Fallaci may worry about the Italian loss of history, we of the American, but Berlin loses, too. And when each loses its own, history in general – all our histories – lose.
See Gateway Pundit and Sissy Willis. Not surprisingly, David’s Mediankritik is on top of it.
This is Germany’s problem and the solution will be theirs. Each country decides what is important to them. But what strikes me about this is that their solution is likely to affect Americans as well. When Chris Matthews was still available locally, I remember a remark he made about his trip to Europe with his son. He described their behavior at Hitler’s bunker and then described a Berlin slowly rising from the rubble of WWII. This trip had been in the last few years; his remarks about war-time rubble projected little sense of the importance of the fallen wall, of the 45 years of communist rule. Therefore, there was little sense of the difference in the two systems, of the fact that many had died, the fact that the word “escape” described what happened. Memorials such as the one torn down make history tangible, real–make it unforgettable.
When Germany forgets, we, too, will. While I agree that “never again” should be fortified with our repugnance at memories of what happened in WWII (on both fronts) and the evil of which men are capable, memories of the long years of the Warsaw Pact also serve us well. (Okay and ironically, the bank’s property rights may be a factor here – but I don’t see an appropriate memorial in the works. Nor do I doubt that the government chose with which breeze to blow here.)