Lord Gort wrote:Otto Von Bismarck. I think it is selfevidently provocative to insult a nations head of state. Or to put it more personally, MY head of state.When compared to the lazy parasites that we know as the British monarchy... the Prussian seems endlessly devoted to the people... even Kaiser Wilhelm... which uninformed people usually label aloof and unaware, is very devoted...
That may be your opinion, but it is not mine. Kindly refrain from these statements.
Lord Gort, is there really such a difference between calling someone a lazy parasite and asserting that "Pychologically(sic) he was unsound," as you said, referring to William II here? Both are opinions, and opinions, like a**holes, usually stink (except for the exalted few of us whose noses are too elevated to notice.)
Furthermore, you did refer to the government of the Second Reich as a "sham democracy," which is selfevidently provocative to anyone who is not blinded in certain ways. Any historian who besmirches his work with a word like "sham" thoroughly discredits himself with bias (and I don't care who they are or how many PhDs they have or how many books they have written.) The fact is, such a person is merely proclaiming to the world that he believes his own ways and traditions to be the only true and right ones, and that those who do not follow these examples are in some way execrable. This manner is indirectly and unduly dismissive of what may well be to many people a great and noble tradition, and might naturally cause offense.