Rally to mark anniversary of Hitler's deputy Hess banned (Germany)

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Germany’s highest court today banned a far-right rally marking this week’s anniversary of the death of Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess.

The Karlsruhe-based court upheld the local authorities’ decision to ban the demonstration and rejected an emergency appeal by Juergen Rieger, a member of the right-wing NPD party who had requested permission for a rally in the southern town of Wunsiedel where Hess was buried 20 years ago.

Hess hanged himself at age 93 in Spandau Prison in then-West Berlin on August 17, 1987, after nearly 41 years as a prisoner.

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Randll Reese Besch - 8/18/2007

Don't be too sure. Some 200.000 mercinaries are quietly busy in Iraq now with no oversight. The ancient Romans toward the end made heavy use of mercinaries. Bush/Cheny are the warmongers of this age. I suspect that the 21st century will be bloodier than the last. With more people to be killed and more devestating weapons,including nuclear,to create hegemony and subservient states in a quest to control the world's resorces.
Such Hitlerian mentality resides in the Whitehouse to this day.

William Mandel - 8/18/2007

This action by Germany's supreme court helped explain to me the ongoing interest there in anything elsewhere pertaining to figures seeking to promote themselves to power of a Hitlerite nature. In a comment on another post today, I noted current German attention to me for my role in 1953 in bringing down Joe McCarthy. I knew no one in Germany until that film crew came here in June to put me into the documentary currently in prodution there on McCarthyism. Germans are clearly more aware than Americans of what it would have meant to the world if someone with Hitler's frame of mind had come to power in a country as powerful as ours. I cannot help but wonder whether the existence of seven hundred U.S. military bases in foreign countries today has not given Washington a degree of leverage over the rest of the world that Hitler never wielded. Yet the failure of the war in Iraq gives me hope that the greatest military power the world has ever seen will be unable to subject even small countries whose peoples have the determination to resist that the 13 colonies with a total population of three million demonstrated in the years after 1776 against the world's greatest overseas power of that day.