(By Ray D.)
North Korea just detonated an atomic bomb and guess what: "Stern" magazine is more upset with George W. Bush than it is with Kim Jong Il. It is more upset at the supposed impotence of the United States than with the near total irrelevance and impotence of Germany and Europe in confronting dictators worldwide. Once again the old formula holds in the German media: It's all Bush's fault. World-Scapegoat-USA is to blame:
Stern.de: "North Korea: "Powerless Paper Tiger" Bush: The North Korean atomic test is also a defeat for US President Bush..."
It doesn't matter to Stern that Kim Jong Il's activities represent a threat and a defeat for the entire Western world. It doesn't matter that dictator Kim has starved, murdered and imprisoned millions of his own people. What really matters is that this is a defeat for Bush.
As we recently noted: Short-term humiliation for Bush and America trump any long-term humanitarian and geopolitical considerations for publications like "Stern" magazine and members of the Angry Left. The fates of millions of people suffering and dying in places like North Korea, Chechnya, Darfur and Congo are of remarkably little interest to them. When a true dictator with blood on his hands threatens the world and oppresses his people, the professional protester class is nowhere to be seen. The silence is deafening. The hypocrisy is overwhelming.
Sadly enough, the headlines in some German media read more like North Korean propaganda than objective headlines we might otherwise expect to find in publications printed in democratic nations. Put differently: Little has fundamentally changed.