Angela Merkel Is Time's Person Of 2015, Followed By ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi And Donald Trump

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When Time magazine announced the short list of its Persons of the Year for 2015, there was some consternation that the winner could be ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi or, maybe even worse according to the US press, Donald Trump. Instead, according to the just announced final results, the two gentlemen are in positions #2 and #3 respectively, with the winner being Germany's iron chancellor, Angela Merkel, whose position however in the aftermath of Europe's historic refugee crisis, has been downgraded from "iron" to quite shaky in recent weeks.

Here is Time's logic:

Europe’s most powerful leader is a refugee from a time and place where her power would have been unimaginable. The German Democratic Republic, where Angela Merkel grew up, was neither democratic nor a republic; it was an Orwellian horror show, where the Iron Curtain found literal expression in the form of the Berlin Wall. The shy daughter of a Lutheran minister, Merkel slipped into politics as a divorced Protestant in a largely Catholic party, a woman in a frat house, an Ossi in the newly unified Germany of the 1990s where easterners were still aliens. No other major Western leader grew up in a stockade, which gave Merkel a rare perspective on the lure of freedom and the risks people will take to taste it.

 

Her political style was not to have one; no flair, no flourishes, no charisma, just a survivor’s sharp sense of power and a scientist’s devotion to data. Even after Merkel became Germany’s Chancellor in 2005, and then commanded the world’s fourth largest economy, she remained resolutely dull—the better to be underestimated time and again. German pundits called her Merkelvellian when she outsmarted, isolated or just outlasted anyone who might mount a challenge to her. Ever cautious, she proudly practiced what Willy Brandt once called Die Politik der kleinen Schritte (the politics of baby steps), or as we call it in the U.S., leading from behind.

 

Then came 2015. Not once or twice but three times this year there has been reason to wonder whether Europe could continue to exist, not culturally or geographically but as a historic experiment in ambitious statecraft. Merkel had already emerged as the indispensable player in managing Europe’s serial debt crises; she also led the West’s response to Vladimir Putin’s creeping theft of Ukraine. But now the prospect of Greek bankruptcy threatened the very existence of the euro zone. The migrant and refugee crisis challenged the principle of open borders. And finally, the carnage in Paris revived the reflex to slam doors, build walls and trust no one.

 

Each time Merkel stepped in. Germany would bail Greece out, on her strict terms. It would welcome refugees as casualties of radical Islamist savagery, not carriers of it. And it would deploy troops abroad in the fight against ISIS. Germany has spent the past 70 years testing antidotes to its toxically nationalist, militarist, genocidal past. Merkel brandished a different set of values—humanity, generosity, tolerance—to demonstrate how Germany’s great strength could be used to save, rather than destroy. It is rare to see a leader in the process of shedding an old and haunting national identity. “If we now have to start apologizing for showing a friendly face in response to emergency situations,” she said, “then that’s not my country.”

 

And so this time, the woman who trained as a quantum chemist did not run the tests and do the lab work; she made her stand. The blowback has come fast and from all sides. Donald Trump called Merkel “insane” and called the refugees “one of the great Trojan horses.” German protesters called her a traitor, a whore; her allies warned of a popular revolt, and her opponents warned of economic collapse and cultural suicide. The conservative Die Welt published a leaked intelligence report warning about the challenge of assimilating a million migrants: “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other people as well as a different understanding of society and law.” Her approval ratings dropped more than 20 points, even as she broadcast her faith in her people: “Wir schaffen das,” she has said over and over. “We can do this.”

 

 

At a moment when much of the world is once more engaged in a furious debate about the balance between safety and freedom, the Chancellor is asking a great deal of the German people, and by their example, the rest of us as well. To be welcoming. To be unafraid. To believe that great civilizations build bridges, not walls, and that wars are won both on and off the battlefield. By viewing the refugees as victims to be rescued rather than invaders to be repelled, the woman raised behind the Iron Curtain gambled on freedom. The pastor’s daughter wielded mercy like a weapon. You can agree with her or not, but she is not taking the easy road. Leaders are tested only when people don’t want to follow. For asking more of her country than most politicians would dare, for standing firm against tyranny as well as expedience and for providing steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply, Angela Merkel is TIME’s Person of the Year.

Congratulations Angela (as well as Abu al-Baghdadi and Donald Trump), and now we wonder if the German premier will go on to achieve the glorious attained by other such Time person of the year award winners as Adolf Hitler...

Joseph Stalin:

Nikita Khrushchev

and Ayatullah Khomeini

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buzzsaw99's picture

god damn shitty highlights on the merkel cover. what is that, paint by the numbers?

HowdyDoody's picture

The (un)Holy Trinity - Merkel, al Baghdadi and Erdogan.

 

Neil Patrick Harris's picture

Why not just give the award to the pedophile prophet Muhammad himself?

debtor of last resort's picture

He already got his Nobel peace price.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Got the Hitler edition.....gonna put it up on Ebay someday.

 

I'll make a killing......hopefully 6 million.

Usurious's picture

rumor is that isreal will take 5,999,999 refugees next year.....

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Usurious Dec 9, 2015 10:04 AM

Yes, the media has really been wall-to-wall Merkel and Al-Baghdadi. @_@

clooney_art's picture

They should have cut to the chase and picked the ISIS leader.

HopefulCynical's picture

They haven't picked a commie in a while, so that probably tipped the balance to Merkel.

HopefulCynical's picture

And i actually agree with Trump on this. She's completely fucked up Germany.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Do people still even read this waste of paper propaganda shit?

auntiesocial's picture

egg xactly. they must get a big fucking chuckle out of this. 

Keynesians say the darndest things's picture

OY VEY IT'S ANODDA SHOAH

The ba dum tss rang in my head as soon as I read your comment lol

auntiesocial's picture

then why can Israel build a wall? Mr. Netanyahu TEAR DOWN THAT WALL! 

robertsgt40's picture

Why no mention Hitler was Time's  man of the year,...twice? 

MalteseFalcon's picture

Time is a POS and should be boycotted. 

Problem is almost nobody buys it anyway. 

Like much of the MSM it survives only because it receives direct or indirect subsidies from the government.

ZH does a disservice by bringing any attention to TIME.

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

Me too.  With a baseball bat.

monkeyboy's picture

Just awesome...

 

these great people of 2015...

 

What a time to be alive!

Grandad Grumps's picture

Your photo modification is Soooooo much better than the government/mainstream media's that on would think that they are intentionally making it obvious that their photos are fakes.

drendebe10's picture

Jeez. Who beat her with an ugly stick?

Titus's picture

That's just the askenazi blood, younger she looked even worse, before age mandated some sexual interest. Hard to imagine...

FireBrander's picture

Is Time hiring? I've heard of employers letting employees drink the last few hours of the day; but I've never heard of one letting you come to work high, and stay high all day...I wonder if the drugs are supplied by the company or if it's "bring your own"?

Folks, you know Time is doing this for the Shock Value; because if they can't offer "Shock Value", the majority of the press has NO VALUE!

I'm surprised they didn't go with the ISIS leader; San Bern probably cost him the spot...Time want's to sell magazines and that would just alienate way too many people...maybe next year..especially if Russia kills the guy...

auntiesocial's picture

they should have had her pose like Hitler on the 1932 cover... 

this is bullshit. I want to see hot German babes drunk out of their minds in traditional garb when I go to Oktoberfest, not muslims. sorry. 

Angel_Eyes's picture
Angel_Eyes (not verified) buzzsaw99 Dec 9, 2015 11:45 AM

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JoeySandwiches's picture

All you have to do is sell out your country, your people and open up the gates for millions of thirdworlders and you too can be Time's person of the year.

thesonandheir's picture

Currently Europe's most dangerous person.

buzzsaw99's picture

maybe the most dangerous person IN europe. however, the most dangerous person TO europe is nobomba.

RiverRoad's picture

Not to mention to us as well...

vollderlerby's picture

"the most dangerous person TO europe is nobomba."

True. If Germany and the other vassals had anything resembling a pair, nobomba would be irrelevant for Europe and those idiots could self destruct in peace and quiet.

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

TIME is like FED chairbitches and politicians. They always got it completely backwards.

Omen IV's picture

It is Time to call TIME irrelevant which it has been for some time!

 

Merkel is the epitome of the European equivalent of the Puppet POTUS.

 

Deutchland is NOT for Germans any longer - she will be major figure in the NWO

 

RiverRoad's picture

Angela Merkel that sainted bitch opening up the gates to the scrum of the ME who will clean her toilets for peanuts.  Low wages and no inflation forever in Germany...let's see how that works out for them.  Time Mag, what a rag.

SharkBit's picture

Frump of the Year!

WTFUD's picture

Someone should call time on Time as those 3 stooges are ZATO Puppets; Even though DeTrump only took the money.

unplugged's picture

don't you mean "man of the year" ?

Philo Beddoe's picture

No sure. As the years go by she looks more and more like Edith Bunker. 

WTFUD's picture

Just looked up who Edith Bunker was Philo and although i see a resemblance i think Merkel looks more like Archie in drag.

Squealgies's picture

Strong like East German bull!

stant's picture

Invented free shit sitzgreig

luckylongshot's picture

Merkel completely fails in her duty to act in the best interests of the German people by taking in more refugees than Germany can cope with, refusing to cap the number of refugees, bringing in diseases and wrecking the core of the EU in the process....and TIME gives her an award?..almost as funny as Barry's peace prize!

HowdyDoody's picture

or Saudi Arabi heading the UN Human Rights commission.

 

flapdoodle's picture

Of course Merkel fails the German people.

The TIME man of the year issue these days is to reward whoever has done the most to advance the NWO and in this Merkel richly deserves the prize since she is willing to betray the German people and do the US Zionazi Deep State bidding.

Its also meant to push the strong woman meme hoping some of this will rub off on how Hillary is perceived, Hillary of course being the odds on NWO candidate and is slated to take over from Obama in 2017.

Since Trump is behaving like a loose cannon from the NWO point of view, there is of course NO way he would have been selected... improving his popularity will only make things awkward when Hillary wins anyway regardless of any preelection polls which might show Trump winning. No reason to get the US sheeple's hopes up...

wildbad's picture

who is pulling her strings though.  all of her decisions are against the majority of germans.  her propaganda campaign run through zdf and ard (neuvo pravda) speks not to any issues but attempts to demonize anyone with a contrary opinion.  she respects no democratic ideals and wants only an EU which her masters at the controls.

she is a despot a tyrant and a commited socialist.

FireBrander's picture

"God" is pulling her strings...she's Catholic...Catholic Charities LOVES to import the biggest losers into countries...Omaha Nebraska was a sleepy, livable, Midwestern Town...now it is a GANG INFESTED NIGHTMARE....Catholic Charities "imported" 1000's of Black MUSLIM Africans from war torn Sudan and other SHITHOLE African nations...thanks a lot!

PS. Catholic Charities is also pushing for the 100,000 Syrians in the USA.