When I want to find out about the new long-haul Airbus A400M military transporter, of which Germany has ordered 60 pieces, also on the official page of the "Ministry of Defense", I can find nothing to do, 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-year partnership and trust" in Berlin on 8.12.2009.
Quite clear: I had overlooked something.
The AJC is a private organization founded in the U.S. in 1906. So far I did not know that the Bundeswehr received official partnerships with private organizations.
The AJC does, 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, the most important principles of pluralism as the best defense against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry to strengthen worldwide; 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 Defense Department? So I had the speech read Guttenberg, and I strive for greater understanding:
"We Germans want to keep the memory of the Shoah awake. We provide our special responsibility that we carry to the barbarism of National Socialism, and 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, and the responsibility that freedom, human rights and tolerance, the top represent maxims of our actions. This responsibility is immutable part of German raison d'état. This responsibility requires all Germans - and thus the army as an army of a 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 the state of the Middle East. What could that have real consequences for? The defense minister speaks clearly assume 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, members of the German Naval Staff and General Staff training and guidance of the seminar Higher 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 all concerned. The lectures by representatives of the AJC Berlin Office at schools and educational institutions of the Armed Forces always come with great interest. "
And then again, Guttenberg is specifically cited the Chancellor:
"I've talked a lot of history and of practical cooperation between the AJC and the Bundeswehr. It is always about Israel. Standing up for Israel's right connects Germany and the AJC on the political as well as on the practical level. For Israel is threatened today, even sixty years after its creation in its existence.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has once again made absolutely clear in the attitude of the Federal Republic of her speech to the Congress of the United States of America a few weeks ago:
"The security of Israel is not negotiable for me.
[...] Whoever threatens Israel also threatens us. '
Having previously viewed 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 has occurred 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. To find a yearly 'Strategic Dialogue' at the level of Secretaries of State as well as staff talks instead of military leadership, in which military and armament 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 armaments cooperation in practical contacts are varied. In addition to regular exchange visits found in some areas tutorial or training visits were made to each of the other 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 armed forces in the Department of particular importance here in Berlin during their travel to the sites of the Holocaust. The so-grown understanding just connects the young officers of both armies meet in unprejudiced camaraderie with great curiosity and respect for the professionalism of the other. The high level of professional 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, it must be meant a certain experience of war, when 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, 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 states of the Arab world. This danger is not academic, it is real - and it is growing every day, the Iranian government continues to work on its nuclear program and opposes the cooperation.
Again, the chancellor 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 may not give And
again. 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 defense cooperation" and the long-range Airbus A400M military transport falls? So if Israel would retaliate against Iran, the new A400M could easily 5000 km to the air base in Termez (Uzbekistan) overcome or directly deposited 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:
Total has 5 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 from the Federal Republic to Israel, while Germany and Israel the third boat ever paid for half. The other two 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 cost about 225 million euros, the other two cost almost half a billion euros each. 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 but ultimately remain 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, now also automatically protect and this would be available, I'm sure Germany.
This was the preliminary, 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: this and only so also had the joint cabinet meeting of Israeli and German government in Berlin have to do that unfortunately had to postpone to January due to colds in the last minute of the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
I have to start somehow have not noticed: but in fact there are already a common "trust" government.
We should not shy away from them, this will make even towards the German population clearly and solemnly affirm 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 so.
(Here's a bombiger link to David Harris, AJC Chairman, Guttenberg friend and volunteer instructor of the Bundeswehr.)
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