Ignorance On Display

Kevin Drum catches Byron York is in a fuss over a small slice of Barack Obama’s Berlin address today:

It’s a small passage from Obama’s Berlin speech, but this formulation, common in some circles, grates on some ears, like mine:

The terrorists of September 11th plotted in Hamburg and trained in Kandahar and Karachi before killing thousands from all over the globe on American soil.

Yes, the victims were from all over the globe — places like Brooklyn, and the Bronx, and Manhattan, and Queens, and Staten Island, and New Jersey — all over. And most were Americans, weren’t they?

Well, it was called the World Trade Center and citizens of 27* countries (including 16 Germans at the WTC) died in the attacks. Of course most of the deaths were of Americans, but it was attack on not just America, but the West in general and Obama was making that connection in front of a German audience on their soil, reminding them that our fight it also their fight.

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~ by uvasig on July 24, 2008.

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