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  •  My point is you are passing judgement based (1+ / 0-)
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    on the wrong assumptions. And Merkel did not make the decision alone - remember, the CDU is the CONSERVATIVE party in coalition with first the SPD, and then later the FDP. The tsunami per se did not "scare them", the thinking is much more complicated than that. You don't appear to understand that the German mentality cannot be compared to the American one, and that one cannot use an American yardstick to judge another culture - it doesn't work and will always be skewed. That's the nature of cultural differences, and one reason there are wars. Your set of expectations and approach to getting something done are different from theirs. In addition, you are simplifying facts and ignoring others, which is quite an American thing, not a German one. The topic is much more complex than you are able to fathom, it appears.
    In a nutshell: The diarist used ONE year of statistics, and Rei and Lawrence and a few others point out that the diarist left out a lot of other facts from the SAME link the diarist posted, which would be salient to his point and change the picture, something like taking one piece of a 1000-piece puzzle and drawing conclusions about the end product without knowing what the finished puzzle looks like.

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    „Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.“ - Bertolt Brecht

    by translatorpro on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 02:51:27 PM PST

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    •  OK. I give up! (0+ / 0-)

      I clearly know nothing about German politics!

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:40:21 PM PST

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