Across the Bay

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Fresst Mich!

OK, this kind of nonsense irritates the hell out of me for its incredible self-importance and self-centeredness, let alone is dishonesty. The fact that Tom Friedman is entertaining this garbage as "words of wisdom" or "legitimate grievances" is even more annoying. Here's what I'm talking about:

    Tim Kreutzfeldt, the bar owner, said to me: "Bush
    took away our America. I mean we love America. We
    are very sad about America. We believe in America
    and American values, but not in Bush. And it makes
    us angry that he distorted our image of the country
    which is so important to us. It is not what America
    stands for - and this makes us angry and it should
    make every American angry, because America lost so
    much in its reputation worldwide." The Bush team, he
    added, is giving everyone in the world the impression
    that "somebody is coming to kill you."

I can't find any other way to describe this pile of Eurotrash except as self-centered bullshit. Here's a slice of reality to Herr Kreutzfeldt: you are not the center of the universe. No one cares about "your" America. You have been living free of dictatorship and totalitarianism for close to twenty years now. The Iraqis don't get to experience that so that "your" precious fantasy of America doesn't get ruined? Here's a news flash: the "new" America that "makes you angry"? Well it's that America that the Iraqis, and as Mr. Friedman pointed out last week, the Iranians are looking up to. It's that America, and that Bush, that brought to the Iraqis what it brought you, and what the Iranian people are hoping it brings them as well (again, I refer you to Mr. Friedman's op-ed from last week).

The Iraqis don't seem to share that cretin's assessment on how "the Bush team is giving everyone in the world the impression that 'somebody is coming to kill you.'" No, that was the impression the Iraqis lived with for thirty years under Saddam before the US took out that regime.

So, in the end, excuse me if I don't give a hoot about Kreutzfeldt's fantasy land being defiled! Have a Weissbier and go to bed in your lovely free country courtesy of the US (but apparently, a courtesy that should only be extended to Germans!). The Iraqis and the Iranians and ME liberals think that this is precisely what the US should stand for. Exactly what Bush outlined in his speech. They've been waiting for that to become reality and not mere rhetoric for decades. Who cares if that bothers some shithead in Berlin? I'll be damned if our freedom should be stalled so that he can enjoy his wet dream!

If that's not enough, there are the words of wisdom from a certain Herr Elfenbein:

    We had hope that Kerry would win and would make a
    statement, 'America is back to what it was four years
    ago.' We hoped that he would be the symbol, the
    figure who would say, '[America] is the country that
    welcomes everybody again.' [But] now we have to
    wait four more years, hopefully for somebody to give
    us back the country we knew and liked."

This guy is apparently clueless about the change 9/11 brought. (It's arguable that Kerry is too, but that's another story.) The notion that we can "go back" is a hilarious utopian fantasy. But that's it isn't it? The entire Old Europe is in fantasy land. But once again, "going back" is precisely what every Iraqi (and Iranian and ME liberal) hopes the US does not do! Can you imagine the fantasy of an Iraqi being to "go back" to a policy of status quo that keeps Saddam's boot (and his torture chambers) over their necks!? Would any Lebanese want the US to "go back" to a policy of appeasement and status quo with Syria, keeping the moukhabarat running their country and their lives? Are you kidding me?!

Finally, if you'd allow me, I would like to use an old parable to make a point. In the Gospel of Matthew, there is a story of a landowner going out to hire workers to work in his vineyard for the day, at the rate of a denarius per day. However, he doesn't hire them all at the same time. Some are hired early in the morning, others in the third hour, the sixth, the ninth, and others in the eleventh. Then at the end of the day, he summoned the workers to pay them, and paid them all the same amount. Those who had worked longer were upset, expecting more money. They grumbled against the landowner: ‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us.'

“But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

The sin, so to speak, of the disgruntled and ungrateful workers is that had it none been for the sheer haphazard choice of the landowner, and not their own merit, they could have stayed out there waiting for work all day (like those who had to wait till the eleventh hour not knowing whether they would get hired, and thus get to eat). The landowner didn't pick them based on some inherent quality or previous knowledge. So for them to be disgruntled that others got the opportunity they got (instead of rejoicing with them and for them), reveals their internal ugliness.

So in the end, the only thing I can say to these fellows is, fresst meine Lederhosen, meine sehr geehrte Herren!

Addendum: Reason's Charles Paul Freund once commented on the dishonest "lost admiration" of Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine. Much of the same nonsense. For the same kind of Occidentalist drivel as Chahine's, see this piece of junk by the overrated Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish.

Addendum 2: I forgot to include what I think is a crucial point and that is *US Policy*. What the US did with Germany under Reagan was a policy based on *US interests*, not pandering to some fantasy. Similarly, what the US under Bush is doing today is a policy of democratization in the ME based on *US interests*. Let's never forget that.

Addendum 3: You think these German dudes were bad? Take a look at these lovely Spaniards.

So let me get this straight. People in the West wanted to send human shields to effectively keep Saddam in power, but they're demonstrating against Iraqi elections!? The last will be first, and the first will be last.