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German defence minister visits troops in Jordan and Iraq
Johannes Stern, WSWS, Aug 23 2019

The new German Defence Minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, completed her first overseas troop visit recently. She met with Bundeswehr soldiers in Jordan and Iraq. The message was the same everywhere: The German army should continue and even expand its operations in the geo-strategically important and resource-rich Middle East, even after the previous mandate expires on Oct 31. At Taji, the military base near Baghdad where the Bundeswehr trains Iraqi soldiers, Kramp-Karrenbauer said:

The unanimous message of the entire Iraqi side, apart from thanks for the mission so far, is clearly the desire that this commitment will continue. In addition, there is also the request to consider whether this commitment can be strengthened.

Clearly, the German government is secretly preparing massive arms deliveries to the Iraqi army. Responding to a journalist’s question about what was meant by increased engagement, Kramp-Karrenbauer responded:

Apart from aerial reconnaissance, we are above all committed to the question of how to help people help themselves, how to empower them. Of course, the Iraqi side also has wishes, as far as equipment is concerned. Since this is always a very sensitive topic, it will be examined very intensively.

Under the guise of fighting terrorism, the German government is pursuing the goal of harnessing the Iraqi army and the Kurdish Peshmerga in northern Iraq as proxy troops and stooges for its own imperialist interests. Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Wednesday in a live interview from Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan:

In the longer term, you have to be prepared to fight terror on all levels. Above all, it’s about enabling the security forces here in Iraq to construct the appropriate structures so that civil society can work together with the military authorities. In the long term, it’s about the stabilization of Iraq and thus the stabilization of this region, and that is in our very own interests.

Kramp-Karrenbauer’s attempt to depict the deployment of the Bundeswehr as an “anti-terrorist operation” against Daesh is time-worn propaganda. Everyone knows that the illegal attack under Bush 43 in 2003 is the real reason for the disintegration of Iraq. The IS was the product of the subsequent occupation of the country and the cooperation of the NATO powers with Islamist militias in the wars for regime-change in Libya and Syria. While the German government had held back in the wars against Iraq and Libya, it was involved militarily in the Syria war from the outset. Last year, it also extended its efforts to the whole of Iraq. In this, the German army has used terrorist methods directly or indirectly. For example, the German-trained and armed Kurdish Peshmerga militias and units of the official Iraqi army killed tens of thousands of civilians during the so-called liberation of Mosul from Daesh. The Luftwaffe provided target coordinates for the bombing and artillery barrages by the coalition that eradicated entire cities and villages in Syria and Iraq. The “innate interests” of Germany in the region, as named by Kramp-Karrenbauer, are clearly outlined in previous and current strategy papers. As already stated in a 2001 study by the CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation titled “Germany and the Middle East: Positioning and Recommendations for Action”:

The German interest is primarily aimed at stabilizing the affected states and societies to prevent danger to their own security and those of the European partner countries, to ensure a smooth supply of raw materials and to create export opportunities for the German economy. The importance of the export markets of the region’s core states for the German economy is enormous. It is therefore important to make a contribution to safeguarding the sales markets, to ensure as unhindered market access as possible and to face the competition of Pindostan, the Eastern European countries, but also the East Asian industrialized countries.

The same imperialist interests are behind the plans for a possible European naval mission in the Persian Gulf which is being actively promoted by Berlin. A strategy paper published by the German CFR a few days ago states:

The unhindered use of transport, supply and trade lines as well as the security of raw materials and energy supplies are among the foreign and security policy priorities of export-dependent nations like Germany, which should therefore develop a mission to preserve its own foreign policy design claims and safeguard its interests and lead them if necessary. The EU navies have sufficient resources to carry out both an observer mission and a protective mission. Germany and the EU should strive to attract non-EU states such as Norway, Canada or ANZ.

Although, 80 years after the start of WW2 and 30 years after German reunification, the German ruling class is again moving towards developing an independent policy of war and great-power politics, there is no opposition to this among the establishment parties. On the contrary, the return of German militarism is supported and actively promoted by all the parties in the Bundestag. Kramp-Karrenbauer is herself chair of the ruling CDU party. SPD defence spox Siemtje Möller, who accompanied Kramp-Karrenbauer on her visit to see the army, hinted in an interview with broadcaster Deutschlandfunk that the SPD are ready to support the German defence minister’s initiative. Möller said:

We are gathering on-the-spot arguments that we can bring to the parliamentary group speaking for or against it.

She had already visited Iraq last year and was “very convinced” of the work of the Bundeswehr. A presentation on the “militarily meaningful” use of German Tornadoes from the Jordanian Air Force Base Al-Azraq also “impressed” her. The Greens are among the most aggressive advocates of a German-European military mission in the Persian Gulf, which could turn the whole region into a conflagration and massively increase the danger of WW3. Green Party Chairman Robert Habeck recently said in an interview with the Passauer Neue Presse:

There is an independent European interest in the Iran conflict. Europe can no longer rely on others to represent its interests. It must become capable of conducting world politics.


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