Skip to comments.Germany rules out military option for Iran
Posted on 09/04/2006 3:37:51 PM PDT by Flavius
BERLIN, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is "no military option" for handling Iran's nuclear program, her spokesman told reporters here on Monday.
"The chancellor has expressed the view that there is no military option," Ulrich Wilhelm said, adding that "the door for negotiations remains open."
The U.S. leaders have said repeatedly any option would not be ruled out in dealing with Iran's nuclear program as they insist that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.
But Iran has said its program is for peaceful purpose, refusing to comply with a UN directive that it cease uranium enrichment by Aug. 31.
Senior diplomats from Britain, France and Germany will meet their counterparts from the United States, Russia and China in Berlin on Thursday to discuss the Iranian nuclear crisis.
European Union chief diplomat Javier Solana is expected to hold talks with Iranian negotiators this week. Enditem
Good to know we can depend on our friends.
She knows that either Israel or the US will take care of the problem, so why say otherwise. Typical European.
(No more Olmert! No more Kadima! No more Oslo! )
Fine, but what, precisely, do they intend to talk about? Iran will have nuclear weapons. If the only issue is what the Germans will give them anyway, then why negotiate at all?
Wow, has Europe become neutered, or what? I'm almost certain that Japan would have taken some sort of action against N. Korea by now if we didn't impose so many restrictions on them after WWII.
Down the road what this means is: We know we had better not attack you. Therefore you get the bomb and we negotiate what we have to do so that you won't attack us with that bomb.
"Fine, but what, precisely, do they intend to talk about? Iran will have nuclear weapons." particularily if germany sells them more technology.
If they all continue to talk, sure as tomorrow morning Iran will be fully armed. Then, possibly, there will be no tomorrow.
Why do we spend time and energy, not to mention money to bribe ("incentive")? One way or another, they'll get nuclear ability. Those money to bribe perhaps will be better spent to develop a good defense system that will protect US, and perhaps some allies. If the EU wants to keep bribing people, let them do that.
You ain't seen nothing yet. Think about how they will roll over to Iran once Iran does get the bomb.
Forgot another point: if we're still concerned that a rouge country may develop nuclear weapon, just bomb the reactor at the end, the way Israel did to Iraq.
They don't want to blow their bunker business since Iraq is no longer paying.
They are still smarting from WWII. Will they support a boycott of Iranian oil and support sanctions?
WWII ended 60 years ago. Angela Merkel was born in 1954. They better figure it out soon.
You are exactly right. Israel will never allow Iran to have the bomb regardless of what Kofi, Mark Malloch-Brown, Russia, China and the euroweenies say.
Shure there's a military option Chancellor Merkel.
It's called the Berlin=Nagasaki option. With the option of Munich=Hiroshima soon to follow.
Well if you allow an insane Murderous religious zealot to obtain nukes those are your options.
Choose wisely Chancellor Merkel! Or bow in servitude to slimism!
The question no one asks is- has Iran ruled out a military option?
Germany will negotiate the precise nature of dhimmi status and how many will be permitted dhimmitude.
Speak for yourself, Chancellor.
Iran has somehow bought out Germany here. Another thread also mentions that Total (France oil company) will be working with a Japanese country to develop Iranian oil fields. So while the socialists all want agreement on Kyoto, they are working with Iran to obtain more and cheaper oil. As part of the deal, they are to oppose military action against Iran. The only one who will not be suckered into this arrangement is Israel because their very survival depends on it. While everyone here continues to hope for internal Iranian opposition to take control, the longer this goes on the less likely it seems. Someone is going to HAVE to take military action.
In the European sense, this is not only a policy statement, but a declaration of fact. What could Germany possibly do militarily to Iran? Indeed, barring French and English nuclear weapons, what could all of Europe combined do to force a military settlement?
I very much doubt that all of the European navies combined could open the Straits of Hormuz against Iranian opposition.
So if you are stuck on a European solution, then it is true. There is no military option.
Similar to how Canadians can be opposed to Missile defense. Because they have the luxury of doing so. It sings to the lefties yet politicos know, in the end, someone else will do the heavy lifting that needs done.
In so doing, Germany is trying to avoid Iranian nuclear materials landing on German soil. Sorta like how Morton Downey Jr. met his demise on Natural Born Killers, he sympathized with them and expected quarter but in the end, they did him anyway.
'" Will they support a boycott of Iranian oil and support sanctions?"
I don't think Europeans want to make any sacrifices at all either for domestic or security purposes. Their only recourse is to hope and pray everything can be fixed by diplomacy.
At least for now...
I agree with you. Sadly, the world is tired of war and are willing to take their chances.
Germany is waiting to lock up its "Oil for Food-the Sequel" options.
Glad we spent 50 years protecting their ass on our dime.
Today, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ruled out a military landing at Calais. "I know we want the Nazis to believe we are landing there. But we are in fact planning to land at Normandy."
Field Marshall Rommel could not be reached for comment. Aides were trying to revive him after reading about Churchill's comments.
If Israel can't or wont do it, we may have to learn to live with a nuclear Iran. I have already started trying to accept it. We may be able to put some sanctions on Iran and do some things to put pressure on the Iranian government through the dissidents in the Iranian public. I think Bush will do all he can short of military action. Doing that and also keeping his focus on Iraq and getting it cleaned up before he leaves office are about all I expect because the military option is very, very dicy for Bush to do.
This is an innocuous statement on its face aimed at a domestic audience entirely. What exactly is Germany supposed to do about iran? Fly in their B-2s and drop bunker busters?
only if we fail to act
and still they will fail themselves
President Bush will stop Iran from having a nuclear bomb, period. We will go to war with Iran next year, it will be a massive air campaign to destroy their nuclear facilities, and lot of their military infrastructures and command.
Field Marshall Rommell was actually at his home in Ulm, Germany celebrating his wife's 50th birthday when we hit Omaha Beach. He had to rush back to the coast but it well past the point of stopping the invasion.
Golly, I was sure they were going to send a few Panzer divisions. (sarc)
I am all for it. But it sure better be massive because we cannot afford to mess it up. Plus I think before he does attack, if he does, there must be a thorough discussion in the public square of the consequences to America at home and abroad. Because bombing Iran could trigger terror attacks here at home, attacks on Israel, $100.00 a barrel oil and so forth. Plus would he have to get permission from congress? I don't know if he could muster the support he needs to order an attack. I just don't think it is a given that he will bomb Iran.
I agree. We should move out of old Europe.
Merkel is either a retard or else is scum. I assume scum. Just as with Iraq, "ruling out" military action makes military action more likely. The krauts are simply too cynical, selfish, atheistic and materialistic to be of any use to anyone. To hell with them. Good beer, though.
I just phoned with the German government Press Office. They´ve told me that Chancellor Merkel said "that she knows nobody who wanted a military option at the moment". So she HAS NOT SAID that she rules out military actions. She follows the German official policy, putting all the pressure on the diplomatic stage, so that a military engagement may be prevented. Germany stands united on this issue with the EU and the US, and with its friend Israel.
From my view, the news agencies have concluded things from her words she never said.
For confirmation contact:
The Press Office of the Federal Government +0049 180 272 0000
You phoned them ?
Besides, what do people expect ? That she'll stomp her feet and declare war on Iran ?
Get sober folks.
I know you are German and I appreciate your initiative in contacting the Chancellor's office.Please understand that the remarks that follow are not directed to you personally, but are my observations.
In my opinion, the correct response from all governments allied with us should be that the military option is not off the table. That says a very different thing from that there is no military option at this time.
The UN and the EU are taking no concrete steps at this time to make Iran stop their progress toward getting a nuclear device. When they get one, it will be used against Israel and US interests, either here in the US or abroad.
That means me and my family are at risk directly. Having lost three people on 9/11/01 that I knew, you'll have to forgive me if I take Iran's posturings seriously.
Having protected you and yours on our dime for over fifty years entitles me to want to have a more aggressive posture by the German government to Iranian stonewalling and outright deception.
Talking time is over. The question is when we will strike. Now, or later, when it will be much more costly in terms of human lives on all sides.
Iran is a boil that has to be lanced. What I am seeing from European governments is typical head-in-the-sand, and hope the US solves the problem. We can't even get the EU countries to staff a measly 15,000 soldiers for the Lebanonese peacekeeping force. We have eight times that just in Iraq.
Michael, I'll level with you. I am sick and tired of paying for everyone's else's security, and no reciprocation. If the European countries were more forceful, Iran might back down. But they have you all cowering, and they continue their bluster.
In the US, you either confront evil or you have live under its boot. The latter is unthinkable to free men.
The German position is that military options are not off the table! Just at the moment. This is still the time of talk. I understand that the impatience, but you can be sure that neither the EU, Israel or the US will accept a nuclear-armed Iran. So, I fully trust our leaders that they´ll stop Iran in time, and we can hope that this can be achieved by diplomacy. If diplomacy fails (the deathline hasn´t passed yet), the necessary steps will be taken, with or without the approval of Russia and China. NATO has acted once against the UN (1999), it can repeat that. There´s no dispute between Merkel and Bush on Iran.
Wow you impress me. And glad to hear it about Germany.