Imagine if you will the scenario where a seriously considered candidate for president of the United States were to call a European country, one we are ostensibly allied with, insane Nazis. Contemplate how that person would naturally be excoriated by everyone… but also question if it is even possible for such a thing to happen in the first place?

What purported mainstream, serious presidential candidate would ever utter such a thing about an ally? Enemies, perhaps but not friends and certainly such harsh language wouldn’t be used on a campaign trail … even for enemies.

Neither the News media nor the American people would stand for such intemperate language.

Remember the firestorm that Bush’s unusual usage of “axis of evil” and Reagan’s “evil empire” rhetoric — both memorable for being unusual in American political rhetoric of late against foreign nations.. And that was mild compared to European rhetoric that is used nearly every campaign, even for dogcatcher, in Europe.

But, then, Americans are not the hate-mongers the French are, I guess.

Royal stumbles in row over attack on Israel as ‘Nazi’

Adam Sage, Paris
Segolene Royal, the French presidential candidate, was embroiled in a damaging row on a visit to the Middle East yesterday after appearing to condone a Hezbollah MP who denounced US “insanity” and compared Israel to the Nazis.

In a 20-minute tirade Mr Ammar (of Hezbollah) attacked “unlimited American insanity” for sending troops into Afghanistan and Iraq. He then said that Israeli “Nazism” was no better than Hitler’s Third Reich.

Ms Royal, who is on her first overseas trip since winning the Socialist Party primary, replied: “Thank you for being so frank. I agree with a lot of the things you have said, notably your analysis of the US.”

Naturally this socialist blamed her remarks as “accidents” because her interpreter “mistranslated” the comments. Like most Europeans, she won’t take responsibility for her actions.

But, this kind of rhetoric goes on against the USA all the time in Europe at all levels of government as well as on the campaign trail. In fact, it always has.For instance, recent German leader, Gerhard Schroder, made his whole campaign one of being against everything the USA stood for.

It just shows that, for all their claims of being more “civilized” and more “tolerant”. It is a self-deception as powerful as any ever conceived, obviously.

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