(By Ray D.)
SPIEGEL ONLINE's recent interview with Kofi Annan was a true masterpiece of multilateral enlightenment. The Secretary General wasted no time in pointing out that New Yorkers see terrorism as the greatest threat "because of the way the press plays it." Those pesky New Yorkers must not be smart enough to know what is really threatening them. After all, they are buying the media spin and only Kofi seems to know what is truly ailing the planet. Why can't we all be so wise and worldly?
But I digress. The truly stunning aspect of the interview involved one of the questions. Actually, it was more of a statement:
"SPIEGEL: It seems that every US generation in recent history has had to go through the experience of losing a war."
Hmmm. OK, now let's see. Which generations have had to experience losing a war. The baby-boomers had to experience Vietnam. (Scratching head) OK. Now what other "US generation" had to experience losing a war? Did the US lose any other wars...? Are the reporters confusing the US with Germany? This is all so confusing. For what it's worth, this was Kofi's answer:
"Annan: Yes, and it is a bit sad to put it that way. One has to learn from history. Quite frankly, it is almost impossible to have a sense of vision without a sense of history. If history is learned, then it doesn't have to repeat itself over generations."
Indeed. One does have to learn from history. Lesson One for
Retarded Intellectually-Challenged German Journalists: Recent US Military History.
Endnote: One of the interviewers was Georg Mascolo, the same guy who thinks Alexandria, Virginia is deep in the heart of conservative, red-state America. On another note, here is an interesting article on anti-Americanism in German media by Josef Joffe. Parts of Joffe's work were so good that we put them on our sidebar.