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Germany Criticizes US Over Afghan Civilian Deaths | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 14.05.2007
German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung has called for a rethink of US military tactics in Afghanistan after US coalition operations caused a spate of civilian casualties.

"We need to make sure that in future operations don't take place in this way," Jung told reporters on Monday in Brussels where he was meeting with his EU counterparts.

 

"We don't want the population against us," he said. "We have to prevent that."

 

Jung said the killing of civilians antagonized the local population and jeopardized international efforts to win the "hearts and minds" of ordinary Afghans.

 

"It is precisely the wrong tactic," the Defense Minister said. Jung added that he had raised the issue with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

by Fran on Tue May 15th, 2007 at 12:30:18 AM EST
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...and the US will just shrug and go on, and Jung et al will just shrug and vassal on, and everyone will act surprised once NATO is thrown out of Afghanistan.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue May 15th, 2007 at 03:53:30 AM EST
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German troops are currently in Afghanistan in a non-combat support role. So I wonder if the subtext here isn't: "We're not willing to spend the political capital that would be necessary to remain here if our people start coming home in bags."

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Tue May 15th, 2007 at 04:35:38 AM EST
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Well, the Tornados are now also there. So then also a bit of washing hands.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue May 15th, 2007 at 04:39:06 AM EST
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Indeed. I wonder if Jung is just now grasping the concept of the slippery slope.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Tue May 15th, 2007 at 05:26:10 AM EST
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He's from the Hessen CDU (and an original member of the Anden-Pakt). The concept of slippery slope is membership criteria there.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue May 15th, 2007 at 05:39:26 AM EST
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