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I, Technoviking, share something in common with Mr. Dale. I am a complete Germanophile. I too studied German. I too speak the language and I too have lived in the country, and yes, many years ago. But in the quote below, in which he mocks the nation, I figured that any person who studied German (technically, Germanistik, or a study of the German Language and Literature at the University of Western Ontario in my case, I'm suprised that his German influence failed him in this:57Chevy said:Germany's shameful abstention :facepalm:
by Iain Dale / 18 Mar 2011
Membership of the UN Security Council comes with responsibilities. It's time for Germany to stop abstaining and shoulder their share of the burden
I am a complete Germanophile. I studied German, I speak the language and have lived in the country, albeit many years ago. German culture is to be admired, and the German people are among the nicest and kindest I have ever met. But the country as a whole still carries the burdens of the past upon its very broad shoulders. It shrinks from any hint of aggressive military involvement, knowing that the sight of German soldiers marching to war is something some would find difficult to stomach.
He's wrong, of course. That part of the flag, referred to as "yellow", is in fact gold. Any student of German History and its repeated attempts at unification of the many German States that existed prior to Germany ought to know this. You see, the Schwarz, Rot, Gold of the flag is a two-hundred year old symbol of German unity (as opposed to Prussian, Bavarian, Saxon, etc). These colours come from the Lützow Free Corps, who fought against the French. Their uniforms were black, with red trim and gold buttons. These colours then became representative of German unification efforts throughout the 1800s, and was first chosen as the colours of Germany during the Weimar Republic, replacing the more familiar Black and White of Prussian influence of the "second Reich".57Chevy said:A third of the German flag is taken up by the colour yellow. Perhaps that proportion should be expanded.
So, Mr. Dale may feel that Germany ought to do more, and he may be right. But his childish attempt to call the Germans "yellow" is ill-placed and mocks the history of those soldiers from some 200 years ago.