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January 31, 2018

Echoes of the Past: German Tanks and the Turkish Government Assaulting Minorities


An article in the German newspaper Deutsche Welle reports on the consternation of members of the German government over the use of German Leopard tanks by the Turkish army in its cross-border invasion of the Kurdish enclave in Syria.

The Germans should be concerned, not only because of the use of German tanks for an act of aggression, but also because of the disturbing imagery and historical resonance associated with this aggression.

In World War I, the Ottoman Turk's longstanding military ties with the Germans paved the way for the entrance of the Ottomans into the war against the Allies. Under the the pretext of the war, the Turkish government proceded to conduct a genocide against its Armenian minority.

Today, the Kurds are the target of the Turkish regime's wrath.

Furthermore, the imagery of the Leopard tank, which bears a striking resemblance to the infamous World War II Tiger tank, may not be lost on German politicians concerned with Germany's image; nor does the fact that the Kurds have the moral (and wavering military) support of the United States and fellow democratic coalition members.

Posted by SS at January 31, 2018 01:01 PM


The grand-father of my grand-father was a personal friend and chess partner to Heinrich Marx, Karl's father. So I am from German descent (partially, 2 other of my 4 grand-parents came from Strasbourg and Luxembourg, hence my Luxembourg nationality though I was born in Germany). Grown up in the most intimate familiarity with German culture as well as French, I truly feel European but, when it comes to the crunch, I suspect my German birth/first upbringing takes it all. So yes, I am deeply concerned, above all because my own father has helped to get Jews from Denmark to Sweden (one can read about this in "Exodus" by Léon Uris, without my father's name however, otherwise I wouldn't sit here)

Posted by: René Fries at February 3, 2018 08:55 AM

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