Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.
- Charles Reade, English Novelist and Dramatist (1814-1884)
Europe’s largest economy, Germany, which has been criticized for not doing enough to help struggling euro zone countries, has topped a poll as the world’s most popular country. The survey, carried out for the BBC, polled 26,000 people in 25 countries and asked them to rate 16 countries and the European Union as a whole on whether their influence on the world was mainly positive or negative.
Six million Jews were unavailable to comment.
Hey, there’s a lot to love about the Germans – they love sausage and sauerkraut, they love beer and they make awesome beer steins, they’re masters of precision engineering and fine automobiles and they look really cool when they dance in their lederhosen. We should also give the Germans credit for being the one Social Democracy in all of the Entitlement States of Continental Europe from sinking under their own weight. (How long they can continue to keep the other states afloat is anyone’s guess.)
But here’s the deal, in the century just passed, Germany might not have started World War I, but they definitely leapt at the chance to drag all of Europe into it, and even when the war was lost, they kept fighting for a lost cause, ensuring the deaths of millions more. They then started the Second World War and embarked on the worst campaign of genocide in human history.
Just out of common decency, shouldn’t there be some sort of mandatory hundred year probationary period before a country with that kind of history is even able to have it’s name on the ballot?
Greatest country in the world my ass. Let’s at least wait until 2045 before we even begin the discussion.