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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Destroying the Work of Generations

posted by Mu at 2/24/2005 10:35:00 AM

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Reading through reports of GWB's recent trip to Germany made me realize how badly he has destroyed the immage of the USA in Germany. Everyone has seen Kenedy's famous speach in Berlin in front of a hystric crowd, exstatic about his support in a bad time. 1989 Bush Sr. went to Mainz, the same city his son went to. Bush Sr. got greeted by similarly enthusiastic crowds, a friend of the people. I happened to go to grad school there at the time, and while in some leftist circles at the university people tried to organize anti-american protest they were considered a fringe group.
Now GWB came to Mainz, and what a change. Despite converting the city of Mainz into something similar to Bagdad's Green zone (blocked air trafic, blocked ship trafic on the Rhine river, blocked interstates) tenthousands of people came to jeer at Bush, with everything from accusations of warcrimes to terrorism to comparisons to Hitler.
The damage that man has done will be very hard to overcome for any successor.