Amidst growing casualties
Germans question Afghan war
Published Apr 8, 2010 9:12 PM
The U.S.-NATO occupation of Afghanistan, begun in 2001 under President George
W. Bush’s leadership, continues nine years and hundreds of billions of
dollars later. Another episode typifying this criminal war recently took place
when German troops shot and killed a group of soldiers in the puppet Afghan
National Army who were delivering supplies to a German military base.
The German troops claimed they mistook the Afghan soldiers for resistance
fighters, as they were incorrectly making deliveries in civilian cars. Afghan
spokespeople said the soldiers were in fact driving standard military vehicles.
The Afghan Defense Ministry also noted that the six Afghans killed had just
returned from aiding these very German troops in a nearby battle earlier that
day where three German soldiers had been killed. (New York Times, April 3)
German participation in Afghanistan’s occupation remains unpopular at
home. Last November, government minister Franz Josef Jung resigned after it was
revealed that he helped to conceal a German airstrike that killed more than 100
Afghan civilians. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s announcement that an
additional 850 German troops would be sent to raise German strength to more
than 5,000 aroused public hostility.
As German involvement and casualties grow, the various voices of organized
opposition are finding more public support. The anti-war Left Party (Die
Linke), a socialist electoral coalition, gained representatives in the
Bundestag (parliament) in the recent elections. The Left Party made big gains
in Western Germany for the first time.
On March 30, the Left Party released a statement proclaiming, “Stop the
War in Afghanistan.” The statement warned, “The number of the
victims will rise.” It also noted, “The employment of the German
Federal Armed Forces in Afghanistan is the clearest expression for the
increasing militarization of the German foreign policy.” (die-linke.de,
Protests continue in Germany and throughout the world demanding an end to the
occupation of Afghanistan. Thirty anti-war rallies were held throughout Germany
on April 3 as part of 50 years of annual anti-war actions on Easter weekend.
This year’s actions put Germany’s role in Afghanistan front and
center. (Presstv.ir April 3)
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