War and peaceThursday, October 23, 2008 at 1:11 | Posted in languages | 3 Comments
On point of view of military troops deployed in fighting there is hardly a difference if you call what they are involved in a war or something else. As their options on the ground limit to killing the enemy or getting killed, it is a war as far as the troops are concerned. However, paragraph twisters may have a different view.
StoiBär posts a link to a radio interview (mp3 file, BR 2) with Andreas Paulus, professor of international right in Göttingen University. I am sure professor Paulus has an opinion about what German troops in Afghanistan experience as a war but I am not quite sure if he thinks it is a war or not. I am inclined to agree with StoiBär that there is a connection with my earlier post about banning the German language.
I also agree with a comment added to a post in Buchstaeblich seltsam that lawyers can produce ununderstandable sentences in any language but the structure of German language combined with the notorious concept of Deutsche Gründlichkeit makes that lingo an outstanding source of headaches which should be banned as a health hazard. Mind you, now I managed to write an almost mile long sentence myself.