Saturday, May 28, 2011

Germany expands its military intervention scenario

Germany does not rule out sending troops to countries like, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia or Sudan. He says the defense minister, Thomas de Maiziere, explaining the reform of the army, whose central point is the "new role" of Germany in the world. Since the end of the Cold War, Germany wants to make your machine Bundeswehr effective intervention, rapid deployment of troops as the United States and France have since the eighties.

The current reform aims to do so. It should be clear that Germany assumed international responsibilities in the UN, the European Union or NATO, says De Maiziere in a programmatic statement of the government on military reform to the Bundestag. "I have to ask Germany to participate in an intervention in those countries", explained in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

"Our response depends on the type of demand that we do and our assessment of the situation," he explains. De Maiziere presented last week a military reform plan whose central point is to reduce impediments to the use outside the military. The German public, always half-hearted in the military, he said that the contingent prepared to intervene in the world will amount to 10,000 troops, from the nearly 7000 today.

Actually be three times more, then having to 10,000 in action, means to have another ten thousand resting and many others ready for the handover. Hans Rühle a former senior official of the German Defense Ministry raised the actual figure to "between 35,000 and 50,000." Germany is currently slightly increasing its troops in Lebanon (250 men passed 300) and Kosovo (1250 to 1850), which together with the contingent deployed in Afghanistan, amounts to some 6750 soldiers abroad.

If in the nineties the government invoked "force majeure" to justify intervention, with the Green foreign minister, Joschka Fischer then comparing the war in the Balkans with an address Auschwitz has become routine. The idea that the army had to defend the interests of the German economy in the world last year even squeaked and led to the resignation of Federal President Horst Köhler in May, formula - has already reached full normalcy in the political discourse .

Since 2006 the role of protecting economic interests is clearly stated in the "White Book" of the Bundeswehr, and now in the "Guidelines for defense policy-2011", a sort of military doctrine, which speaks of "open trade routes" and "access to natural resources and markets, and military role.

The pitfall of the German Constitution, which, influenced by the defeat of 1945, still claims that the role of the armed forces is "homeland defense", is solved with the statement that "the country's defense is a defense alliance (International). " It follows that "the soldiers are part of foreign policy" and that the military is "an instrument of foreign policy," said De Maiziere yesterday in that interview.

On the one hand, Germany wants to be "a strong and reliable partner in the world" and the other his own well-being so determined, said de Maiziere to the Bundestag. Responsibility and international solidarity is a greater military involvement, he said. "Killing and dying is part of it," said de Maiziere.

At the same time, "be prudent and responsible," he said. The minister recalled the "good tradition" German policy that security issues are taken on a broad consensus between government and opposition. Both the SPD and the Greens, whose coalition launched in the late nineties, the German military intervention abroad for the first time since the Second World War, fully support the military reform.

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