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Relax, I am one American who welcomes the competition from Airbus. The US auto industry produced garbage in the late sixties and early seventies. Then they got a little competition from the Germans and Japanese and were forced to build better cars - everybody wins. The Airbus success is just what we need to spur us to even greater things in the aerospace industry. I am also hopeful that NASA will be improved by the recent European success on Titan.
See also Sputnik. The USA can handle competition.

Entspanne Dich. Ich als Amerikaner heiße das Wettbewerb von Airbus willkommen. Die US Autoindustrie hat während der späten sechziger und frühen siebziger nur noch Schrott produziert. Unter Druck gesetzt von den Japanern und Deutschen, wurde sie gezwungen besser Autos herzustellen - alle haben dadurch gewonnen. Der Erfolg von Airbus ist gerade das richtige um uns zu noch größeren Erfolgen in der Aerospace-Industrie anzuspornen. Ich habe auch Hoffnung, dass der aktuelle europäische Erfolg auf Titan die NASA noch verbessert. Siehe auch Sputnik. Die USA kommen mit Wettbewerb zurecht.


Congratulations on an outstanding achievment. Its easy to see why so may have visited - you're a great source and a must read every day. Thanks for the great work and I wish you a million more.


SPON wechselt die Seiten! (http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,338134,00.html)

An article in SPON that strongly defends Bush against the Bush bashers in the German media. Henryk M. Broder und Claus Christian Malzahn give hell to the nuts who don't give a rat's ass about the Iraqi people as long as the US ends up looking bad. Actually, the number of examples they cite are proof enough of the rampant anti-Americanism in the German media. But let's give credit where credit is due; this is a big step in the right direction. I hope we will see more of this kind of reporting in the future.

BTW: I am also certain that SPIEGEL is going to get a large amount of hate mail for publishing this article. Kudos SPON.

beimami - don't stop posting here please - I enjoy your input very much

Congrats to the Blog on 1,000,000!

Your doing good work - maybe more is needed about the anti-Israel bias in the Euro and German media - stuff like this stuns me

I mean - 62% think Israel is conducting a war of extermination against the pali's - and they don't want to be reminded about the Holocaust anymore

Well, those two facts put together prove that there isn't ENOUGH taught about the Holocaust in Germany

Do these idiots have any idea what an actual war of extermination is? Try the Ost front in WW2!

If the Israelis were as described there wouldn't be a single pali left by now


Some 62% of the 3,000 people questioned by researchers from the University of Bielefeld agreed they were “sick of all the harping on about German crimes against the Jews”.

Most said they wished to consign their country’s Nazi past to the history books. Well over half also thought there were too many foreigners living in Germany.

The poll horrified Lord Janner, a spokesman for British survivors of Auschwitz. “It’s appalling,” he said. “It raises fears that the current generation are not ready to pass on the history and lessons learnt from those events to their children.”

Political analysts believe the findings reflect a growing feeling among younger Germans that they have atoned sufficiently for their grandparents’ crimes and now have the right to bury the past. Their attitude has been fuelled in part by books and documentaries showing the destruction caused by Allied second world war bombing raids.

“This trend began with revisionist historians telling Germans they were really the victims of the war rather than its perpetrators,” said Abraham Cooper, dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

The poll also highlights anti-Israeli feeling in Germany. More than two-thirds said they believed that Israel was waging “a war of extermination” against the Palestinians.

I find this blog informative and highly entertaining. And, I am one who has no qualms about being infotained. Keep up the good works. I hope you keep a few parking spaces open for the trolls, in the interest of diversity. Trolls is people too.

2 very interesting articles!

Gerald M. Steinberg


Abusing the Legacy of the Holocaust: The Role of NGOs in Exploiting Human Rights to Demonize Israel
Gerald M. Steinberg


You are absolutely right about the anti-Isreal bias. Leaving aside the question of who the real aggressor is in the Isreali-Palatinian conflict, there are plenty of trouble spots in the world, and plenty of human rights abuses. But the German media, the German Left and the German Right don't get really worked up until they talk about Isreal. I can't think of an innocent explanation for that.

On a related note, the German media has gone hysterical about some Neanderthal from the NPD who called the WWII allies "mass murderers" because of the bombing of Dresden. Christ, the German far Left and far Right have both been pissing and moaning about Dresden for years. So this is not really anything new.

There are even suggestions that the NPD idiot should be prosecuted for hate crimes. Fine, but then they need to prosecute all of the Leftists who feel perfectly free to compare Isreal and the US to the Nazis.

In my opinion, they are just giving that witless Nazi NPD bastard what he wants, which is attention. Instead, they should dedicate one day of school to educating the German youth about German actions during WWII. That is what is really needed.

@Del Hoeft
Right on Del! I like the trolls too. Especially Amihasser. I think the poor guy really just needs a girlfriend. Sexual frustration manifests itself in strange ways.


Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

Aber warum ignoriert ihr eigentlich Artikel wie den folgenden:


Passt wohl nicht so ganz ins Schema, oder?

David and Ray,

Congratulations. I am sure there were many who felt when you started this project that you were both nuts and it would fail. They probably had lots of logic, reasons and history to support their positions.

Well they were wrong!

Much of the European MSM has responded cool to negative on President Bush’s speech on spreading liberty and freedom. Many have asked what new war Mr. Bush might embark on in the name of his idealism, and portrayed his global bid to eliminate tyranny as hubris or hypocrisy. They too have logic, reason and history to support their positions. But there is also even more history to support the President’s position.

Yes, GWB’s goal is an idealist one. But can anyone in Europe actually disagree with the objective. I guess they can and many will but what does this tell us about them. It tells us they are small people with small minds and small dreams and small hopes.

In the case of much of old Europe this is understandable reaction for they live in fear. For the most part the only see fear.

As so many were wrong about your blog, more will be wrong about the idealism that comes not only from President Bush but also from the American people.

hi David and Ray- Congrats on your site. I like keeping up on the media on the other side of the pond. Check out LGF, there newest post is about Germany, i think you would be interested. Also, I gave you a shout out on there.

Congratulations! I enjoy your blog very much and learn a lot from it. I am a third-generation American with German roots and want to know more about the country my people came from before they found sanctuary in and embraced America. How different are we really from the people who stayed behind? Two World Wars and a lot of water under the bridge later.... There is much to learn on both sides. This is a great forum for exchanging ideas, viewpoints, and attitudes. Keep up the good work and the great commentary, and thanks for doing what you do.

My grandfather, Albert Zeller, taught me my first German words, most of which were curse words until I was deemed old enough to properly converse. For many years, my grandfather looked forward to returning to Germany to visit our family's roots. He was very pleased and excited to finally travel back to Baden-Wurttemberg when he had finally retired from life as a cabinet-maker and union leader in New York State. When he came home after several weeks in Germany, I asked him how he had liked speaking German once again. In reply, he sadly said, "Whenever I spoke German, everyone looked at me as if I was a ghost!" He hadn't realized, until then, that he spoke an archaic rural dialect that made him seem an anachronism to the Germans who'd inherited the land our family had so eagerly left. The whole experience reminded him that he had ceased to be a European many decades earlier and had become an American. After mulling over his thoughts about Germany and his subsequent life in America he said, "You know? I'm a very fortunate man."

David's Miedienkritik helps to remind me of that same lesson. I'm grateful.

Bütikofer und Gedmin bei Friedman auf N24

Friedman und Bütikofer behaupten, Bush habe Iran mit Krieg gedroht.

Gedmin versucht Ihnen klarzumachen, daß Bush lediglich keine Option ausgeschlossen habe.

Beide widersprechen vehement und formulieren es während des ganzen Sendung als Fakt, daß Bush mit Krieg gedroht habe.

Bush sagte auf die Frage eines Journalisten:

"I hope we can solve it diplomatically, but I will never take any option off the table," Bush said in an interview with NBC News when asked if he would rule out the potential for military action against Iran "if it continues to stonewall the international community about the existence of its nuclear weapons program."

Ich dachte immer, Friedman sei smart, aber daß auch er das als KRIEGSDROHUNG auffaßt, kann ich nicht nachvollziehen. In Gedmins Augen sah ich Fassungslosigkeit, daß Menschen nicht den Unterschied verstehen zwischen Kriegsdrohung und keine militärische Option auszuschließen.

Bütikofer sagte dann noch, Iran sei keine aktuelle Gefahr für Europa. Man setze auf Dialog. Militärische Mittel schließe er aus. Ok, dann weiß der Iran ja jetzt Bescheid. Was macht ein übles Regime, das nach Atomwaffen strebt (wie Bütikofer formulierte), wenn es weiß, man wird es nicht stoppen. Wie stoppt Dialog das Streben nach Atomwaffen.

Bütikofer hat diese Frage NICHT beantwortet.

Warum war Krieg in Kosovo notwendig, Herr Bütikofer?

Ich habe den Artikel sechs Kommentare vor Deinem erwähnt. Aber ein Tröpfchen Wasser in der Wüste kann einem Verdurstenden kaum helfen.


Soweit ich das überblicke, ist die Option des Kriegs beim Iran schon nach dem 11. September 2001 nie gänzlich ausgeschlossen wurden. Das ist aber nicht der eigentliche Skandal, sondern eine hochkluge Einschätzung der gegenwärtigen geopolitischen Lage, die besagt, dass man sich alle Optionen offenhallten sollte. Der Skandal ist, dass deutsche Politiker und der SPIEGEL ("USA gegen Iran - Der nächste Krieg?" - 04/04) nach Bushs Wiederwahl alles daran setzen, um die Vereinigten Staaten durch den Dreck zu ziehen - koste es, was es wolle.

@ Gabi

"daß Menschen nicht den Unterschied verstehen zwischen Kriegsdrohung und keine militärische Option auszuschließen."

Vielleicht bin ich zu blöd aber meiner Meinung nach gibt es keinen Unterschied zwischen Kriegsdrohung und keiner militärischen Option ausschließen. Wenn man militärische Schläge nicht ausschließt, dann schließt das so wie ich es sehe eine Drohung mit ein. Daher würde ich Friedman rechtgeben.
Aber vielleicht kannst Du mir ja den Unterschied erklären.

Anscheinend sieht Großbritannien die Gefahr eines Krieges für so groß an, dass sie bereits ankündigen, dass sie bei keinen Kampfhandlungen gegen den Iran teilnehmen werden.

Nein, Phil, das kann ich leider nicht. Jedes Hirn hat seine Grenzen, da kann ich keine Wunder bewirken. Leb doch einfach mit deinem Unverständnis.

Bitte Gabi, gib mir doch eine Chance. Ich möchte nicht auf ewig dumm bleiben :-). Schönen Sonntag noch.

Congratulations. But I think that the blogosphere and this particular blog will grow exponentially during the couple of next years. 100 000 000 visitors, maybe more soon than one thinks.

Nein, Phil, da bleibe ich ganz unerbittlich. Es muß auch Dumme geben. Also füge dich. Du mußt nicht alles verstehen. Das Leben kann auch so schön sein.
Schönen Sonntag!

Muss das eigentlich sein, dass man jemand, der anderer Meinung ist, gleich mal als dumm beschimpfen muss?

@ chris, phil, gabi
Cool down!

Der Satz
"I hope we can solve it diplomatically, but I will never take any option off the table," ist genial.

Jeder versteht ihn richtig.
Libyen ist nach ähnlichen Sätzen brav geworden.

Der Iran hofft zwar noch auf deutsch-französische Appeaser, weiß aber auch, dass Militärschläge gegen Atomanlagen, die es gibt (J. Fischer) anstehen.
Kein Krieg,
denn auch in Washington ist klar, dass im Irak es nicht so gelaufen ist, wie man gedacht hat (Spaziergang wie 1991)
Osirak wäre die bessere Lösung.
Bush kann z.Z. keinen zweiten Krieg führen.
Bush ist intelligenter als die meisten Europäer, die ihn für dumm halten.

Denn prinzipiell ist der Satz oben absolut harmlos, er könnte ja auch Wirtschaftsboykott meinen oder .....
Aber so ist er natürlich nicht gemeint....
wie gesagt, jeder hat ihn richtig verstanden!

Was meinen die Iraner? Die Intelligenz ist längst in die USA ausgewandert.

Och, Phili, hast du das alles ernst genommen? Ich dachte, du hast Spaß gemacht und ich habe spaßig geantwortet. Dann hast du aber einen merkwürdigen Ton, wenn das ernst gemeint war. Ok, dann im Ernst, wenn du also erklärt haben willst, worin der Unterschied liegt, muß ich dir sagen, ich habe keine Zeit und Lust dir Selbstverständlichkeiten zu erklären. Warum soll es mir gelingen, was andere nicht können? Mir macht es absolut nichts aus, wenn du das nicht verstehst.


Die Fischer-Front bröckelt
Von Markus Wehner


Da traut sich doch tatsächlich jemand, Grüne zu kritisieren. Kommt schon selten genug vor.

Congratulations David and Ray. Keep up the good work!

And by the way, beimami, please don't stop visiting and posting on this blog. It isn't hopeless. I have two german friends who started reading blogs like this and have had their eyes opened. The word-of-mouth for Davids Medienkritik is obviously working, and it ain't just Americans hungry for bas news.

The purpose of this blog shouldn't be to shock Americans with what is wrong with the european media, but to illustrate most people in Germany the junk they are being fed by the mainstream media and aren't even aware of it, because they never get to hear the other side. Or Americans with friends in Germany for that matter...


Thank you for pointing out the FAZ article on GWB’s speech. While I am sure this is one of the more positive reviews in the German MSM, there are two things I think the reporter missed. First he gave much to much credit to the speechwriter. In fact, I am not sure in my own mind just how much the speechwriter actually contributed to the foreign policy portion of the speech.

Secondly and the most important missing piece of information is the impact of Natan Sharansky's "The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny & Terror" has had on GWB. GWB has read this book and later met Mr. Sharansky in the White House. If one has read this book, you can see much paraphrasing.

I would recommend reading this book because it speaks directly to free men everywhere about the desire of those who do not share that freedom.

It would be interesting to know just how many germans have read Sharansky.


I also watched the interview with Bütikofer and Gedmin on "Studio Friedman" and was schocked by the things Friedman said, since I usually agree with his positions.

Could it be that he is compromising in order to increase his audience? (You know, only 5% of the german population would agree with his positions, and on a channel such as N24, that doesn't leave much people who usually enjoy his program.)

Phil, as opposed to Gabi :o) I do care whether you get it or not. I had the impression even Bütikofer understood the point Gedmin was trying to make. His ideology and hate for America, Capitalism etc. may be 180 degrees out of whack, but he isn't too stupid to realize that with an immunity promise, no evil regime has a reason to negotiate, let alone comply. It's the threat of attack that keeps most rogues in check and force them to listen to the international community, not niceness and well intentions. And that's what actually prevents most wars instead of causing them!

Where would criminality anywhere be if the police weren't allowed to use force or weapons, just diplomacy, and if the judges would only hand out harsh words (to those who actually showed up...)? But that doesn't mean the police is threatening and planning to shoot every potential criminal.


"Ich möchte nicht auf ewig dumm bleiben", schrieb Phil. Ich antwortete, "es müsse auch Dumme geben".

"Muss das eigentlich sein, dass man jemand, der anderer Meinung ist, gleich mal als dumm beschimpfen muss?" schreibt dann ein Chris.

Lieber Chris, ich habe hier niemanden beschimpft, sondern Phil hat das Wort "dumm" selbst benutzt, und ich habe ihm geantwortet. Dabei habe ich es allerdings als Spaß aufgefaßt.

Das Wort dumm hat also Phil eingeführt und nicht ich. Vielleicht bist du in der Lage, diesen kleinen Unterschied zu verstehen, auch wenn du nicht in der Lage warst zu erkennen, daß ich auf Phils Wort reagiert und ihn nicht beschimpft habe.

@ Gabi,

Du hast völlig Recht. Habe das Wort selber im Scherz benutzt und deine Antwort auch nicht misverstanden. Kümmer dich nicht um Leute die nicht richtig nachlesen.
Für mich ist die Selbstverständlichkeit mit der du 'Krieg androhen' und 'keine militärische Option ausschließen' auseinanderhälst nicht klar. Ist aber auch nicht so wichtig.

Phil, da stehst du doch im Einklang mit so vielen hier in Deutschland und Europa. Ich teile diese Meinung nicht. Da ist einfach nicht mehr zu erklären.

Ich finde es sehr beunruhigend, daß hier wieder ein neuer Spalt aufgebaut wird.

ok, gut, daß du dich nicht beleidigt gefühlst hast. Das war nicht beabsichtigt. Ich dachte, wir worteln hier ein bißchen rum. Das Thema ist doch zu weit, als daß man es in kleinen Sätzen abahndeln könnte.

Gute Nacht!

@ Gabi/Schakal

I have never said that I disagree with Bush on his remarks. I only disagreed with Gabi on the fact that she seems to see a difference between the terms 'threat of war' and 'not taking the option of war off the table'. It was only a minor point and we don't need to dwell on it.

Personally I agree with Bush's remarks.

Hi David, hi Ray! Auch von mir: Herzlichen Glückwunsch "zur ersten Millionen" und WEITER SO in der Zukunft. God bless!


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