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Germany Will Not Aid US Soldiers In Chemical, Biological Attack
CNSNews.com ^ | 3/07/03 | R. Raghavendra

Posted on 03/07/2003 9:53:35 AM PST by kattracks

Berlin (CNSNews.com) - Adding another sticking point to strained relations with the United States, Germany says its troops will not come to the rescue of American soldiers if they invade Iraq and face a chemical or biological attack there.

German defense minister Peter Struck said Friday that his forces will only defend and assist American soldiers and civilians based in Kuwait, where some German troops are currently stationed.

German soldiers in Kuwait possess equipment to detect contamination by biological and chemical weapons. But if the attack takes place in Iraq, German troops will not go forward to assist U.S. soldiers or their allies.

"Our soldiers will remain in Kuwait because the defense agreement applies to the citizens and American troops stationed in that country," Struck said in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. "The protection of American soldiers advancing in Iraqi territory must be taken on by the Americans themselves."

Germany has stood firm in its view that there should be no war. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder reiterated this stance Thursday when he said that the United Nations and the international community should discuss ways to achieve a peaceful solution. On Friday, Germany's foreign minister told the U.N. Security Council that there are "efficienct alternatives to war in Iraq."

After a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the German Chancellor said that Germany, France and Russia agreed that there was no need for a second resolution.

"The cooperation of Iraq has got better, but it still needs further improvement," Schroeder said. "Germany's basic position will remain intact, and it is a very, very firm position."

The German government has also announced that it would not help finance the rebuilding of Iraq if America invades. In 1991, Germany did not play an active military role in the first Gulf War, but it shared a large portion of the financial burden.

Last week, Berlin turned a request by NATO for additional Patriot air defense missiles for Turkey. The German government said that it had already fulfilled its obligation to NATO.

At the same time, however, Germany is prepared to increase the strength of its troops in Kuwait. The defense minister said that he would send additional troops to Iraq's neighbor to maintain security if the U.S. presence at Camp Doha is reduced because of war.

Last week, Germany said that it would send some 30 additional soldiers to join the elite troops operating the Fuchs - vehicles specially fitted with advanced equipment for detecting chemical, biological or nuclear contamination. The vehicles are stationed about 60 miles from the Iraqi border.

The German parliament has authorized the deployment of 800 elite troops in the region.

But the opposition Christian Democratic Union criticized the defense minister for his position on assistance to U.S. troops.

Friedbert Pflueger, the CDU foreign policy spokesman, described the move as "dangerous and unwise."

"I can't imagine that a German defense minister would deny emergency help for attacked American soldiers in Iraq only kilometers from where the Fuchs are stationed," Pflueger said.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Germany; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: biologicalattacks; biologicalwarfare; biologicalweapons; boycott; boycottgermany; chemicalattacks; chemicalwarfare; chemicalweapons; cowards; gaschambers; german; germanhistory; germany; gulfwarii; iraq; mustardgas; selfish
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1 posted on 03/07/2003 9:53:35 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
After Auschwitz, why ruin that perfect record?
2 posted on 03/07/2003 9:55:39 AM PST by Publius
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To: kattracks
What scum - they obviously believe that Iraq has these weapons, even though they won't admit it when it comes to the Security Council. Then, even if it all becomes too obviously true, they would stand by and do nothing. I wouldn't mind seeing them becoming "collateral casualties"...
3 posted on 03/07/2003 9:57:00 AM PST by trebb
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To: kattracks
Cawksuchers.

Well, they gassed the JEWS. Why should they care about US if WE get gassed?

I say, boycott EVERYHING GERMAN.

Starting today, take one or two German products to the front checkout counter with your other stuff; then, in front of and within ear shot of other shoppers, say "oh my. Hey, this one's MADE IN GERMANY. We don't want it".

Just leave it there for the restock bin.

If this happens in stores across the land, people will catch on QUICK. Same for Made in Frog stuff, too.

4 posted on 03/07/2003 9:58:03 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Easy to UNDERRATE N.Korea: Idiotic leader, starving people. BUT DON'T! They could attack in a flash.)
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To: kattracks
They can't help us as they probably sold them weapons to diperse them with and it was in their contract with Iraq I mean China, I mean Iraq, that they would sit by and do nothing.
5 posted on 03/07/2003 9:58:31 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: kattracks
How do we get this story to the conservative, coast to coast talk show hosts, with MILLIONS of AMERICAN listeners?? This story will BURST today across the land.
6 posted on 03/07/2003 9:59:52 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Easy to UNDERRATE N.Korea: Idiotic leader, starving people. BUT DON'T! They could attack in a flash.)
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To: kattracks
they are now on record for this.
7 posted on 03/07/2003 10:01:31 AM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
e-mail Rush.
8 posted on 03/07/2003 10:01:59 AM PST by Publius
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To: Publius
Too bad we didn't have any extra nukes for Berlin at the end of WWII.
9 posted on 03/07/2003 10:02:00 AM PST by ambrose
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To: kattracks
bastards.
10 posted on 03/07/2003 10:04:58 AM PST by GnL
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To: kattracks
Backstabbers. We should have let the Soviet Union roll right over their sorry arses.
11 posted on 03/07/2003 10:06:06 AM PST by LiberalBuster
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To: kattracks
Note to Russia: if you want to reclaim East Germany, please feel free to do so. The US will not defend or protect German soldiers or civilians, unless they are within the continental borders of the US.
12 posted on 03/07/2003 10:07:21 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: kattracks
So, the next logical question is, will Germany refuse landing rights to U.S. Medevac flights into Ramstein AFB with U.S. WMD casualties on board?
13 posted on 03/07/2003 10:07:57 AM PST by TADSLOS (Sua Sponte)
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To: kattracks
If they said that I want an immediate and unilateral withdrawl from Germany.
14 posted on 03/07/2003 10:08:08 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: kattracks
German defense minister Peter Struck said Friday that his forces will only defend and assist American soldiers and civilians based in Kuwait, where some German troops are currently stationed.

The German defense minister added "however, we will offer all the soap and lampshades you need in your effort".

15 posted on 03/07/2003 10:10:12 AM PST by finnman69 (!)
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To: Publius; Sean Hannity
Sean if you are lurking, this is a biggie...
16 posted on 03/07/2003 10:10:53 AM PST by finnman69 (!)
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To: kattracks
Pull all our troops out of socialist Germany!! Do it now! To hell with the Germans. Let the Soviet have them. Who needs them. We have spent billions enough protecting their sorry butts!!!
17 posted on 03/07/2003 10:11:31 AM PST by RetiredArmy
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To: kattracks
Fuch Germany.
18 posted on 03/07/2003 10:11:35 AM PST by jwalsh07 (God Bless the Groundpounders)
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To: kattracks
Kinda funny how everyone on this thread is bashing Germany, yet, when they took to the US skies (flying AWACS) to protect us after 911, they were considered a strong ally.

Fickle, aren't we?
20 posted on 03/07/2003 10:13:38 AM PST by taxed2death
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To: Publius
You said it all.
21 posted on 03/07/2003 10:13:38 AM PST by My Favorite Headache (Which one will lose? Depends on what I choose or maybe which voice...I ignore.)
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To: kattracks
Useful as tits on a boar hog.
22 posted on 03/07/2003 10:14:10 AM PST by dennisw ( http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/weblog.php)
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To: taxed2death
9-11 was a lifetime ago during times like these.
23 posted on 03/07/2003 10:16:14 AM PST by My Favorite Headache (Which one will lose? Depends on what I choose or maybe which voice...I ignore.)
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To: dennisw
Since the socialist Germans are now collaborating again with the Frogs and Russia, it seems that we made a huge mistake. We should have let the Russians have them after the war. Would have saved us a lot of lives and money.
24 posted on 03/07/2003 10:16:57 AM PST by americanbychoice
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To: Publius
ZIIING!!! BULLSEYE..
25 posted on 03/07/2003 10:17:42 AM PST by ewing
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To: kattracks
Research showed the German people were aware of the horrors going on in German death camps. The German people weren't clueless bystanders, they were active enablers. In light of this, nothing they do is a surprise.

The only nice thing I can say to the Germans is that if they want France, they can have it...

26 posted on 03/07/2003 10:19:04 AM PST by GOPJ
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To: kattracks
What do they know about these chemical weapons, when did they know it, and what did THEY supply to Iraq? Their unabashed lack of support is inexcusable!! It is also very suspect.

We could start our boycott of German products with returning to their country any shipments currently enroute to our country. Let these pigs feel the economic consequesces of their decisions!!!
27 posted on 03/07/2003 10:20:27 AM PST by all4one
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To: kattracks
Given this; from Germany, the nation most likely to have supplied Saddam with materials, machines, and processes to produce chemical and bilogical weapons; I'd say that NATO is in trouble.
28 posted on 03/07/2003 10:21:32 AM PST by thinktwice
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To: ClearCase_guy
ditto.
29 posted on 03/07/2003 10:21:55 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: americanbychoice
It's never too late. The Russians can have them now.

Since the socialist Germans are now collaborating again with the Frogs and Russia, it seems that we made a huge mistake. We should have let the Russians have them after the war. Would have saved us a lot of lives and money.

30 posted on 03/07/2003 10:22:18 AM PST by GOPJ
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To: kattracks
So...who's asking for help from Germany??? Who cares?
31 posted on 03/07/2003 10:22:44 AM PST by CarmelValleyite
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To: Publius
Excellent observation.
I'd love to know if the companies that once formed IG Farben (makers of Zyklon-B) make any of the chemicals required for the production of chemical weapons.

IIRC, these companies are BASF, Bayer, Hoechst, AGFA and perhaps others.
This would make an good Freeper research project.


32 posted on 03/07/2003 10:23:24 AM PST by Constitution Day (No, I will not "get over it".)
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To: Constitution Day
also "a" good Freeper research project.
33 posted on 03/07/2003 10:24:26 AM PST by Constitution Day (No, I will not "get over it".)
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To: kattracks
Something tells me that W is fixin to draw a BIIIIIG line in the sand.
34 posted on 03/07/2003 10:24:31 AM PST by gulfcoast6 (COMRADE Blix.)
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To: kattracks
We don't need the Germans' help in Iraq, but we will certainly take note of the fact that they wouldn't help Americans in danger if we did.

Schroeder and his gang of merry communists have destroyed the trans-atlantic alliance.

35 posted on 03/07/2003 10:25:34 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: kattracks
Germany says its troops will not come to the rescue of American soldiers if they invade Iraq and face a chemical or biological attack there.

and battle their soulmates?

dep

36 posted on 03/07/2003 10:27:23 AM PST by dep
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To: Dog Gone

Embassy of Germany and
German Information Center

4645 Reservoir Road, NW Washington DC 20007-1998

Telephone: (202) 298-4000
Fax: (202) 298-4249 or 333-2653


37 posted on 03/07/2003 10:28:03 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Easy to UNDERRATE N.Korea: Idiotic leader, starving people. BUT DON'T! They could attack in a flash.)
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To: kattracks
America should not have spent one drop of blood for France, Germany or Russia.

Next time Russia has a Chechen terrorist attack, or in Paris or Berlin, ... they will have gotten EXACTLY what they deserve.

38 posted on 03/07/2003 10:28:05 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: taxed2death
I thought it was the Norwegians flying AWACS, not the Germans.
39 posted on 03/07/2003 10:28:07 AM PST by BlessedBeGod
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To: kattracks
The Germans know all too well what chemicals can to do human beings.
40 posted on 03/07/2003 10:29:10 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: Cinnamon Girl
No problem. We never expected any help from them.
41 posted on 03/07/2003 10:31:23 AM PST by Carolinamom (ONWARD, Christian soldiers)
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To: taxed2death
Speak for yourself. I didn't want them on our soil then or now.
I think Americans are quite capable of defending themselves if we are allowed to do so. Black Jack Pershing had the right idea about handling terrorists.
42 posted on 03/07/2003 10:32:34 AM PST by MoGalahad
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To: taxed2death
Fickle, aren't we?

Thank God there is still a modicum of sanity out there.

43 posted on 03/07/2003 10:32:53 AM PST by RecentConvert
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To: kattracks
We should slap enormous tariffs on these jerks and man I would have love to have withdrawn support for West Germany during the Cold War... oh how short their memories are... heck why should we stop with tariffs or withdrawing our troops...

We should just remind them that our troops there as an occupying force after their last screwup under Hitler... what unbelievable human trash the Germans and French who support Iraq are.
44 posted on 03/07/2003 10:34:42 AM PST by TexasGunLover (Let's just get the heck out of the U.N. now!!!)
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To: Semper Paratus
If they said that I want an immediate and unilateral withdrawl from Germany

AMEN!!!

Withdraw all our troops from Germany, if we have some in France, pull them out too!

Place an immediate halt to all import/exports for Germany, France, Russia, and yes...CHINA!!!

Use tactical nukes to neutralize the threat from N. Korea, and Iraq...sooner, rather than later!!!


45 posted on 03/07/2003 10:35:15 AM PST by Clovis_Skeptic
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To: taxed2death
Kinda funny how everyone on this thread is bashing Germany, yet, when they took to the US skies (flying AWACS) to protect us after 911, they were considered a strong ally.

Fickle, aren't we?

You might want to revise that comment to read: "...they were still considered a strong ally."

That perception has obviously changed - by Germany's recent actions. No, we're not fickle. It's just that our eyes have been opened to Germany's true nature.

46 posted on 03/07/2003 10:36:30 AM PST by Charles Martel
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To: Clovis_Skeptic
And that goes for removing NAZI GERMANY TROOPS FROM U.S. SOIL, asap,

(Dulles Airport, Virginia)

47 posted on 03/07/2003 10:36:44 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Easy to UNDERRATE N.Korea: Idiotic leader, starving people. BUT DON'T! They could attack in a flash.)
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To: kattracks
Boycott German products and tourism.
48 posted on 03/07/2003 10:37:00 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: kattracks
Im currently serving here in Germany, and German soldiers are now acting as the sole guard force for most American posts. Where we were only able to post 2 or 3 soldiers at a guard point, the Germans post 10. They have proved to be very professional.

However, in my earlier days in the Army in the early 90's I trained with some German airborne troops and found them, to say the least, lacking in true soldier skills: they were physically unfit, mortally afraid to conduct a night time airborne op (standard stuff for US troops), and generally sloppy in dress and drill.

49 posted on 03/07/2003 10:37:40 AM PST by Tin-Legions
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Those krauts sure have a short memory. I am not talking about Nazi Germany. I am talking about Americans in West Germany when the Soviets were planning to launch a NBC blitzkrieg through West Germany.

Such ingratitude for what? A few billions dollars of debt owed to them by Saddam. What a loser nation.
50 posted on 03/07/2003 10:38:39 AM PST by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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