Fuzz about Obama’s speech location

Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 17:10 | Posted in Election, Politics | Leave a comment
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Barack Obama is going to speak in Berlin on 24th July, i.e. next Thursday. German politicians have babbled a lot about the exact site of his speech. Obama himself would have prefered Brandenburger Gate but chancellor Angela Merkel did not thin it was a good idea.

Obama is now going to give his speech at the Siegessäule monument. That location has prompted raised eye-brows as well because the monument was originally raised to honor Prussian victories over its neighbours that are now close allies. The wars in question against Denmark, France and Austria were fought back in the 19th century.

I fail to understand the importance of the exact location. As long as Barack Obama actually speaks – assuming as I am that he has something of importance to say – it does not matter what one monument or another has symbolized. Those wars as well as the statue are a part of history that can not be undone. Just listen to the man and forget about any hidden symbolism which I am sure Obama is not going to put importance upon.


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