Former Nazi, Nobel Laureate Günter Grass Says Israel a Threat to World Peace

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This is rich.

In a new poem, "What Needs to Be Said," the German writer, who only admitted his membership in the Waffen SS in 2006, states that Israel's threats of military attack against Iran are unjustified. (An imperfect Google Translate translation appears below.)

Why do I say now only aged and last ink: The nuclear-armed Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace? Weil said must be, what could already be too late tomorrow because we also - - burdened enough as German suppliers could be a crime that is predictable, which is why our complicity by any of the usual excuses would be to pay off.

And yes, I hold not more, because I was the hypocrisy of the West. I'm tired, also is to be hoped there may be many rid of silence, the cause of the apparent danger to renounce violence, encourage, and there also the fact that unrestricted and permanent control of Israel's nuclear potential and the Iranian nuclear facilities by an international authority is approved by the governments of both countries.

Only then is all, the Israelis and Palestinians, more than that, all the people in this region occupied by the delusional enemies living cheek by jowl, and ultimately to help us.

The Waffen SS was responsible for the administration of the Nazi death camps and members participated in other brutalities against civilian populations. Grass was trained as a tank gunner and fought with the 10th SS Panzer Division during World War II.

The Israeli government slammed Grass on Wednesday.

“It needs to be said that blood libels are a European tradition ahead of Passover. It used to be Christian children whose blood the Jews allegedly used for their matzot. Today it’s the Iranian people that the Jewish people allegedly seeks to annihilate,” said Emmanuel Nahshon, an Israeli envoy to Berlin.

“We want to live in peace with our neighbors. And we aren’t ready to take on the role in the way the Germans deal with their past that Günter Grass wants to attribute to us.”

Writing in the Die Welt daily, German-Jewish journalist and author Henryk M Broder said “Grass always had a problem with Jews, but he never articulated this as openly as in this ‘poem.’”

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