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Populismen på venstresiden: Schröder lefler med tyskernes antiamerikanisme

Utenriksredaktøren i the Spectator, Andrew Gimson, har et tankevekkende essay om den oppvåknende antiamerikanismen i Tyskland. Den er ikke så vanskelig å oversette til norske forhold. SV-dronning Kristin Halvorsen kan ha et charmerende smil, men hva hun har fått seg til å si i vinter om USA som sikkerhetsrisiko for Norge, bør ikke gå i glemmeboken. Jeg er redd det bare er ren forsmak på hva som kan komme.

I Tyskland har Schröder hatt politisk nese for å score høyt på folks USA-fiendtlighet. Det gjelder like mye eliten. Følelsene er så sterke at man kroer seg av skadefryd når amerikanske soldater blir drept!

Another American who works in an office full of educated Germans said, ‘With every American soldier that dies the schadenfreude is immense. Every day people come by my desk and say, «Isn’t it great, Bush is coming crawling to Schröder now. Schröder won’t get an invitation to the ranch at Crawford — George Bush is going to beg him to go there.»’

Det er også noe provinsielt over deres oppfatning av USA. Holdninger man finner helt på toppen:

President Bush is dismissed by most Germans as a cowboy and a hick, and there is no desire to admit that many of those around him are able people with long experience of foreign policy who were strong supporters of German reunification in 1990, as was the President’s father. An American journalist of my acquaintance recently had occasion to visit the office of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, and found the Chancellor’s staff giggling about Mr Bush in front of another American reporter.

Gimson var på det beryktede møtet der konspirasjonsteoriene rundt 911 ble omsatt. Det er et tegn at hver femte tysker deler disse forskrudde ideene.

Dr Jeffrey Gedmin, an American foreign policy expert who has often appeared on German television to argue the case for the invasion of Iraq, was amazed by the volume and bitterness of the hate mail he has received. ‘You Jew son of a whore, you are not welcome in this country, you and that nigger hyena Condoleezza Rice,’ was the sort of message sent to him by many of his correspondents. Dr Gedmin happens, incidentally, to be a Roman Catholic.

A sad case of schadenfreude
Andrew Gimson says Gerhard Schröder has unleashed and exploited his country’s latent anti-Americanism, long suppressed by postwar German leaders