Renowned German writer calls Israel "threat to world peace", urges opposition to Iran strike

04 April 2012

In a 'poem' published by several newspapers world-wide, the 85-year-old Nobel Literature Prize laureate alleges that not the Iranian but the Israeli nuclear arsenal presents a threat to world peace. Grass warns of a military strike by Israel that could "wipe out the Iranian people" and urges an immediate stop of German submarine deliveries to Israel.

The text, which was published simultaneously on Wednesday by several newspapers in Europe and the US and has triggered a lively debate in the German press, is entitled 'What has to be said'. In it, Grass - who became world-renowned through novels including 'The Tin Drum' and who in 1999 received the Nobel Prize for Literature - claims that Ahmadinejad was nothing more than a "loudmouth" and that Iran's intentions to build a nuclear weapon were "unproven". He also alleges that Israel disposed of a "growing nuclear potential" that was beyond international control. In Grass' words, the Israelis were planning to put nuclear warheads on submarines sold to them by Germany, and Germany could therefore become complicit in a "crime" that "is predictable".

In his poem, the long-standing leftwing campaigner says that "the nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace" and accuses the West of "hypocrisy" in its dealing with the Iranian issue. He urges readers to end their "silence" and prevent the "causer of the present danger" to renege the use of force.

In a reaction, the Jewish publicist Henryk Broder called Grass "the prototype of an educated anti-Semite."

For six decades, Grass, who was born in 1927 in Danzig (Gdansk) and fled to West Germany after the end of World War II, kept secret the fact that in 1944 he became a member of the German Army's élite unit Waffen-SS. In 2006, he revealed that he had  fought with the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg until its surrender to US forces. In 2007, he published an account of his wartime experience including an attempt to "string together the circumstances that probably triggered and nourished my decision to enlist." The renowned German historian Joachim Fest told the news magazine 'Der Spiegel' about Grass's disclosure: "After 60 years, this confession comes a bit too late. I can't understand how someone who for decades set himself up as a moral authority, a rather smug one, could pull this off."

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Daniel Paul K

Sat, 14 Apr 2012

How quickly men like Guenter Grass forgets recent history. Israel destroyed Osirack atomic reactor of Iraq. How many was killed? What was the reaction of the countries including Germany. In the UN General assembly they passed resolutions accusing Israel. After that what happened? The countries who accused Israel, attacked Iraq with the permission of U N General assembly and killed millions of Iraqis. Where was Guenter Grass at that time?

Israel destroyed Syria's atomic reactor, how many died? Now Israel will destroy Iran's Nuclear facilities, why should you fear it will bring great disaster to the whole world? Even if it brings any disaster it will be very less comparing to the disaster that can thrust upon the world by a Nuclear Iran.

Michelle Wayne

Sat, 07 Apr 2012

Ever wonder how many Jews he killed when he was in SS during WWII, the teachings of hitlerynger and SS still in his mind, should have killed him with the rest of the scum after the war.