Missing the left turn at Albequerque
Posted by aogWednesday, 05 September 2007 at 12:00 TrackBack Ping URL

The radio was on this morning and reporting about the recent arrest of suspected terrorists in Germany. Since it was NPR, they had to work in some “Blame America” language, so the local reporter asked the foreign reporter about attitudes in Germany about terrorism : “So, how do the Germans feel about terrorism?” (really, I didn’t make that up).

The answer was that they didn’t like it (what a scoop!) and blamed American policies for it. No wondering was done about why, if America is the Force of Evil in the world, the Caliphascists were attacking Europe. Maybe the EU could pitch in for better eye glasses or map reading classes.

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erp Wednesday, 05 September 2007 at 12:22

Actually the foreign reporter was correct. American policies are forcing terrorists to function outside our borders just like the president planned that they do.

Bret Wednesday, 05 September 2007 at 12:41

erp, you’re right, but somehow I rather doubt that’s what the Germans were thinking. The reporter was correct, but this is a case of even a broken clock being right twice a day (though only right once a day in Europe).

Annoying Old Guy Wednesday, 05 September 2007 at 13:34


Note that your view presumes the inability of the Caliphascists to not attack someone, i.e. they are internally motivated to engage in violence and their choice of targets is a matter of convenience, not politics. As per Bret, I doubt the German Street can envision such a state.

erp Wednesday, 05 September 2007 at 14:30

Again, my brilliant facetiousness or is that facetiousity went undetected, but to be serious, I do believe that it’s a terrorist’s job to wreak havoc. It’s what they’re trained to do and there is nothing else they can put their hand to.

Since unleashing anything here at home would be the destruction of Islamism, they must perforce do their dastardly deed where they would get plenty of positive media attention.

It would have been interesting to see our reaction had the bomb done any real damage to our troops at that base. BTW — why are we still in Germany? I’ll sign the petition to send our troops home … from Germany.

cjm Wednesday, 05 September 2007 at 15:17

the germans, they really used to be somebody…

Ali Choudhury Wednesday, 05 September 2007 at 18:08

They’re in Germany for the global reach.

Peter Burnet Thursday, 06 September 2007 at 10:02

Although calling Al Qaeda and the Islamists “cowards” is a little simplistic, they aren’t quite as eager to sacrifice and relocate to paradise as they would like us to think. They do seem to avoid the States and Australia and even Israel, considering the hatred. Must be something to Dad’s advice about not caving in to or dealing with bullies, a lesson I’m proud to say seems to have been learned in my own fair land.

cjm Thursday, 06 September 2007 at 18:45

yes, Canada has stepped up nicely of late.

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