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Vorgestern habe ich im Radio auf WDR 2 gehört: Bassejew habe die UN aufgefordert, die Vorgänge in Beslan zu untersuchen. In den Printmedien habe ich auf den ersten flüchtigen Blick nichts dazu gefunden. Sie sagten es mindestens zweimal in den Hauptnachrichten. Mit ganz viel Ernst in der Stimme. Der Terrorist will also eine Überprüfung durch die UN. Da ist er ja in guter Gesellschaft.

German/European way of dealing with a serious and unpleasant crisis: write a report and stuff it somewhere in a safe place with the mention "to deal with sometime"... just not right now. If you eventually have no choice but deal with it, choose the most uncommitted way.

The European way of dealing with terrorism is the best example - "make it a law enforcement issue". Nothing else. (Well, besides strengthening cultural ties with evil states, which, as we all know, scares those guys to death. Nothing can drive one closer to suicide than an evening at the Goethe Institute in Teheran, listening to modern German poets).

I don´t know how law enforcement work will ever solve the terrorist problem. You can ask ANY cop, anywhere in the Western world, why the war on drugs is NEVER being won, just being somewhat managed. They will ALL have similar answers - they get only the small fishes while the big ones remain blissfully untouched. Replacing dope and pushers taken out by the police has never made a big fish declare bankruptcy. That´s how it´s been for decades and that´s why the war on drugs NEVER ends.

Now EU is firmly convinced that police work will solve the terrorism threat. I don´t know if they really believe that or if they say it because they are aware of their own weakness. But hey, there is a cop in town who is tired of going after the same small fishes. Instead he is doing something quite uncommon. He goes after the big fishes. The EU should help in any way they can, no matter how small their contribution. This would be the logical thing to do.

But no, EU says to the cop who really tries to make a difference - "no, no, no, don´t do THAT ! Leave the big ones, the real threat alone and let us get back to the old unproductive way of dealing only with the underlings". EU (and if I´m not wrong, some US Democrats) believe that applying failed methods will produce successful results.

Taking out a terrorist cell in Germany is good police work, but I don´t see how this will stop another (and another) cell from being created. Taking out creators and sponsors of cells far away from home will definitely stop those cells from being created at home.

Not being able to win the war on drugs is tragic for countless affected people. Not winning the War On Terror would be desastrous for the whole world.

You forgot about interfering in their national sport (failed athletes to the wood chippers) and their national past time (invading neighboring countries).

The "police" approach versus military approach is an offshoot of the "Europeans are from Venus, Americans are from Mars" problem of relative strength. Robert Kagan's analogy is useful here too: if one is in the woods with a wild bear and one only has a knife, one probably will try to leave the bear alone and hope it doesn't bother you. If one has a hunting rifle, one can try to shoot the bear so it's no longer a threat. As for the "police" approach, it allows "something" to be done about terrorism, without having to go to the progidiously expensive bother of developing military power that could be projected to destroy terror-sponsoring states.

Panne im Innenministerium
Ein gefördertes Internet-Portal empfiehlt linksextreme Gruppierungen
von Guido Heinen

Berlin - Ein vom Bundesinnenministerium gefördertes Internet-Portal macht Werbung für linksextreme und gewaltbereite Gruppierungen. Das Portal "Blick nach rechts" ("BNR") empfiehlt in einer ausführlichen Linkliste die Homepages zahlreicher so genannter Antifa-Gruppen. Einige der beworbenen Websites sind in Verfassungsschutzberichten einschlägig aufgeführt. Beispielsweise verlinkt "BNR" auf die Seite der Antifa Eberswalde. Diese ruft unter dem Motto "Deutschland hassen" zu Störungen der Feierlichkeiten zum Tag der Deutschen Einheit am 3. Oktober in Erfurt auf, zu denen auch Bundespräsident Horst Köhler erwartet wird.


Gefördert wird der "Blick nach rechts" durch das Innenministerium gleich auf zwei Wegen. So kann das Portal seit kurzem die Schirmherrschaft der Parlamentarischen Staatssekretärin im Innenministerium, Ute Vogt (SPD), vorweisen. Zudem wurde die seit Jahren umstrittene Homepage auch finanziell mit Geldern aus dem Bereich des Innenministeriums unterstützt. So räumte ein Sprecher des Ministeriums gegenüber der WELT ein, dass im Jahr 2000 rund 28 000 Euro gezahlt wurden.


Das gute Dutzend linksextremer Seiten, auf die "BNR" verweist, enthält das gesamte Spektrum jener Antifa-Ideologie, über die auch der dem Bundesinnenminister Otto Schily (SPD) unterstellte Verfassungsschutz warnend berichtet. So führt ein Link zur Antifa Essen. Diese ruft "Gruppen aus bundesweiten antirassistischen und autonomen Zusammenhängen" auf, in Köln gegen das "Ausländer-Zentralregister" zu demonstrieren - eine Einrichtung, die Schily ausdrücklich favorisiert.


Schilys nordrhein-westfälischer Amtskollege Fritz Behrens (SPD) wird von der Antifa Düsseldorf, deren Homepage "BNR" ebenfalls empfiehlt, der "Bespitzelung der Antifa-Bewegung" geziehen. Am Ende steht die Forderung: "Verfassungsschutz auflösen! Nazistrukturen zerschlagen!"


Auch verweist der "Blick nach rechts" auf die Antifa Berlin. Die publiziert derzeit Fotos Berliner Polizeibeamter, die bei den gewalttätigen 1.-Mai-Demos gemacht wurden, um die "Identität" der Beamten zu "verfolgen". Die Antifa Eberswalde, die zu Aktionen gegen die Einheitsfeierlichkeiten aufruft, zitiert die linksextreme Gruppe "Mila26": "Was uns gegen diesen Festakt auf die Straße treibt, ist der Hass auf die deutschen Zustände. Der Hass auf ein nationales Projekt, das seit jeher immer reaktionär und antimodern, antiliberal und antisemitisch war."


Konfrontiert mit der Tatsache, dass das Innenministerium die Schirmherrschaft für ein Internet-Portal innehat, das für solche Seiten wirbt, teilt das Ministerium mit, dass Frau Vogt sich diese Inhalte "selbstverständlich" nicht zu Eigen mache. Sie habe nur "das förderungswürdige Anliegen des "BNR", den "rechten Rand im Blick zu halten", unterstützen" wollen.


Artikel erschienen am Sa, 18. September 2004
http://www.welt.de/data/2004/09/18/333884.html

GRAUENHAFT DIESE BILDER !!!!!

Und wieder ein blöder Kommentar... dieses Mal von MaDr.

Off-Topic, mir aber gerade über den Weg gelaufen, als ein weiteres Beispiel der antiamerikanischen Ressentiments hier in Deutschland:

More Anti-American Images Found at German Subway Stores
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Morning Editor
August 04, 2004

(CNSNews.com) - Picture this: a gigantic cheeseburger (with tomatoes and lettuce) slamming into two high-rise buildings, as cartoon characters run from the flaming ruins.

It's clearly a takeoff on the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center, and according to the Virginia-based Center for Individual Freedom, the illustration appears on page 18 of a 30-page "food diary" distributed by Subway sandwich shops in Germany.

http://www.cnsnews.com//ViewCulture.asp?Page=\Culture\archive\200408\CUL20040804c.html

@Downer

Ach herrje... Ich kann über den Unsinn nur lachen. Ein Aufkleber auf einer Frittenbude ! Oh nein. Wenn man aus so was einen Jahrhundertskandal macht... klar ist das unpassend.
"It's clearly a takeoff on the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center, and according to the Virginia-based Center for Individual Freedom, the illustration appears on page 18 of a 30-page "food diary" distributed by Subway sandwich shops in Germany." Also man kann in ein Bild dann auch mehr reininterpretieren als tatsächlich da ist. Verdient denn Hollywood nicht gerne mit Katastrophenfilme Geld ? Dieses Bild ist einfach nur dumm und es klebt noch nicht einmal Sarkasmus dran. Ich frage mich, wer sich mehr von den deutschen Medien und ihrem Antiamerikanismus benebeln lässt, die Deutschen oder ihr aus den USA ? So langsam wird´s hysterisch. Aber Gott sei Dank wohl nur hier im Blog.

War doch nur ein Spaß. Es ist schließlich Sonntag. In der FAZ vom Montag lese ich wiederum etwas zum Zweistromland, was ich erst einmal unkommentiert lasse:


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Neues Licht


Nm. Immer wieder werden Details bekannt, welche auf die Entscheidung, militärisch im Irak zu intervenieren, neues Licht werfen. Vor kurzem hatte der amerikanische Außenminister Powell zugegeben, daß ihm die Zweifel einiger Fachleute an den "Beweisen" für Saddam Husseins Waffenprogramme durchaus bekannt waren, als er im UN-Sicherheitsrat im Brustton der Überzeugung von unwiderlegbaren Fakten sprach. Jetzt hat eine britische Zeitung die Warnungen des Außenministeriums an Premierminister Blair veröffentlicht. Es könne wohl sein, daß der Sturz Saddams neue Probleme bringe: "Niemand hat zufriedenstellend beantworten können, woher wir die Sicherheit haben wollen, daß das Nachfolgeregime besser wäre." Außerdem warnten hohe Beamte davor, daß die Amerikaner die Schwierigkeiten unterschätzten. Klar ist inzwischen jedenfalls dies: Weder in Washington noch in London war die Möglichkeit (oder die behauptete Wahrscheinlichkeit), daß der Irak Massenvernichtungswaffen besitze, der eigentliche Kriegsgrund. Insofern war auch die Behauptung, Saddam könne einen Krieg verhindern, indem er die UN-Forderungen erfülle, nur vorgeschoben. Es ging vielmehr von Anfang an um einen Regimewechsel in Bagdad - entgegen bekannten Warnungen, trotz unschwer erkennbarer Risiken.


Text: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 20.09.2004, Nr. 219 / Seite 10

Latest news from SPON:

"Endless war in Iraq: Rumsfeld considers compulsory military draft" ("Endloser Irak-Krieg: Rumsfeld erwägt Wiedereinführung der Wehrpflicht")

http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/0,1518,318737,00.html

As far as I know the "Universal National Service Act" was introduced by Representative Charles B. Rangel (Democrat, New York)
Senator Ernest F. Hollings (Democrat, junior senator of South Carolina).

What was the SPON-guy thinking? "'Two Democrats consider compulsory military draft'? No, thats not good. 'Rumsfeld considers compulsory military draft'? Better. But wait! 'Endless war in Iraq: Rumsfeld considers compulsory military draft'! Yes! That's good!"

How stupid do those guys think we Germans are?

@Anon. "How stupid do those guys think we Germans are?"

Excuse me? Better said, how stupid do those people in the press think we humans are?
It is not only a German problem. Please remember CBS. They all belong to the same
brotherhood, with a few exceptions.

Auch noch recht passend, die Stimmung ist bedeutend düsterer, seit Präsident Bush beschlossen hat, einen massiven Truppenabbau in Deutschland zu veranlassen:

'American Army Place' Faces Uncertain Fate
Germans Fear Town Will Die If Troops Depart

By Craig Whitlock
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, September 19, 2004; Page A28

BAUMHOLDER, Germany -- At Ulrich Jung's hair salon, rumors are flying about the future of this small town in the rolling hills of southwestern Germany. One customer with a buzz cut has heard that all the U.S. troops will leave by 2007. Someone else has information that they will be gone sooner, perhaps within a year.

Under either scenario, the town is in big trouble. There are more Americans in Baumholder than there are Germans; about 12,000 U.S. soldiers and their family members live here, compared with about 5,000 local residents. Other than the military, there is no other industry or major employer to speak of. If the U.S. Army leaves, many Germans say they might as well pack up and abandon the place, too.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32040-2004Sep18.html

Ray D., I too am horrfied in the inhumanity we caused Iraqis. We should have never invaded and closed down Saddam's torture chambers, rape rooms, and sadistic military and secret police. No, we should have let Saddam stay in power to preserve a "legal" activity like the Oil for Palaces UN-sponsored program to continue.

Where's that child's hate for the American soldier, and what about that mother? This is outrageous! Why don't they hate us like the media would like us to believe? Oh that's right....they don't hate us.

What a beautiful picture. Thank you.

Oh, boy, Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and soon-to-be-retired Fritz Hollings (D) Disney.

Rangel's been pushing that for a long time.

If anyone from "Spiel" is reading this - HAVEN'T YOU EVER HEARD OF GOOGLE?????????

USE IT YOU DUMKOFF. (sp)

Mr. Kerry has recently said in a speech before the National Guard that he wanted to increase the military by 40,000 troops, none of which would be used in Iraq. Which makes no sense to me...what is the point of having 40,000 additional troops then? The only way to get that many would be to institute a draft.

As far as the draft is concerned, I think most Americans would be opposed to it, as I am. It's ironic that it's the DEMOCRATS that are pushing for the draft, since most of them are toeing the party line and coming out against our presence in Iraq.

It makes far more sense to me, and many other Americans, I'm sure, for us to move our troops out of Germany and other areas in Europe where they are no longer needed, and sending them to areas where they *are* needed. It makes far more sense than a draft...especially since such a draft would logically *have* to include women as well as men.

That having been said, if politicians *want* to encourage more people to volunteer for military service, they might do well to encourage the media to present the other side of the Iraqi story...mainly, the positive gains that have been made there, instead of trying to "Vietnamise" the war as they have been doing of late. Give people a reason to volunteer, and they might just surprise you and actually do it. Just something to think about.

The Pensive Elf

@downer: "More Anti-American Images Found at German Subway Stores"

freedom of expression - if you don't like it, don't look

(as seen on an american t-shirt)

Better still: don't eat at Subway! I applied this principal last year concerning products identifiably produced in France, specifically French wine and cheese. I'm not sure about the impact on the cheese producers, but sales of French wine fell by as much as 30% in the US and 10% in the UK.

Now the French vinters are trying to work out why their market share is down and how to recover it. Among many things they could stop selling mediocre wine for high prices. They could also try creating consistent brands that mean something. When I go to the store and have a choice between 'Chateau Plonk' and St. Hallett's Shiraz (Aussie) it's the latter which has pleasant associations with it.

Generally speaking I advise the French and Germans to stop assuming that Americans have a negative IQ!

Subway may listen to the same logic, in the US anyway. Unlikely, though. They make lousy subs and have done for years...

MaDa posts:
The "police" approach versus military approach is an offshoot of the "Europeans are from Venus, Americans are from Mars" problem of relative strength. Robert Kagan's analogy's are useful:

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I would add a couple of other germane points that i think should be considered as to why things are the way they are:

1. Europes historical precedence for a head in the sand, wishing problems away mentality until they become so big (say Nukes in Iran?) . . . it takes a major (world?) war to correct.

2. The European predisposition to make a virtue out of necessity. Europe is in no position to do any more than it is currently doing so they assert that their "policing" terrorism is the "best" approach to "solving" the problem, and is based on their having lived with terror (unlike those simplistic Americans) for the last 30+ years. (oxymoronic? you get what you put up with?)

3. The leftist European predilection to romanticize criminal behavior. The leaders of Al Qaeda are, like the Bader-Meinhoff before them, not coming out of the impoverished underclass. They have been, and are proving themselves to be, middle to upperclass criminals who wrap their narcissistic sociopathic behavior in the gauzy veneer of a "revolution" or a "religion" movement.


All too much of what constitutes the left these days is ungrounded in any recognizable reality, and is thus fertile ground for plowing by these charismatic, Elmer Gantry cum Charles Manson "leaders" spewing their "nirvana-in-the-next-life" nonsense.
I ate dinner some months back with a seemingly educated professional Swiss woman who during the meal started rhapsodizing about "Bin Laden's Christ like qualities!?!?!"
"Sophisticated?" or simply ungrounded, feckless, and absurd? I leave it to each individual out there to decided.
I can't help but wonder though how different things might be, how many more people would be alive, if Europeans had aggressively fought back against terrorism on the continent in the beginning, 30 years ago, instead of accomodating it.
I can't help but wonder how much better things might be, how many more people would be alive, if Europeans had been able to see beyond their own short sighted parochial interests, business contraacts and sophomoric anti-Americanism and admit that overthrowing any criminal dictator is a good thing and had started helping rebuild Iraq immediately after the liberation.
I can't help but wonder how much better things would be and how many more people would be alive if and when supposedly educated Europeans regain their grounding and begin to honestly differentiate between "unilateralism" by thugs to say, take over Kuwait, verses a "unilateralism" by a legitimate, elected government to overthrow a criminal dictator . . . and starts deciding to align itself with the forces for freedom and progress in this world.
I can't help but wonder how much better things would be and how many more people would be alive if and when Europe starts owning up to it's responsibilities for the troubles in a world or their creation, and start help the bad ol' U.S.A. with some of these problems that are damn near all the fruits of old Europe's unilaterally rapacious and genocidal colonial past.

I wait anxiously, however, watching their all too typical UNITED NATIONS resolution approach (cover?) to genocide in Darfur Sudan doesn't inspire any confidence.
Do you think the Sudanese dictator/military were watching Hussein and learned that if 17 UN resolutions "don't mean nothing" why bother complying with the first one?

Tyranno

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