Young Germans are devouring anti-U.S. books and reveling in anti-U.S. conspiracy theories, reports the Christian Science Monitor. In a recent survey, 1 in 3 Germans under the age of 30 said the US government had something to do with the Sept. 11 attacks.
In the past six months, Wenzel, a teenager from the eastern German town of Strausberg has read four books by his new favorite author — American filmmaker, humorist, and vocal critic of President Bush — Michael Moore. Wenzel recently attended one of two sold-out appearances by Mr. Moore in one of Berlin’s largest concert halls.
“Not only do I really like what Michael Moore is saying, but I can really imagine that Bush had something to do with the [Sept. 11] attacks,” says the ninth-grader. “It could, of course, be a coincidence — but a really good one for Bush; it is too good an excuse for his wars. The Americans needed a good reason to attack so that they could exploit other countries for oil or whatever.”
What was once East Germany is fertile soil for anti-U.S. conspiracy theories that blame President Bush or the CIA for staging the Sept. 11 attacks.
“I think that some — not all — of the people who believe in these theories see a certain pardon for Germany’s history there,” says (editor Klaus) Hillenbrand. “They see that Germany is still measured against the Holocaust, and they have now found a point where the Americans are also very evil and that we Germans then don’t have to feel inferior to them.”
Young Wenzel and Michael Moore make a cute couple.