Causes controversy. The Telegraph:
A statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees is on display in the former Warsaw Ghetto, the place where so many Jews were killed or sent to their deaths by the Nazis, provoking mixed reactions…
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It does seem rather inappropriate. However,
Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, said he was consulted on the installation’s placement ahead of time and did not oppose it because he saw value in the artist’s attempt to try to raise moral questions by provoking viewers.
He said he was reassured by curators who told him there was no intention of rehabilitating Hitler but rather of showing that evil can present itself in the guise of a “sweet praying child.”
He was 78.
Norman Schwarzkopf, the US general who led 1991 Operation Desert Storm, which liberated Kuwait from Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, has died at the age of 78.
The Telegraph continues:
Gen Schwarzkopf, an American hero known popularly as “Stormin Norman,” died at his home in Tampa. The cause of death was not known.
Former president George HW Bush, himself sick in intensive care in Texas, was first to issue a statement mourning the loss of the man he chose to lead the war that came to define both of their careers.
“Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation,” his statement said.
“A distinguished member of that Long Gray Line hailing from West Point, General Norm Schwarzkopf, to me, epitomized the ‘duty, service, country’ creed that has defended our freedom and seen this great nation through our most trying international crises,” Mr Bush said.
“More than that, he was a good and decent man – and a dear friend. Barbara and I send our condolences to his wife Brenda and his wonderful family.”
In a statement the White House said: “We’ve lost an American original.”
Leon Panetta, the defence secretary, said: “The men and women of the Department of Defense join me in mourning the loss of General Norman Schwarzkopf”.
Mr Panetta said the decorated combat leader had in “35 years of service in uniform left an indelible imprint on the United States military and the country.”
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There are three quotes of his that I always seem to remember:
- The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.
- When placed in command, take charge.
The Lord Bishop Dr Druidish-something Master Rowan Douglas Williams, FBA, FRSL, FLSW, and now, add, The Lord Baron of Oystermouth. Titles… The British sure know how to do it!
Peerage for the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury:
Peerage for Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury upon his retirement from the See of Canterbury
The Queen has been pleased to confer a peerage of the United Kingdom for Life on the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr Rowan Williams Lord Archbishop of Canterbury upon his retirement from the See of Canterbury.
Notes for editors:
1. Rowan Williams was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002, having previously been Archbishop of Wales.
2. Rowan Williams will be created a Baron for Life by the style and title of Baron Williams of Oystermouth in the City and County of Swansea.
3. The Prime Minister retains the right to nominate up to ten people for Life Peerages each Parliament. These are awarded to people who have given significant public service.
A Life Peer, by the way, is:
In the United Kingdom, life peers are appointed members of the peerage, whose titles cannot be inherited, in contrast to hereditary peers. Nowadays life peerages, always of baronial rank, are created under the Life Peerages Act 1958 and entitle the holders to seats in the House of Lords, presuming they meet qualifications such as age and citizenship. The legitimate children of a life peer take the privilege of children of hereditary peers, being entitled to style themselves with the prefix ‘The Honourable’.
Oops, I forgot to add ‘The Honourable’ to his list of titles above. I don’t think they could fit in anymore, even if they wanted to!