December 22, 2005

Never miss an opportunity to piss off the US of A...

I found this in a backnumber of the Märkische Allgemeine newspaper:
Die im Irak entführte Susanne Osthoff wähnte sich sicher und reiste trotz Warnungen in den gefährlichen Norden des Landes, ihren Häschern entgegen

"Ich bin mit den Aufständischen [sic!] auf Du und Du", sagte sie Zweiflern, die vor Reisen in die von Terror und Militäroperationen heimgesuchte Region warnten.

Und wenn sie doch in die Fänge des Abu Mussab al-Zarkawi, des gefürchteten Terroristen, geriete, von dem gesagt wird, dass er sich in der Provinz Ninive aufhalte, in der auch Mossul liegt? "Dann rede ich mich heraus", lachte sie selbstbewusst, auf ihre perfekten Arabischkenntnisse und ihre Überzeugungskraft anspielend. Sie wirkte besessen von der Idee, einen Beitrag zum Erhalt der "überwältigenden Kulturgüter Iraks" zu leisten.

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Susanne Osthoff, who was kidnapped in Iraq, thought she was safe and travelled, in spite of warnings, to the dangerous North, towards her captors

"I am on first name terms with the insurgents [sic!]" she told those sceptics who warned her to travel to a region haunted by terror and military operations.

And what if might falls in the hands of the dreaded terrorist Abu Mussab al-Zarkawi, who was said to stay in the Ninive province, to which Mossul belongs? "I'll talk myself out of it", she laughed self-confidently, alluding to her perfect command of Arabic and power of conviction. She seemed to be obsessed with the idea of contributing to the conservation of the “stunning cultural heritage of Iraq”.
What do we have here? A naïve idolizer of a foreign culture with a vastly over-inflated ego and the typical self-hate that goes with it at best, a cunning schemer who was part of the deal right from the start at worst. A Muslim convert (never forget the amount of self-hate and -denigration a Western woman must experience to do such a step) who found it, no doubt, more sexy to poke around ancient sites in the Middle East as the one and only woman among all those not-so-noble savages than around Roman or Teutonic fortresses in Germany as one of those only-too-many crones who are into ancient history.

(Besides, something like that would have kept her near her oh-so-cherished “young daughter”, wouldn’t it? But of course, that doesn’t count and most children like that are just nothing but cute little additions to “academics’” curriculum vitaes anyway because Mummy is SO much happier romping around among even-more-oh-so-cherished debris in some remote desert spot …)

Hey, what about her chauffeur who is suspected to have played a part in the kidnappers scenario, or so they said yesterday night on the wireless? If he, why not she as well?

Debkafile, who are usually well informed, report that Ernst Uhrlau, Angela Merkel’s new head of the BND, Germany’s equivalent of the CIA, is revealed as the man behind Berlin’s secret decision to trade Osthoff for the imprisoned Hizbollah terrorist Mohammad Ali Hammadi. A US extradition warrant was on file in Berlin, which was supposed to take effect if the Hammadi were ever released. Hammadi was flown to Beirut, Osthoff was released by her Iraqi kidnappers.

Honi soit qui mal y pense?

Summary? The German taxpayer is paying for the irresponsible romps of a megalomaniac woman at best, for a scheme to fill the coffers of the Iraqi terrorists … ooops… INSURGENTS… at worst, whilst taking the opportunity to tell the United States once more to eff off.

And I bet we will never find out what really happened, because the truth would make German officials and media the laughing stock of the world.

Pity, really...