This is a message I received from DL in Heidelberg. Apparently the concept of anti-Americanism does not only apply to the German elite media... It's well and alive in provincial papers as well.
I thought I’d bring to your readers attention an article that demonstrates the tastelessness of the Anti-Americanism that can be found daily in Heidelberg’s local newspaper, the Rhein Neckar Zeitung. Like Heidelberg, the RNZ aspires to be more than it is and spills a lot of ink in an effort to convince its readers that Heidelbergers live in the best of all possible worlds. There is a daily feature titled The Corner. Below is a translation of today’s observation. Coming on the day after the school tragedy in Minnesota, it suggests a way Germans can quietly display their anti-Americanism. Needless to say, mention of similar school tragedies in Munich and Erfurt would spoil the prejudice. And BTW, I failed to find the obligatory reference to George W. Bush.
Regards from Heidelberg,
P.S. If you go to the site map, the article would normally be under the category of Politik. Today's commentary has not been published. Instead, the reader is told it can only be found in the print edition. Do you think the editors might want to keep their opinions from reaching an audience outside of Heidelberg?
We always speak of “the Americans.” As if they were from some far away star and set down with a Winchester in arm and a Colt on their belt. But among the new Englanders were also frustrated Germans and hungry Irish. In other words, brothers in European spirit. Their “human right” to carry a weapon came from their daily life. But apparently, even today, there sits deep inside our forefathers who emigrated the fear of Indians and horse thieves. Fears we can’t convince them to forgo. Crazy. Unknown to us, we Old Europeans carry with us today a reminder of this time: the small extra pocket on jeans that was measured so five cartridges of ammunition would fit inside. Those who want to walk around fully correct in their criticism of America should remove this detail.