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"... Doch verschiebt sich Michael Moores Absicht mit wachsendem internationalem Erfolg zunehmend von der ausgewogenen Dokumentation zur einseitigen Denunziation: Heute ist Moore wahrscheinlich der weltweit erfolgreichste Schmähfilmer. Wer aber den amerikanischen Kriegspräsidenten Bush schmäht, wird in Europa sozusagen automatisch zum Volkshelden. Moore trifft den antiamerikanischen Nerv der europäischen Öffentlichkeit – von den Alt-Linken zu den Jung-Spontis, von der Uralt-Rechten bis zu den Skinhead-Kids. Was sich vor der Invasion im Irak als Friedensprotest gegen das «Empire» des 21. Jahrhunderts manifestierte, äussert sich heute nicht selten in heimlicher oder unverhohlener Schadenfreude über das «Desaster» im Irak.

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«Ich bin kein Amerikaner»
Von Matthias Rüb

http://www.weltwoche.ch/artikel/?AssetID=7781&CategoryID=66

I find that an article like this to be of help, in the long term at least, to Germany. It does attempt to focus the population on "what is really important." The myrid of social and government issues facing Germany today are mirrored around the world as globalization increases.

No one doubts that Germany has skilled workers and produce world-class products. But aside from having world-class industries, Germany is failing to reach full-employment. And I fear, if Germany does find a definition for itself within the context of globalization, it will lead to class strife and perhaps, open class conflict (October, 1917?). Two classes of citizens: those with jobs and those without.

What must be observed is that Schröders attempts to "address" this issue have been anemic if at best. What is needed here is a Margret Thatcher: a revamping of the social system, responsibilities between employee and employer and confidence. None of these have been undertaken by the chancellor.

There would seem to be two questions currently at the center of any discussion about the existing conditions in Germany. The first would be do the German people want to reform the welfare state. The second question is can the welfare state actually be reformed.

Today the answers to those two questions appear to be No and No.

There are too many people who benefit from the welfare state to want real reform. Pick almost any segment of society and there are benefits being given by the state. So who in the population is willing to give up their benefits so others might retain theirs? This should be an interesting discussion but it is one that is not taking place. The results of this discussion will determine if the welfare state can be reformed.

One of the reasons so few people feel the opposition party would do any better in trying to resolve the current problems facing Germany is because there is a lack of competing ideas in the market place of public opinion. There is no forum for the discussion of these ideas even if they were to exist. This forum does not exist because of the threat these ideas would present to the ruling elites in government, academia, and the media.

Large businesses have little influence in this discussion. From an economic position they clearly see what the problems are. As they have no influence in the debate or over the ruling elites, their only recourse is to relocate those segments of their businesses to places where they can make a profit and remain in business. Even these decisions are being called unpatriotic by the elites.

So when all else fails, the elites can turn their rage toward the US. This makes them feel better and it is a smoothing tonic for the masses. They can feel superior in their morality and humanity. They can take comfort in the fact they are at least not Americans. It is the single thing that the masses can agree on.


Read Jimmah's malaise speech.

Isn't there a quote out there about what happens to democracy when the people find out they can vote themselves the candystore?

Two trends animate you otherwise moribund Germans: (1) All your lives, you have felt guilty about WWII (remember the guy from Braunau?), so by whipping up a frenzy of anti-Americanism you can assuage your guilt. After all, the Americans are even worse, nicht wahr? (2) Demographics doom Deutschland. Can't say we Americans care any more. My friends served in the U.S. military to protect Das Deutsche Volk against Das Russische Volk. Now they regret having done so. Conclusion: We Americans will enjoy watching Germany sink into irrelevance along with France. Just don't try to come here to avoid praying to Allah five--count 'em five--times a day. Viedersehen, niemals.

@david govett We Americans will enjoy watching Germany sink into irrelevance...

have we ever been relevant? no! so what do we lose? nothing!
have you ever been creditable? yep! so what did you lose? everything!

--have you ever been creditable?--

Not in European eyes, so we've never lost anything.

@David
(1) All your lives, you have felt guilty about WWII (remember the guy from Braunau?), so by whipping up a frenzy of anti-Americanism you can assuage your guilt.

Ooookay. So what's your conspiracy-theory then why the rest of the planet and almost half of Americans are being highly critical on Bush?

My friends served in the U.S. military to protect Das Deutsche Volk against Das Russische Volk. Now they regret having done so.

Your specific friends appear to have more a mindset like the Soviet regime, if they indeed regret the past now because of the Iraq-dissent:

Real Americans always fought to allow democratic dissent even against them, while the Soviet troops demanded that their Allies would blindly follow without questioning any arguments and march in goose-stepping line behind them. That was the difference right here in split Berlin: US-troops allowed open criticism against US-politics, Russians not.

David = David Govett. Not THE David. ;-)

"Real Americans always fought to allow democratic dissent even against them, while the Soviet troops demanded that their Allies would blindly follow without questioning any arguments and march in goose-stepping line behind them."

What he's talking about is not politics, but about Germans hating Americans and the relentless trashing of America from Germany. The "Americans are assholes" type mentality. And it was mentionaed that yeah, Americans were willing to fight and die to defend Germany, a country that we can now see takes glee in our failures or perceived failures. That's what he's talking about, and you know it.

It is always interesting to me how some Germans find it both easy and necessary to lecture Americans about such things as morality, humanity, freedom, economic issues, transparently in government and matters of our own national security. Now they feel the need to define what a “real American” is. They seem to be so good at this criticism. Of course when if one were to look at their nation they would see that criticism would be more appropriately directed at themselves and their government and institutions.

Of course, none of us should find this at all surprising given how they choose to define what “real allies’” are.

“Real Americans” do question NATO. They question the past commitment made to protect Europe and the sacrifices made both as a nation and as individuals. They question both the current and future roles of NATO. They look both at the organization and at the nations who are members of the organization.

Given the actions of some “real allies”, they wonder why retain NATO. They feel it is time for Europe to protect herself. I for one can no longer make a good case to a mother in Iowa whose son is placed in harms way protecting a mother’s baby in Berlin why this is necessary. The difficulty comes from the Germans refusing both to protect themselves and refusing to aid the US when it is in a war protecting not only her vital interests but those of Europe too. It would appear that German treasure is just to valuable to be spend on freedom. And no, 100 combat troops even if we are unsure they are actually doing anything is not enough.

If the “real allies” think this is going to be forgotten then they need to define that word too. If anything it shows Americans just how unreliable these so called “real allies” are and also calls into question the value of a commitment to Europe, both past, present and in the future.

While the statement half of the Americans do not agree with the current war in Iraq is false, assume for a moment it is true. That other half of the American population who do support the current actions of America is becoming less and less amused and less and less understanding of the actions of our “real allies.” It will take little to enrage this segment of the population in both their attitudes and the actions they will want taken toward our so-called “real allies.” This attitude is not going to go away with a new President. It is not going to be forgotten.

If you think this is going to go away, then you need to define that too. Look at the Americans here who are exploring your attitudes. They find your hypocrisy overwhelming, their attitudes harden and they hold you in contempt and disgust.

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