Thursday, October 28, 2004

Germany and America

THE BD Heidelberg Postcard is interesting, especially when 2 Germans join in in the comments section.
You may remember that the current German government made wildly exaggerated claims about Serb atrocities (concentration camps) during the Kosovo intervention, a war that did not have the blessing of the UN either and was just as legal or illegal as the Iraq war. Were Schršder, Fischer and Scharping lying? It was only five years ago, yet we hear very, very, very little about this glaring inconsistency in our mainstream media. But you believe them to report accurately about a country and a war they obviously despise.
Post by werner at October 24, 2004 01:27 PM
Another commenter referred to this piece from The Washington Post by Timothy Garton Ash : President Kerry and Europe Update This is what I meant to quote :
[Chirac] has endorsed Beijing's position on Taiwan and said the E.U. embargo on arms exports to China should be lifted. This raises the grotesque prospect of European weapons being pointed at American warships in the Taiwan Strait. But of course it's not France that is calling the shots here. In the 1970s, Henry Kissinger played the China card against the Soviet Union. Today, China is playing the European card against the United States.
This is somewhat more convincing than Garton Ash's pleading that he is not against all Republican presidents - 'Reagan's dramatic turn from arms race to detente, in response to the emergence of Mikhail Gorbachev' - just 'this Bush'.

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