This is another interesting observation from our friend DL in Heidelberg:
On March 30, 1945 - Good Friday - the American Army entered Heidelberg. Sixty years later the mayor of Heidelberg held an event in the city hall that was ostensibly a German-American celebration of Heidelberg’s good fortune to fall under what one Heidelberg University professor called the most humane military occupation in world history. The evening’s speeches, however, were remarkable for what was not said. The German and American dignitaries who spoke were full of praise about past decades of German-American friendship but not one word was spoken about the future. There were two reasons for this: Iraq and the fact that most of the American military will be leaving Germany.
One journalist who arrived late was heard to complain to a colleague that he missed all the “laughable” speeches. And the university professor drew negative comparisons to the American Army’s occupation of post-war Germany with the current situation in Iraq. Apparently he hasn’t heard about the drastic drop in attacks on coalition forces, or the Iraqi national army’s success in capturing and killing terrorists, or Sunni attempts to join the newly forming government. But he has to rely on German media for his information so he must be excused. Sadly the lines have been drawn and the future of German-American relations looks much like the mayor of Heidelberg’s event. Germans will keep their anti-Americanism in check when in the company of Americans and make small talk about the good old days.
Footnote: I provided the following observation as a comment to previous post in Davids Medienkritik: “Heidelberg has a split personality. It is staunchly anti-American in its politics and