A Bloody World Market

BERLIN (Own report) |

BERLIN (Own report) The Inspector-General of German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) has called for a state of continual preparedness for military operations. German soldiers must be available for call-up world-wide ,,with quick availability, without a long preparation period, for frequent operations of long duration". Reservists should be better ,,caught"in order to use their capabilities in these wars, said General Schneiderhan. His call to arms came shortly before the meeting of the German parliament which dealt with the continuing occupation of Kosovo.

According to General Schneiderhan, the Bundeswehr is undergoing a ,,transformation process" 1)to fit it for ,,peace enforcement"operations in all corners of the world. For this ,,complete training in classical warfare is necessary"because all arms will be involved. Schneiderhan believes that reservists are combat-ready for basic service as ,,supply line troops (...) for fighter/bomber squadrons"or as ,,radar operators for fire-control groups"directing rocket attacks on foreign towns.

Jungle, Peak and Desert

In the presence of the German Minister of Defence, Schneiderhan said that forces should be prepared for ,,similar operations to those in the Balkans, Afghanistan or the Horn of Africa as well as on the straits of Gibraltar or in Georgia". German special forces were presently training for armed operations ,,in all climate zones of the earth" 2). For this purpose they were in training camps from French Guyana (Jungle) to Norway (mountains) to Arizona (desert).

Human Rights

48 hours after the Inspector-General's 3)speech, the Berlin parliament decided to extend the occupation of Kosovo by German forces. This is termed a ,,Security Presence". All parties agreed to the government proposal without specifying a withdrawal date. The stationing of troops is tied to decisions by the NATO council. NATO attacked Yugoslavia five years ago on the pretext of punishing ,,human rights violations". Since then occupation troops have not succeded in coming close to their stated objectives ( ,,multi-ethnic society", ,,democracy"etc).

A Model

If the stationing of German troops was originally founded on humanitarian concern for the Albanian people of Kosovo, today's humanitarian concern is for the remaining Serbian inhabitants. This exchange of altruistic pretexts belongs to the standard repertoire of colonial and neo-colonial military policy. In fact, rabid nationalism and oligarchy rule in Kosovo. German soldiers are also involved in widespread criminality (including child prostitution and drug dealing). 4)According to General Schneiderhan their training rests on ,,a model which has shown itself day by day to be effective"and which ,,can stand comparison with anything on the world market". 5)

1) ,,Sicherheit geht uns alle an: Zukunftsmodell Wehrpflicht". Vortrag des Generalinspekteurs der Bundeswehr General Wolfgang Schneiderhan bei der Wehrpflichttagung des Beirates Innere Fuehrung am 25. Mai 2004 in Berlin; www.bmvg.de
2) Einfach Elite; Die Welt 27.05.2004
3) ,,Inspector General"is a sort of cover title. In earlier days the General would have been designated Chief of the Great General Staff.
4) See also earlier article Soldiers
5) ,,Sicherheit geht uns alle an: Zukunftsmodell Wehrpflicht". Vortrag des Generalinspekteurs der Bundeswehr General Wolfgang Schneiderhan bei der Wehrpflichttagung des Beirates Innere Fuehrung am 25. Mai 2004 in Berlin; www.bmvg.de