When I want to find out about the new long-range military transport A400M, of which Germany has ordered 60 pieces, on the official page of the "Ministry of Defense", I find there to nothing, but on the very first page something else:
The reference to a speech of the Federal Defence Minister zu Guttenberg during the ceremony, "Armed Forces and American Jewish Committee: 15 years of partnership and trust" on 12.08.2009 in Berlin.
Clearly Here I had overlooked something.
The AJC is a private organization founded in the USA in 1906. So far I did not know that the Bundeswehr received official partnerships with private organizations.
The AJC looks, according to self-reported primarily in the role "to ensure the welfare and security of Jews in the United States, in Israel and around the world; to reinforce 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 ties between American and Israeli Jews. "
So far so good. I would have understood if it would take place a partnership with the AJC and German memorials - but with the Ministry of Defence? So I had the speech read Guttenberg, and I try to be more understanding:
"We Germans want to keep the memory of the Shoah awake. We provide our special responsibility we bear after the barbarism of National Socialism; the responsibility that we do not tolerate anti-Semitism and that we stand up for the right to exist and the integrity of the State of Israel; the responsibility for ensuring that liberty, human rights and tolerance are the top maxims of our actions. This responsibility is immutable part German raison d'état. This responsibility requires all Germans - and thus also the Bundeswehr as an army of democratic Germany ".
These were weighty words: I had to deal more with this topic. For quite some time (since when?) Are developments seemed to have shown that defined the German raison d'état as quasi congruent with that of the Middle East state. What could that 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 concretely: it is indeed "the maxim of action".
An exchange program seems to be tightly integrated into the German officer training:
"For the past 15 years, there is a diverse, constantly evolving continuously visit program between AJC and the Bundeswehr. It serves the mutual acquaintance, the establishing personal contacts and exchange of experiences.
Thus, the full-time youth officers, the members of the German General Staff and Admiralsstabs- courses and seminar leadership of the Higher Staff College in Hamburg regularly as part of their travel guest of the AJC in New York. The meetings are very active and the exchange is always profitable - I thank you for all concerned. The presentations by representatives of the Berlin AJC -offices in schools and educational institutions of the Armed Forces constantly encounter great interest. "
And then Guttenberg is specifically cited again and the Chancellor:
"I've talked a lot of history and of the practical cooperation between the AJC and the Bundeswehr. It always goes to Israel. Standing up for Israel's right connects Germany and the AJC on the political as well as on the practical level. Because Israel is threatened even sixty years after its creation in its existence.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has once again made absolutely clear 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. '
After previously have read 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. So is the defense case already happened for us and I'm so very unexpectedly perhaps the answer to my question from the previous post in more 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 as rich as ever. So every year find a 'Strategic Dialogue' at the level of Secretaries of State as well as staff talks instead of the military leadership, in which military and armaments policy issues are discussed. "
Guttenberg speaks now of the United States or of Israel, when he speaks of rich military relations? I'm confused. But further:
"Even at the level of the armed forces and in the practical defense cooperation contacts are diverse. In addition to regular exchange visits found in some areas with placements or training visits to each other's armed forces instead. To have participated in exchange programs between the Bundeswehr and the Tzahal [Israeli army] since 1998 150 German officer candidates and the same number of Israelis.
Is a visit to the "Witnesses in Uniform" from the IDF Of particular importance here in the Ministry in Berlin during their travel to the sites of the Holocaust. The thus grown understanding just connects 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 of the Israeli army makes for the Bundeswehr into an attractive partner. We want to deepen the cooperation. "
The high professional level of training? Yes, of course, so must be meant a certain war experience, in which the Israeli army of German yes is still way ahead of. Only in this way can be a "witness", ie be a war witnesses. You think after all the two recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza, at which indeed new weapons systems were successfully tested.
And 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 grows every day that the Iranian government continues work on its nuclear program and opposes the cooperation.
Again, the Chancellor has found to 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 should not be continued:. Moreover, Israel is not only threatened, but the entire free world.
The entire free world is required. NATO, the EU and Israel have the same interests: The threat of armed Iran with weapons of mass destruction we have decided together to oppose ".
Could it be that under the mentioned "practical military cooperation" and the long-range Airbus A400M military transport falls? If Israel would thus retaliate against Iran, the new A400M could easily 5000 km for airbase in Termez (Uzbekistan) overcome or directly settle troops in Afghanistan near the border with Iran.
Far-fetched, I do not think it necessarily, but because it has often been defense projects for Israel:
Overall, already five submarines of the Dolphin class went to the Nahosttaat: 1991 (2 boats), 1994 (1 boat), 2005 (two boats): "The first two boats were a gift of the Federal Republic of Israel, while Germany and Israel the third boat each paid half. For the two remaining 2005 sold to Israel replicas Germany contributes about one-third of the purchase price, up to 333 million euros. The first three boats in each cost about 225 million euros, the other two cost per a scarce half a billion euros. The price increase is mainly due to the technically more complex 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 will remain but ultimately in the realm of rumors.
The word "atom" now directs me to a completely 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 is now ascended to nuclear power: Yes! Because Israel has the bomb or better bombs. There are 400-500 nuclear warheads be, the course now automatically protect and this would be available, because I'm sure Germany.
This was the preliminary, only at first glance, surprising result of the close and trusting military and other cooperation between the Armed Forces and the Tazahal, (the word I did not know, but it has nothing to do with the Taj Mahal!)
The more I think about it, the more increases my certainty: So and so only had the joint cabinet meeting of Israeli and German government in Berlin have to do that unfortunately had to move on in January due to colds in the last second of the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
I need to start somehow not have noticed: but in fact there are already a common, "trustworthy" government.
We should not be afraid to make this even against the German population clearly and solemnly reaffirm, with an amendment to the Constitution and to swear by adding a new article that will have to be reflected in a new oath of the Bundeswehr recruits therefore.
(Here's a bombiger Link to David Harris, AJC Chairman, Guttenberg friend and volunteer instructor of the Bundeswehr.)
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