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Das Schlimme ist ja, daß man sich im Wahljahr "Kerry - wir lieben dich, Bush - wir hassen" dich brüllen kann, ohne daß die antiamerikanische Hetze ins Auge fällt. Gestern brachte die SZ die persönliche Erklärung von Bruce Springsteen, heute einen Artikel über die Popwelt allgemein, die Kerry unterstützt. Ich habe nur den letzten Satz über den Glauben kopiert, über die wiedererwachten Christen. Auch Springsteen hat auf seinen Glauben Bezug genommen. Gibt es eine Art Glauben, den die deutschen Medien mögen und eine Art, die sie nicht mögen, wie zum Beispiel die WIEDERERWACHTEN CHRISTEN? Welchen Glauben hat Springsteen? Sind alle wiedererwachten Christen Republikaner?

So kann dann Andrian Kreye heute in der SZ schreiben:

Popstars gegen Bush

"Mal wieder rebellieren

Die Verzweiflung ist groß im Wahljahr 2004. So groß, dass sich nun Moby selbst Bruce Springsteen politisch zu Wort meldete, der öffentliche Äußerungen trotz seiner manchmal geradezu linksradikalen Songtexte eher vermeidet.
Von Andrian Kreye

Die Republikaner kitzeln unterdessen ganz andere Leidenschaften wach. In einem Land, in dem sich vierzig Prozent aller Einwohner als so genannte wiedergeborene Christen bezeichnen, gehen die Republikaner mehr den je mit der Bibel und den christlichen Werten in den Wahlkampf.

Glaube aber legt seine Leidenschaften nicht auf einen kurzen Glücksmoment an, sondern auf Jahrtausende.

Dagegen hat der Pop keine Chance."

(SZ vom 10.08.2004)

http://www.sueddeutsche.de/panorama/artikel/882/36846/3/

Zorn in the USA von Bruce Springsteen
"Durch unser Bemühen, im besten Sinne menschlich zu handeln - durch die Achtung unserer Mitmenschen, Wahrhaftigkeit gegenüber uns selbst, Treue gegenüber unseren Idealen - werden wir in den Augen Gottes zu lebendigen Geschöpfen. Darin zeigt sich unsere Seele als Nation und als Individuen. Unsere jetzige Regierung ist zu weit von diesen amerikanischen Werten abgekommen. Deshalb ist es Zeit für einen Wechsel. Das Amerika, das wir in unseren Herzen tragen, wartet darauf."


Bruce Springsteen ist Songwriter und Musiker.

http://www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/artikel/825/36789/5/

Die FR hat ein "interessantes" Dossier zur Gefahr von RECHTS. Das "Extrem" fehlt in der Überschrift. Dann eine umfangreiche Sammlung über RECHTE, wobei der LINKSextremismus ausgeklammert wird. Es geht ja auch nur um die Gefahr von rechts. Es geht aber immer um die Gefahr von rechts, die Linksextremisten werden gerne ignoriert.

Dann verweist die FR auf ein weiteres Dossier: ANTISEMITISMUS. Ich suchte vergeblich nach dem neuen Problem, daß viele LINKE eine antisemitische Haltung haben, nein, Schwergewicht ist wieder die RECHTE und der Antisemitismus, als gäbe es keine neuen Erkenntnisse und Studien, daß die Gefahr von LINKS kommt. Links, liberal und Antisemitismus, das verdrängen die Medien gerne. Die Debatte um Leyendecker von der SZ über seine hysterische Reaktion, er sei doch kein Antisemit, ist so typisch für Deutschland. Statt zu diskutieren und nachzudenken, wie Medien zum Antisemitismus beitragen, wird er vehement verneint. Links, liberal und antisemitisch - das darf noch nicht einmal gedacht werden.

Aus Terroristen macht die WELT jetzt "Extremisten". Das kennen wir doch aus der Berichterstattung über den Nahostkonflikt. Hat DIE WELT tatsächlich Zweifel, daß Al Kaida eine TERROR-Organisation ist und nicht nur einfach extremistisch?

"Die Extremistengruppe Al Qaida ..."

http://www.welt.de/data/2004/08/10/317180.html

Sollen wir jetzt manipuliert und darauf vorbereitet werden, daß die Al Kaida ja gar nicht so schlimm sei, nur ein bißchen extremistisch?

Was soll das?


Ja, die deutschen Medien - durch und durch Saddamisten.

Physicist: Saddam's Uranium Stockpile Enough to Yield 142 Nukes

Five-hundred tons of yellowcake uranium ore stored at Saddam Hussein's al Tuwaitha nuclear weapons research laboratory near Baghdad could have been enriched to produce 142 nuclear weapons, a prominent British physicist has determined.

Addressing the claim by British intelligence last year that Iraq had sought uranium in Niger, Norman Dombey, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Sussex, argued, "Iraq already had far more uranium than it needed for any conceivable nuclear weapons programme."

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/8/9/110630.shtml


Ein Grund mehr, Frankreich nicht leiden zu können:

Jewish students attacked at Auschwitz

While on a tour of the museum at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland on Sunday, a group of around 50 Jewish university students from Israel, the U.S. and Poland were verbally attacked by a three-member gang of French male tourists.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/P/Section/SectionIndex&cid=1008596975996

Hey, is the sole purpose of this blog just to expose the anti-American bias in the German press? That's like shooting fish in a barrel!
-Vic

They make no sense at all.

The president's approval rating has dropped with every terror alert that's been called.

They can have all the vigils they like. We are close to emotional exhaustion here with European complaints and antics.

Ich glaube ehrlich gesagt nicht einmal, daß es bei einem erneuten Anschlag ähnliche Solidaritätsbekundungen wie nach dem 11. 9. geben würde, da viele jetzt umso überzeugter sind, daß Amerika es ja auch "selber schuld" sei.

@thomas

So lang hat’s nicht gegeben bis wir die „selbe schuld“ Argumente gehört haben. Die USA ist die neue Prügelknabe des neuen Jahrhunderts. Wir sind für alles zuständig und gleichzeitig für alles schuldig.

Schicksal oder?

Aber nein, amerikanische Politik hat nie jemals etwas böses angedacht, geschweige denn gemacht.

Wie denn; wo doch Gott höchstpersönlich den jetzigen von der Mehrheit des Volkes gewählten Anführer inspiriert.

Mir kommen die Tränen

Immer diese Tarnkappenbomber, die Schiss haben, ihren Nick zu nennen.

And the cold fact is that there is a real risk of an attack with weapons of mass destruction in the coming years. Check out Nicholas Kristof in today's NYT:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/11/opinion/11kris.html

The worst Europeans are acting under the cynical assumption that if something happens, it will be in America. So why bother about proliferation? The Gutmenschen have so much sympathy for ... Iran (fill in the blank with any noble cause except those based on western values) that they could never support anything more than gentle arm twisting. What has happened with the gentle approach to Iran? Not much in the news lately on that front. Could it be that France, Germany and England have failed with their kid gloves approach? Don't count on mainstream German media to expose that failure.

Well I am all set to show the same level of support should Karl B. be correct and the Europeans wrong. I have my mapquest done. It is 41Km and less than 30 minutes to.

German Consulate General
285 Peachtree Center Av Ne, Atlanta, GA 30303

I have candles. I plan on stopping by Wal Mart to get flowers.

I am sure Americans will show the same level of support to the German people in their own moment of angush as they showed to us.

I do not belive however that the American military should in any way be engaged. I have to agree with the majority of Germans in that Iraq is American's War. I would think it would be proper for America to view this as a German problem.

I guess we could spent the next 24 months talking about it. I am sure the German's will find the "root cause" as they so like to say with the Israeli's.

@Joe

Your poignant sarcasm is funny, but keep in mind that right after 9/11 massive pro American demonstrations like in berlin took place to express solidarity and support with America.
Come on, you know it and please don't ignore that!

The whole think turned with Iraq, because of very poor leadership in Germany and people don't have a clue for the threats we face today.
Only e few former communists and a few leftiest green pacifists opposed the war on terror, still a vast majority of Germans are supporting the war on terror. Unfortunatley the Brits, the French, the Italians, the Spanish and the Germans etc. don't link Iraq to the war on terror. Honestly that drives me nuts!

So please feel free and show your full support when the French bomb Berlin, because due to Schroeder's lost 2006 election, the new Kanzler discovers he better does what it is in the best interest of his country instead of walking in Mr. Chiracs shoes.

I know you are obsessed by the idea of killing nato and denying Germany being an ally (by the way-its funny that you always reduce this discussion to Iraq) but we need you! Don't leave us alone with the French!

@ Ralf

I agree that a lot of Germans felt with the Americans and showed their sympathy immediately after 9/11. But even then, there were those who talked about "root causes", "American arrogance", "Sowas kommt von sowas" etc. And it wasn't only those lunatic celebrities Henryk M. Broder mentions in "Kein Krieg, nirgends".

Sure, it was a clear minority that feld some hidden amount of schadenfreude or claimed that 9/11 wasn't that significant an event (compared to car accidents, starvation and, of course those evil and innumerable "US crimes"). But I'd guess it was still a larger minority of Germans than the one now hoping for a reelection of Mr. Bush. And that's something I feel ashamed of.

Maybe I just hang out with the wrong people, but I have encountered only mockery of the "war on terror" in Germany from the very beginning. The first reaction to 9/11 from Germany which I experienced was a friend's wife telling me, "They deserved it!" and that Bush was another Hitler. Every German I talked to during the Afghanistan war was bitterly opposed to it, and regarded it as an indiscriminate war of vengeance on a helpless and poor country. I recall a Stern cover from that time (or was it Spiegel?): "Amerikas Heilloses Bombenkrieg" (America's unholy bomb war). I could go on...
Sorry to rant, but I just wanted to point that the anti-American turn in German opinion didn't take place with the Iraq war, but much earlier, right after 9/11.

And another one on Iran.

http://www.iht.com/articles/533728.html

Danke Dir, Karl.

Fortsetzung von Kristofs' Kolumne:

The Nuclear Shadow
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

If a 10-kiloton terrorist nuclear weapon explodes beside the New York Stock Exchange or the U.S. Capitol, or in Times Square, as many nuclear experts believe is likely in the next decade, then the next 9/11 commission will write a devastating critique of how we allowed that to happen.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/14/opinion/14kristof.html

Ralf,

Well on Monday I think you will see the first installment of the US withdrawal from NATO with the two US Army divisions now in Germany coming home.

Many months ago my first post was about this. At the time no one wanted to believe me. I also stated in 10 years there would be no American forces in Germany. I still stand by this statement. The tricky part is what and where will replacements for Ramstein AFB and the medical facility at Landsthuh be located.

What was interesting was to read comments made by American about this news. They followed along the lines of good and now the US needs to get out of the UN. They can move it from NYC to either Paris or Berlin. Germany can have the US’s seat on the UNSC.

Of course, at this time these comments are premature as withdrawing assets is not the same as withdrawing from NATO. Still I think you can see the sentient of how more and more Americans are viewing NATO and our “so called allies”.

I wish you would tell me as a German what you see as the purpose or mission of NATO. I can find from time to time articles on this but mostly they are either statements by your government or some European think tank.

I will give you one reason I think NATO should be disbanded and victory declared. It of course follows a very simple logic pattern. You know how we Americans use that and are condemned for it too.

What a government spends on defense is a reflection of lots of factors. One of the key factors of course is what they perceive the threat to be both near term and long term. The defense budgets in the US have been going up for the last several years after years of cuts under the last democratic president. Still even today what the US spends on defense as represented as a percentage of GDP is near an all time low.

While the US is increasing defense spending Germany on the other hand is reducing spending on defense. This would tell me Germany does not see a threat either near term or long term.

So if Germany as a member of NATO sees no threat then why would the US thnk there is a threat. If Germany feels the money that should be spent on defense and in accordance with NATO agreements, which btw Germany is not meeting at this time, is better spend on education or keeping her social welfare state afloat, then why should the US continue to spend to protect Germany?

It costs me as American taxpayer money to keep forces stationed in Germany and in Europe. It is more expensive to do so than it is to station them in the US. Besides there is no economic gain to the US for this stationing plan while there is very much one to Germany.

With the restriction both real and potential of keeping those forces mission ready as well as deploying those forces out of section stationing them in Germany has become more than problematic. It was possible that your government could have place extreme restrictions on the US for using her forces to support Iraq Freedom. I am sure it was considered but immediately rejected by Berlin. This rejection had more to do with the potential drastic reaction of the US and America’s other allies in Europe than any support Germany wanted to provide the US. I actually believe had Berlin thought they could have gotten away with placing these restrictions on the US, they would have.

Of course, had Germany done this it would have been the end of NATO right then and there. I do not think Germany really wanted to go down in history as the nation that destoryed NATO at that time.

So for this post I ask you the following questions.

1) What is the mission of NATO today
2) Does Germany see a potential threat
3) Why should the US defend Germany

I look forward to you thoughts on these questions.

Ralf,

This was in the issues section of the Atlanta Journal today (Sunday). It appeared below the fold but on the front page of this section.

I would recommend you read it to get a perspective of just where more and more Americans are finding themselves when it comes to thinking about both Europe and NATO.

Here is the link...

http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/0804/15europe.html

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