Empowering Germany’s Military Leadership, Curbing Criticism

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius
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Empowering Germany’s Military Leadership, Curbing Criticism

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius is currently Germany’s most popular politician. But recent revelations show the media may be biased toward him. This is a dangerous development considering the drastic changes he is making to Germany’s military.

The term of Pistorius’s predecessor, Christine Lambrecht, was marked by perceived incompetence and viewed as a danger to German security. Pistorius’s term could be dangerous in a very different way.

Pistorius became Germany’s defense minister largely because the media pushed Lambrecht out of office. However, Germany’s Business Insider recently revealed that one of Lambrecht’s main critics and Pistorius’s biggest supporters may have a personal bias.

Der Spiegel reporter Konstantin von Hammerstein failed to disclose to his chief editors that his daughter, Elisabeth von Hammerstein, was working as a speechwriter for Pistorius. While Hammerstein amplified every flaw of Lambrecht, he wrote a cover story about Pistorius titled “Minister Perfect?”

This is not the only concerning conflict of interest. Just after assuming office in January, Pistorius appointed a ministerial spokesman who had previously written a positive commentary about him.

This media alliance may help Pistorius achieve controversial goals. Some fear that his plans to restructure the Defense Ministry will lead to too much military influence—an alarming development given Germany’s history.

The main criticism in this regard came after his decision to have the new Planning and Leadership Staff led by a high-ranking military officer, Brig. Gen. Christian Freuding. Some argue such a high office should be supervised by a civilian.

Imke von Bornstaedt-Küpper, chairwoman of the Association of Civil Servants and Employees of the Bundeswehr, told Tagesspiegel that the new staff would be responsible for reviewing all proposals within the ministry intended for the minister, state secretaries or the inspector general of the Bundeswehr. She said the significant power held by this new military-led staff was “worrisome.” Related warnings had been “ignored,” while confidence in the military leadership was “apparently boundless,” she noted.

Today, the German military is under strict democratic civilian control. This is to prevent an unelected military general shifting the military’s focus away from defense to offensive warfare. Giving the military leadership decision-making power in procurement and the like would empower the experts of the field; however, it would also increase the risk of unchecked militarization or deviation from democratic principles.

Consider the following fact: The first inspector general of the Bundeswehr was Adolf Heusinger who served as the chief of the general staff of the Army during World War ii. According to German historian Johannes Hürter, Heusinger was one of Adolf Hitler’s “most important military advisers”. Of course, a man like that shouldn’t be trusted—but is the military different today?

Germany’s t-online wrote in April:

The German armed forces have had repeated problems with right-wing extremists in their own ranks. But the fate of one soldier shows that instead of solving the problems, the Army apparently prefers to deal with the bearer of bad news.

He wanted to be trained as an elite soldier and join the Special Forces Command, or ksk for short. And he was well on his way. But then Patrick J. noticed that many of his comrades were not standing on the ground of the Basic Law, were shouting right-wing extremist slogans, and were networking with other right-wing extremists. He reported the incidents to his superiors, thinking he was doing the right thing. But instead of taking his reports seriously, the Bundeswehr punished him—and ended his career.

The article notes other similar cases. The fact that there are whistleblowers shows the entire army isn’t corrupt. However, some soldiers seem unafraid to parade their Nazi sentiments, which is a dangerous sign of a bigger trend the Trumpet has watched for years.

The question is: Can Germany’s army be trusted? The Bible reveals the exclusive answer. Revelation 17 is an end-time prophecy that compares the Nazi regime and other prior regimes to a beast. The prophecy clearly shows that this “beast” will rise once more. As our booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire explains, the Nazi movement went underground to finish the work it started. We are seeing more and more indications that these plans are still being worked out today.

These prophecies, along with recent history and current events, should alarm us all. Right now, we see only glimpses of this underground movement reemerging here and there—but the Bible reveals it will all be in plain sight very soon.

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