Bombing of Afghanistan and Libya: “The post-war period is over!”

On November 16, 2001, German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Green Party deputies voted overwhelmingly in favour of sending German troops to participate in the Afghanistan war. Their 336 votes secured a majority for the ruling “red-green” coalition.
Three days later, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the most active advocate of the war among European social democrats, received frenetic applause following his address to the SPD party conference. At its party conference, the SPD leadership did everything in its power to ensure the withdrawal of a motion which called for the intervention by German troops to be limited to Afghanistan. Despite the fact that 120 of the 520 assembled delegates signed this motion, the leadership was able to consign it to the files. The motion also condemned particular forms of military actions (e.g., carpet bombing), rejected special military courts for trying terrorists, criticised Israeli occupation policy and called for an independent state for the Palestinians.

The November 16 decision of the Bundestag (parliament) is one of the most far-reaching and momentous in its history. Chancellor Schröder himself made this clear when he described it as a “turning point”. “For the first time,” he said, “the international situation is forcing us to deploy German troops for a military intervention outside the NATO area.” “The post-war period is over!” Chancellor Schröder told the Bundestag, to the applause of the deputies. Schröder’s rhetoric was only exceeded by that of his Green Party foreign minister, Joschka Fischer, who in Orwellian manner reinterprets every war as a ‘humanitarian mission’. In his speech to the Bundestag, Fischer mutates the war against Afghanistan into a matter of “world domestic policy,” and the bombardment of an impoverished country becomes the means to provide “humanitarian aid”. According to Fischer, “We now have a great opportunity. Everywhere, where the Northern Alliance is, the United Nations and its relief organisations and the NGOs can go in again”.

The extent of the tasks to be undertaken by German troops has been expanded from unarmed medical orderlies and logistic support to armed “peace missions” and overt military action. Their sphere of activity has been widened from the area covered by NATO to the shores beyond Europe and the entire globe. The area of intervention stipulated in the Bundestag resolution reaches from the Hindu Kush across the Middle East and into north-east Africa.
In the past, political obstacles have always prevented the German army undertaking military interventions but the latest decision by the German parliament gives the government a free hand to participate in military activities in other countries.

Source: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/nov2001/germ-n24.shtml

Photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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3 Reacties to “Bombing of Afghanistan and Libya: “The post-war period is over!””

  1. kruitvat Says:

    The German government is also responsible for the use of depleted uranium by NATO

  2. kruitvat Says:

    It is clear that SPD and Greens are responsible for the German military interventions …

    They are responsible for the uses of drones (unmanned aircraft) that kills a lot of Afghanistani, Pakistani and Libyan civilians. These drones are designed by Israel. The Israelis are denied entry into Afghanistan, but nevertheless, the Israeli drones provide ‘security’ for the coalition in Afghanistan. Israeli drones are used by Canada, France, Australia and Germany in Afghanistan. Today, Israeli specialists are on the air base at Ein Shemer for training the flight of “Herons” repainted in the colors of Germany.

    I hope that the German environmental activists wil also protest against the bombing and destruction of people, animals and environment. It is a very good moment to organize actions now and to fight the old corrupt parties.

    The NATO cost a lot of money while Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain have big financial problems. I read that these countries have to repaid their debts by privatisation and higher taxes. Is there not a possibility to organize a national manifestion against the German and European politics that will disastrous for a lot of people ?

  3. kruitvat Says:

    On 18.6. 2011, there is a manifestation against NATO in Berlin, Alexanderplatz, Weltzeituhr, 11h MEZ

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