I got this today from a friend who put it on his list:

“You know the world’s gone mad when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America’s Cup, France is accusing the USA of arrogance and the Germans don’t want to go to war!”

I know this is a joke from somewhere, and is making the rounds in various permutations: the last time I saw it, it ended with the reference Yao Ming.

Though speaking for myself, I’m perfectly happy with a Germany that refuses to go to war. They made a notable contribution to military history in the twentieth century, and if they want to sit out the twenty-first, I think we should all applaud.