December 13, 2003
Am I Too Cynical?

Buzzmachine (last post on 12/12 if the direct link doesn't work) reports that German 'peace' groups (sneer quotes richly deserved for a change) are raising money to help Ba'athists in Iraq kill Americans. It would be nice if these pseudopacifists could be prosecuted, but I'm not getting my hopes up. I hope at least that they can be inconvenienced in some small way. I think it's safe to assume that if and when one of these [I'm still trying to think of the right name for them*] flies to the U.S. to visit Disney World or the Grand Canyon and is stopped at immigration and sent straight back to Germany as an undesirable alien, he will be (a) surprised and even flabbergasted, (b) offended and very huffy about it, and (c) defended by many Americans and even more Germans who will be unable to comprehend how any civilized country could possibly treat someone that way.

*What would be the German word for someone who pays fascist thugs to kill while making sure not to get his own hands dirty and priding himself on his own love of peace? Besides 'Arschloch', I mean, which is insufficiently specific. Fortunately, German nouns can have an almost unlimited number of syllables: this one's going to need at least six or eight. Suggestions?

Posted by Dr. Weevil at December 13, 2003 11:33 PM

I'm at a disadvantage here, having to use google, but what about Gewalttätigkeitkuppler?

Posted by: Bigwig on December 14, 2003 12:43 AM

I'm not even going to try and mangle German like that.

This does put a whole new light on the Orwellian "objectively pro-fascist" label pacifists get in these contexts, though, doesn't it? Can't get too much more objectively-pro than funding, can we?

Posted by: Sigivald on December 15, 2003 01:22 PM