Germany: Kunduz Neutered

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Germany: Kunduz Neutered

In a further indication that behind-the-scenes moves are being made to strengthen Germany’s mission in Afghanistan, the Kunduz affair is being quickly neutered.

On Monday the German government announced the closure of the case brought against Colonel Klein, the Bundeswehr officer responsible for ordering an airstrike on suspected Taliban insurgents last September. The incident had been seized upon by Germany’s liberal press and by political enemies of Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg in an effort to adversely affect his lightning rise in German politics.

The tribunal in Karlrsruhe that was charged with assessing the case brought down the only verdict possible in the interests of supporting the morale of German troops deployed in Afghanistan and in the interests of supporting their chain of command under battlefield conditions. The result will be a blow to the liberal effort to demonize German involvement in the Afghan war and to Guttenberg’s political enemies.

As Deutsche Welle reported it, the court ruled that Colonel Klein had “not acted in violation of either the international or German criminal code …. Ordering the airstrike on two fuel trucks that had been hijacked by Taliban insurgents did not qualify as an illegal method of warfare” (April 19).

With the Kunduz affair being also the subject of a parliamentary inquiry, the next step will be to put allegations against Guttenberg to bed. He is due to face the inquiry this week and answer charges that he had misled parliament about the extent of his knowledge about the details of the affair. Guttenberg assumed control of the fallout from Kunduz immediately after being sworn into office as defense minister in October last year. Under pressure of recent increased attacks against German troops (resulting in seven Bundeswehr fatalities over the past two weeks), the Kunduz affair will probably now meet a speedy resolution so as to allow parliament and Germany’s defense services to move on and address the more crucial issue of response to this rise in attacks on the Bundeswehr by the Taliban.

Deutsche Welle reported Guttenberg as stating that the clearing of Colonel Klein of any charges was “the greatest possible legal security” for the German contingent in Afghanistan. More than that, it gives a brighter green light to elements within the Bundeswehr who want Germany’s military forces to exhibit real teeth in fighting insurgents, terrorists and pirates in the regions of their current deployment throughout Northern Africa and off the Arabian Peninsula in addition to Afghanistan.

It appears that the Taliban’s Iranian sponsors as yet don’t realize that they are stirring up a tiger by tweaking Germany’s tail in Afghanistan. The result is prophesied: What U.S.-led forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have continually failed to achieve—despite the accumulated loss of life and the massive strain placed on America’s finances through conduct of these wars—is destined to be achieved by a Bundeswehr blitzkrieg that will leave Iran absolutely desolate (Daniel 11:40).

Read our booklet The King of the South for an in-depth understanding as to where Iran’s push against Germany, via its proxy the Afghan Taliban, is leading.