De arrogantie van de onmacht.

President Obama heeft in Brussel ons eens danig de les gelezen. We moeten meer schaliegas ontginnen, en we moeten veel meer uitgeven aan defensie. We zijn toegesproken als kleine kinderen die hun huiswerk niet gemaakt hebben. En dat terwijl het huidige Amerika werkelijk niets klaar maakt in de wereld, behalve het zaaien van haat, het maken van burgerslachtoffers en het achterlaten van ‘failed states’. Als ik de emotionele reactie  bij mezelf gade sla, dan kan ik goed begrijpen waarom de Verenigde Staten zoveel verzet oproepen in de wereld. Worden wij nog benaderd als schoolkinderen, vele andere volken worden gezien als kleuters. Niets geleerd van ‘nine eleven’.

Ik ben het in iedere vezel oneens met Obama’s  uitspraken, maar daar gaat het niet om. Het gaat me niet om de inhoud maar om de toon. Nu is het dédain waarmee vele Amerikanen op de rest van de wereld neerkijken me niet onbekend (en degenen die dat niet doen hebben ook niet veel van andere culturen begrepen). Maar dit slaat werkelijk alles wat ik ooit bewust heb meegemaakt. Pure demagogie. Ik kan me niet voorstellen dat zowel Bush senior, Clinton als Bush junior dit ooit zo gedaan zouden hebben, zelfs al zouden ze dezelfde mening hebben gehad. Zij zouden daarvoor te beschaafd, te fatsoenlijk zijn geweest. Fatsoen, wat een ouderwetse waarde. Ik word nu echt oud geloof ik.

Net als velen was ik al ernstig teleurgesteld in Obama, maar ik gaf hem tot nu toe nog het voordeel van de twijfel. Maar nu zie ik hem meer als iemand die voortreffelijk kan speechen (maar die competentie nu helaas misbruikt heeft), maar verder weinig klaar maakt. Nee, dan ben ik meer van Merkel, die behoedzaam en zonder glamour manoeuvreert in het binnen- en buitenlandse mijnenveld, en daarbij toch heel doortastend kan zijn (Energiewende!). Ik denk dat we het in deze wereld van de vrouwen moeten hebben.

U zou zich terecht kunnen afvragen waar ik me druk over maak en wat u daarmee te maken heeft. Wel, er komen Europese verkiezingen aan. Het is misschien dienstig  om uw stem te laten bepalen door een visie op Europa die beter past bij de cultuur van dit continent, dan door de Amerikaanse bombast. Als we dat eerder op het gebied van de economie gedaan hadden, dan leefden we nu in een andere, naar mijn idee betere, wereld.

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