Aw, those German-bashing threads are always a delight. You will always find some a-holes thinking that the USA rescued and rebuilt Germany all alone.
They will immediately point out that German people should shut up and be thankful and not dare to contribute arguments against their own....
Germany received less money than the UK or France, was more damaged, had lost most of its intelligent people (engineers, rocket scientists etc.) to the USA or the Soviet Union, and yet it rebuilt itself quite well.
Besides, Germany today is the opposite of America in some aspects. We learnt our lesson - nationalism is something to be ashamed of in most parts (except maybe that inbred Catholicism-infested, hillbilly Land of Bavaria). Whereas America (and also France and some other states) are leading the world on the nationalism scale. There, people walk around waving their flag, talking about the land of the free and how only their language should be allowed to be spoken in their country - it's quite sickening really. And all it needs for America (or France) to turn into a holocaust-machine is a really really bad long-term recession and a target population to hate (Arabs are an obvious at-risk group right now in the US, and probably North Africans in France) - and voila: it could start all over again. Just look at your fellow users who proposed in these forums to reintroduce concentration camps, interning all Muslims, to be 100% sure that no terrorist attacks could happen again, and to "protect" them from the justified anger of the population. And these proposals are made before the economic climate is even collapsing. Now, they are a minority (but a minority whose very existence is worrying all in itself) - just imagine how their hold on the population would grow if America hit 10 years of recession and unemployment....
OK. I think Ineed to calm down and take a breath. Let me rephrase it all: Anyone attacking a 35-45 year old German and a 16-20 year old Australian because they are (supposedly, in the latter case) part of the population that, 50-70 years ago, started history's worst genocide, is failing to see one important point: The people being attacked were not part of it, cannot relate to it or understand it more than any American can. I've seen 1000s of documentaries, movies etc. and read 100s of books about the Third Reich. And still I do not get it. How one guy could line up almost an entire nation behind him and go through with the most hideous crimes imaginable in front of their very eyes.... it is beyond my direct experience. All I can do is try to spot the factors (inflation, recession, unemployment, nationalism, traditional anti-semitism, Darwinism) that combined at the time. Still I cannot really comprehend the scale of it. And to be told to shut up because I have been born in that country sounds ridiculous to me. I can't understand it more than an American, I detest that part of our history as much as an American does... So that's why I get rather irritated when German users are discouraged from airing their opinion in the same free manner as anyone else.
Anyway. Airmale1 is no racist - just someone prejudiced against Germans, as is VirginA340.