Iran’s Push and Germany’s Response
The U.S. administration finally took a condemning stand against the dubious outcome of Iran’s election and the inhuman crackdown on those who demonstrated against the result.
But, of all the condemnations that have come from world leaders over Iran’s election debacle, Germany’s has been the most strident and its demands on the Iranian government the most detailed.
Both Chancellor Angela Merkel and Vice Chancellor Frank-Walter Steinmeier have roundly condemned Iran’s election outcome and called for the true political status to be clarified. On Sunday, Merkel declared that “Germany stands by the people in Iran who want to exercise their right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.” She urged Iranian leaders to “fully respect human and civil rights.” “I strongly urge the Iranian leadership to permit peaceful demonstrations,” she said, “renounce the use of violence against demonstrators, release detained members of the opposition, permit free reporting by the media and conduct a recount of the ballots cast in the presidential election.”
Steinmeier chimed in with a separate statement calling for the dissension over the results of the recent election to be brought to a swift close. He urged “all political forces to defuse the situation that has developed, otherwise the situation threatens to escalate further.” In a poke in the eye of the Iranian leadership, Steinmeier stated that “The violent actions against demonstrators are unacceptable, as well as the continued hindrance of free reporting.” He called for “systematically clearing up doubts about the proceedings and outcome of the election.”
Concerning Merkel’s comments, it’s not the first time that Germany’s chancellor has been biting in her criticism of Iran. Three years ago she went as far as comparing the Iranian president to Hitler. “The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, compared President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran to Adolf Hitler yesterday as Tehran vowed to resume the enrichment of uranium which could be used to make nuclear weapons. Amid growing fears that the Iranians are intent on acquiring an ‘Islamic bomb,’ Merkel warned that the world must not repeat the mistakes it made in appeasing the Nazis” (Sunday Times, Feb. 5, 2006).
Yet, there is a dichotomy here. One of the prime contractors involved in the construction of Iran’s nuclear facility is the giant German engineering firm, Siemens. Siemens’ involvement in the Iranian nuclear project obviously gives Germany an inside run on maintaining a continuing flow of intelligence on the orientation of the project and its timing. As the March 2010 date slated for the powering up of the nuclear plant approaches, Germany is stepping up its clandestine activities within Iran, intent on forcing regime change in the interest of opening up Iran’s oilfields to supply the Fatherland with a much-needed alternative source of supply to the shaky deals for energy supply it presently has with Russia and Central Asian nations.
In the wake of the Iranian election dispute, German-Foreign-Policy.com reported, “German organizations are trying to escalate the internal power struggles in Iran. The state-financed Deutsche Welle radio station is one of the foreign broadcasters whose Farsi-language program is firing the protesters on, with hourly reports on reactions from the West. Party-affiliated foundations, including the German Free Democratic Party (fdp)-affiliated Friedrich Naumann Foundation, are offering their partnership to those opposing the central structures of Iran’s government” (June 22).
Both the German Foreign Ministry, led by Steinmeier, and the chancellery under Angela Merkel have recently scaled up their direct involvement in Iran’s political affairs. “Over the weekend representatives of the government in Berlin issued numerous statements intended to teach the Iranian government how to behave democratically. The Iranian ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, in a colonial hegemonic manner. The Iranians are rejecting this interference and threatening to break diplomatic relations with Berlin. Still, German organizations close to the government are continuing unabated their activities, fanning domestic protests in Iran” (ibid.).
For some time, the Trumpet’s editor in chief has pointed out that Bible prophecy predicts that Iran, identified as the biblical “king of the south,” will become such a thorn in the side of Germany’s plans for global hegemony that Germany will lead a blitzkrieg against Iran and its allies of such ferocity that they will be blown away as in a mighty whirlwind (Daniel 11:40).
The tensions we presently see building between Germany and Iran, triggered by the precocious Iranian king of the south’s aggressive, anti-West foreign-policy push against the “king of the north,” are but early signs of this prophesied military explosion in the Middle East.