1. Geoff says

    I applaud Germany for being an outspoken champion of human rights!!! We will, however, need to have greater financial impact on the companies supporting this hate-filled, murderous regime. Unfortunately, talk is cheap.

  2. I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff says

    “First they came…” is a famous statement and provocative poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the sloth of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

    There is some disagreement over the exact wording of the quotation and when it was created; the content of the quotation may have been presented differently by Niemöller on different occasions.

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

    Then they came for the socialists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for the Catholics,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Catholic.

    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to speak for me.

    Martin Niemöller was a German pastor and theologian born in Lippstadt, Germany, in 1892.
    Niemöller was an anti-communist and supported Hitler’s rise to power at first.

    But when Hitler insisted on the supremacy of the state over religion, Niemöller became disillusioned. He became the leader of a group of German clergymen opposed to Hitler.

    In 1937 he was arrested and eventually confined in Sachsenhausen and Dachau. His crime was “not being enthusiastic enough about the Nazi movement.” Niemöller was released in 1945 by the Allies.

    He continued his career in Germany as a clergyman and as a leading voice of penance and reconciliation for the German people after World War II.

    His statement, sometimes presented as a poem, is well-known, frequently quoted, and is a popular model for describing the dangers of political apathy.

  3. Irreverent says

    Yeah, that’s it, open it wide, wider, c’mon, yeah, open it, open it up now, yeah, that’s it, open that hole, open it…

  4. Jumpin jesus on a pogo stick says

    Uhh, what ONE German comes out in support and all Americans are obligated to ?

    Russia isn’t going to change from the outside, and it makes zero difference to Russia if people sacrifice their careers.

    And insisting someone make a sacrifice YOU are not going to make, well, that just makes every one of you hypocritical assholes.

  5. I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff says

    CLOUD ATLAS, 2012

    “Our lives are not our own.

    From womb to tomb, we’re bound to others, past and present.

    And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”