GERMANY: Enlightening Glimpse

Who, asked the poll, was the greatest statesman in all history? As the German weekly, Der Spiegel (literally The Mirror), totted up the returns last week, they provided an enlightening glimpse into that enigma, the collective German mind. Though they may have been chastened, the Germans had lost none of their admiration for strong men. Top place (with 3,937 out of 8,500 votes) went to Germany's first Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who once bragged that the great problems of history are solved by blood & iron. Next, with 773 votes, came Winston Churchill, who had helped to break...