These pictures from the Dusseldorf Carnival were sent to me and, after some deliberation, I decided to post them. What strikes anyone is the obvious...how we're viewed by the rest of the world...But, I don't really think that's the question. I have a few of my own. But first, the pics:
First off, if we're going to pick on politicians' sexual appetites, why aren't they showing floats of ridiculous British Lords with their pants down and tied up and oranges stuffed in their mouths? Or the Formula 1 guy doing a threesome dressed as a whip-wielding Nazi? Or, perhaps that's a bit too close to home?
Secondly, I don't have anything good to say about our man Berlusconi, but, this government has succeeded in arresting and trying (and hopefully keeping locked up) the greatest number of mafiosi than many of his predecessors combined. Now, I think all politicians must be in bed with the mafia, but I still wonder how these mass arrests have been going on to such a degree for such an extended period of time (could it be that it's just being reported more?). Is it purely window dressing? I don't have the answer.
Finally, don't the Germans have any home grown scandals to take pot shots at? They have to go all the way to Italy? I'd like to have a look at the other floats going by...
I'm reading an outstanding book, L'Orda, by an even more exceptional journalist, Gian Antonio Stella, at the ways in which Italian immigrants were treated around the globe (his point: just like they are now treating their own). From Switzerland to Sydney, these kinds of events (depicting a Prime Minister, no less) would, at least, in the day, have caused a diplomatic row. I know that George W. Bush sort of opened the flood gates on picking on Heads of State (I know, I know, say what you will, Berlusca's NOT the Head of State, but, he's still the guy in charge...)but I think this is really over the top.
Maybe, if the Italians were really behind Berlusconi (and not in the above sort of way), they would start a boycott of Siemens and Lufthansa...it's either a good thing, the Italians don't take themselves so seriously, or, that they're really not such activists after all.