Sunday, July 20, 2008

Obama and the Siegessaule

Barack Obama has decided against speaking at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany, but has chosen another location instead: The Siegessäule monument. Originally designed as a monument to the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War, the monument was moved to its present location--the location at which Obama is scheduled to speak--by Adolf Hitler.
Hitler didn’t just move the monument to its more central location. He had a taller column built for it as well, to emphasize its message of German military domination over Europe. He saw it as a message to Germans of their destiny — as well as to other Europeans as their destiny as well. It was never meant as a symbol of peaceful, multicultural co-existence (Ed Morrissey).

3 comments:

Kevin said...

So Obama's presence would in some since signal an era of change... no? A person with a multiracial multireligion background running for the Presidency of the most powerful democratic nation in the world standing in front of that monument certainly couldn't be championing Hitler's cause or demonstrating any support for it?

Dennis said...

I'm not suggesting that Obama is championing Hitler's cause. But like the 57 states and the "bomb on Pearl Harbor", it is just another of Obama's growing number of historical "gaffes."

Kevin said...

You assume Obama is ignorant of the historical significance of the site. I can also assume that he is in fact fully aware of the facts and is making a symbolic statement about change. This example does not hold the same weight as the previous examples... both of which can be explained away to some satisfaction... at least the satisfaction of his supporters and some/most(?) intelligent skeptics.

I don't think Barak Obama would make a good President. He is inconsistent in what he says and what he does. His policies are the policies of thieves... TAKE from some to give to others (in order to gain more personal power for the politician) and they will weaken our national strength and economy.