(By Ray D.)
Apparently not all German media outlets could ignore the obvious irony in the indignation expressed by politicians and union bosses at the news that thousands of US troops will be pulled out of Germany. "Die Zeit" recently published an excellent article by Richard Herzinger on the topic entitled "Ami don't go." Here is a translated excerpt:
"Ach, look, how the Americans have again suddenly become so dear and precious to the Germans when it hits them in the wallet. The announced withdrawal of large numbers of US troops stationed in Germany has unleashed consternation at the threatening loss of jobs and accusations that the Americans want to get themselves out of their “Nato responsibility.” Nanu? Since when is it a part of the responsibility of Nato and the US Army to maintain jobs in Germany? Just a year and a half ago the majority of Germans were certain the USA and its President represented a greater danger to world peace than Saddam Hussein, and the US armed forces were considered fearsome executors of the sinister US plans for world domination. Now, however, German politicians and union people, who marched at the very front of the peace demonstrations, are pouting and grimacing like children who feel they have been left in the lurch by Daddy because the number one warmonger wants to deny us the trusted presence of our uniformed American friends."
Indeed. The contradictions are inescapable. One day US troops are warmongers engaged in blood-for-oil world domination, the next they are trusted neighbors and friends providing badly needed jobs in the community. It all depends on what is politically and financially expedient for German politicians, media outlets and union bosses at any given moment...nothing more and nothing less.