Schizophrenic Germany Author:John Dornberg "Germany's repudiation of Hitler was not internal, but an external renunciation forced upon it by defeat. We knew this full well at the time it happened. As a consequence, the Germans were charged with collective guilt for the crimes committed during the Third Reich and collective responsibility for the war which Hitler started. Yet, after on... more »ly ten years, while many of the war criminals were still in prison, while the physical and spiritual aftermath of war was still everywhere apparent, West Germany was restored to its full sovereignty as a political and military equal in the Western community of nations.
The result, unfortunately, is that Germany is encumbered with an independence granted too fast and a democracy based on too shaky a foundation. Germany must cope with an armed force established too soon after the last war, but too late to take advantage of the professional military skill which German soldiers has acquired. Germany is still flailing in the wake of an occupation that was once too harsh and then too lax, an economic catastrophe that was turned into a mircale of economic reconstruction too quickly, and a program of reorientation that failed to reorient ... "