August 21, 2004
August 17, 2004
Developing, as Drudge says...
Just to make sure we're all on the same page: I believe GEN Bell ten thousand times more than I believe the German radio. I think what they're putting out is ridiculous misinformation. I'd love to beat your two weeks for outprocessing, Deskmerc, but I know it ain't gonna happen.
August 16, 2004
August 10, 2004
The other day my German co-worker was talking on the phone with her friend and saying how my other co-worker and I were glued to the computer looking for news about Iraq. "Hrumph," her friend said, "can they even find Iraq on a map?" My co-worker came to our defense and said, "They know their geography of Iraq better than they do of Germany!"
I get so tired of the "Americans can't do geography" junk. Sure, I've met an American who thought that the Ayatollah ruled Liberia, but I've met uninformed people in Europe too. I personally have had to explain where Afghanistan is to a German, and I've also had to teach a Canadian where the Berlin Wall was (she thought Berlin was in Russia). I've even had a fight with a Swede over how many states there are in the US (he kept insisting that we have 51, and the fact that I live there still wouldn't convince him otherwise!)
People all over the world are bad at geography and history, not just us.
MORE TO GROK:
Heh, when I read back over that, it looks like I'm saying Canada is in Europe. I know for a fact it isn't. The Canadian, however, was in Europe when I asked her, "Didn't you watch any TV at all in 1989?"
August 04, 2004
"Europeans are surprised to hear that John Kerry is talking about America the same way as George W. Bush does," the paper said. "They are amazed that at the Democratic Convention in Boston, he saluted like a soldier, one hand up at his temple. They would prefer not to hear it when Kerry promises that he would never hesitate to use force in case America is under threat. They are disappointed."
QandO has the rest.
(All hat tips towards the Instapundit)
Though fewer than 14% of Frenchmen have visited America, most have strong views of it; indeed, Europeans who have not been in the U.S. . . . have the strongest opinions about it, and malice toward America is inversely proportional to the amount of time individuals have actually spent there.
Conversely, I loved France and everything French until I actually lived there.
(And if you see the text as a mess of question marks, follow Pixy Misa's advice for changing the encoding.)
(P.S. I finally had enough time to sit down and read Pixy's post on Thought too.)
One passage from the article struck me in particular:
And yet, according to Spanish police officials, at the time of the Madrid attacks there was not a single Arabic-speaking intelligence agent in the country. Al Qaeda was simply not seen as a threat to Spain. We never believed we were a real target, a senior police official said. Thats the reality.
Where's the 3/11 commission report in Spain? Where's the Fahrenheit 3/11 movie to expose the ineptitude of Spanish intelligence and law enforcement? Where's the outrage that "The goverment lied; people died!" when Spain continued to blame the attack on the ETA long after they knew it smelled of Islamism?
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