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 the 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 established in the USA in 1906. So far I still did not know that the Bundeswehr received official partnerships with private organizations.
The AJC looks, according to own data , especially in the role "to ensure the welfare and security of Jews in the United States, in Israel and around the world; to strengthen the basic principles of pluralism as the best defense against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry worldwide; 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 such were to be 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 that we carry 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 to ensure that freedom, human rights and tolerance are the highest 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?) To developments seemed to have revealed that defines the German raison d'état almost as congruent with that of the Middle East state. What could that have concrete consequences? The defense minister speaks very clear assumption 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 firmly integrated in 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 Naval Staff and General Staff courses and the seminar Higher 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 you for everyone involved. The presentations by representatives of the Berlin AJC offices to schools and educational institutions of the Armed Forces constantly encounter great interest. "
And then, Guttenberg concrete again, citing the Chancellor:
"I've talked a lot of history and of the practical cooperation between the AJC and the Bundeswehr. It is always about Israel. Standing up for the right of Israel 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. '
Having 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. Thus, if the defense case has yet occurred for us and I'm so quite 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 so rich as never before. So every year find the 'Strategic Dialogue' at the level of Secretaries of State as well as staff talks instead of the military leadership, in which military and armament policy issues are discussed. "
Speak Guttenberg 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 armaments cooperation, the contacts are varied. In addition to regular exchange visits found in some areas of course or training visits were made to each other's armed forces. 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 the visit of the "Witnesses in Uniform" from the Israeli forces is of particular importance here in the Ministry in Berlin during their travel to the sites of the Holocaust. The as-grown understanding just connects the young officers of both armies who meet in-judgmental companionship 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 cooperation partners. We want to deepen the cooperation. "
The high professional level of training? Yes, of course, so that must be meant a certain amount of war experience, in which the Israeli army of German yes is still way ahead of. The only way you can become a "witness", ie be a war witnesses. Just think, after all the two recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza, on the occasion of those, too 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 is growing every day on which the Iranian government continues to 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, there can 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 threat of armed Iran with weapons of mass destruction, we must resolutely confront together. "
Could it be that under the mentioned "practical armaments cooperation" and the long-haul Airbus A400M military transporter fall? If Israel would thus 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.
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 (2 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 less than 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-inch torpedo tubes could be equipped with nuclear cruise missiles. This information is retained 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 have escaped (including me) that Germany is now ascended to the nuclear power: Yes! Because Israel has the bomb or better bombs. There are 400-500 nuclear warheads be, the course now automatically protect or this would be available, as I'm sure Germany.
That was the preliminary, only at first glance, surprising result of the close and trusting military and other cooperation between the Bundeswehr 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 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 need to start somehow have not noticed: but in fact there are already a common, "trusting" government.
We should not shy away from them, to make this even against the German population clearly and solemnly to reaffirm with an amendment of the Basic Law and to swear by adding a new article, which 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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