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Can somebody please…

Can somebody please...

…put this obnoxious bastard away once and for all?

Doherty faces heroin charge after court arrest

There must be one single crazy reason why “singer” Pete Doherty is not languishing in a cell right now; either he is made of Teflon, has an exceptionally good lawyer, or is in some way intimate with those high up in the legal profession. If anybody else had managed to string together the list of offenses that this unwashed little turd has racked up – from driving misdemeanours through the various drug-related charges – the key would have long been thrown away.

Having been charged with drunk driving, Doherty was slapped with fines amounting to £2,050 and an eighteen-month driving ban; given that he would probably blow this amount or more on a drugs and alcohol and that he could probably afford to be ferried around by a private chauffeur, it’s all pretty meaningless. It’s pretty clear that he doesn’t give a shit – the fact that immediately after being released he was arrested for heroin possession says it all. I am also certain that he’d just get into another car whenever he wants to – ban or no ban.

It is worth noting that the charge Doherty faced was not simply one of driving under the influence; he had also been driving with neither a licence nor insurance, and – from what I can gather from the article – had been carrying controlled substances as well. There’s also suggestions that he was involved in a hit-and-run accident that left a pedestrian injured.

You really do have to wonder how and why this blatant oxygen thief is still out there in circulation; every time I see his pallid, greasy face I want to take to it with a blunt instrument. Repeatedly.

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More Madness in Deutschland…

More Madness in Deutschland...

More than two decades after it began, what is almost certain to be the final episode in the story of John Demjanjuk is about to begin. First branded by so-called “eye-witnesses” as the infamous “Ivan the Terrible” of Treblinka and now accused of doing much the same at Sobibór, this is the latest chapter in a tale of unbridled victimisation – this time driven by the desire to score political Brownie points.

Demjanjuk is accused of being “an accessory to the murder of 27,900 Jews”. How this figure has been derived is anybody’s guess, but it is just one of many features of a campaign that has lasted nigh on a quarter of a century – culminating in what is the first trial on German soil of a non-German national.

And probably the last.

Having left his native Ukraine six years after the end of the Second World War to make a new home in the US industrial heartland of Ohio, Ivan – later John – Demjanjuk first made the news in 1986 when he was accused of being a man dubbed as Ivan Grozny or “Ivan the Terrible”, a particularly sadistic guard at the wartime concentration camp Treblinka. The evidence was sufficient enough for the US authorities to authorise his extradition to Israel, where he was to stand trial for crimes against humanity. Buttressing the case were a number of accounts from carefully-selected eye-witnesses, many of whom had picked Demjanjuk’s photograph from a selection of carefully-placed mugshots; key to the case was the so-called Trawniki identity card, a document obtained from the Soviet archives which placed Demjanjuk as being part of the concentration camp system and as one of the many Ukrainian auxiliaries that were employed by the Nazis to undertake the more menial camp duties. Among the star eye-witnesses was a German guard who had been stationed at the camp, Otto Horn.

In April 1988 Demjanjuk was sentenced to death by the Israeli authorities, but following extensive research and hard work by his defence lawyer Yoram Sheftel – who for his pains acquired the collective opprobrium of his fellow Israelis – the sentence was commuted and finally dropped in 1993 when other former guards provided written testimony stating that the Ivan of Treblinka was not Demjanjuk at all but one Ivan Marchenko. Much to the chagrin of prosecutors who then attempted to change the story to one of Demjanjuk being at Sobibór – forgetting, of course, the previously impeccable army of eye-witnesses placing in Treblinka at the same time – he was finally released to return to the United States.

All seemed well in 1998 when Demjanjuk had his US citizenship restored, but behind the scenes the machinery was still being greased. Another complaint was issued in 1999, resulting in yet another series of trials in 2001 and 2002 where his whereabouts during the war were questioned. In 2004 he was threatened with having his citizenship removed again, and the following year it was ruled that he could be deported to Germany, Poland or the Ukraine. This nonsensical legal merry-go-round continued deep into 2009, when Demjanjuk was finally deported to Germany.

One has to wonder why the Germans have chosen to take this action; here was a man who had previously been accused by suspect eye-witnesses and arguably dodgy evidence such as the Soviet-produced Trawniki identity card, a nobody who was but one of the many faceless dogsbodies in the concentration camp system. Many more senior personnel had been able to escape this level of relentless persecution; it can be argued that the only reason Demjanjuk has been being dragged before the courts is down to little more than the fact that he is still breathing.

I would describe Demjanjuk as the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Nazi camp system – he was seen at Treblinka, Sobibór and even Majdanek – possibly at the same time and by different people, all of whom appear to have had photographic memories. One has to wonder what is going to happen if the evidence in this latest trial is thrown out – will we next have eye-witnesses placing him at Belzec? Bergen-Belsen? Dachau? who knows, he might one day even end up being accused of guarding an alien base on Alpha Centauri. Given that this current trial is to take place without any witnesses – who are now, rather conveniently, all dead – anything is possible.

Demjanjuk is a man in very bad health; doctors have ordered that he can be in court for only two ninety-minute sessions each day, which according to his lawyer could mean that the process could drag on for years – by which time the accused could very well be dead. At the very least it would be an expensive, time-consuming operation for no real purpose than to make a blunt political point. In short, a publicity stunt.

Continuing on the silly theme of political correctness in Germany, musician Pete Docherty has made his own mark by choosing to sing the first verse of the Deutschlandlied during a live recording – resulting in a procession of boos from the crowd. While I have no time for Doherty at all – he is as far as I am concerned a talentless drug-addled moron – this is yet another tale of a modern Germany that in spite of all the good things that have taken place in recent years is still happy to create false associations to satiate the politically correct and thus maintain its self-feeding inferiority complex.

I have no doubt banged on about it before, but there is nothing remotely Nazi about the first stanza of the Deutschlandlied; it was written by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben in 1841, almost a century before the National Socialists came to power. In the English speaking world, the first line – Deutschland über alles, or “Germany above all” – is often described as a martial theme and one glorifying domination and invasion or, alternatively, the unfailing ability of the Nationalmannschaft in taking penalty kicks; the truth however is that it was not written with such bombastic thoughts in mind, unlike something like Rule Britannia which is very clearly imperialist in nature and still very proudly sung at popular events such as the Proms or La Marseillaise, which has lyrics that can be described as rather bloodthirsty.

The lyrics of the Deutschlandlied had little or nothing to do with martial prowess or the desire to invade other countries; indeed, it was happily co-opted by the revolutionaries who wished to build a single democratic German state whilst doing away with the hodge-podge of despotic statelets and mickey mouse and often feudalist mini-kingdoms that had been dotted across the country.

So yes, the Nazis may have interpreted the words somewhat differently, but words have always been words. Rather than do away with the first two stanzas and consign them to the historical dustbin as false relics of the Nazi era, these great words should have been reclaimed and used to create the identity of the new, postwar democratic Germany – a Germany that could rightly claim to be greater than any previous incarnation.

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