It is a great tragedy that the German government should race to destroy this historic landmark. The decision to cut these trees down is a knee-jerk reaction to a perceived threat of anti-semitism, and is obviously aimed to politically woo a potentially vocal voting bloc of Jews in Germany.

Before I go any further, I would like to state that I am not anti-semitic, nor am I racist. I think that Nazi Germany is one of the greatest evils to ever rise up and threaten the freedom and well-being of humanity.

That is precisely why it is important to preserve all the reminders we can of its power. We should keep around especially prominent landmarks like this as a visible memo to ourselves to stay vigilant lest something like the Third Reich threaten to swallow the world again.

If we destroy the legacies of our past conquerors, we put them out of our minds. We find ourselves taken unawares when similar conquerors rise to replace them. If we stand up to that which we fear. Look it in the eye, and accept it into our daily lives, we will gain the strength and the will to refuse tyranny the opportunity to gain a foothold ever again.