Germany's Greens Pour It On
Green party boss Reinhard Buetikofer has joined colleague Juergen Trittin in his criticism of the Bush administration in the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Buetikofer attacked President Bush as an "ecological reactionary" who "conducts an energy policy in the interests of the oil and atomic power lobbies."
So why are Green leaders so determined to politicize a horrific natural disaster? Don't forget: It's election time in Germany and the eco-freaks are behind badly in the polls. It looks like they won't last in office more than another three weeks and party members are rapidly growing desperate. That's why they can't resist this golden opportunity to engage in some good-old fashioned America-baiting to fire-up the radical base right before the election. And who knows, they might gain half a percentage point in the polls, and that's what really counts right now...
Meanwhile, in the midst of Trittin and Buetikofer's comments, another prominent member of the Green party, Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, called US Secretary of State Rice to offer "German help" and to express solidarity with "the American friends in such difficult times." Of course Rice was entirely gracious in her reply, but one can't help but wonder what she must have really been thinking:
"Gee Joscka, thanks for the offer but we certainly wouldn't want to distract you and your Green environmentalist-wacko pals from exploiting the death and misery of thousands of Americans to score a few cheap votes at the expense of President Bush. We'll be just fine without you, thank you very much."
Schroeder's SPD: "Empathy Before Criticism"
In related news, Karsten Voigt, the SPD's "Coordinator for German-American Cooperation" said in an article published in the Frankfurter Rundschau that he basically agrees with Mr. Trittin's comments but that it would be more appropriate to show the American "friends" how much Germany really cares right now. In other words, Germans should go back to lecturing America only after the dead have been scraped from the streets and buried. That way Germany will have more real influence with the United States down the road on issues like sacrificing millions of US jobs for pseudo-environmentalist pipe-dreams like Kyoto.
So wake up friends! Can't you ignorant, gun-totting, environment-destroying, blood-sucking Americans understand how much empathy your enlightened Euro-brethren in the Schroeder government feel for you at this very moment? Feel the love! We order you to feel the love!
Now then, was that so difficult? Our Socialist Green government just wants what is really good for you. What a pity it would be if our outstanding Socialist and Green friends were voted out of office on September 18th. How would America ever go on then?
(Italics ours throughout)
Update: Otto Graf Lambsdorff, former Chairman of Germany's Free Democratic Party and economics minister under Kohl, demands Trittin's resignation because of his anti-Bush remarks: "Chancellor Schroeder should fire him immediately."
Update #2: And while Joschka was on the phone telling the Bush administration how terribly bad he felt about the hurricane, his party was continuing to employ Bush-bashing and peace-pandering tactics to get elected. Here are two current Green election campaign posters:
The poster of the left mocks Merkel as "Especially Bush Compatible." The poster on the right depicts members of the German military and exclaims, "Yes! Merkel Leave Us in Peace"
The "peace" poster is particularly cynical considering that the Greens have, as members of the German government for the past seven years, allowed the shipping-out of German soldiers around the world to places like Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo just to name a few...
Update #3: Trittin suddenly silent? It appears that Environmental Minister Trittin is now refusing to take interviews with SPIEGEL ONLINE. The magazine reports that Mr. Trittin left requests for an interview unanswered and continues to remain silent on the flood victims.
(Article by Ray D.)