Europe's #1 dumkoff , Gerhard Schroeder, forced off the world stage, leaves with stately charm:
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who has led Germany since 1998, said for the first time on Wednesday he would not play a role in the next government, in an emotional farewell including broadsides at the United States and Britain.
Wait, Reuters will give you the "strong points":
...hitting his stride in a passionate defense of a strong German state and lashing out at "Anglo-Saxon" economic policies favoured in Britain and the United States, which he said had "no chance" in Europe.
In an apparent reference to Hurricane Katrina, Schroeder castigated Washington for liberal, hands-off policies that left it exposed in times of crisis. The Bush administration was widely criticised for its response to the devastating storm.
"I do not want to name any catastrophes where you can see what happens if organised state action is absent. I could name countries, but the position I still hold forbids it, but everyone knows I mean America," he said to loud applause.
Is this the European diplomacy we are supposed to emulate? Using the bodies of those whom died in natural disasters to prop up unsuccessful political and social theories ? Could we then blame Islam for the thousands dead in earthquakes in Pakistan? Perhaps a different philosophy (towards modernization, for example) may have saved them! See how stupid (and offensive) it all sounds if you replace "Americans" with any other religious/etnic group? Schroeder's time-tested anti-Americanism has failed him; and while he pukes bile on us on the way out, we at least get newfound clarity on the hatred that forms the basis of the dream of a Franco-German New World Order.
Besides, as David Medienkritik points out:
Where was the more caring "social" European model while this was going on???
Buh-Bye, Gerhard. Sorry to see ya go. Don't let the door smack your *ss on the way out, pal...
Incidently,Gerhard...if it wasn't for America standing up to your vicious forefathers; if it wasn't for unprecedented American generosity after WWII, if it wasn't for Americans willing to sacrifice certain social comforts to build the military that protected Germany during the cold war, if it wasn't for the American moral courage that dared Gorbachev to "tear down this wall!".....where would you have gotten the freedom you now possess to speak out so hatefully against us?
Yahoo! news story with Schroeder comments here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051012/wl_nm/germany_schroeder_dc_4
Link to Meidienkritik here: http://medienkritik.typepad.com/blog/2005/10/schroeder_goes_.html