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"unprepossessing" - in still photos - but many have attested to his charisma and ability to convince sceptical generals that they could win.

great pix slice through the mask, or sneak under it, or catch the subject in those rare moments it has fallen off.

and without it hitler looks like a banal little man caught up in a delirium of his own making. nothing epic about him.

madness is a twist of faith, and these generals confused the two, possibly because they could shift blame later if (when) it goes pearshaped, by saying they 'followed orders'.

all you need is one madman at the top, add a battery of meme-cloners, an efficient propaganda machine, and voila!

conveniently ignoring how the foamer speaks for a part of everyman, and displacing their own shadow onto the scapegoats du jour.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Aug 27th, 2009 at 11:19:49 AM EST
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It's just too simplistic to dismiss him like this and to say the generals were just stupid. History is more complex and bad guys aren't just idiots. That's why the The Double-headed Eagle TV doc is a useful corrective to the usual cartoon versions of history; it shows why so many - not stupid - Germans supported Hitler.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Aug 28th, 2009 at 06:44:12 PM EST
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It's just too simplistic to dismiss him like this and to say the generals were just stupid

i doubt the generals were stupid, actually Ted, but i don't doubt they were as deluded as you can get to be, and they clearly saw what they wanted to see, projected on the psychotic screen/mirror he provided.

of course i'm being simplistic, it's just a blog comment!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Aug 30th, 2009 at 04:01:29 PM EST
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