(By Ray D.)
Once again, Stern magazine has issued an open declaration of moral, ethical and intellectual bankruptcy. This time: They publish a lunatic-fringe editorial on terrorism that is sure to please the far-left groundlings who drool with pleasure over every primitive swipe at the United States: The rise in terror attacks is easy to explain: It's all Bush's fault. Forget about blaming the terrorists themselves, forget about blaming continental Europeans - who in their profound impotence have demonstrated to the world that they are unwilling and unable to take on the heavy lifting involved in combating global terror. Forget about the fact that Europe's holier-than-thou, morally-superior class or arrogant left-wing media snobs have displayed absolute silence as dictators and thugs from Moscow to Pyongyang to Khartoum to Tehran have gone about murdering and oppressing on a mass scale for years now - while the German government busily promotes trade fairs with most of those regimes. Forget about blaming Iran or Syria, two states who openly sponsor terror.
No, ladies and gentlemen, the answer is very simple. It is very black-and-white. It is very much you are with us or you are with Bush. Bush is evil. Bush is to blame. It's a simple formula that requires little thought and absolutely no intellect. It's a simple formula that sells magazines and dulls the pain of a collective inferiority complex so large that it has reached disease like proportions in Germany and many other places around the world. Hate America is very much about feeling inferior and impotent - and bashing the big guy to make the hurt go away. You are falling behind and can't compete in the global economy? Blame America! You are too weak and impotent militarily to be a real player? Blame America. Your vision of socialism is turning your nation into an economic basket case? Blame America! And then Blame Bush Again! And Again! And Again! AND AGAIN!
Feel better yet? No? Then let's Hate America some more...
It's time to come out and say it. Bush is an easy scapegoat for the small-minded hobgoblins at Stern magazine and everywhere else that this crap tends to sell. It numbs the profound feeling of inadequacy - being able to sit up there on your high moral horse - while never having to do anything real to confront serious problems like terrorism or proliferation. But the good Europeans know the answer since they are so obviously superior in virtue, generosity and culture: We just need to talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk to our enemies. Diplomacy is the only answer - because diplomacy is all they have. Until the next 9/11 happens of course. Then the good Europeans will again stand aside and let the Americans protect their exposed backsides. And after the United States sacrifices more of its sons while the Europeans sit back and watch on their televisions - they will return to criticizing and vilifying the United States from high atop the moral high ground.
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"Check out Stern magazine’s latest anti-American hatchet job: http://stern.de/politik/ausland/588208.html?nv=sb