Angela Merkel hit with criminal complaint for being “glad” OBL is dead

posted at 7:29 pm on May 6, 2011 by Bruce McQuain

The world is officially nuts. I’m not sure how else you classify what follows. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany recently remarked on the death of mass murderer Osama bin Laden saying was “glad” he’d been killed. That prompted the following from a German judge:

But Hamburg judge Heinz Uthmann went even further. He alleges that the chancellor’s statement was nothing short of illegal, and filed a criminal complaint against Merkel midweek, the daily Hamburger Morgenpost reported Friday.

“I am a law-abiding citizen and as a judge, sworn to justice and law,” the 54-year-old told the paper, adding that Merkel’s words were “tacky and undignified.”

In his two-page document, Uthmann, a judge for 21 years, cites section 140 of the German Criminal Code, which forbids the “rewarding and approving” of crimes. In this case, Merkel endorsed a “homicide,” Uthmann claimed. The violation is punishable by up to three years’ imprisonment or a fine.

“For the daughter of a Christian pastor, the comment is astonishing and at odds with the values of human dignity, charity and the rule of law,” Uthmann told the newspaper.

Of course the judge is assuming it’s a “homicide” (certainly no proof exists that’s the case) and thus a criminal act. In fact, the Geneva Conventions will clearly show otherwise. Obviously he files his complaint with nothing more than his opinion as a basis.

So you say, it’s one extremist view, why get excited about it?

While the judge’s reaction may seem extreme, his sentiments are apparently shared by 64 percent of the German population. That was the proportion of Germans who said bin Laden’s death was “no reason to rejoice” in a poll published by broadcaster ARD on Friday.

Germany – never a bastion of human rights or individual freedoms – continues to live up to its past with a new extremist but pacifist twist. This is an example of absurdity masquerading as reason, extremism as normalcy and stupidity as compassion.

Everyone who loves freedom and hates mass murderers should be “glad” Osama bin Laden has been killed. He was a monster, just like one which once ruled the land this puffed up pratt Uthman lives in. As much as Germans claim to have been “disgusted” with the “jubilation” over OBL’s death, nonsense like this does them no favor. The disgust on this side of the Atlantic for a country that assaults free speech and protects the memory of a mass murderer by going after those who express satisfaction at his demise isn’t one that I or most anyone here would ever care to live in.

[HT: Tom W]


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It is incredibly schadenfreudig to see the Europeans, Australian liberals and other assorted scum, so disappointed in their big Love, Obama.

He is now the assassin of Osama.

72 virgins transitioned to 72 versions, on way to 1001 whatevers…

In the meanwhile Obama became GWB and Micheale Moore and his had their heads explode.

This circus is sweeter thant the best quality of honey in the world.

Schadenfreude on May 6, 2011 at 7:31 PM

This is an example of absurdity masquerading as reason

FROM THE HIGH MORAL GROUND.

Maybe Merkle should drop his ass into Afghanistan.

GarandFan on May 6, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Like I said before, I`m glad we beat the Nazi out of them…… But I think we went too far.

ThePrez on May 6, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Congrats on finding the perfect Angela Merkel picture. She looks simultaneously guilty and chastened.

cynccook on May 6, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Coming soon to a courtroom near you.

davidk on May 6, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Truly unbelievable. I give up.

MikeknaJ on May 6, 2011 at 7:34 PM

This sounds like some sort of ridiculous reductio ad absurdum. I fear for humanity, considering that it’s probably not.

gryphon202 on May 6, 2011 at 7:34 PM

http://www.slaw.ca/2011/02/03/insults-in-germany-are-offences/

I think they may have a little too far with the anti-indoctrination of Germany after WWII.

cynccook on May 6, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Just be glad you don’t live in Europe.

If you do, my condolences.

Moesart on May 6, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Coming soon to a courtroom near you.

davidk on May 6, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Truly unbelievable. I give up.

MikeknaJ on May 6, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Ha! This is nothing. Read some of Mark Steyn’s pieces on what’s happening in Canada @ steynonline.com

cynccook on May 6, 2011 at 7:38 PM

It’s a shame the Allies advancing caused Hitler to kill himself.

And shame on the USA for celebrating his death.

Good Lt on May 6, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Like I said before, I`m glad we beat the Nazi out of them…… But I think we went too far.

ThePrez on May 6, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Whatever you do, don’t mention the war!

29Victor on May 6, 2011 at 7:39 PM

It’s a shame the Allies advancing caused Hitler to kill himself.

And shame on the USA for celebrating his death.

Good Lt on May 6, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Obama’s gonna take credit for this too…just wait.

29Victor on May 6, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Moesart on May 6, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Yeah well a certain asshat president and his goons want to bring that shyte here.

dogsoldier on May 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Can we please leave the Europeans to their dhimmitude fate and just get our troops out of there already? I’m not normally isolationist but between the Germans and the French, I for one have just about had it.

DocinPA on May 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Germany somehow always returns to evil. I don’t know what it is.

MadisonConservative on May 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Whatever you do, don’t mention the war!

29Victor on May 6, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Now that is some good stuff! Too bad it didn’t run longer.

gryphon202 on May 6, 2011 at 7:41 PM

11 German nationals were killed in the 9/11 attack. Many more have died in the fight against terror since then.

Has the judges consistently applied the law against the killers of Germans?

If not, remove him from the bench or other positions of responsibility.

NaCly dog on May 6, 2011 at 7:41 PM

I am really wishing we had let them earn their own way back to prosperity instead of giving them a hand up after WWII.

Maybe if they had not had us to back them up they would appreciate the fruits of capitalism more and not allowed socialism to overcome their moral compass.

Right and Wrong have been switched.

petunia on May 6, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Germany:

Learn something.

Signed,

Descendant of sane people you put in Dachua and Stadlheim.

65droptop on May 6, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Also, pretty German girls…

The pretty German girls are NSFW

ninjapirate on May 6, 2011 at 7:42 PM

That by definition indicts Obama. He ordered the homicide.

I suspect any Muslim in any country can applaud any terrorist killing and they will never see a criminal complaint.

seven on May 6, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Germany has become a nation of imbeciles.

crosspatch on May 6, 2011 at 7:46 PM

…his sentiments are apparently shared by 64 percent of the German population. That was the proportion of Germans who said bin Laden’s death was “no reason to rejoice” in a poll..

What really bugs me is that you just know that if GWB happened to pass away and the same poll was given, the results would probably be reversed.

spaninq on May 6, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Angela, millions upon millions of people around the world are ‘glad’ obl is DRT! Hang in there girl, don’t cave to the rop type. WE will not submit and you shouldn’t either!
L

letget on May 6, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Thou must not disrespect ISLAM! This is even more a hate crime than burning a Koran. General Petraeus will not be amused.

Cheshire Cat on May 6, 2011 at 7:49 PM

I am disgusted to have German blood.

EnochCain on May 6, 2011 at 7:50 PM

It was a gutsy move calling for the find-and-kill order for Hitler, but somebody other than that blithering idiot FDR had to do it.

/Obama

Good Lt on May 6, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Germany sure loves totalitarianism.

Vera on May 6, 2011 at 7:54 PM

It’s becoming less and less likely by the day that I’ll be visiting there before the entire continent goes completely batshit crazy and unsafe for travel. Sad, really.

Bee on May 6, 2011 at 7:55 PM

HalJordan on May 6, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Is she married? I think I’m in love! lol

odat on May 6, 2011 at 7:56 PM

@RealSheriffJoe
Joe Arpaio
Just met with 25 editors from both the U.S. & Germany to discuss my policies on how I run the Jails as well as my thoughts on immigration.

Connie on May 6, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Saying something tacky and undignified is against the law in Germany? This judge(?) has more stretch than spandex.

Kissmygrits on May 6, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Hard proof that liberalism is a brain disorder.

You-Eh-Vee on May 6, 2011 at 8:02 PM

While the judge’s reaction may seem extreme, his sentiments are apparently shared by 64 percent of the German population. That was the proportion of Germans who said bin Laden’s death was “no reason to rejoice” in a poll published by broadcaster ARD on Friday.

It’s a long ways from thinking OBL’s death was “no reason to rejoice” and believing it to be murder. Der Speigle’s assumption of support is unsupported by the facts.

Socratease on May 6, 2011 at 8:03 PM

So, what’s next? Self defense going to be declared a crime?

Blake on May 6, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Misusing State authority in defense of a mass-murderer? In Germany? No way!

forest on May 6, 2011 at 8:05 PM

It’s a long ways from thinking OBL’s death was “no reason to rejoice” and believing it to be murder. Der Speigle’s assumption of support is unsupported by the facts.

Socratease on May 6, 2011 at 8:03 PM

I agree, not at all the same thing.

forest on May 6, 2011 at 8:06 PM

If hate was not allowed in the world, islam would be the first thing to be made illegal.

HalJordan on May 6, 2011 at 8:08 PM

his sentiments are apparently shared by 64 percent of the German population

After WWII and during the Nuremberg trials, the German people became obsessed with the accusation that there was something fundamentally wrong with the German character. Whatever gave people that idea I wonder?

Where did Mohammed Atta become radicalized again?

Maybe there’s something in the soil…

America alone indeed. Next time Europe can go…

TheBigOldDog on May 6, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Hamburg is Germany’s version of Cleveland and Detroit.

bw222 on May 6, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Germany somehow always returns to evil. I don’t know what it is.

MadisonConservative on May 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

The classic characterization of the lower German psyche is “At your feet or at your throat.”

And here it is again.

warbaby on May 6, 2011 at 8:15 PM

But Hamburg judge Heinz Uthmann went even further. He alleges that the chancellor’s statement was nothing short of illegal, and filed a criminal complaint against Merkel midweek, the daily Hamburger Morgenpost reported Friday.

Friends don’t let friends put Heinz on a Hamburger.

Left Coast Right Mind on May 6, 2011 at 8:15 PM

And here it is again.

warbaby on May 6, 2011 at 8:15 PM

I was just going to say that. Better to keep them at our feet.

John the Libertarian on May 6, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Germany:

Learn something.

Signed,

Descendant of sane people you put in Dachua and Stadlheim.

65droptop on May 6, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Ditto.
Signed the Great-Great niece of Jews murdered at Babi Yar

annoyinglittletwerp on May 6, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Germans lecturing Americans on the rule of law. What a joke.

Terrye on May 6, 2011 at 8:26 PM

I wonder what Hitler thinks about this?
*coming to a You Tube near you*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 6, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Germans lecturing Americans on the rule of law. What a joke.

Terrye on May 6, 2011 at 8:26 PM

About 10 years(I’m guessing) ago a WWII era mass grave was discovered just outside some German hamlet. Actually-the townspeople knew about it-but because the victims were Jews they didn’t think it was important to tell the authorities.
Leopard. Spots.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 6, 2011 at 8:29 PM

I know Germans are supposed to be intelligent, but every time I read anything published in Spiegel, they seem to be retarded at best and completely psychotic at other times.

By this idiot judges standards (and most judges are idiots), Hitler should still be alive.

woodNfish on May 6, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Expressing ‘gladness’ at the death of a mass murderer: fined.

Being lectured on humanity by the people who instigated two world wars and the Holocaust: Priceless.

JavelinaBomb on May 6, 2011 at 8:40 PM

It’s becoming less and less likely by the day that I’ll be visiting there before the entire continent goes completely batshit crazy and unsafe for travel. Sad, really.

Bee on May 6, 2011 at 7:55 PM

You’re already too late.

MadisonConservative on May 6, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Ditto.
Signed the Great-Great niece of Jews murdered at Babi Yar

annoyinglittletwerp on May 6, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Grandson of pre-war Dachau prisoner here, AnnoyingLittleTwerp. Grandpop got sprung from Stadlheim (political prison) in ’44 so his guards could fight in the Battle of the Bulge (Ardennes Offensive). So Thanks, Gen. Patton and 3rd Army. Germany has trouble with staying sane, and they are, again, very certain they are “right” about things this time too. To Life!

65droptop on May 6, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Man, for a country of nihilists those Germans sure do get their panties in a wad over the most stupidest of things.

FlatFoot on May 6, 2011 at 8:50 PM

One Downfall parody…stat!

Christien on May 6, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Obama’s gonna take credit for this too…just wait.

29Victor on May 6, 2011 at 7:39 PM

And the good news is, he’s no longer blaming George Bush.

manwithblackhat on May 6, 2011 at 9:07 PM

You’re already too late.

MadisonConservative on May 6, 2011 at 8:47 PM

*sniffles* Could have been fun.

Bee on May 6, 2011 at 9:09 PM

One Downfall parody…stat!

Christien on May 6, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Ask and you shall receive.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 6, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Germany somehow always returns to evil. I don’t know what it is.

MadisonConservative on May 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

I blame it on weisswurst. That stuff is just wrong.

trigon on May 6, 2011 at 9:19 PM

This judge must be trying for an Obama appointment to the US Court of Appeals.

He’s correct that it is a homocide. No one doubts a man was killed. Whether it’s a crime is the question. It doesn’t pass the laugh test, but that’s the question.

Finally, if tacky and unprofessional is the test, the judge better hire his own counsel. He’s in the dock as well.

FalseProfit on May 6, 2011 at 9:45 PM

We’ll let the Germans ride this high moral ground right into the dhimmitude that is going to overwhelm Europe.

You get what you ask for.

englishqueen01 on May 6, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Losing the war turned the Germans into left-wing freaks. And it turned the Japanese into freaks period. Let’s not even talk about what it turned the British into.

It’s like the whole civilized world imploded following the outcome of WW II.

keep the change on May 6, 2011 at 9:59 PM

the daily Hamburger Morgenpost reported Friday

LMAO!!

When does he appear in front of Mayor McCheese?

Tim_CA on May 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Whatever you do, don’t try to smuggle The Wizard of Oz into Germany,

pedestrian on May 6, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Perhaps this judge will indict Obama for the “murder” of OBL. Oh, the irony!

Really Right on May 6, 2011 at 11:20 PM

While the judge’s reaction may seem extreme, his sentiments are apparently shared by 64 percent of the German population. That was the proportion of Germans who said bin Laden’s death was “no reason to rejoice” in a poll published by broadcaster ARD on Friday.

I cannot think of a better reason to remove US troops from Germany. Let the Germans defend themselves.

Freddy on May 7, 2011 at 12:41 AM

It’s like the whole civilized world imploded following the outcome of WW II.

keep the change on May 6, 2011 at 9:59 PM

It was the calling the red fascists in Russia Allies.

Slowburn on May 7, 2011 at 1:20 AM

This coming from the country whose people claimed they had no idea deaths camp were opperating in there neighborhoods throught the entire country during WW2.

Niteowl45 on May 7, 2011 at 1:32 AM

I am really wishing we had let them earn their own way back to prosperity instead of giving them a hand up after WWII.

Maybe if they had not had us to back them up they would appreciate the fruits of capitalism more and not allowed socialism to overcome their moral compass.

Right and Wrong have been switched.

petunia on May 6, 2011 at 7:41 PM

We did give the Germans a hand up after WWII, but we didn’t just hand them prosperity. They worked hard and earned it themselves. For the first generation or two after WWII, life was very tough in Germany. Americans stationed there often helped poor Germans get enough to eat.

Which is why when I was in Germany in the 80s, the older Germans absolutely loved Americans. They would sometimes just give us little things, like bread or drinks. On a tour of the Black Forest one time, some Germans in a Gasthaus (inn) insisted on sending us Schnapps as a gift. I remember another who struggled through broken English and sign language to let me know how much he loved Reagan.

Sadly, they’ve become like much of the rest of Europe. I wonder sometimes if those sentiments are really widespread though, because even back in the 80s there was some anti-American sentiment, but most Germans really seemed to like Americans.

At any rate, don’t be too quick to condemn all Germans. WWII was a long time ago.

There Goes The Neighborhood on May 7, 2011 at 2:51 AM

It’s important to realize that Europeans look on any question as a basically moral question: how can I take a position that makes me seem morally superior to Americans? Therefore to them agreeing with any American about any subject is morally impossible. As far as they are concerned if you can’t look down on Americans you are just not trying hard enough.

Fred 2 on May 7, 2011 at 2:57 AM

When did Germany adopt pre-2010 Alaskan Law???

Gohawgs on May 7, 2011 at 4:09 AM

A judge filed charges against a politician for saying something they found repugnant? I assume if the case goes to this judge that the outcome is pre-determined? Or does Germany have grand juries judging criminality and determining punishment?

waelse1 on May 7, 2011 at 4:17 AM

Well, it is technically a “homicide”, because a human was killed, but that doesn’t make it murder. Furthermore, since it didn’t happen in Germany, or involve any Germans, it shouldn’t be considered as a crime by German law just based on jurisdiction issues. The problem here is primarily jurisdiction creep, though it clearly also wouldn’t be an issue without a health does of anti-war buffoonery.

Count to 10 on May 7, 2011 at 7:33 AM

Obama’s gonna take credit for this too…just wait.

29Victor on May 6, 2011 at 7:39 PM>

Naaah, that was his Uncle.

Right after he liberated Auschwitz, or somethin’

Read your history book!

VelvetElvis on May 7, 2011 at 8:26 AM

“…tacky and undignified.”

Holy Cow! Bring out the electric chair!

percysunshine on May 7, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Germany somehow always returns to evil. I don’t know what it is.

MadisonConservative on May 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

I think all countries & all people have this tendency.
Here in ND, it’s heavy German country.
My husband’s family is Hungarian & German, with some Irish mixed in.
Some of the old Germans around here (immigrants & direct children of immigrants) are pretty nasty people, but there are also a lot of them who are wonderful people.
I’ve been studying a lot of their history lately on the continent & from what I see, they have a long hard history of a lot of suffering & trying to find an identity that they can be proud of.
Getting your a$$ kicked in 2 World wars I imagine is pretty humiliating.
Unfortunately, they went too far nuts the other way & are now going over the deep end on their own.
Too bad.

Badger40 on May 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

ThePrez on May 6, 2011 at 7:32 PM

What do you mean, we beat it out of them? It’s still there!

Ryan Anthony on May 7, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Every country has their nutjobs. Maybe some people in Europe somewhere are reading a report about Michael Moore’s thoughts on this and wondering just how America got so messed up.

This judge is clearly demented and desperate for some media attention.

As for the poll bear in mind that it didn’t say that they thought Bin Laden shouldn’t have been killed but instead indicated that his death was “no reason to rejoice”. There’s a big difference between wanting to celebrate a death and being pleased that the death has happened.

The scars of WW2 run deep in Germany so I wouldn’t read too much into some people there being wary about rejoicing the death of even an individual as repugnant as Bin Laden. A lot of people are struggling with rejoicing in OBL’s death because of their Christian faith for example. Personally I’m over the moon that the SOB is dead (and up close and personal by a SEAL to boot!) but I can understand that some are feeling unsure of how to respond.

I’d like to see a similar poll conducted in somewhere like Berkeley and see how that turns out BTW.

Jay Mac on May 7, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Think of it! By May, 1945, the German infrastructure had been totally destroyed! There were no operating water or sewage systems, no electricity, 90% of the buildings in the major cities were destroyed, with some 50,000 dead buried in the rubble. There were some 450,000 people without any shelter, there was no food, no fuel, and the entire transportation system was destroyed, including all main roads, bridges, railroads, and canals, and pipelines. There were virtually no crops planted that spring, and much of the livestock had perished.

The American Army, on the direct instructions of the great General Eisenhower, feed, clothed, and provided shelter for what was left of the German population in what became known as West Germany. The Americans then restored the basic infrastructure, including the fuel necessary to run it. Later, the American Marshall Plan restored German industry at staggering expense. Throughout this post-war period, the German population was little more than a nuisance. Today, they still are!

As an enemy, the Germans had the most powerful and best trained national army on earth, which was only defeated by a huge allied coalition. As an ally, today, they are useless. It is realistically estimated that, without the incredible generosity of the American Army and People after the War, there would currently be about one-third of the existing population of Germany and, of course, they would have long since been overwhelmed by the Soviets. Yet, the so-called conservative President of this miserable nation recently stated that it would be “impossible” for the Germany military to support the NATO combat commitment in Afghanistan. I cannot adequately express by contempt for this ghastly society, but they have sealed their own grim fate in this world. Have you really looked at their economic, demographic, and cultural situation? Not a pretty picture

John Adams on May 7, 2011 at 1:34 PM

I hope the Chancellor goes to jail for this…i sincerely do.. only then will the world truly know that we are not fighting just terrorism here… but the hundreds of thousands of terrorist sympathizers and enablers like this moron German judge… and make no mistake this judge is a sympathizer of Al-Qaeda… He did this out of spite that his favorite terrorist group’s leader was killed by the country he detested the most… a typical German leftist moron who not so surprisingly is a judge..

nagee76 on May 8, 2011 at 5:02 AM