Germany Deviates from France and Asserts Itself on Foreign Policy – SPIEGEL ONLINE

English: President Bashar al-Assad of Syria . ...

English: President Bashar al-Assad of Syria . Original background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article from Spiegel is a RECOMMENDED READ, this weekend.

Germany Deviates from France and Asserts Itself on Foreign Policy – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Despite austerity and a Socialist government, France is ready to intervene in Syria. We have seen elsewhere that the US is getting closer to military intervention. Meanwhile, Spiegel gives us some excellent insights into emerging German foreign policy.

Personally, I think that the case for military intervention in Syria is getting close to overwhelming, especially if the alleged circa one thousand deaths from chemical weapons this week by the Assad regime are independently confirmed.

Let me turn this to an open question:

How can Germany‘s diplomatic initiatives be enough to stop the Assad regime, if widespread use of chemical weapons is confirmed?

Any thoughts?



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  3. Germany is putting self interest and commonsense first.

    It has economic interests in China and Russia, centered on exports and engineering and has considered the much worse consequences of intervention in Syria, which General Martin Dempsey, America’s top General has outlined with full knowledge of the facts backed up by war-gaming exercises using the Pentagon’s Wisdom Warfare system.

    Angela Merkel, the Chinese and the Russians do not want or seek World War 3 and General Dempsey in America, most ordinary people everywhere do not seek it either.

    Toppling the Assad regime is not going to stop bloodshed and the creation of refugees it will create more of them and more trouble for all us.

    Angela Merkel sees that, but France with its basket case economy and weak willed President Hollande, sees military adventurism as a useful distraction from his problems at home.

    Invading Syria is not European policy but is the policy of countries like France and ourselves under Cameron which have a tendency to open their mouths first and think afterwards.

    If, for example, as David Cameron wants, Turkey is given EU membership as a reward for attacking Syria, we can expect that large numbers of Turks would want to settle in the UK, perhaps taking our population up to 80, 90 or 100 million within a few short years, France might find the same, so Germany has already said no and told David Cameron what they think about EC enlargement.

    Before engaging in war, you need to be certain of victory, prepared for the occupation and reconstruction which follows and have considered and decision treed all the consequences which might emerge.

    In the case of Syria, the UK and France have not thought through the full consequences or spelt them out to their people honestly.

    Assad is a brutal dictator but he is not an Adolf Hitler or Stalin threatening our security or vital interests, so we should stop attempting to meddle in matters which are not our business.
    Unless they do and people agree on the basis of hard evidence,we should not intervene and the German position of standing pat is the right one based on hard headed realpolitik as opposed to moralistic posturing and rushing in where Angels fear to tread.

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