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Asharq Alawsat Opens Up Can of Whoop-Ass on Gunter Grass

German author and 1996 Nobel Prize-winner Gunter Grass has been taking an unholy public beating since he revealed last month that he’d been a volunteer in the Waffen-SS. The revelation came sixty years too late for some, considering that Grass … Read More

By / September 18, 2006

German author and 1996 Nobel Prize-winner Gunter Grass has been taking an unholy public beating since he revealed last month that he’d been a volunteer in the Waffen-SS. The revelation came sixty years too late for some, considering that Grass made his career raking German society over the coals for its unwillingness to confront its Nazi past.

Now the pan-Arabic daily Asharq Alawsat, which calls itself the "International Newspaper of the Arabs," has taken up the paddle. In an acid critique that will surprise those who expect the Arabic-language media to be all anti-Semitic cartoons and condemnation of Crusaders and Zionists, Amir Taheri skewers Grass for his anti-democratic and anti-Western impulses. Taheri has particular fun with Grass’s claim to have “discovered racism” while speaking to a bigoted American servicemember. Says Taheri, “Living under Hitler for 13 years, and not having noticed racism? Grass must have been deaf and blind.”

Read the English translation here.

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