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  • Bruce Tefft
    Brain damaged Germans is about the best one can say. Bruce http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,372434,00.html Mr. Trittin, You ve Got Mail!
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      "Brain damaged Germans" is about the best one can say.

      Bruce


      http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,372434,00.html

      Mr. Trittin, You've Got Mail!

      American readers are furious at German Environmental Minister Jürgen
      Trittin, who believes America's lax policy on global warming is partly to
      blame for Hurricane Katrina. Here are some of the kindest of their
      responses:

      The German hysteria, indeed all of the hysteria concerning so-called Global
      Warming is just silly. Always has been.

      So let me understand this thought process. A storm devastates a city of
      innocent people causing billions of dollars in damage leaving millions
      homeless and is somehow viewed "justice" because the President won't cave in
      to the global warming screeching of the left and the communists. Nice. Real
      nice.

      -- JJ Boyce

      Thanks for your article. Some of us in America still know and believe in a
      different Germany, one that does not spit upon those devastated by natural
      catastrophes. I recall the flooding that took place in Germany not too long
      ago (back in 2002 I believe), and no rational, compassionate being would
      have blamed a single government for such devastation. I lived in Wuerzburg
      in the mid-1990's for nearly three years and never heard such propagandistic
      garbage as you have presented now coming from socialist newspapers today.
      All I can say is I hope Angela Merkel kicks some serious socialist ass! They
      need a good ass-kicking. -- Ramon Angeles San Diego, CA, USA

      Isn't it so typical of the German papers to scantimoniously preach their
      opinion of global warming, but show absolutely no compassion for the
      hundreds of thousands of people who have lost everythng to the storm. The
      sacrifices the American People made for the German People during the long
      years of Comunist threat is now forgotten and is replace by a contempt for
      the people who helped them. Let us just sit back and see what kind of aid,
      if any, comes from Germany. Perhaps, all the German newspapers will pitch in
      an send a can of sauer kraut over.

      - Andrew Kelly Pittsburgh, Pa.

      Typical anti-American rhetoric from Europe. We have heard it a million
      times. Its always our fault. Please. Next time, deal with your own problems
      and don't call us to bail you out.

      Its funny but every time the world has a crisis, Americans run to help with
      their checkbooks or their military. When something happens to us like this,
      where are all the people?

      - Charles

      As a second generation German it amazes me how the Germans have the nerve to
      bring lousy politics into a natural calamity. For the German pundits to
      "blame" global warming and by extension ,hurricanes, on America's aversion
      to the Kyoto Treaty is really abominable. We here in America are watching
      our fellow Americans suffering and all that the rotten Germans can do is
      snear. That is what caused the hatred of them back in the 1940's. That and
      their own callousness toward any human being that differed from their own
      Nazi politics. Shame on the German people, they should know better by now.
      But I guess once a dumb head, always a dumb head. I would like to have
      cursed you all out,but as a 62 yr. old lady, I will just leave it as the
      above. - Maureen Keller-Waite Florida USA

      Biggest load of anti-American and anti-Bush garbage I've ever read! Many
      thanks for the concern, but the American people will rebuild without the
      help from our "friends" in Europe.

      While most people agree the planet is in a warming cycle you have "no proof"
      that this can be blamed on America or even mankind as a whole. What we do
      know is that the planet has gone through both warming and cooling cycles in
      the past which had absolutely nothing to do with human activity.

      Kyoto was a very poor attempt to try and punish the US economically while
      allowing nations such as China and India to continue with their massive
      pollution unchecked. This is the reason Kyoto was not acceptable to the
      United States and the US Congress voted against it overwhelmingly.

      Try telling the truth for a change, it would make a refreshing change!

      - Roy Troughton Mason, Ohio

      Blaming President Bush and the United States in general for Hurricane
      Katrina's strength and resulting damage is a true sign of the arrogance of
      man. There are actually people who believe that man is so strong, so
      almighty that his actions can control and manipulate a hurricane? God
      created man but clearly some men believe they control God. Maybe next time
      the U.S. will invite these "intellectuals" to the Gulf region. Upon the
      arrival of the next hurricane, they can beat back the ocean waves with their
      swords. - Eric Smith Raleigh, NC USA.

      Thanks, European friends, for yet another kick in the groin. Four years ago,
      the European left blamed us for the September 11 attacks. The French think
      that China is less of a threat to world peace than the US is. And today we
      get these comments from the German left on the same day that a columnist in
      the Guardian argues that we "invented" Al Qaida as a "phantom" enemy.

      I think that GW Bush is terrible for my country and for the world. But as an
      American liberal I have to ask: when is the European left going to give us a
      break? I know the answer already, as it took many of them thirty years to
      accept that Stalin was a bad guy.

      Having lived in Spain and married a French woman, I must say that I have
      become so sick of that particularly smug superiority on the part of many
      German, Belgian, and French people. I am so tired of the conversation in
      which my European "friends" take the opportunity to lecture me about my own
      country. Columns like this are just more of the same.

      Grow up already!

      - Tim Schmitz

      A gentle reminder to Jürgen Trittin.

      When others in our world are in pain during/after a catastrophe, the
      citizens of the United States open their hearts and generously help. We send
      doctors and aid halfway around the world to ease their suffering.

      To my knowledge, no country has yet to offer aid those affected by Katrina.

      One would think this German would at least have the courtesy to allow us to
      find, bury and morn our dead before they used our pain for their rhetoric.

      Your prayers and condolences are appreciated.

      - Michael Kuhn

      This article displays the sort of compassion that I would expect from a
      country that's started 2 world wars, sold weapons to iraq for oil,
      side-stepping UN sanctions, then has the gall to take a self-exalted moral
      high ground. Germany is my heritage, of this I am not proud.

      - R Kerkman

      Wonderful commentary from our German "allies." We in America can care less
      about what a country like Germany has to say about the U.S. Just remember
      the next time you let another fascist such as Hitler take over your country,
      don't come looking to us. Screw Europe.

      - Chris Gisburne

      Why don't you send some help?

      - Eddy

      You are completely without redemption!!! Your maniacal assault on President
      Bush and the United States continues to fall of deaf ears. Have you no
      common sense or better yet, have you no shame???? Do you honestly think
      signing a treaty of any kind would have prevented this horrific act of God?
      I guess not --- because I actually forgot ....you don't believe in "acts of
      God or God" for that fact. Rail away --- Americans are smarter than you
      think and this will do nothing but reinforce our feeling toward hapless and
      hopeless Germany and Europe!!! You are disgusting!! In circumspect I should
      not have even responded to your ludicrous article!

      - Ruth Spollin

      The majority of German brains have been adversely affected by global warming
      - they're definitely fried.

      Global warming is like a religion with you guys! Not knowing anything about
      meteorology or hurricane cycles or global heat pumps or the like, you
      otherwise intelligent educated people pontificate aout some connection
      beween global warming and Hurricane Katrina. You remind me of the
      fundamentalist "Church Lady" character on the television show Saturday Night
      live. Every problem she identified was caused by Satan. In your ecological
      fundamentalism every problem is caused by Global Warming. It is no longer a
      matter of scientific conjecture in which informed understanding is possible,
      but an all-encompassing ideology that can explain vitually every natural
      evil in the world--a pseudoscience, like eugenics, or Lysenkoism.

      - Mike Patton

      Thanks for setting us straight on the cause of Hurricane Katrina, since the
      Gulf Coast area had never experienced a hurricane until Bush ignored our
      moral tutors in Germany and refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol. Oh wait,
      that's not right.

      Well, it makes good copy for brain damaged Germans anyway.

      - Joseph Toomey Baltimore, MD USA

      So if the same thing would happen to Holland - would it be "their" fault
      also? It does not surprise me one bit of reactions like this from people
      like you. Whenever something happens to anyone in the world the citizens of
      the United States and the United States government send money and aid and
      help! we don't question who's fault it is - we help! When the tsunami hit -
      me and friends of mine sent checks immediately to aid groups to help along
      with millions of others! Only to be accused that we did not give enough! we
      didn't put in clauses saying "the government should have had a warning
      system"! we helped! When bitter enemies such as Iran have earthquakes - We
      don't question why did earthquakes happen so timely after nuclear testing!
      we send aid and help! but all you can do now is throw salt on wounds of
      people you have hated for years! People wonder why Europeans hate the United
      States all of a sudden? I say - they always have! They are just open about
      it now - finally! Go on hate us all you want! We will get through this
      without any help from phony "friends"! We will persevere! without your
      failing economy - and jealous hearts! you say that we are an arrogant nation
      - fine - go ahead - call us all the names you want! The people in this
      country work for everything they have! We work instead of worrying about
      shortening work hours and lengthening vacations and staying in spas for six
      weeks for minor operations! maybe you can work as hard as we do to achieve
      what we have and maybe your hearts may one day soften form your bitterness!
      My mother was originally from Germany - now I know why once she stepped foot
      in this country she never wanted to go back her "motherland"!

      - DONNA HARRINGTON

      I read this article with much sadness in my heart. America has been a friend
      to all the world. We have come to the aid of many around the world. When the
      tsunami struck we did not hestitate to help those in need. As a whole
      Americans gave so much. Whether it was through corporate giving or indiviual
      giving. I ask who, if any will help America now? We are of strong stock and
      will survive. I do agree, that as a whole ALL of us are not taking care of
      the earth God gave us as best as we should. But to almost feel smug and to
      speak as if this is what American or any for that matter deserves is sick. I
      hope that Germany's Environmental Minister, Jürgen Trittin, has more to
      offer the Americans and more the point those affected by Hurricane Katrine
      than just smug comments. What's needed now is compassion and understanding.
      Something Missr, Trittin seems to be lacking.

      - Tammy DeFrees State of Virginia, U.S.A

      We as Americans lend a hand to whomever needs help all over the world
      including Germany after WWII with the Marshall Plan. We are in crises mode
      but don't worry we will take care of ourselves. Thank you Germany for
      showing your true feelings about the USA.

      - Robert deLeeuw

      As an American the devestation in New Orleans causes me to feel overwhelming
      pain for their plight and suffering. It infuriates me to read that Germans
      could even make such cold heartless comments about a disaster. - that our
      our country somehow deserves this! I currently have a pony stallion in
      training in Germany and actually considered looking for more ponies - FORGET
      IT! I'll spend my money here. Perhaps I should move up the schedule on
      importing the one that's there - but I care about my friends who are
      training him. I was planning to travel to Germany to ride in December -
      maybe I should send the money to the people in New Orleans instead. SHAME
      SHAME SHAME on any writer, reporter, commentator who would say we brought
      this on ourselves. When a natural disaster happens in your country - should
      we point a finger at you? Whle your economy continues to SINK LOWER at an
      increasing rate - should we make the obvious observation - YOU BROUGHT IT ON
      YOURSELVES! Regards from a proud American - ILona English NJ/USA

      Your comments should be a warning to the USA about countries without
      compassion during a natural disaster. The USA will remember who it's friends
      are

      - Jim Siar

      It's good to know that not everyone in Germany is not a sanctimonious as the
      left, or liberals, or progressives, or whatever. My home town is Galveston,
      Texas - home of one of the worst disasters in U.S. history. Over 5000 people
      lost their lives due to a category four storm that hit and had a storm surge
      of over 20 feet, and this was before the era of global warming. Many people
      knew that what has happened in New Orleans was only a matter of time, as the
      city is below sea level. It is deeply regretful that individuals around the
      U.S. and around the world will hold up a disaster as a platform for to
      promote their ideas. They also loose support for their own cause, which does
      have merit, when they speak so condescendingly.

      - Lynn Eriksen

      We in America only wish you and your families good health, prosperity, and
      joy. The familes and children who are suffering through this calamity here
      in the USA could use your prayers and best wishes, not tempestuous empty
      rhetoric from a lout such as Jürgen Trittin . We'll care for our suffering,
      injured and ill while we also care for the world's suffering in the best
      ways we, as a nation, can muster. One day you may need the help and aid of
      the kind folks in America (again) - and rest assured we will come to your
      side without slapping you on the cheek while doing it.

      Rational , helpful and constructive people have a circular reasoning task
      linking our President, George Bush, Global Warming, a horrendous natural
      disaster, and Kyoto Accords. What's Mr. Jürgen Trittin's excuse?

      In closing, an overwhelming majority of Americans place little merit in the
      rant of Mr Trittin, only those who bask in the suffering of others can
      possibly agree with Mr. Trittin.

      - Jim Harlow

      The only way to argue that global warming is responsible for Hurricane
      Katrina hitting New Orleans is to somehow suggest that Mother Nature has
      been attempting to hit New Orleans for decades and missed. Since New Orleans
      has always been susceptible to flooding, the only way to link global warming
      to a hit on New Orleans is to say that somehow global warming has sharpened
      Mother Nature's aim to the point that she has now been able to hit that
      which she previously had aimed at but missed. It is a truly silly argument.

      - Matt Mashburn Atlanta, Georgia, USA

      There is a reason why "Schadenfreude" is a German concept. You folks are
      truely disgusting and shallow.

      - Joe Lewelling

      Shameful glee at American misfortune and loss could not be more distasteful
      nor could the comments reflected in your condensed news better demonstrate
      logical weakness. Judging from the reporting one might conclude that the
      very next ice storm in Bavaria will demonstrate the certainty of a coming
      ice age. One would find American officials and commentators saddened by any
      similar event in Germany... rsavage

      Germany's Environmental Minister Jugen Trittin is not only an embarrassment
      to the good people of Germany over his short sided, misinformed views
      concerning the cause of the tragedy which has devastated the Gulf Coast of
      the United States, one of Germany's Allies, but should be removed from his
      official position as an embarrassment to mankind!

      - David T. Greener

      WHERE IS THE GERMAN AID TO AMERICA? DID WE BASH INDIA, THAILAND, OR SUCH?
      WHY IS GERMANY SO QUICK TO BASH US BUT NOT SO QUICK TO SEND MONEY? SPEAKING
      OF MONEY GIVEN TO COUNTRIES....EVER HEARD OF THE MARSHALL PLAN?...

      - Alex Miller

      Thanks, Germany. We'll remember this the next time you have a disaster.

      - Wayne Schulz

      This is absolutely amazing to me. Imagine tomorrow if a natural disaster hit
      Germany. Who would be first in line to render assistance? Yep, you guessed
      it the United States. Yet would we lecture our German friends, no I doubt we
      would, we'd help and wouldn't ask for a damn thing in return. Perhaps the
      greatest lessons Americans can learn from your erudite countrymen is that
      we're better off taking care of ourselves. I find it contemptuous that when
      I nation has a tragedy, the fine Herr Tritten has to lecture. All I can say
      is with pathetic "friends" like this, we don't need enemies. - Scott Erdo
      Humble, TEXAS

      When other nations suffer catastrophe America always pitches in with a
      helping hand. Thanks for your article. It's like a hand on the top of the
      head of a drowning man pushing him farther under.

      - G Neal

      You know what bothers me most about this article?

      Most Americans ( and I mean most ) would only be too eager to help our
      German friends out in a time of disaster. The planes would be in the air and
      people would be risking their lives to help out another land in trouble.
      Yet, as is always the case, we see NO mention from other governments that
      they are ready and willing to help us out in this time of trouble. Not one.
      I find it nauseating myself.

      But, not to worry, we will manage by ourselves thank you. We always have. We
      always will.

      That really seems to annoy the rest of the world doesn't it?

      But there's more:

      If something like this happened to Germany or another country like France,
      you'd hypocritically take the money and assistance from the US wouldn't you?

      I don't know how you sleep at night.

      ( I direct this to those who feel this way and not every German or other
      countrymen. I know there are some who don't take this stance but, sadly, the
      numbers are dwindling. )

      - Greg Fahey

      Lovell, Maine, USA

      I am sick to death of Europeans criticizing the US for everything from
      global warming on down. Hurricanes, even devastating ones, have been around
      since time began. No one had ever heard of global warming when the hurricane
      hit Galveston in the late 1800's or Miami in the twenties or Camille in
      1969. This is merely a cycle of weather and it will go up and down from now
      on just as it has in the past. So, butt out of our business. We will take
      care of our own. We certainly don't need the help of Germans. - Martha Hamby

      Dallas, Texas We deserve this? A lesson should be learned? Let me tell you
      what we deserve. We deserve your sympathy and benevolence. Let me tell you
      what we have learned. That the US helps other countries when they have
      national disasters but the world won't help the US when they have a
      disaster! Your article about Global warning is a smack in the face of the
      US. You should be ashamed of yourself! - Bernie McClenny, W3UR

      I read with interest the story regarding the German print media's coverage
      of the devastating effects of hurricane Katrina. From our perspective much
      of the commentary is, simply, ludicrous. Minister Trittin's comments that
      this shows the U.S. should have signed the Kyoto treaty and essentially
      blames President Bush's 'lax environmental policies' resulting in global
      warming for the hurricane. He also insists that the U.S. be included in a
      Kyoto 2 treaty. Let us respond. First, Kyoto would not reduce greenhouse
      gases since (1) it is based upon at best unproven science (Some refer to it
      as 'junk science") and (2) it does not limit emissions from Third World
      countries or China (The latter is the one driving up oil prices because of
      its huge increase in demand.). Second, of the five worst hurricanes in
      American history, the vast majority of them took place in the 1930s, 40s,
      and 50s when not even the Greens believe global warming took place. The fact
      is that hurricanes follow a 30 year cycle and during the 70s and 80s we
      experienced a below normal number of hurricanes and now we are entering a
      higher than normal period that could last 10-20 years or maybe more. This
      point is supported by empirical evidence, something lacking in Trittin's
      views. Third, how many members of the EU have ratified Kyoto? I know that
      only a few years ago only Rumania had done so and even then the European
      elites were hypocritically castigating the U.S. for not signing it. And
      given the poor state of Germany's economy vis-à-vis the U.S., one would
      think the Germans would not be anxious to engage in further actions that
      would undermine it stagnant economy even more. Lastly, Trittin seems to
      resent the U.S. status as a sovereign nation. Our U.S. Senate must ratify
      any treaty and the vote to reject Kyoto was 98-0. Even the most liberal
      senators voted against it since it was so obviously a flawed document.
      Trittin also holds a particularly European position that exasperates those
      of us in the U.S. When European states engage in policies to support their
      national interests, that is just fine. But when the U.S. does the same, we
      are strongly criticized for it. Why is it ok for the Europeans to do this,
      but not us? And is it not true that the great majority of the time the
      interests of the U.S. support those of Europe? Absent the U.S. what would
      have been the outcome in the Balkans. German foreign policy proved useless
      in trying to diffuse ethic warfare in Kosovo and in fact exacerbated the
      problem. It was not until the U.S. intervened, after having given Europe and
      specifically Germany, a chance to solve the problem, that some resolution
      came about. And the U.S. will have troops there for years. We do not hear
      European voices demand that we leave there nor do we hear Europeans offering
      to help share the U.S. taxpayers' burden in paying for this policy. And need
      we remind Germany of the fact that the United States' policy of placing it
      under our nuclear umbrella at our expense (We also maintained 300,000 troops
      in Germany for decades.) allowed Germany to rebuild (Also with U.S. Marshall
      Plan assistance) and develop its economy without the need to have a costly
      defense establishment. And if the U.S. had followed the European popular and
      elite view of how to deal with the USSR, and regarding the placement of
      Pershing missles and the development of Star Wars technology under the
      Reagan administration, Germany would still be divided today. The fact is
      that over the past two decades the Europeans have almost been universally
      WRONG on major policies and the U.S. has been right. It would also appear
      the given the long-term demographic trends now evident in Europe and in
      Germany, it will be impossible for Europe as a whole and Germany and France
      in particular, to maintain their presently extensive socialistic programs.
      These are sapping the economic vitality of these states and within a decade
      they will cease to have sufficient tax-paying populations to support these
      programs. One would think they may wish to emulate some of our economic
      policies (But not all!) since compared to Europe, the U.S. is booming (We,
      too, have some clouds on our horizon, but nothing compared to Europe.) Well,
      this is a bit long and it "off the top of my head" so please excuse the lack
      of literary tightness. And thank you for providing this opportunity to
      respond to the site. Let us end on a hopeful note. Ultimately, I still
      believe that Europe and America have more that unite us than divide us. Let
      us pray it stays that way. - Prof. Ronald Smith

      I am so disappointed in German publishers that take an opportunity, in the
      face of such heartbreaking tragedy, to pursue such a mean spirited, petty
      political agenda as in the article Katrina Should be A Lesson To US on
      Global Warming.

      Climate scientists are already beginning to realize that the true culprit in
      such severe weather is geo-magnetic activity caused directly by solar
      activity. It has nothing to do with "global warming", which is a cyclic
      phenomena, well documented through the centuries, should your staff(s) care
      to investigate.

      My grandparents came from Germany to the US in the early part of the 20th
      century. I have always been proud of my German ancestry. But that attitude
      is wearing thin as a result of this sort of nasty meanness.

      Shame on you.

      - Carol Wickenkamp

      Hundreds of Americans are dead and hundreds of thousands are homeless. I
      would have expected the French to use such a gleeful occasion to attack US
      policy? Shameful.

      - Jim Long

      I am ashamed of our German friends for writing such nonsense. Well beyond
      any discussion of global warming is the most basic concept of human decency.
      People should help their friends who are in trouble, regardless of the
      cause. Americans routinely do this and frankly Germany has been a huge
      beneficiary of American support for many decades. It would appear you've
      become so self-absorbed that the basic concept of helping friends in need is
      something now severely lacking in the German character. I have no idea
      whether global warming caused Katrina, nor the next California earthquake,
      nor European heat wave, Japanese tsunami, or Russian drought. Frankly, I
      don't think anyone else in the world does either. It doesn't matter. There
      will be a disaster somewhere else in the world this year, and Americans will
      be there trying to help. More than likely, Germans will not. You'd rather
      stay home and complain about the Americans one more time. Very childlike
      behavior. P.S. Great work on the new eco-friendly Maybachs, ten cylinder
      Volkswagens, and 400+ HP Porsches, Mercedes, BMWs, and the lot. The ten
      worst gas mileage cars sold in America are all European. Perhaps you should
      take a look in the mirror as well. You might not like what you see. - John
      Mayberry

      Typisch Deutsch. - Vahan Chertavian

      how do you say "dumbass" auf Deutch? - Kevin C. O'Kane, Ph.D.

      Utter hysteria. The same foolishness that provokes witch hunts and human
      sacrifice. Is there anything the big bad Americans aren't responsible for? -
      John Huettner

      Cleveland, Ohio

      When West Berlin faced starvation from the closing of rail and road
      connections to West Germany, the USA fed clothed and heated the population
      by air. This came at great cost of American treasure and a loss of American
      lives When New Orleans faces a not dissimilar situation, the response from
      the German press is a long vitriolic diatribe against the United States and
      its leadership. I guess this is how Germany says thank you. Well, thank you
      for your compassion and understanding. - Howard Mades

      After the nasty article that Americans deserve "Katrina" the hurricane you
      say America caused by global warming. I hope Americans will boycott anything
      made in Germany. I hope Americans will stop traveling to Germany until there
      is an apology. We are pulling people from their homes. People are dying. The
      survivors have no food or water - they have no electricity. The flood walls
      have broken and hundreds more may die. Are you happy? How disgusting! Do you
      believe it is good for Germany to be pleased about human suffering. I am so
      angry that you believe you know all & are all. You do not. - Patsy Robertson

      Atlanta/USA

      As a first generation American with German and Dutch blood flowing in my
      veins, you cannot honestly refute my assertion that there is a German
      tendency to didacticism.

      Thank you, mein damen und herren, for your moral instruction in an hour of
      tragic human suffering in one of the poorer quarters of the U.S. Would that
      the typical American resorted to such elitism 50 years ago in Deutschland's
      hour of need. How long would Berlin have sustained itself on
      self-righteousness had America loaded its C47's with similar platitudes,
      back in 1948?

      If you have nothing more to add in this hour of human suffering; I ask you,
      most respectfully, to please shut up. Thank you.

      - Peter E. Dykhuis

      Alexandria, Virginia

      Hello, I'm an anti-Bush liberal (yes, we exist) who is more and more
      concerned about a kind of orthodox anti-American bigotry that is so
      frequently spewed out of Europe. While Europeans have consistently decried
      the 'ignorance' of Americans about the wider world, I find that Europeans
      (the media anyway) have a stunningly warped conception of America and its
      many cultures. Articles and commentaries often seem to be written by 2nd
      year University students who think they have a grand-unified-theory on the
      sociology of the United States and its ultimately evil nature (expressed in
      a manner similar to G. Bush, ironically). When Germany is flooded with a
      diet of negative American stereotypes to the exclusion of the wide and
      vibrant array of opinion, culture and political dissent here, it's no wonder
      that I find the kind of blanket-statement U.S. bashing that I do.

      I have very few complaints about the broader European view of American
      foreign policy. It's the steady, toxic, cultural bigotry that pops up in the
      European media (I'm most familiar with the British, French and German
      mainstream press) whenever any sort of reference to America is involved.

      Everything here is not McDonalds and murder and fundamentalist philistines.

      Sorry to be so nebulous about my compaint, but this comes after reading
      European media for about 15 years. The echo-chamber nature of journalism is
      just as dangerous in Europe as in the U.S.. If the European press corps want
      to claim a great regard for toleration, reason, and respect for other people
      and cultures, an exception can't be made for Americans, just because you
      hate G.W. (and whatever else you want to hate about us).

      All Arabs aren't terrorists, all Americans are not ugly.

      - Tobin Manley

      Why don't you people at the Frankfurter Rundschau just admit the fact that
      you hate the United States regardless of what our environmental policies
      actually are? I don't see anyone in the European community, or any other
      nation for that matter, bitching about the hardcore coal- and oil-burning
      black smoke pollution the Chinese keep belching out into the atmosphere in
      their desperate attempt to develop into a first-world nation at breakneck
      speed. In the United States, we clean up our messes. Our air quality in
      major cities is the best it's been in thirty years, and is continuing to
      improve.

      - Daniel Ferg

      I read with anger the various commentaries from German newspapers about the
      tragedy that recently struck the United States. For the left-leaning Social
      Democrats, the Greens and the other liberals of Germany to use this tragedy
      as an opportunity to bash our President, just futher alienates any attempt
      at reconciliation between our two countries. I find it interesting that the
      U.S. is always expected to be the first to step up to the challenge for any
      natural disaster anywhere in the world, yet when the U.S. is the recipient
      of the natural elements of our planet earth, very few countries come to our
      aid. In fact, your newspapers are evidence of your utter lack of class. I
      worked in Germany for many years, and I found the majority of the German
      people to be wonderful. Unfortunately, it was that vocal minority that
      frustrated me and thousands of other expatriots who lived in Germany. I have
      to say to those liberal critics--get a life! The world does not revolve
      around your innane views of the world, global warming, and politics. The
      next time you're looking for a place to spend your annual August holidays,
      you certainly aren't invited to come to the Louisiana, Mississippi and
      Alabama regions of our country where hundreds of thousands of Americans are
      suffering and trying to figure out how to feed their families and find
      shelter. Thanks for nothing! - John Adams

      I would hope that the attitude expressed in this article is merely that of
      the media and the politicians, and not the people of Germany. God forbid
      that a disaster of similiar magnitude be visited on the people of Germany.
      But be assured if it did, that the USA would still be one of the first to
      offer aid and comfort as it did after World War II. Did Germany offered
      aid,assistance or even condolences to the US before the onslaught of
      criticism? Sadly I think not.

      - Ron Bartlett Phoenix, Arizona

      Wow! The Germans really should get the "Humanitarian of the Year" award for
      their deep compassion... Why is it that when a disaster happens elsewhere in
      the world its expected that we pitch in to help with Billions of taxpayer
      money, but when it happens here people could care less?? Maybe we should let
      the world fend for itself. HMMM...

      - Hal Howell

      You Germans make me wish I could give my heritage back to you. You all make
      sick. The current hurricane cycle is a naturally occurring up-cycle and for
      your people and publications to relish this makes me sick. Thank God my
      forbearers had the foresight to emigrate in the 1850s from your
      "enlightened" land and come to a place that helps all and cherishes freedom.
      I wish I could erase my Bavarian heritage. - Eric Swensen, No Longer Proud
      to be of German Heritage

      Du bist krank in dem Kopf! - Norman de Borkowski

      Chagrin Falls, Ohio

      It is good to know that when tragedy occurs, the German people can be
      counted on... for criticism.

      - Tim Froehlke

      I find it ironic that when any other part of the world has a natural
      disaster, we, the USA are the first ones to offer aid. I am not aware that
      any country has offered any form of aid. I am sure that some offers have
      been made by Britain, Italy, and the few other remaining allies. However, I
      do know that if Kofi Annan and his puppet brigade had offered help, it would
      be front page news. This is a good example of why the US should withdraw
      from the UN.

      - William P. Ramey

      So zu sein muß nett sein, ohne die Störung zum Haben den Luxus des Seins so
      sanctimonious... - Barbara Duncan

      Thanks for your offer of aid and assistance! If not for our aid after WWll
      you people would still be living in caves! Unlike Europe, that needs
      crutches to limp along , America can stand on its' own two feet and walk
      unaided. If it is a feeling of inferiority that drives you, it is well
      deserved.

      - Ed Ebbing

      Europe does what it does best, looks on with no action or expression. Same
      as usual.

      Thanks for nothing. - David Falloure

      It is hard for me to comprehend how, in the midst of Hurricane Katrina's
      aftermath, a human tragedy of epic proportions, much of the world stands
      along the sidelines ready to criticize rather than assist materially in any
      significant way. I assure you that countless families along the Gulf Coast
      would welcome assistance from any source, including Europe. Reflect a moment
      on what America would be doing for Europe if the tables were turned. Every
      reader with any sense of history knows the answer to that hypothesis. That
      folks, in a nutshell, is what makes America great. - David McDougall

      The reason Germany hasn't responded to the Katrina disaster is simple.
      Germans and Europeans in general are greedy, self centered, self righteous
      ingrates. They are quick to criticize America, and have amnesia about
      American assistance after WW II. They also want to forget the terror they
      imposed on the world.

      - Henry David





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