Wednesday, February 08, 2017

The Word from Germany - "Resist"

Since it's founding in 1947, Der Spiegel has rarely pulled punches when it comes to politicians, German and foreign, across the political spectrum. However, when it comes to Donald Trump, the news magazine's criticism have reached a new level.

Spiegel's editor in chief, Klaus Brinkbaumer, has written an editorial calling Trump a latter day Nero.

It is literally painful to write this sentence, but the president of the United States is a pathological liar. The president of the U.S. is a racist (it also hurts to write this). He is attempting a coup from the top; he wants to establish an illiberal democracy, or worse; he wants to undermine the balance of power. He fired an acting attorney general who held a differing opinion from his own and accused her of "betrayal." This is the vocabulary used by Nero, the emperor and destroyer of Rome. It is the way tyrants think.

A Serious Threat

Donald Trump and his fire-starter Stephen Bannon discriminate against certain people by decree, but not against those from countries in which Trump does business. The contempt the president of the United States and his most important adviser have for science and education is so blatant that it's almost difficult to write. But their disdain for climate and environmental policies has to be stated, because four or eight years of it could become a serious threat.

Brinkbaumer calls on Germany to forge a coalition to stand up to and resist the American president and his regime. is Germany, the country that is politically and economically dominant in Europe, that will now have to fill in many of the gaps created by America's withdrawal from the old world order, the one referred to by former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer as "Pax Americana." At the same time, Germany must build an alliance against Donald Trump, because it otherwise won't take shape. It is, however, absolutely necessary.

...under President Trump, both the justified and the contemptible will be melded. Injustice is a major issue of our times, as are fears of digitalization and globalization -- and rightfully so given that the division of society and the speed of modern life is, in fact, extreme. Trump fuses these worries of his voters with nationalism and xenophobia. That's how demagogues work and it is how they become effective. The fact that the United States, a nuclear superpower that has dominated the world economically, militarily and culturally for decades, is now presenting itself as the victim, calling in all seriousness for "America first" and trying to force the rest of the world into humiliating concessions is absurd. But precisely because this nonsense is coming from the world's most powerful man, it is getting trapped by him.

This is not a threat that will somehow resolve itself. The German economy has become the target of American trade policy and German democracy is ideologically antithetical to Trump's vision. But even here, in the middle of Germany, right-wing extremists are trying to give him a helping hand. It is high time that we stand up for what is important: democracy, freedom, the West and its alliances.

This does not mean escalation or that we must abandon our contacts with America and all the working groups between our governments. What is does mean, though, is that Europe must grow stronger and start planning its political and economic defenses. Against America's dangerous president.


Anonymous said...

I have said it many times before, I will say it again.
The Americans believe their own bullshit.
They ,big time, believe in the spaghetti monster in the sky and they think he is a USA creation!
They are on the verge of believing Batman and Robin are real ; and shit don't mention captain America!!
The land that gave us bad for you fast food, unrepentant consumerism, slavery( yes it still exists) never ending war ( yet condemns anyone else that is aggressive ) is set to deepen those Confederate roots.
Like the defeated Germans who now are paramount in the EU the Confederates have finally won the day.


The Mound of Sound said...

It does reinforce the argument of a mass psychosis spreading through the American population.