When I want to inform me of the new long-haul Airbus A400M military transporter, of which Germany has ordered 60 pieces, also available on the official site of the "Ministry of Defense", I find there to nothing, but on the very first page something else:
The reference to a speech of Federal Defence Minister zu Guttenberg occasion of the ceremony "Bundeswehr and American Jewish Committee: 15 years of partnership and trust" on 8.12.2009 in Berlin.
Quite clear: I had overlooked something.
The AJC is a private organization founded in the US 1906th So far I did not know that the Bundeswehr received official partnerships with private organizations.
The AJC looks, according to self-reported, especially in the role of "ensuring the welfare and security of the American Jews, in Israel and around the world; to strengthen the key principles of pluralism as the best defense against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry world; to improve the quality of American Jewish life, by helping to ensure Jewish continuity and deepen the ties between American and Israeli Jews. "
So far so good. I would have understood if so there would be a partnership with the AJC and German memorials - but the Department of Defense? So I had the speech read Guttenberg, and do my best to be more understanding:
"We Germans want to keep the memory of the Shoah awake. We provide our special responsibility that we carry after the barbarism of Nazism; the responsibility that we do not tolerate anti-Semitism and that we stand up for the right of existence and integrity of the State of Israel; the responsibility to ensure that freedom, human rights and tolerance are the uppermost maxims of our actions. This responsibility is unalterable part German raison d'etat. This responsibility obliges all Germans - and thus the Bundeswehr as an army of the democratic Germany ".
These were weighty words: I had to deal more with this subject. For quite some time (since when?) Be developments seemed to have revealed that defines the German raison d'etat as a quasi congruent with the Middle East state. What could it have concrete consequences? The defense minister speaks quite clear from the fact that all Germans, and thus the Bundeswehr (? Morally) are conscripted. But no, he means it probably already concrete: It is indeed "the guiding principle of action".
An exchange program seems to be firmly integrated in the German officer training:
"For 15 years now, there is a diverse, ever-evolving continuously visit program between the AJC and the Bundeswehr. It serves the mutual acquaintance, the establishing personal contacts and the exchange of experiences.
Thus, the full-time youth officers, the participants of the German General Staff Admiralsstabs- and training and of the seminar senior management of the Staff College in Hamburg regularly as part of their travel guest of the AJC in New York. The meetings are very lively and the exchange is always profitable - I thank for all those involved. The presentations by representatives of the Berlin AJC Offices at schools and educational institutions of the Bundeswehr always encounter a lot of interest. "
And then Guttenberg is concretely again, citing the Chancellor:
"I've talked a lot of history and of the practical cooperation between the AJC and the Bundeswehr. It always about Israel. Advocating for the destruction of Israel connects Germany and the AJC on the political as well as at the practical level. Because Israel is threatened even sixty years after its formation in its existence.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has once again clarified unequivocally the attitude of the Federal Republic in her speech to the Congress of the United States of America a few weeks ago:
"The security of Israel is for me never negotiable.
[...] Whoever threatens Israel also threatens us. '
Having read so far, I think I can conclude that Germany would certainly explain immediately the defense case, if Israel felt threatened. The latter is well known, the case. Thus, if the defense case already happened for us and I'm so very unexpectedly, perhaps the answer to my question from the previous post detail why Germany needs so many A400M?
But do not be hasty. First read:
"Today, the military-political and military relations between our countries are so rich as never before. So each year find a 'Strategic Dialogue' at the level of secretaries as well as staff talks instead of military leadership, in which military and arms policy issues are discussed. "
Speak Guttenberg now from the United States or of Israel, when he speaks of rich military relations? I am confused. But further:
"Even at the level of the armed forces and in the practical armaments cooperation, the contacts are varied. Apart from regular exchange visits found in some areas Lehrgangs- or training visits to each other's armed forces instead. To have participated in exchange programs between the Bundeswehr and the Tzahal [IDF] since 1998 150 German trainee officers and the same number of Israelis.
Is a visit to the "Witnesses in Uniform" from the IDF of particular importance here at the Ministry in Berlin during their travel to the sites of the Holocaust. The thus grown understanding precisely combines the young officers of both armies, who meet in unprejudiced camaraderie with great curiosity and respect for the professionalism of the other. The high professional level of training the IDF makes of the Bundeswehr into an attractive partner. We want to deepen the cooperation. "
The high professional level of training? Yes, of course, He has to be meant a certain experience of war in which the Israeli army of the German yes still way ahead of. Only in this way can be a "witness", ie be a war witnesses. Just think, after all, to the two recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza, on the occasion of which indeed new weapons systems were successfully tested.
Now Guttenberg is very clear again:
"The Iranian nuclear program can be a dangerous new challenge for Israel, NATO and the EU, but also arise for the countries of the Arab world. This danger is not academic, it is real - and it is growing with every day that the Iranian government continues to work on its nuclear program and defied the cooperation.
Again, the Chancellor has been found to the US Congress clear words:
A nuclear bomb in the hands of an Iranian president who denies the Holocaust, threatens Israel and the right of existence denies, it may not be continued:. Moreover, Israel is not only threatened, but the entire free world.
The entire free world is therefore required. NATO, the EU and Israel have the same interests: the impending armed Iran with weapons of mass destruction, we must resolutely confront together ".
Could it be that among the mentioned "practical armaments cooperation" and the long-haul Airbus A400M military transporter falls? If Israel would then retaliate against Iran, the new A400M could easily 5000 km to the airbase in Termez (Uzbekistan) overcome or directly settle troops in Afghanistan near the border with Iran.
Farfetched I do not think it necessarily, but because it has often been armaments projects for Israel:
Total already 5 submarines of Dolphin-class submarine went to the Nahosttaat: 1991 (2 boats), 1994 (1 boat), 2005 (2 boats): "The first two boats were a gift from the Federal Republic to Israel, while Germany and Israel the third boat each paid half. In the two other sold in 2005 to Israel replicas Germany contributes about one-third of the purchase price, up to 333 million euros. The first three boats in each costing around 225 million euros, the other two cost per a scarce half a billion euros. The price increase was mainly due to the technically elaborate fuel cell drive. "(Wikipedia)
However, the Rüstungsesport also had some critics who wanted to be feared that the 65-cm torpedo tubes could be equipped with nuclear cruise missiles. This information remains but ultimately stuck in the rumors.
The word "atom" now directs me to a whole different idea: Because yes, there is a perfect and long-standing military and defense cooperation between Germany and Israel, seems to many to be escaped (including me) that Germany has thus risen to nuclear power: Yes! Because Israel has the bomb or better bombs. There are 400-500 nuclear warheads be that now also automatically protect and this would be available, I'm sure Germany.
That was the provisional, only at first glance, surprising result of the close and trusting cooperation between the military and other armed forces and the Tazahal, (the word I did not know, but it has nothing to do with Taj Mahal!)
The more I think about it, the more increases my certainty: Thus and only thus had the joint cabinet meeting of the Israeli and the German Government in Berlin have to do, which unfortunately had to postpone to January due to colds in the last second of the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
I have to start somehow not have noticed: but in fact there are already common, "trusting" government.
We should not be afraid to make this also against the German population clearly and solemnly to reaffirm with an amendment to the Basic Law and swear by adding a new article that will need to be reflected in a new vow of Bundeswehr recruits therefore.
(Here's a bombiger Link to David Harris, AJC chairman, Guttenberg friend and volunteer instructor of the Armed Forces.)
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