Afghanistan is a campaign issue

Afghanistan: Panschir-Tal; Foto: Ann Jones

Afghanistan Panjshir valley; Photo: Ann Jones

Afghanistan is still become an election issue. The death of more than 100 Afghans has caused this. The exact number of deaths and the exact proportion of the gunmen who perished in the bombing of a requested of Colonel Klein American F-15 Jagdbomers victim will probably not currently be out. For the fronts are completely process not only in Afghanistan but also in the home.

The German Basic Law and international human rights law prohibit wars of aggression, and the armed forces must be explicitly used only for defensive purposes. Indeed, Article 26 of the Basic Law says:

Actions that are appropriate to and undertaken with intent to disturb the peaceful relations between nations, especially to prepare for aggressive war, are unconstitutional. They are to be punishable.

Immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 2001 have been called Laden as the mastermind of the heinous attacks out of Afghanistan Osama Bin acting a certain, although he himself, are just as his 19 accomplices in their (majority), Saudi citizens.

The 2001 attacks were certainly likely to disturb the peaceful relations between nations, but was Osama Bin Laden a state? Had his evil work is relevant under international law? This question was answered by America and NATO clearly "yes". The question can only be answered with good reason, just "no", because in this way could in the future any fanatics, regardless of whatever stripe, the country in which he allegedly staying straight, can become a war aim. Is that what the Allies to advance do all the Americans and British, but also more and more Germans in Afghanistan is likely to disrupt the peaceful coexistence of peoples involved?

Serious questions and serious consequences if this question can be answered with "Yes".

Since October 2001 (Operation Enduring Freedom) German soldiers deployed in Afghanistan since November 2001 as part of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) under the OEF. The German contingent was increased again and currently includes 4,000 soldiers.

The Afghanistan-company of the army described as a kind of double relief effort: had as an auxiliary use for the Americans and as a contribution in an initiated this war on terror, the one to face, no questions asked or seen any test results, connected, and as an auxiliary use for the Afghan President: The Germans want to help the Afghan government to ensure security and stability in and around Kabul around for Afghanistan again become a sovereign and economically prosperous country. The Recce Tornados you've come to help, to get a complete overview of the ISAF operations.

Something like this is usually called "aerial reconnaissance"; including the delivery of target data falls for subsequent bombing. A Recce Tornado, a car license plate still photograph from 5 km away, it was said in the press. "Recce", which is simply the abbreviation for Reconnaissance = Enlightenment.

The German leaders hold a series of nouns ready for what happens in Afghanistan. The word war is not there. There is talk of "Mission", "commitment", "measure", "post", "safety insert" last of a "robust stabilization measure." The range of designs is subject to strong fluctuations: Stand at the very beginning during Operation Enduring Freedom, the hunt for Bin Laden himself in the foreground, so the hunt was joined to all terrorists, Taliban, warlords, rebels and insurgents soon added to by reasons such as the termination of drug cultivation and the liberation of women and girls from the rule of the Islamists to be supplemented by quasi-development help generic motives.

Still on 23.8.2009 denied Defense Minister Jung at Anne Will ("Adventure Afghanistan - Germany in the war?") round out that it sat around a war handele.Im studio next to the ministers including Michael Wolff son, a professor at the Federal Armed Forces University Munich, and the knowledgeable Peter Scholl-Latour.

The show was enlightening, especially young one could do almost sorry in his verbal contortions. However, the background is not only the constant rejection (about 70%) of the Germans against the "use" of it must be verbally justice, but rather the thin ice on which Jung moves seen in international law, after Germany headless in the case of alliance has let in encounter:

Germany had been shown in the statement of the case of alliance by the NATO Council in October 2001, less than a sovereign state, but more as a hostage of the Council. It would have been in that situation without further reflection to the results of an international commission of inquiry into the attacks can beg on 11 September. However, the great allies should not be offended, unquestioning loyalty ran hard evidence from the rank.

In the public debate, in every talk-round, is scrupulously avoided to discuss the questionable basis of the Afghanistan war. This all "expert panels" necessarily something ghostly in itself, the expertise of experts moves so repeatedly on the perceived level of twelve year olds, when it comes to the concrete behind-reasons. Alone Scholl-Latour succeeded in the mission mentioned the troublesome setting in the crowd throw-in, the attackers have been his but nearly all Saudis.

The Afghanistan debate must therefore, if not from the outset phantomatös and therefore should be irrelevant, take the results of 9/11-Wahrheitsbewegung to knowledge. Not at the Afganistandiskussion must clarify who were ultimately responsible for the attacks. No need. You need only the base of the Afghanistan "engagement" question and that quite simply on the basis of facts that were brought gradually since 2001 to light. Is it too much to ask if political leaders take note of what has promoted a result of the Italian MEP Giulietto Chiesa to days and in the film , (who was recently seen in the ORF), together with the Italian writer Dario Fo (including ) logged?

If we look at the video of Anne-will mission, will fall on you, what no one, neither in the show later in the media comments, offensive or was somehow criticized: A Statement of Professor Michael Wolff son:

Anne Will, "Though the German soldiers better protected there, if you would define the whole application as a war and would equip the soldiers accordingly in terms of what I have just understood as you said, there must a more intensive use give? "

M. Wolff Son: "Well, words do not change the reality Whether you call it war, and it is a war, and the public can only be slowly prepared.. You can not switch from zero to full throttle, and to that extent must the public, that is the task of political control, are gradually used to it. Fact that the Bundeswehr is not optimally equipped, is also related that Mr. Young, I'm not Although mice at budget deliberations, but certainly not as much as he gets needed, and that in turn is related to the unwillingness not only politics but also the society together, hineinzustecken more money in the defense budget. "

Wolffsohnstraße thus contradicts Minister Jung, that would have been dug deeper without. His statement is simple: Yes, it's war and yes, we need to spend more money for war. Most interesting, however, is his way of dealing with the truth in public! He says in plain text is not more than that we need to be lied to with the help of politics!


Now Mr. Wolff son is not a blank slate more. Born in Tel-Aviv (1947) German-Israeli and recipient of the Order of Druids (1998) has taught since 1981 at the Federal Armed Forces University Munich aspiring officers in modern history. Wolff son is a German citizen and is therefore subject to the jurisdiction of the Basic Law and the German civil service law. "! So torture is legitimate even against terrorists in no case" doubts about his loyalty to the constitution were already 2004, when he front of the camera to Sandra Maischberger (NTV, 5.5.2004), when asked said:

"I would say: Yes, it is legitimate because of the terrorist basically with the normative bases, namely, the valuation basis of our civilized order has nothing more to do. And if we are there with gentlemanly methods try to counter terrorism, we will fail. "

What Wolff son testified by that was that he considers torture to be legal and that one can make in the fight against terror quietly outside the civilized order, since "terrorists" our civilized standards are not to apply.

With this assessment, Wolff son had made it clear outside of the Constitution and also revealed that he has learned as a historian nothing from history, because torture is intended nothing, they can find no truth except that torture must also be classified as a terrorist.

After sending a storm of indignation broke out, and many a politician called Wolff son to resign, in all seriousness! Its distance the civil service would have been much more effective than waiting for his "resignation". Since then we bellizist this has afforded them with other on-instead of resignations in the media, proving that it just is not unique linguistic gaffes, but systematic actions.

In woodcut-style comments and calling at his home page he tried tirelessly to give Germany the spores, internally and upgrade externally to lower the moral standards and not take from the bitter experiences of his story out a special abhorrence of war, but this is now on board to throw and finally unencumbered by the side of his allies, especially the U.S. and Israel to take the field and to fall on the new field of honor also. For Wolff son is even a new Iron Cross right.

Not everywhere Wolff son has certainly wrong, and in many areas, covers his assessment, for example, the situation in Afghanistan, with the other observers. However, it is dangerous there, where Wolfensohn the primacy of military logic and momentum before the political talks the word, and he constantly makes the usual schnodderiger kind.

So in the WORLD (by 21.8.2009):
Example Afghanistan. Ex-Defence Minister Peter Struck (SPD) announced in December 2002 that the Hindu Kush would defend Germany's security. A few days ago he has repeated this assertion. In Afghanistan itself, the security situation is now more uncertain than ever, and the Bundeswehr especially busy to defend himself. For the first time since the beginning of the local use there under Franz Josef Jung Director tentative signs of a transition from the defensive to the offensive, and thus also to the politically active control of the insert. If our soldiers shoot in the Hindu Kush, they risk, however, the public prosecutor in Potsdam. Recently the Bundeswehr takes over this at least the cost of legal protection. Sure there are forms for now.
Under Struck line our soldiers were primarily busy digging wells or dig themselves. As with the Or-flood, the Bundeswehr operated as the best catastrophe protection it has ever been in or out of Germany.

Cleverly and usual polemical Wolff son tries to portray the German troops as wimps and sissies, as a kind of "civilians" and development helper army with soldiers who are too cowardly to even properly durchzuladen the rifle and commends the Secretary of Defense for signs of a military offensive. Do we need such men actually as instructors of future German officers at a Bundeswehr high school?

And again, very true:
Despite their intended and practiced civility was the Bundeswehr for the Taliban always military occupiers and enemies. Now they are so strong that they attack the Bundeswehr. The longstanding presence of the Bundeswehr has improved neither the safety nor the political environment, the fight against opium cultivation in Afghanistan.

Wolff son consequence: More War in Afghanistan! His superficial analyzes completely displace factors point to the Afghanistan connoisseurs as Scholl-Latour: The Afghans will never tolerate as Mohammedans infidels on their territory, no matter how the uniforms look like and how well the intention of may be. And after eight years of war in Afghanistan, with increasingly worse results for the security of the country, it is also a question of intelligence, the whole company from the ground to stand on the question. But not for Wolfensohn.

Of course, for Wolffsohnstraße the long time current German model of "citizen in uniform", which wanted to see the soldiers more than active, the Basic Law defending citizens and not first as compliant command receiver (as in the past!), Also already become a discontinued model that belongs scrapped. Way with this "pseudo-psychological" Quark!

Among the many inconsistencies I want a pick. The "citizen in uniform". What would that be? Is not every police officer, every publican, every pilot is not a citizen in uniform? Guided by the vision of leadership development, the soldiers should learn less defend their own country rather than democracy. The fact that this pseudo-psychological considerations for the real thing of no use, the practice has taught. The more often, the Bundeswehr is in use, the more it becomes a normal army, led and used in accordance with principles as they apply in all armed forces in the world. It was a long way to this realization. And he's not finished yet!

People of the caliber of Wolffsohnstraße want the have back what we in the past had: soldiers and officers who do not think for themselves, simply follow orders, have them sent willingly to any location on this globe and in the end simply say again: I acted only on command!
Wolff son's favorite idea: He wants the armed forces like "fit" fluid for a war against Iran (a country that has never attacked in the history of another). Iran-bashing is one of Wolff son's standard program. This is at best understood from an Israeli perspective:

What does the German armed forces to secure Germany against future, nuclear-tipped missiles from Iran? Is the rumor that Germany participated in the American-Israeli anti-missile program? That would make sense.

In the cited World article in which Wolff son with alleged "legends" of the Bundeswehr clears up, he broke weeks of outrage when he fulminated that expressed the most conscripts a year group on a "ego trip" before their duty. Wolffsohnstraße Clearly this is to split it, because he certainly knows that the armed forces each year requires only about 45,000 soldiers and not about 380,000, which corresponds to the currently relevant year of birth (1992).

Wolff son WORLD agitation carried the headline: "The Bundeswehr is a sublayer Army". As he explains it? With the equating of "Easterners" with lower class. Wolff son-vulgo: "ossification".

In fact, about 35 percent of the military personnel come from the new countries. Their proportion is only about 20 percent of Germans. This fact supports the thesis that the German army is on its way to become a sub-layers army.

Would not Wolffsohnstraße professor at a German Federal Armed Forces University, his thesis would be simply to be seen as expressions of opinion a political agitator. But as one has no choice, as his embarrassing theses to be taken seriously. Because they always contain some truth somewhere, that's his way to get in the headlines and in the talk-rounds.

Wolff's son gets military engagement in Afghanistan Relief of - who would have thought - Michel Friedman, recipient of the Order of Merit 1st class and officer of the French Legion of Honor (France's highest medal). He, too, so an Afghanistan expert! On 9.9.2009, he appeared in the show "abyss Afghanistan" in the First and demanded:

We need a policy statement that we need other for years, namely that the policy tells us plainly, rather than uptight and repressed to deal with it: we are in military operations in Afghanistan; the way it is currently 1.2 days since the anniversary about 9 / 11th The Taliban was the government of Afghanistan, which has not only suppresses its own people, but has attacked the West aggressively terrorist in fact. We are, therefore, for geostrategic reasons there. Such is the legitimacy of the policy, which is the only reason, instead of the population to tell permanently, it was the use of do-gooders, eventually you build there a country where the population is suppressed if that would be the argument, because I would have 'ne list of 50 other countries where the People who are women suppressed; eg Dafour since then the Bundeswehr should go even more. So tell the truth, it's about a geo-strategic interests, it is about international terrorism, it's about an Islamic theocracy, we want to avoid above can least discuss political and argue we then, that would be an honest basis.

The CDU politician Friedmann is comparable in its rhetoric with Wolff son: His recipe: a few grains of truth and disinformation. Both want to make war on Germany acceptable again, let him become the norm, lower thresholds. Friedmann even uses terms such as "geo-strategic" to identify yourself as the expert. No real geostrategist however, need 9/11 to justify the "commitment" in Afghanistan! But he has just geostrategic reasons ...

Let us conclude with two real geo-strategists have their say: The founders of the "Project for a New American Century (PNAC) Robert Kagan and William Kristol, editor of the latter influential policy magazine "Weekly Standard" from Washington. Reminder: PNAC (= Project for a New American Jahrhundet) is a neo-conservative American think tank, which began in plan documents for a primacy of the military in U.S. foreign policy. They made use of including the thesis of Professor Samuel Huntington "clash of civilizations" to give their questionable projects the painting of the Humanities. The strategy papers talked geopolitical scenarios in a unipolar world the word, with a single world power, the U.S., which makes the rest of the world active, and new self-confidence. Entire regions should be rearranged (nation building), especially the oil-and gas-rich regions of the Middle East and Central Asia (especially Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan). PNAC was the authoritative and influential source of ideas for foreign policy in the Bush era.

On 19.10.2001 was in Weekley Standard under the heading: "A Gathering Storm"
to read the following from the PNAC Robert Kagan and William Kristol tandem:

Here's a prediction: When all is said and done, the conflict in Afghanistan will be for the war on terror what the African campaign for the 2nd World War: An important start on the path to victory. But compared with what is brewing in the distance - an all out war in regions of Central Asia and the Middle East and, unfortunately, again coming back to the United States - Afghanistan will turn out just as an opening battle. [...] And this war will not end in Afghanistan. He will spread out and a number of countries in conflicts of varying intensity tear. He could easily require the use of American military force in different places at the same time. It will resemble the clash of civilizations, which all wanted to avoid ...

Madness! We should no glue creep at the justifications for the war in Afghanistan, not even on the keyword "geo-strategic reasons"! It is good that Afghanistan has finally moved more into view. The problem field "Afghanistan" is the result of a failed U.S. foreign policy for more than three decades with their disastrous proxy war by insurgents to weaken the Soviet Union, and a heavy burden from the Bush era, in which we have to carry all.

What the German parties say to Afghanistan?
CDU, SPD, FDP, a deduction within the next few years. This is an elastic term. Ultimately, it will arrive on what the U.S. and the responsible commander Stanley McChrystal is calling for in his dual role as supreme commander of U.S. troops there and the ISAF troops. And that's just one: more soldiers.
For the Greens, the party leader was behind the operation, had in 2007 but already suffer a severe electoral defeat. The party base was in a different direction. The motto is now: There must be an exit strategy fro for the next legislative period plus increased training of police officers.
The left calls for an immediate withdrawal clearly and in turn strengthening the civilian efforts.
The NPD calls even a withdrawal from NATO, an immediate withdrawal and a tightening of international law.
The Pirate Party one is the use of very critical, but do not know yet to say whether an immediate withdrawal would be feasible.
It occurred 27 parties in the election on 27 September. If you are still unsure of where he is best kept with his views, it should even with the Wahlomat try. I've done it and I've wondered quite beautiful!

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