JTT said: Consider the Brits, among other countries, raping and pillaging the planet for how many centuries.
Veteran British test pilot Eric Brown was a diplomat in Germany in the 1930's
In 1937, Brown left the Royal High School and entered Edinburgh University studying Modern Languages ... In February 1938 he returned to Germany, where, having been invited to attend the 1938 Automobile Exhibition by Udet, by then a Luftwaffe Major General, ... In the meantime, Brown had been selected to take part as an exchange student at the Salem International College, located on the banks of Lake Constance, and it was while there in Germany that Brown was woken up with a loud knocking on his door one morning in September 1939. Upon opening the door he was met by a woman with the announcement that "our countries are at war". Soon after, Brown was arrested by the SS. Fortunately, they merely escorted Brown in his MG Magnette sports car to the Swiss border, saying they were allowing him to keep the car because they "had no spares for it".
Eric said: “It turned me upside down because I had made some very good friends, especially among my students, in Germany and I saw them as fine young men. Perhaps I was politically naive in not realising the underlying evil of the Nazi regime but after, when I saw Belsen, I was not prepared to make allowances for them at all.
“Having said that, as I’ve got older, I realise that every nation has an element of evil in it and if you allow that element to get into power, it can be dangerous.
“In Germany, the treaty of Versailles had taken its pride away and if you take a country’s pride away, it will do anything to get it back. Now I can recognise that but it still does not excuse what went on in the concentration camps.”
The Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot in Sarajevo one hundred years ago today (June 28, 1914--it is now June 28 in Europe), leading to the First World War. People did not, of course, call it the First World War, because they didn't know there would be a second.