Thursday, October 13, 2005

Hey Gerhard, Bite Me

Gerhard Schroeder steps down as fuhrer, having narrowly lost the election, or so I think, who the hell can understand this parliamentary system, and they make fun of the electoral college. Anyway... he then does what Germans always do when things go wrong, attack the foreigners.

He quickly composed himself, hitting his stride in a passionate defence of a strong German state and lashing out at "Anglo-Saxon" economic policies favoured in Britain and the United States, which he said had "no chance" in Europe.

In an apparent reference to Hurricane Katrina, Schroeder castigated Washington for liberal, hands-off policies that left it exposed in times of crisis. The Bush administration was widely criticised for its response to the devastating storm.

"I do not want to name any catastrophes where you can see what happens if organised state action is absent. I could name countries, but the position I still hold forbids it, but everyone knows I mean America," he said to loud applause.

Hmm, where was Herr Schroeder when 15,000 Frenchmen died in a heatwave and "organised state action" was absent? Ten times as many people died from a lack of air conditioning, compared to a category 5 hurricane. Sounds like much superior social system to me. Well at least the Germans can console themselves, that Schroeder is only the second worst Chancellor of all time.