(via soon to be blogrolled David's Medienkritik)
I'll get back to more Red Sox celebrations soon, as I 'm gonna ride that one out for a while. I have to recover from the last two weeks so I can officially celebrate with friends the enormity of this Red Sox win. Right now, I can't due to the extreme fatigue set in physically. So, on to something less stressful, like the elections....yay!
Another October Surprise: Germany's Largest Newspaper Endorses Bush
Medienkritik has now translated BILD's list of reasons in their entirety. Here they are: (my notes will be in italics)
1. Bush has clear priorities. He sees the inhuman Islamic fundamentalism and the murderous mullahs as the largest danger for the Western world.
(we are still at War folks.)
2. Bush has learned the lessons of history. Military strength, not pleasant talk, is the only thing that helps against violent fanatics. And with Bush -- unlike with Kerry -- there is no doubt about this.
(Kerry has stated he will "respond to any attack with full force"- and that's the problem, we can't wait for the next attack, we have to go do something to prevent it. This is what Bush has been doing the last three years.)
3. Under Bush, the US, as a superpower, will continue to bear the financial, military and casualty burden in the fight against terrorism in a "holy war" which Islamic fanatics unilaterally declared.
(Which is nothing new for us, we protected Germany during the Cold war and now they are cool with us protecting them from Islamic terrorists too. Better watch out though Germany, once we are through with this, you guys are on your own. Have fun paying for your own military for a change.)
4. Along with fighting terror and the terrorists, a re-elected Bush will do everything he can to prevent nuclear proliferation. That is especially true with regard to the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea.
(This is a HUGE point- Kerry would ruin the multilateral progress we have made in North Korea. With China and the Russia applying pressure, we could actually do something to Kim Jong, without this -which is what Kerry proposes- we are giving him what he wants. Don't even get me started on Kerry's idea to give nuclear fuel to Iran.)
5. Bush has learned that America can defeat every country in war, but needs allies in peace. Thus, his second term will be characterized by cooperation with international partners. But he will not depend on how Syria or Libya vote at the UN.
(The UN is not our babysitter. We cannot rely on an institution made up of people who want to see our demise. There is a profound difference between multi-lateral action and UN approval.)
6. Bush knows that Europe and Germany don’t have the military at their disposal to become involved in any further foreign military engagements. Therefore he won't ask them for help. Kerry will do exactly that – and will further burden already damaged German-American relations.
(See point #3. And Europe, you better start figuring out how to pay for a military pretty soon. We can't afford to protect you guys much longer.)
7. Under Bush, America will remain a reliable partner for Israel in its fight for survival. That must especially be in our German interest.
8. Republicans have always been stronger supporters of free trade than Democrats. That is also true of Bush when compared to Kerry. And that is good for Germany as an export nation.
(Economically, Kerry will be a disaster. Even the Germans realize this.)
9. Every new American administration makes mistakes. Bush has already made his. Kerry, on the other hand, has of yet held no (executive) position in the government. He would be worse prepared than most Presidents preceding him.
(Better the devil you already know then the one you don't.)
10. With Bush, we know what to expect. With Kerry, nobody knows what he stands for and where he wants to lead America – and the world.
(Kerry has revealed his ideas in terms of foreign policy, and they give the Germans ZERO confidence.)
All of these reasons, minus the European angles, speak volumes of the differences between the candidates. Later today, I am going to list my reasons for who I'm going to vote for.