Guilt’s End

Richard Herzinger

in A Matter of Principle

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932166 | DOI:
Guilt’s End

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French president Jacques Chirac made clear that the historic achievement of the Americans belongs to a concluded epoch of tragic wars. During the dispute about the Iraq war, more was at stake than a political difference about the usefulness and legality of a specific warlike intervention. The harshest attacks against Joschka Fischer's foreign policy now emanated from the conservative side. German chancellor Gerhard Schröder gave voice to a new national consciousness that could rhetorically link itself to the traditional “antifascist” core convictions of the left. The causal connection between National Socialist rule and the destruction of Germany was at times effaced from collective memory. The condemnation of the Iraq war and the justified outrage about the torture methods of the US Army often resonate with the subliminal satisfaction to be able, finally, to feel superior to the former master teacher in matters of international law, democracy, and human rights.

Keywords: Germany; Jacques Chirac; Iraq war; Joschka Fischer; foreign policy; Gerhard Schröder; international law; democracy; human rights

Chapter.  3795 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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