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Opinion By Joerg Geier: George W. Bush’s get-together with young professionals in Mainz

Unfortunately it seems to be the norm rather than an exception that political leaders or decision-makers preach one thing but practice another. On Feb 23 President Bush responded to questions from young professionals at the Electoral Palace in Mainz. In the public part of the meeting he outlined his viewpoint on freedom as an essential human desire: “Free societies are peaceful societies.” Nice thought. And perhaps even honest - if “free” implies “uncritical towards those who lead.” Initially planned as a town-hall meeting open to average citizens, President Bush’s gathering with German “non-officials” ended up being a meeting with carefully selected young professionals whose “airtime” was limited to a minimum. Fearful of too many unpleasant questions -and instead of more or less official censorship - the greater part of the meeting was declared internal and hence closed to the public.

The selection process of the up-and-coming VIPs behind the scenes was even more nebulous. At first, various institutes with a U.S.-focus were asked to provide names of talented individuals capable of leaving a good impression on Germany’s distinguished guest. Also the German Fulbright Commission was asked to present suitable candidates. From initially 20 the list was cut down to eight young delegates. In the end one star remained and joined the meeting. Neither decision-making nor line of argumentation brought forward by the German Foreign Office were conclusive. The noble claim for freedom as a universal value stayed behind as an empty notion.

What is left is a strange aftertaste. The greatest strides forward in terms of spreading the gospel of democracy will be made when decision-makers start to walk the talk. Everything else will be interpreted as hypocrisy.

References:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/02/20050223-5.html

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,343173,00.html

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Andrew Yu-Jen Wang on :

Speaking of George W. Bush: George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism (indicated in my blog). George W. Bush did in fact commit innumerable hate crimes. And I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed other hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention. Many people know what Bush did. And many people will know what Bush did—even to the end of the world. Bush was absolute evil. Bush is now like a fugitive from justice. Bush is a psychological prisoner. Bush has a lot to worry about. Bush can technically be prosecuted for hate crimes at any time. In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy. Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996 Messiah College, Grantham, PA Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993 “GEORGE W. BUSH IS THE WORST PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY” BLOG OF ANDREW YU-JEN WANG ______________________ I am not sure where I had read it before, but anyway, it is a linguistically excellent statement, and it goes kind of like this: “If only it were possible to ban invention that bottled up memory so it never got stale and faded.” Oh wait—off the top of my head—I think the quotation came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.

Joe Noory on :

A cloitered Philadelphia suburbanite thinking that he understand the world. How cute. Anyone who thinks that there is a “big book of international law” is naively craving an international autocracy. The same adolescent mind usually also get worked up because they think that there is a “hate crime” law somewhere in that imaginary tome where the people that THEY personally hate can be prosecuted. Trying to reach so deep as to control people’s souls, they even want to make crimes of emotions and thoughts that they can’t abide. They are no different than Hitler.

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