracy

I ran into a problem yesterday when I returned to Germany. On my first evening, I wanted to slake my thirst for German beer, big-time! So I ordered a liter-serving right off the bat; but I knew I also wanted some wine and ordered a carafe of it, as well. Shamefully, I have to admit to not finishing either. I slaked my thirst, but had to leave some of it undrunk. I hate wasting anything, but I had work to do and wanted to operate on all my cylinders.

September 24, 2022

Violence in the Real

This article appeared last July in the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, by the newspaper's expert on hip-hop music, Florentin Schuhmacher. He regards gangsta-rap, and its sub-genre Drill, as a legitimate art-form. He can understand the reservations that law enforcement, parents, and teachers have toward music that glorifies gang-life, describes the rush of killing one's enemies, the pleasure of drugs—as a source of wealth—and demeaning women; but Schumacher also says the police cannot simply censor it. They must distinguish between art and criminal acts, shooings, and robberies.

Lloyd Bowers


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