Sunday, November 07, 2004

The GI and the Chocalate Bar

In a recent NYTimes artlce, there is the following quote:

"he developed a love for all things American when tanks rolled into Paris and G.I.'s rained chocolate and chewing gum on children like himself."

I always loved that image. In one of Stephenson's books (i think), an old Japanese executive is deeply loyal to the US, because as a child during WWII, after being told of the monstrosities he is told to expect, his first encounter with a GI is with a chocalate bar. The other similar image is the end of Life is Beautiful (one of my favorite movies), as the boy with such a beaming smile is pulled up onto the tank...

I suppose it was fantasies about this image that led to misexpectations in Iraq, but it is a nice image nevertheless.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The story might be from Helmut Kohl thanking GIs for chocolate and candy that were handed out when they liberated Germany in WWII. Some people have cited Schroeder taking over as an illustration of the generational divide in Germany between those who want a strong tight alliance w/ the US and those who don't.

-alex

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