The Telegraph is carrying a story which is is so symptomatic of the sad depths to which parts of the infantilised world of so-called Academe have fallen:
The University of Exeter’s careers service sent out an email which included a quote from Erwin Rommel, the World War Two Nazi general also known as the Desert Fox.
For any millenials who might be reading who have not heard of the second World War, they helpfully remind us that:
Rommel was one of the most senior members of the Nazi war machine.
Our curiosity is then sated as to the scandalous contents of this quote :
“One cannot permit unique opportunities to slip by for the sake of trifles.”
Rather good actually and is genuinely good advice for people who like poor old Rommel are struggling to achieve miracles whilst held back by a severely hidebound bureaucracy and a certifiably mental leader.
The usual pathetic, craven apology naturally follows:
A spokesman from the Exeter University said: “This was a genuine error and in no way intentional, however we apologise unreservedly for any offence it may have caused, and have put additional processes in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
The implication is therefore that any sentence that might have been used by a Wehrmacht General is therefore Verboten. If his little aphorism had made some disgusting remark about gassing Jews or starving Kulaks their position would be entirely understandable. But that is not the case here. This might have been taken from any book on achieving success in any field of life.
The next quote given on the site whence this would seem to have been lifted is this:
War makes extremely heavy demands on the soldier’s strength and nerves. For this reason, make heavy demands on your men in peacetime exercises
In other words, “Train hard fight easy” – might have been written by the Royal MArine Commandos…
The one before is not bad as well:
The art of concentrating strength at one point, forcing a breakthrough, rolling up and securing the flanks on either side, and then penetrating like lightning deep into his rear, before the enemy has time to react
simply describing the principle of the “Schwerpunkt”. And nothing but good tactical sense.
On tactics he was pretty sound, on strategy perhaps less so (why did he waste precious time and fuel occupying a huge empty stretch of desert which just left his supply lines hopelessly extended for no material gain?).
Here’s a good one “Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics” – if Rommel said that then presumably I have to apologise and take my website down, but fortunately it seems to have originated at West Point so that’s all right!
How fucking absurd is that?
And then, dulcis in fondo, (jesus, who said that? if it was Caesar is that ok? I mean he murdered two million Gauls but perhaps that’s ok because he wasn’t a Nazi, but he was surely right wing so he must have been a bad guy, right? – oh My Golly I’m so confused) we get the true measure of Exeter Uni Careers’ Service:
The spokesman said the University of Exeter staff member who selected the quote did not know who Rommel was, and the information was taken from a free-to-use website.
This is a fucking University, for fucks’ sake, and their researcher has never heard of Rommel? Christ on a fucking bike. I mean, REALLY?