By now everyone knows about the foolish poem, "What Must Be Said," that Günter Grass, the 84-year-old German poet and Nobel laureate, penned and published on Wednesday in the Süddeutsche Zeitung in which he said that Israel was a threat to world peace. In PJ Media, David P. Goldman writes in "An Open Letter to Günter Grass":
Herr Günter Grass:It is worth your time to read the rest of the column. What I would like also to see, given my limited understanding of German, is a literary criticism of the poem. After all, it should also be reviewed and debated on its merits, in accordance with the values of democracy and an open society.
By now you must be tired of hearing how shameful it is for a former SS man to denounce Israel as a threat to world peace at a time when the government of Iran (among others) publicly threatens to annihilate the Jewish state. It is obscene to suggest, as you did in your diatribe “What Must Be Said,” that Israel might “annihilate the Iranian people.” Now that we have that out of the way, I would to set you straight about your own country’s tragedy. It’s all your fault. Well, perhaps not exactly your fault, but the fault of your way of thinking and of people who thought like you. I am not talking about your enthusiastic service to the Nazis. I am going to surprise you. [PjMedia]