Thursday, October 16, 2003


From a recent Washington Postarticle:

"It was also hard not to notice how much the chatter about books in Germany reveals nowadays about the mood in Germany. As in the United States, many of the books that have recently found their way to the top of German bestseller lists concern Sept. 11, 2001. Unlike those in the United States, many of them also argue that the Bush administration was responsible for Sept. 11. One book, by a former German government minister, argues that the planes that hit the World Trade Center may have been secretly steered from the ground. Another -- translated from the French and titled 'The Appalling Lie' -- says that the Pentagon was never hit by a plane at all but was instead deliberately blown up with a bomb. Germany's establishment press has studiously debunked these theories, to little avail: Recently, an opinion poll showed that one in five Germans believe them.

Twenty percent of the German population believes that the United States was responsible for bombing the Pentagon and downtown New York. To believe this you must believe that the Bush administration wanted to shut down the heart of the American economy and deliberately cause the near collapse of the airline industry. For what? So Halliburton could get a construction contract to rebuild power plants in Iraq? Wouldn't have been, ahem, a little easier to just grease the wheels in congress and pass a few pork barrel projects if Bush wanted to pay off his bidness buddies?

Are the Germans and French drinking the same tainted Kool-Aid?

"But if German bestseller lists reveal a German reassessment of the United States, they have also in recent years revealed an even more vigorous German reassessment of Germany. Not one but two books have become popular through their descriptions of the Allied bombing of Dresden in 1945, which resulted in fires that caused tens of thousands of deaths. One of the authors used the word 'crematoria' to describe the burning buildings, described the Allied bomber pilots as the equivalents of Nazi police units that murdered Jews and concluded by wondering whether Winston Churchill, who ordered the bombings, ought to have been condemned as a war criminal."

These books have also been effective: According to another opinion poll, more than a third of the Germans now think of themselves as 'victims' of the Second World War -- just like the Jews. Nor has this new interpretation of history remained limited to books. Lately momentum has gathered behind a movement to build a new museum in Berlin dedicated to Germans expelled from their homes at the end of the war -- just like the Holocaust museum. "

Absolutely disgusting. And the Germans see George Bush as some kind of fiend? Winston Churchill a war criminal?

The Germans, as a people, supported and engaged in the cold blooded murder of millions of Jews during the war not to mention the indescriminate aerial bombardment of Britain with aircraft and rockets. They could have refused to continue to manufacture armaments for Hitler; they could have refused to fight - they didn't. There weren't any GPS guided bombs back then. If you wanted to make sure you hit a target you had to bomb the whole area. The Allies were fighting the German, Italian and Japanese people - we bombed the shit out of them and they deserved it.

If Churchill wasn't dead I'm sure some asswipe would go to the International Criminal Court and attempt to try him as a war criminal. Morons.


Via Instapundit, a comprehensive list of Mikey's problems with the facts in Dude, Where's My Country?

Dude, I think your country is on the west coast of Europe between Germany and Spain.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003


I was searching for some material on Wesley Clark (who is also an ass but let's leave that for another time) when I came across a reference to Nelson Mandela's affection for Moammar Gadhafi(from 1997):

"Mandela says he is Gadhafi's friend because he supported Mandela's anti-apartheid struggle. But Gadhafi is a notorious sponsor of terrorism, and the Lockerbie bombing is only the worst in a series of outrages he has been linked with.

The demand that the trial be conducted in Libya or a neutral country is nonsense and must be firmly resisted. Does anyone imagine that the United States would consent to have the perpetrators of the World Trade Center bombing tried outside the country, perhaps in Iran?

In a reference to U.S. criticism of his visit, Mandela said, "Those who say I should not be here are without morals. I am not going to join them in their lack of morality."

Of course there is his more recent senile diatribe against the US earlier this year:

"Former South African president Nelson Mandela has slammed the U.S. stance on Iraq, saying that "one power with a president who has no foresight, who cannot think properly, is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust."

At least Bush doesn't cozy up to murderers like Gadhafi.

Speaking at the International Women's Forum, Mandela said "if there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America."

Funny thing coming from a man whose wife encouraged angry mobs to "necklace" her political opposition.

Perhaps someone should buy Nelson a copy of this month's Atlantic Monthly which has some interesting information on murder by state (pp 56-57): "Hitler, Stalin and Mao, of course, committed the vast majority of state-sponsored murders in the twentieth century killing [by Rummel's estimate (professor at Univeristy of Hawaii)] more than 100 million people. But when it comes to leaders who have killed large proportions of their own populations, no one approaches the almost unimaginable toll exacted on Cambodia by Pol Pot, who murdered about a third of his country's people in only four years. Hitler killed about six percent of the population of Nazi-occupied Europe, and Saddam Hussein killed about one percent of Iraq's population."

Russia (USSR), China, Germany, Japan, Cambodia, Iraq, Turkey, Bosnia, Pakistan, Rwanda and Iraq have been major players in "unspeakable atrocities" in the last century. The United States would have to go on an unprecendented killing spree to get into that club.

Mandela said U.S. President George W. Bush covets the oil in Iraq "because Iraq produces 64 percent of the oil in the world. What Bush wants is to get hold of that oil." In fact Iraq contributes to only 5 percent of world oil exports.

Hmmm...64% vs. 5% - that's a pretty big error to make don't you think?

This man won a Nobel Peace Prize?

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