As if to add insult to injury, U.S. troops will soon be departing Germany in large numbers as our overseas presence is restructured. Germany, no fan of the war in Irag, will nevertheless miss our men and women, and more importantly, their dollars. Once more I turn to David- the best blooger out there on all matters German and his post "But What About My Job, Mr. Warmonger, Sir?…":
The staff of ver.di, Germany’s largest service-sector union and the largest independent, individual trade union in the world, is worried. Its leaders now realize that there won’t be enough warmongers around to adequately support members’ Socialist way-of-life. They rightfully “fear” that the planned withdrawal of tens of thousands of US military personnel and their dependents from Germany will result in thousands of lost union jobs, particularly in areas surrounding affected bases and installations.
“But…warmongers?” You ask. Well sure, that is exactly how ver.di’s chairman, union kingpin Frank Bsirske, described the American government and military just last year.
This apparent contradiction highlights the fact that there is indeed something more important to Germany’s leftist dominated unions than exploiting anti-American sentiment for political gain. That something is ensuring that union members be able to suck at the teat of the Socialist welfare state into the indefinite future. And if that means accepting money and jobs from members of the US military, people the unions have repeatedly derided and demonized as warmongers from a heartless capitalist society, well, then Frank Bsirske and ver.di are entirely prepared to do just that.
Germany, and the rest of the "Old EU" are going to have to come to grips with their relationship to the United States, and soon. Economic woes, the rise of NAZI-ism and and the threat of Islamofascism in the western world will force their hand sooner or later. I just hope that there is enough of the "Old Europe" left to justify our saving it.
(End of post)