This is what Stern magazine online wrote about the USA in its introduction to a series the magazine has been actively running on American history since 2002:
"The History of the USA: No nation has ever dominated the globe like the USA. And its people could care less about the rest of humanity." (circled below)
Really? Is that why the USA sacrificed the lives of hundreds of thousands of its sons and daughters to liberate Germany from National Socialism? Is that why the United States spent billions to defend and rebuild West German democracy for decades on end? Is that why the United States helped Germans to establish the very democracy that guarantees German journalists the freedom to make outrageous, dehumanizing and sweeping anti-American statements like the one above?
And let us examine the record for yet more evidence the American people "could care less about the rest of humanity.":
- US Defends Tens of Millions of Muslims in Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq
And we know how much our multilateralist, holier-than-thou 'old European' friends love humanity so much more than anyone else. They would have left Saddam Hussein in power, they did nothing in Rwanda, were impotent in the Balkans until the US acted. They continue to stand around and do nothing but talk as African nations like Sudan and Somalia implode. And in another great service to humanity, Schroeder and Chirac recently sought to lift the EU arms embargo on China. Here's a simple question: Is anyone else sick and tired of elitist European "journalists" like the people at Stern lecturing us about how the USA doesn't "care about the rest of humanity"?
Now for some bad news: This won't end anytime soon. Stern's readers can't go without a steady diet of America-baiting. Hatred is a part of their ideological existence and they expect the magazine to deliver the goods. So the financial motivation to print hate is enormous for Stern. It is one of the foundations of the publication's monetary existence...and no magazine can exist without an income.
Update: Die Welt and SPIEGEL ONLINE are reporting that Germans "want to donate little or nothing to victims of Hurricane Katrina." Both publications report that up to Friday the 9th, the Red Cross had only collected 790,000 EURO ($980,000) in all of Germany. That is less than Celine Dion donated to the Red Cross relief effort by herself! It is also less than rappers P-Diddy and Jay-Z are donating jointly. That is over five times less than Starbucks and Chevron have already pledged individually. Just further evidence that Germans care so much more about humanity than Americans!
Note: Be sure to check out our most recent post on Stern's coverage of Hurricane Katrina including all of the most recent updates. For those of you unfamiliar with "Stern", it is Germany's best-selling political weekly magazine. (Article by Ray D., hattip T_R)