(By Ray D.)
It is hard to tell whether the following excerpt from an article by FAZ’s Jochen Buchsteiner is simply a case of journalistic incompetence or an intentional attempt to spread disinformation to further harm transatlantic relations. Buchsteiner writes:
"The quake could also push Europe and America further apart. The coalition of the willing rescuers proclaimed by Bush includes the United States, India, Japan and Australia. That neither Europe or its favorite – the United Nations – come up in his aid plan will surely and rightfully be understood as an affront in the old world. Instead of finding back to the way of multilateralism, that maybe hasn’t always proven itself in cases of war, but has almost always proven itself in cases of catastrophe, the American President is cementing the thread of nation state foreign policy."
Where does he get this garbage? This is the same bunk that SPON was reporting days ago. Has Mr. Buchsteiner been living in a cave the past two weeks? Or is he simply exploiting the tried-and-tested method of bashing America to sell more newspapers?
“CNN: He also insisted that the U.S. creation of a "core group" -- the United States, India, Japan and Australia -- to respond to the crisis was not an effort to undermine the United Nations.
"What we have tried to do is use the core group ... as a way of getting started, recognizing that it would ultimately be subsumed into the efforts of the United Nations," he said.
Egeland praised the core group and said it was "helping" the United Nations.
Powell has said the United States may add to its $350 million pledge, and he told CNN the figure does not cover the total U.S. contribution.”
Does that sound like the US is excluding the United Nations from its tsunami aid plan? Does it sound like the UN feels excluded or is unhappy with the US?
The truly scary part of this all is that Germans rely on people like Mr. Buchsteiner to properly inform them as to what is going on in the world. Is it any wonder then that so many in Germany have such a negative view of the USA and Bush?
(Note: emphasis ours on all quotes)