Both of you have added in the last few years very greatly to the quality of this site. Bravo.
This kind of collaboration is proof of how this medium can sometimes work to the benefit of people, versus the usual appalling result.
In order more effectively to achieve the objectives of this Treaty, the Parties, separately and
jointly, by means of continuous and effective self-help and mutual aid, will maintain and
develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack...."
There are too few. Far too few, and it is my great sadness with this fifteen years in the brave new world. There are just not enough good people, and the handful of very bad people has done huge damage.
At the outset, a certain circle of persons set the tone with their aggressive ignorance as well as paranoid posturing which has then dominated ever since. Of course, this site diverges from
that awful record, but it is always threatening to reassert itself.
I recently have been victimized over and over again by cap badge lunatics, who break off the spints and leave nothing but devastation in their wake.
We are also martyred by dumb persons who cannot address complexity, subtlety and imagine that these things were created in a world identical to our own.
When we increase their cognitive dissonance, their response is mental and then visual violence. The decapitations that are the norm in militaria websites are all too common and all too damaging of the whole.
This thread was headed south from the start, but our fine members transformed it into a thing of knowledge and visual pleasure.
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The subject is pretty complex, and this complexity is too much for most people.
Such detail, however, is no real deterrent to the task. With some diligence you can well learn it, and here you can learn it more than elsewhere.
Andreas is a wonderful translator, with a very, very great gift.
He is actually much better than the professional translators I use in work, who are nice people and diligent, but without his art.
He also has a encyclopaedia of knowledge at his beck and call. He enriches us all.
Both of you have dome a great deal for all, and you have my gratitude.
Without you I could not work here, either.
I started to learn German when I was eighteen, and I spent five years doing nothing much else.
Today it is far easier to keep one's edge as a linguist than in 1970, when I started.
As you have said before, Andreas is a genius. In my little world, I am starved of intellectual people and this forum has been a wonderful opportunity to engage in civil and collegial dialogue. My thanks to you, FB, and to Adrian , Wim, Bob Coleman and a host of others that post here regularly.
Als die Nazis die Kommunisten holten, habe ich geschwiegen; ich war ja kein Kommunist.
Als sie die Sozialdemokraten einsperrten, habe ich geschwiegen; ich war ja kein Sozialdemokrat.
Als sie die Gewerkschafter holten, habe ich geschwiegen; ich war ja kein Gewerkschafter.
Als sie die Juden holten, habe ich geschwiegen; ich war ja kein Jude.
Als sie mich holten, gab es keinen mehr, der protestieren konnte.