This seems rather silly. Surely it's better to be a little hungry than risk foreign contamination. Who knows what the British pack into their army rations! It might be mince pies! Mint sauce! Baked beans! The horror!
This piece of news is actually not all that new. Ten days ago, The Spiegel reported that German Care packages were turned back because it was feared that they were infected with Mad Cow Disease.
[They saw through us. Darn. And we thought we had found a new way to world dominance!]
There is only one fact that bugs me about this explanation. Those food rations are NATO certified Mad Cow Disease-free and, gasp!, are cleared for consumption by US army personnel, e.g. in Afghanistan. When Der Spiegel inquired, the US Embassy in Germany rather sheepishly declared that the ban on the NATO food rations would be lifted again.
I'm watching this with bemused curiosity.
This is very funny. Now I wonder: how much would Romanians think this applies to Romania as well? You know, since Romanians are sort of the lost cousins of the Italians...
(Warning: I think it's hard to view this link in a modem connection.)
Over at A Fistful of Euros where we are (less than avid, I have to confess) contributors, I wrote a post on Giuliana Sgrena. If you are interested, or if you've never heard the name, take a look. It's one of those stories that make you wish to jump 100 years ahead and see whether all the facts are on the table then. Because they sure aren't now.
German ambassador to the US Wolfgang Ischinger is generally viewed as one of the more brilliant heads in German foreign policy. I read his article on US-European relations in last week's Zeit magazine and had two immediate thoughts:
1. Oh, I'd love to share this article on the blog, if only it were in English.
2. Hm, the sentence structure somehow feels English.
Well, not for nothing am I a trained translator. It turns out that the original English article appeared in newly launched German paper called "The Atlantic Times" back in December and can be read on the website of the German Embassy in Washington.
Interesting read, that.