nebraska wrote:It makes me a little crazy to see a question sit there with absolutely zero response. So I guess I will say I don't quite understand the question. I saw nothing in anything I read or saw in tidbits or in the books to think that Boll would have had any doubts about his opinion and the things he wrote in this book. He lived it! Did I miss something?
The question is intended to examine Boll's convictions, which obviously led him to write a highly political book -- a statement against government abuse of its citizens, of the incestuous relationship between government and media, and a media that had no problem riding rough shod over individuals lives if doing so fed the story and was on the correct side of the political landscape. Boll, like any man, was a product of his time and his experiences, which happened to include a front seat on the wholesale terrorism of the Nazi government. Other men, including Axel Springer, who also lived through the Nazi reign of terror arrived at very different perceptions.
At the time he was writing this book West Germany was in turmoil, attempting to respond to the early actions of the Red Army Faction. There were many like Boll who strenuously fought the notion that the tactics the government was using had any legitimacy. After the book came out events with RAF continued to unfold and resulted in a stunning series of terrorist actions.
So can you imagine Boll looking back and re-examining the perspectives that led him to write this book? Sorry, I didn't realize the question wasn't clear. One always attempts clarity and sometimes it doesn't happen.