November 25, 2006

Are Germans Cowards ?


Many instances from the World Wars and the brave performances over the decades in the World Cup suggest not, but the question arises from an incoherent, rambling article in Der Spiegel : Are the Germans Stationed in Afghanistan Cowards ? 2 extracts :
'The Germans at NATO headquarters in Kabul now face open hostility: They're mocked as cowards and cop-outs. Some Europeans "obviously resist the idea that you have an army in order to fight. And I have very little patience for that," says the US ambassador to Afghanistan, Ronald Neumann. Neumann wants the Germans to join in the fighting -- and the dying, if necessary -- in southern Afghanistan.'
'And the Germans in the north? It may be a little cowardly to stay up there and radiate a feeling of security, dig a few waterholes, calm down a few of the warlords and cultivate trees.

But it may also just be smart.'

Note the Germanic name of the US ambassador.

My in-laws are German-Americans and the interactions between them and their close kin in Germany are fun to watch. The German-Germans, delightful people for the most part, seem pessimistic and cynical about society. One, a fine man who fought on the Eastern Front and has good memories of Americans and American chocolate at the end of the War and who lost his land to the communists, is pretty anti-American. My theory is that Germany is psychologically crippled by unexpiated guilt from history. My theory is that this extends to generations who had no part in the original evil. My theory is that psychological health is restored when national honour is restored by virtuous acts. But Germany has not acted virtuously. At great risk the Allies saved modern Germany from Nazism and Communism. Germans owe their freedom twice over to the courage of the Anglosphere. In return much of Germany sneers at the USA in general and Bush in particular. Neither an individual nor a collective psyche can be in good shape like that.

When we lived in the Hague and drove into Germany, the light became gloomier as we crossed over. People were just unhappier, more private and wore darker clothes. My wife felt the same.

So my advice to Germany is 'Regain your self-respect. Stand by those who stood by you (that's not France by the way).'

See also - "The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity."

November 19, 2006

Perfidious Albion

The USS John Bolton took on most of the rest of the world on Friday.

Bolton was furious over the adoption by the General Assembly of a resolution which said the assembly regretted the deaths of 19 civilians in an attack by the Israeli military in the town of Beit Hanoun last week.

"Many of the sponsors of that resolution are notorious abusers of human rights themselves, and were seeking to deflect criticism of their own policies," he said.

"....the United Nations must confront a more significant question, that of its relevance and utility in confronting the challenges of the 21st century. We believe that the United Nations is ill served when its members seek to transform the organization into a forum that is a little more than a self-serving and a polemical attack against Israel or the United States," he said.

The United States, and Australia joined Israel in voting against the motion, together with four small Pacific island nations. All countries in Europe, including Britain, voted to support the resolution.

I'll be proud to help pay Bolton's salary should the Democrats defeat his nomination. The President should continue to nominate 1st class people like Bolton, Roberts, Alito and let liberal Senators defile themselves in full view.

November 12, 2006

The Anglosphere

The USA, the UK, Australia and Canada as a committed military and cultural alliance would have immense reach. Superbly endowed with human capital, physical resources and a martial and self-correcting culture, that alliance would attract Israel, India, Japan, Eastern Europe. There would be huge gains for the security of all. Oh, and include brave Denmark as a founding member.

US foreign policy should remorselessly promote a formal Anglosphere alliance . That means winning hearts and minds in countries with an anti-American MSM nearly equal to your own. That means preferential treatment both ways to the countries who've fought together through several wars. Screu the EU.

I agree there's a problem with indigenous Islamists. That needs fixing under any scenario; reverse dhimmitude, perhaps.

This is a long-term project. Articulate it now. Start soon. Meanwhile many of us suave British males have been breeding with your most beautiful womenfolk and re-colonising the USA. There's Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Guy Ritchie, me, und,und,und..

Tattoo this on Baker's forehead

"For the rest of the world, the Iraq war isn't about Iraq; it's about America, and American will" - Steyn.

If America walks from Iraq, it will be challenged everywhere and will have to fight multiple wars or surrender its self-determination or both. Millions will die in those wars. Which future Tony Blair will risk his political life to help America in an unpopular war if Iraq is surrendered America is beaten now ?

The battle for influence between Bush snr "realists", like Baker, and Bush jnr "warriors", like Cheney, may define the history of the 21st century.

The "realists" are in the ascendant because the issue has not been correctly defined. It's not about Iraq. It's about America.

November 08, 2006

A timely shock

Liberal defeatists will run the House and likely the Senate.
A principled and visionary Defense Secretary resigns.
Islamists and the MSM smell victory over Bush.
A reliably conservative nominee to the Supreme Court will not get through the Senate.
Iraq policy will be Bakerized.
Iran will nuke up.

Hmmm. Maybe it's better to face this shitstorm now than later. Let America taste and smell what this means for the next 2 years so that the more important elections in 2008 will take place with reality close up and sweaty in voters' faces.