Germany’s foreign blunders

Germany, and I mean post cold war Germany, lacks something very important: humility. We, or some of us believe that Germany can “play up there” with the United States of America, China, Russia or maybe The United Kingdom. I tell you what: we can’t, and here is why.

Our credentials suck!

But let me elaborate. The last “big” thing Germany is remembered for on an international scale is Hitlers reign. Don’t believe me? Ask any person anywhere in the world for a famous german politician. Go ahead, call a friend in Africa, Asia or the Americas and ask. If one of them says Willi Brandt or Richard von Weizäcker or Helmut Kohl, kudos to them.

But ever since Hitlers reign of terror ended, or rather more WAS ended, what have german politicians accomplished? The fall of the Berlin wall? Nice one, but we probably could have sat that one out, after Gorbachev cut Soviet support to the GDR, and maybe we did. The European Union? That was a group effort and it is still a work in progress. Our Involvement in KFOR? Again, a group effort. Our involvement in Afghanistan? The same again.

Meanwhile Great Brittain proved its determination on the Falklands, the USA have been constantly involved and invested in actions, military or otherwise and China has built the worlds largest Economy from scratch. Of course, not everything went well, like the US involvement in vietnam, not all were for good or right reasons, but what is important was: they went! Germany appears to be scared to take the first step. And indeed with the implications of our history we should be careful with that concerning military involvement. But what about economics?

Now would be the time to get involved, to lead, to find a way out of the financial European game of Dominoes. Nothing.

We live in a great country, we have a decent social system, but internationally we lack will. So please dear Mrs Chancellor, dear Minister for foreign affairs and dear Mr President. Show some humility and bring Ideas to the table. Don’t demand a permanent seat on the security council (G. Schröder), don’t think about joining the effort for lybia after the fight is over and don’t look down on your european neighbors like Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic. We are partners, we are in this together and their voice should be heard as loud as ours and France’s.


5 comments on “Germany’s foreign blunders

  1. anon says:

    Please give an expamle of what other countries and their politicians are remembered for.

    • Sure, what countries where you thinking of? I purposefully picked countries that are very ambitous on an international scale, because that is what I am criticizing about Germany – All talk, no walk.

    • Here are some politicians: John Fizgerald Kennedy, initiating the race to the moon and resolving the cuban missle crisis. Mikhail Gorbachev for the perestroika, Charles de Gaulle for resisting the german national socialist occupation and rebuilding his nation. Margarete Thatchers support of the two plus four agreement, her stance for british sovreignity during theFalklands war. Golda Meir with the Yom-Kippur war as proving ground, leading to a strong involvment in the region (if not voluntarily).

      • anon says:

        As you pointed out, thousands of German soldiers are currently helping institute a functioning democracy in Afghanistan while risking their lives. I must say, you are right. Hardly anybody outside germany takes notice of these efforts. It was simply much more exiting when the USA hit them hard ten years ago, wasn’t it? Furthermore China is building its grasping economy on the bare back of a super-low wage working class. If THAT’s necessary to be considered as “playing up there” then i wouldn’t want to be any part of it.

      • You are right, and thank you for pointing those things out. As things are, I stand by our troops and wish them the best. My trouble with Afghanistan is, that we did not lead, but followed and followed blindly at that. Politically it was foolish. The Bundeswehr is not equipped for prolonged foreign deployment and was never meant to be sent abroad. Now the Soldiers are feeling the crunch, they do not have the equipment they need and they are constantly under-budgeted. The USAF have a stronger financial backbone, made for foreign deployment. Now, the involvement in Afghanistan IS doing the right thing, for the wrong reasons, with to little equipment. And in the end I believe the World will be better for it, and German efforts will be recognized.
        And you are right again on China. They built their economy on exploitation, and I would not want that to happen in Germany ever (again). Point is: they have economical power, lots of it. Something Germany should not strive for to get on Chinese terms. We are not China.
        And right on the third count too! I do not want Germany to “play up there” the cost is simply to high. All I want is German politicians to acknowledge that and show some humility. Once we know our place we can and will achieve great things and we will gain recognition.

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