Last comments on this because the discourse isn't getting better over time: I totally understand why many people, especially foreigners, feel extremely uncomfortable seeing the uniforms and the torches in that location at night. You can't blame anyone for their associations
Who are we as Germans to tell Poles or Belgians that they don't have a right to look at this and feel discomfort? We can't. It's all well and good that today's Bundeswehr is very very different from the Wehrmacht but history will influence people's psychology for a long time
That said, imagine risking your life for your country in Afghanistan and on the day you and your comrades are supposed to be honoured by the society you fought for, your compatriots accuse you of being a Nazi. It's horrible and I can only imagine how painful it must be
What I'm trying to say is, this is complicated. I understand discomfort, I understand the immediate reaction you might have but let's try to discuss in a way that is respectful towards the huge sacrifice that these soldiers have made on our behalf.
As a general rule, the politicians are in charge. If you have a problem with increased visibility for the military, increased defence spending, foreign deployments or the location of this ceremony, go send your local MP a strongly worded letter instead of insulting these soldiers
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