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Germans accused of cowardice
smh.com.au ^ | May 10, 2004 | The Telegraph, London

Posted on 05/09/2004 10:51:44 AM PDT by Destro

Germans accused of cowardice

May 10, 2004

Berlin: German troops serving with an international peacekeeping contingent in Kosovo have been accused of hiding in barracks "like frightened rabbits" during the inter-ethnic rioting that erupted in the province in March.

A German police report sent to the government last week criticises the troops for cowardice and for their failure to quell the rioting, in which 19 people died and about 900 others were injured.

The charges, the most serious made against the German Army since World War II, have been levelled by police officers serving with Unmik, the United Nations civil administration in Kosovo.

During the two-day riots between ethnic Albanians and Serbs an Albanian mob burnt and looted 29 Serb churches and monasteries in the southern city of Prizren and caused several thousand Serbs to flee.

Leaked excerpts from the report on the conduct of the 3600-strong German contingent based in Prizren disclose that Unmik police were left to fend for themselves.

Further damning evidence, based on interviews with Unmik officers, Serb church leaders and UN officials in Prizren, was published in the news magazine Der Spiegel. It concluded: "The German soldiers ran away and hid like frightened rabbits in their barracks. They only reappeared in armoured vehicles after the Albanian mob had wreaked its havoc and left a trail of destruction."

The head of the contingent, Colonel Dieter Hintelmann, insisted that his men had simply obeyed rules of engagement.

The Telegraph, London


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: balkans; campaignfinance; frenchsuck; germantroops; kosovo
The head of the contingent, Colonel Dieter Hintelmann, insisted that his men had simply obeyed rules of engagement.

Those have been the rules of engagement since Clinton's NATO took over Kosovo for the Muslims. Get out of the way and let the Albanian Muslims kill the Christian Serbs and burn down their churches at will.

The problem this time is people paid attention to it and were no longer willing to buy the same excuse - "it was simple revenge against the evil wrong doing Serbs - they deserved it". I guess the occupation in Iraq woke some people up.

1 posted on 05/09/2004 10:51:45 AM PDT by Destro
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To: *balkans
German troops 'hid like rabbits' in Kosovo riots
2 posted on 05/09/2004 10:52:54 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Destro
This could be the result of 50 years of not having to defend yourself and the self-abasement of being German and having to live with the guilt of WWII.

This is what the American military would look like if Leftist self-loathing ran its course.

3 posted on 05/09/2004 11:08:55 AM PDT by keithtoo (Please remove all Kerry-on luggage from your forehead compartments.)
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To: keithtoo
The American military is a coconspirator with the Germans in Kosovo.
4 posted on 05/09/2004 11:19:50 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: All
How well are German soldiers performing against Afghans?
5 posted on 05/09/2004 11:22:14 AM PDT by BurgessLau (www.aristotleadventure.com -- a book for students and general readers of history)
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To: zip; BOBWADE
ping
6 posted on 05/09/2004 11:26:38 AM PDT by zip (Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of americans)
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To: Destro
French influence on Germany bump.
7 posted on 05/09/2004 11:31:34 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (John F-ing Kerry??? NO... F-ING... WAY!!!)
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To: Destro
One thing about the Germans- they are not cowards.... long history of bravery.
8 posted on 05/09/2004 11:34:48 AM PDT by Porterville (Kerry has no gravitas!!!)
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To: Porterville
I agree-the Germans are not cowards just allies to Muslim Albanians who served with their granfathers in the SS to kill Jews and Serbs.
9 posted on 05/09/2004 11:38:15 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Wannabe Spaniards?
10 posted on 05/09/2004 11:40:05 AM PDT by TexasTransplant (The Democrats would rather win the WH than the War on Terror)
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To: Porterville
Did you read the article ?
11 posted on 05/09/2004 11:42:57 AM PDT by John Lenin
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To: Destro
The result of a Liberalism infection into military matters.
12 posted on 05/09/2004 11:43:45 AM PDT by Ramonan (Compare the Circumstances)
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To: Ramonan
I blame KFOR's anti-Serb policies - I guess those are of Liberal origin.
13 posted on 05/09/2004 11:46:29 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: struwwelpeter
Interesting "Victory Day" feed ...
14 posted on 05/09/2004 11:52:58 AM PDT by Askel5
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To: Destro
Let someone burn a synagogue or mosque, and everyone gets bent out of shape. Let someone burn 29 churches and nothing is said.
15 posted on 05/09/2004 12:02:10 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: RobbyS
The Christians deserved it is what was said.
16 posted on 05/09/2004 12:06:20 PM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: John Lenin
These Germans may have stepped back, but you are seriously going to make the leap, underestimating the fervor and importance for detail that embodies the culture of the German? Germans are tough. Green on the outside, sure, but it is a patina until they can centralize power.
17 posted on 05/09/2004 12:13:37 PM PDT by Porterville (Kerry has no gravitas!!!)
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To: Porterville
Green on the outside, sure, but it is a patina until they can centralize power.

Can you supply a link to back that up ?
18 posted on 05/09/2004 12:24:17 PM PDT by millefleur
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To: millefleur
Yeah, check your local community college and take World History 101.
19 posted on 05/09/2004 12:26:13 PM PDT by Porterville (Kerry has no gravitas!!!)
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To: Destro
The German soldiers are NOT cowards, they have cowardly leadership in Berlin. This must be shameful for them and I really do feel sorry for their military. Nothing worse than a population who does not honor their troops.
20 posted on 05/09/2004 12:38:35 PM PDT by McGavin999 (If Kerry can't deal with the "Republican Attack Machine" how is he going to deal with Al Qaeda)
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To: Porterville
I know all about Hitler and homos. nuff said
21 posted on 05/09/2004 12:41:12 PM PDT by John Lenin (FR has been invaded by the enemy)
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To: Destro

22 posted on 05/09/2004 4:23:09 PM PDT by FierceDraka (The English word "Left" is translated into Latin as "Sinister". Think about it.)
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