Good Morning to our news-roundup. And there are news, the ones I dread most. More violence across the globe.
The surge is working? Many doubted that in the first place. Now recently the attacks and the violence have gone up again. There were 19 beheaded bodies found in a field close to Baghdad on Tuesday. A day earlier five US soldiers lost their lives in a single attack in Mosul, Northern Iraq. Today two female suicide bombers killed more than 50 people in Baghdad’s pet market.
There is this other war: Afghanistan. The danger of Afghanistan falling back into the hands of the Taliban is known to the Pentagon. To counter the ongoing insurgency there, the Pentagon unilaterally decided on military force as a solution. Defense Secretary Gates has written an eight pages letter to his German counterpart Jung in which he tries to coerce Germany into sending combat troops into the South. To tell you a secret: Jung can’t. There are constitutional restrictions, which require a parliamentary vote on military missions. And the Germans are holding their constitution in high esteem. Given Germany’s violent history in the 20th century and the lessons learned from that, there is no way that Jung could get Parliament to agree to combat operations, even if he wanted to and Gates knows that.
Officials at the German defense ministry have called the Gates letter an “outrage.” The Americans, they say, are fully aware of the special circumstances — conditions imposed by the German parliament — under which German forces currently operate in Afghanistan.
If a personal word is permitted. I would never hesitate to support extension of the peace-keeping mission in Afghanistan. It helps the people there. But I will be damned, if I agree to our young men and women to shoot and maim or to be shot at and maimed, just because the Bush Administration wants to keep some of it’s legacy from looking like the mess it is. It may just be an idea to look at the US politics and change that, instead of coercing other countries into taking part in a failed strategy.
“Europeanview” wishes you all a healthy and happy day. Take care!