You gotta love Spiegel’s reaction to the abject belly crawling of the rats who run this firm. First they forbade their Iranian employees participation in any demonstrations against the regime. Then, when they looked up from their boot licking long enough to realize they were making public spectacles of themselves, they just as abjectly reversed themselves and went scurrying back down their holes. If an American firm had tried a stunt like this, I guarantee you Spiegel’s sanctimonious editors would have gone postal, declaring it a “Debakel, Fiasko, und Desaster” all rolled into one. As it is, all they could manage, were some lame comments about the German government being “irritated,” and other firms “not showing understanding” for Knauf’s pathetic cowering.