We expect action any time now. On the alert from nine-thirty.
Danger over, waiting
Airplanes. Ivans attacking. My looted Fahr machine gun, too heavy, shoots like a mad thing I can hardly hold it steady, a couple of hits
Stuff like that though the author is troubled over a few, such as
Bridgehead on the Donez. 75 m away Ivan smoking cigarettes, fodder for my MG.
But a note home is what prompted me to post. His brother, fighting for the Nazis in the Ukraine, writes home:
"I'm worried about everyone at home, we hear reports of air raids by the English every day. If only they'd stop that filthy business. It's not war, it's the murder of women and children - it's inhumane." (pg. 84)
The author is troubled by his brother's inability (or unwillingness) to see the parallels to what the English are doing in Hamburg with what he, Karl-Heinz, and his fellow Nazis are doing in the Ukraine and beyond.
How often do we see the bad in what others are doing, but don't apply those same standards to ourselves? I think of 9/11 and all the innocents who died. Yet many who protest those murders seem little troubled by those in other countries who are killed by our wars and our drones. You know, that collateral damage.
I'm sure I could think of other examples. Can you? Do you think we have blind spots to our own faults yet clearly see the faults of others? How can we remedy this?
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