Hans Bonfigt
Samstag, der 25. Juni 2016

Great Britain: You did it again …

Erst 2012 enthüllte die Queen das „Bomber Command Memorial“, welches die Männer und Frauen ehrte, die mit aberwitzig hohen Verlusten erfolgreiche Einsätze gegen Deutschland flogen, welches sich anschickte, ganz Europa zu unterjochen.

London_RAF_Bomber_Command_Memorial

Das war überfällig.

Mehr als 50.000 todesmutige Menschen verloren bei der Verteidigung ihrer Demokratie ihr Leben. Es ist peinlich, daß diese Ehrung erst 2012 erfolgte, mit der Begründung, daß „Bomber Harris“ deutsche Zivilisten nicht verschonte. Aber warum auch? Es war das deutsche Kleinbürgertum, welches die terroristischen Überfälle auf seine europäischen Nachbarn gebilligt und verübt hatte. Albert Speer führte in seinen Memoiren aus, daß die fortgesetzten Luftangriffe auf die Zivilbevölkerung einen ganz erheblichen Anteil der Rüstungskapazität banden.

Zum Vergleich: Die ritterlich-ehrenhafte „Deutsche Wehrmacht“ warf über London Teddybären mit einer eingebauten Sprengladung ab, die so dimensioniert war, daß sie ein kleines Kind nicht töten, aber doch schwer verletzen würde. Das Kalkül war, daß die Briten ein Kind bei der medizinischen Versorgung zu Lasten ihrer kämpfenden Truppen bevorzugen würden. Gegen solche viehischen „Gegner“ ist m.E. jedes Mittel legitim.

Während alle europäischen Nachbarn von Deutschland überrannt wurden, hielten die Briten stand. Und sie kämpften entschieden, entschlossen und an allen Fronten.

Unbedingt zu erwähnen sind auch Marian Rejewski, Alan Turing und die vielen Wissenschaftler, Funker, Geheimdienstler und Helfer des „ULTRA“ – Teams in Bletchley Park, welchem es gelang, in den deutschen Marinefunkschlüssel M einzubrechen und so die massiven Verluste durch die deutsche U-Boot – Waffe weitgehend zu neutralisieren.

Wissenschaftler, aber auch Funkamateure stellten sich freiwillig unter Klausur und entwickelten das ASDIC für die Marine und das „OBOE Groundmarking Attack System“ für die RAF.

Eine ganze Nation hielt zusammen, wuchs über sich hinaus und hat es schließlich geschafft, ganz Europa vor einer furchtbaren, widerwärtigen Diktatur zu bewahren.

Vor dieser Leistung, von der wir alle in Europa profitieren, habe ich den größten Respekt.

 

Etwa 70 Jahre später rettet uns das britische Volk erneut vor einer infamen Diktatur.

Ich verneige mich und sage erneut „Danke“.

hb

6 Kommentare zu “Great Britain: You did it again …”

  1. Bberlina (Montag, der 27. Juni 2016)

    Puh, die Korrelation ist mehr als gewagt, schon allein wenn man die „Motivation“ beider Vorgänge betrachtet…

  2. Chris Wood (Montag, der 27. Juni 2016)

    When I first read this, it was so far from general (media) opinion, that I thought it must be a joke. Now, I am not sure, so I shall take it seriously.
    Few Germans seem to think so kindly of Bomber Harris, but perhaps they should. I still dislike the war monuments I see in Bavaria, in memory of “our heroes”, who “fell” in Russia, etc. OK, a few were perhaps real heroes who refused to obey orders.
    But Hans is almost the first person I have come across who supports Brexit. I just don’t know people like that. My relatives and British friends are rather horrified. It may cause the UK to break up, (and Charles has waited so long to be King)! An EU border between parts of Ireland is a nasty prospect. It is unlikely that the North will join the Republic, (although they still have a combined rugby team).
    Aside from general economic damage, Brexit will surely encourage the march towards nasty nationalism in various countries, including most of the EU. I am now less sure that USA will avoid having Trump as President.
    Referenda make a bad sort of democracy! It is Representative Democracy that we British (and now Germans) can be proud of. The people who decide a referendum cannot be expected to consider all the consequences properly. A gut feeling may be right, but hard thinking is also needed. I believe Brexit voters were mostly proud and defiant to show that “we can manage without them”. Is that good?
    Two other big problems with referenda were here hardly in evidence. Who decides who can vote? Who decides what question is set?
    Both show up in the Stuttgart station case. Travellers between Paris and Bratislava were affected, but few of them could vote. The question set to local taxpayers was whether they wanted to pay for breaching contracts. This happily produced the desired effect, but must have maddened the protesters.
    The second shows up in the Swiss referendum about an unconditional “wage”, which is a reasonable idea. (Then, for example, unemployables could use their time better than filling in hopeless job requests). The referendum referred to a sum of about €2500 monthly, which is much too high, even by Swiss standards. In this way a reasonable idea was buried for the foreseeable future.
    I have signed a petition to have a second referendum to correct the result. I had no vote in the first.

  3. Hans Bonfigt (Montag, der 27. Juni 2016)

    Referenda make a bad sort of democracy — agreed, without a doubt.

    But referenda also make a democratic sort of democracy, as opposed to that what is practised by „comEUcon“ in Roland’s words.

    Did the EU achieve any advantage for any individual ?
    Did we get rid of the ‚daylight saving timeshift‘ ?
    Did we get rid of the V.A.T. ?
    Did the EU Parliament enforce Network Neutrality ?

    And I bet you know what we’ve gotten instead.

    One simple experience:
    In the late 1980s, i often visited Michell Instruments in Cambridge. It was quite easy to get there:
    I drove to Düsseldorf, handled the car over to a friendly girl who parked it for me, then i went to the Lufthansa Counter and then immediately in a nice waiting room where i could have a coffee or a tea and also some newspapers.
    15 Minutes later boarding began. The only thing that was checked was my passport. I often carried carbide with me, specially sealed in a steel bottle, and it was no problem.

    Now what is today ? Instead of being at the gate 10 minutes before takeoff, I must arrive at least one hour before – and then being undergone a both embarassing and useless examination. Carbide or other chemicals in the cabin ? You cannot even take a bottle of mineral water with you.

    So, where ist the advantage which is always praised ?

  4. Chris Wood (Dienstag, der 28. Juni 2016)

    P.S. Poland helped Britain’s code breaking.
    In the 1930’s, nobody thought the German code could be broken, but Polish mathematicians continued to work on it. When Hitler attacked, they passed their results to France, who passed them on to Britain. But much work remained. Also, Polish and Czech pilots flew for the RAF.

  5. Chris Wood (Dienstag, der 28. Juni 2016)

    I probably would not live in Munich without EU, and my grandchildren would be British, rather than German. I like the €, and the lack of queues at borders.
    It is about time for Roland to get rid of the opinion poll about how or how not to save the €.

  6. Hans Bonfigt (Dienstag, der 28. Juni 2016)

    Yes, and thus I mentioned Marian Rejewski first.

    Astonishingly enough, the enigma code can be considered as unbreakable even nowadys, provided that the machine’s adjustment ist handled with care. The only weak point is the ‚reflector‘ which restricts the polyalphabetical substitution so that a symbol cannot be substituted by its own.

    But i find it very important you stressed this.

    An „EUROPEAN UNION“ was needed to defeat Germany and this Union grew with its necessarity. The last thing the european people would ever have needed those times is an „European Parliament“, an „EU Commission“ or an „EU Rat“ (the German word for it has a nice meaning in English).

    So, i don’t mind Europe, but i do mind this corrupt, useless and ragged cancerous tumor which we moronically call „EU“.

    And thus, I hope that BREXIT is only a beginning und the EU is going to fall apart.

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