Whilst I (and my German friend) wouldn't really disagree with the sentiments in the first paragraph, the reality is that those neo-Nazi organisations that exist have taken the Swastika as a rallying symbol, and do continue to attempt to re-write history themselves to make out that such "evils" as the Holocaust were fabrications of the World Jewish Conspiracy........
Ultimately it doesn't matter what you or I think, this is a decision made by Germans that is, in their estimation, what is best for Germany. No-one is pretending that past events never occurred (except some misguided neo-Nazis) or trying to remove the Swastika from history, just deciding that the symbol of that regime not be used.
Personally I can accept the symbol as merely being a "heraldic device" that ws used as a national symbol much like the RAF roundel or US "Star and Bar" however I am not German and to many Germans the symbol carries far more symbolic weight than many appreciate.
In the end we don't have to agree with the policy, just accept that this is what has been decided.
In any event, German simmers do have a choice. They have access to the Internet and can choose to keep their WOP planes Swastika-less or download alternative liveries with them on.
What they (the Germans) should
do is learn to laugh at it.
...And that is a far from facetious comment. Humour is one of the most powerful weapons known to Man.
Banning something almost always serves the opposite purpose to that intended.
Driving something underground succeeds only in removing it from sight, not removing it.
Holding it up to ridicule lessens its power, removes its totemic influence, and at a stroke removes much of the malevolence derived mainly from it's iconographic significance as an `underground` symbol. The HK holds more than four millenia of significance as an instrument of peace
, yet it gets banned because a bunch of megalomaniacs who couldn't spot a barmy dysfunctional Austrian with a dictator complex misappropriated it for a decade or so.
Knee-jerk reactions by short-term-thinking driven bureaucrats who lack the moral fibre to deal with real issues is the real problem. And I don't just limit that to the German government... All that has happened here is to `criminalise` upstanding members of the community who might want to visualise things as they were
, not as politicians would like to sanitise them as having been...
It's a crying shame that the things our parents and grandparents fought and died for should be abused in such a fashion - and plaudits to Shockwave for resisting the temptation to pander to uninformed and incorrect `political correctness` which is fast becoming more of a threat than the abuses it desires to stamp out.
A note to politicians:
Just because I choose to fly a simulated plane with a swastika doesn't make me a Nazi.
Not letting me choose to do so makes YOU one step closer to being one...