Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Germany Reverts To Type?

Merkel's new administration has released a Hizballah terrorist serving life without parole for murdering an American - and two days later Iraqi terrorists released a German hostage, so It's probably a hostage swap. This may be typical Eunuch anti-Americanism, but there's a more chilling alternative - Germans may be reverting to type.

The swap:

A Lebanese man serving a life sentence in Germany for the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner and killing of a U.S. Navy diver has returned to Lebanon after being paroled in Germany, security and guerrilla officials said Tuesday.

TWA flight 847 from Athens, Greece, to Rome was hijacked in June 1985 to Beirut, where the hijackers beat and shot U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem, 23, of Waldorf, Md., and dumped his body on the tarmac.Stethem was the only casualty during the hijacking ordeal, in which 39 Americans were held hostage for 17 days. He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart decorations, and a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer is named in his honor.

German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said there was no connection between Hamadi's release and the recent freeing of former hostage Susanne Osthoff, a German woman released over the weekend after spending more than three weeks as a captive in Iraq.

According to Debka, the Germans are lying:

Hammadi was serving a life sentence without parole for hijacking a TWA airliner to Beirut in 1985 and throwing a Navy SEAL diver, Robert Dean Stethem, out of the window to his death. A US extradition warrant was on file in Berlin with a promise it would take effect if the hijacker were ever released. A few days after the terrorist was flown to Beirut, Osthoff was freed by her Iraqi insurgent captors.

Recent examples of German anti-Americanism include condemnation of the execution in California of the man who murdered an entire family and protests about US "torture" of terrorists. The conventional explanation is that the Germans hate the Anglos for defeating them, and now they're free of the Soviet threat are making up for 50 years of resentment.

Another possibility is that there's a defect in the German psyche that prevents them comprehending degrees of evil. They can't see the difference between the state executing a convicted murderer and the heinous acts of that murderer, or the difference between US infliction of mental stress on terror suspects and the German vivisection of their captives in WW2. If that's the case, they really won't understand why they shouldn't save the life of one of their citizens by freeing a brutal murderer.

German indifference to degrees of suffering led them to wage two terrible wars in the 20th century. Their current actions suggest that, despite their protestations, they have not changed.