A letter I sent to All Things Considered:
"Recently read an article about Americans protesting Germany building more brothels for an upcoming worldwide sports event.
There is a different attitude toward prostitution in Germany, based on the treatment of German women at the end of World War Two. With their men dead, no way to feed their children or obtain shelter, and the threat of rape and death from invading troups, the women did what all women have to do in such circumstances; they negotiated sexual favors to live.
To protest German prostitution is to ignore an underlying reality that in Germany "everybody's" great-grandmother had to do it to live, and one's grandparents took the food and shelter it offered.
Neither America nor Russia want to admit that they turned German women into the Americans themselves called "whores" at the end of World War Two. I don't think I've ever heard or read where an American soldier will admit to his own actions in this situation at the end of the war. And yet modern American politicians want to point fingers at the Germans.
Could you address this question as an example of American hypocrisy in foreign policy?"
It might help if all Americans were given a hand-mirror at birth. So whenever they're mouthing off about other people, they could look in their own mirror. I say "they" because I already possess such a mirror. I look at my own faults and foibles all the time.
And once I'm done polishing my mirror, then I have a cloth to come after the other dirty surfaces.