You wouldn’t think that the Greens in Germany would be OK with nationalism, but they are — just so long as it’s not German nationalism.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Junge Freiheit. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:
Roth in Odessa
Claudia now understands patriotism — in Ukrainians
It’s the usual problem of mass tourism. At some point, every new place that arouses wanderlust has been trodden out and photographed so often that a new place that arouses wanderlust has to be found so that those at home can present it as a trophy. This is what our Claudia from the federal cabinet is doing right now. Because Annalena [Baerbock, foreign minister] was already in Kyiv and Olaf [Scholz, chancellor] and even Frank-Walter [Steinmeier, president], although they didn’t want him at first. Even Friedrich [Merz, CDU] and Gregor [Gysi, The Left] from the opposition showed up.
Something new was needed. By choosing Odessa as the background image, the federal government’s commissioner for culture, Claudia Roth (Greens), showed a good instinct. The fact that the city has a glorious cultural past, and even in times of peace would have provided a worthy setting for a visit to the Ukrainian Minister of Culture Olexander Tkachenko, is probably just a coincidence. The city’s name is now simply heard in the media more often without a visitor getting too close to the front lines.
Attack on a country’s cultural identity [She said WHAT?]
The longest-serving professional girl in the federal government routinely reeled off the usual platitudes. “Odessa is a wonderfully beautiful city with big, big cultural institutions,” Claudia said with big, big eyes to Die Zeit. The people there and their colleague Tkachenko were right to have the “great, great concern that this war is also a war against culture.” Because the attackers aim is to “destroy the cultural identity of a country, a society”.
Claudia Roth, Green Minister of State for Culture, worries about the cultural identity of the Ukrainian nation. Absolutely correct. Perhaps this will now encourage a learning process to recognize the existence of a national cultural identity worthy of protection in one’s own country.
— Dieter Stein (@Dieter_Stein) June 9, 2022
“I really understood that, this deep, deep, deep concern, dismay, also the pain that a regime … is trying to wreck, question and destroy the independence and self-determination of a country.” Replace “Ukraine” with “Germany” and the European Union should have serious concerns about the Greens. What is going on with Claudia “Germany, you lousy piece of s***” Roth, Robert “I always found the love of the fatherland nauseating” Habeck and the other Greens?
Chauvinism has always been sexy
Basically, the Greens have always found chauvinism sexy; it just had to be directed against Germans. Therefore, they can powder themselves with the awakened Ukrainian national feeling without hesitation. This is not cynical, because that would mean assuming that they would notice this cognitive dissonance. In reality, what Dietrich Bonhoeffer said is true. “Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of good than malice.” Basically, everything has been said about the Greens.
Incidentally, Ukrainian culture doesn’t have much left to be desired, either. Tkachenko gave Roth stamps with the now legendary radio message of a Ukrainian as a gift after the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which was later sunk, asked him to surrender. In the presence of the Ukrainian Minister of Culture, the German culture commissioner giggled and repeatedly quoted the soldier’s saying: “Russian ship, f*** you.” In Russia, where it is considered very vulgar to swear in public, the video caused considerable irritation.
Claudia Roth, German Minister for Culture and Media is very clear about Russian warship.
— Maria Avdeeva (@maria_avdv) June 6, 2022
Russians simply don’t know that when a German cultural officer says “F*** you, Russia,” it has the same meaning as “Germany, you piece of s***.”
Afterword from the translator:
So typical of these hypocrites from the Greens, but what can one expect from someone that is seemingly and blatantly unaware of their own stench? I’d advocate that she move there immediately, since she prefers their culture so much and wants to preserve it.
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