…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Herr Helmut Josef Michael Kohl died. As Winston Churchill said to the House of Commons in July 1940 about himself, (see Fog of Chaos -News from the Front yesterday) ‘history will judge him’. If one should say only good about the dead then I can say he was bon viveur, womaniser and steadfast politician’s politician, unwaveringly following the winds of change, be they personified by Axmann, Honecker, Reagan or Gorbachev. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmut_Kohl
After a short stint in Hitlerjugend young Helmut (16) joined CDU in 1946 and was elected to his first political post when he was 29. Not surprisingly, he had not done a day of honest work since. Also not surprisingly, germanophobe Angela Merkel was his protégé and his two sons have a Korean and a Turkish wife each.
I almost missed this important news of the funeral but for a casual glance at the TV screen. Tired Clinton was trying to hide his boredom, side by side with sour Angela. The stagecraft was impressive, resembling both The Star Wars intergalactic parliament and Leni Riefenstahl’s The Triumph of the Will. Later I found out the theatre took place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Outside stood fit young men, perhaps Russians, with posters “Thanks for Europe”.