Saturday, August 20, 2005

The Germans Don't Get It

The Germans don't understand that the US no longer considers them an ally. They should worry about this.

Germany has actively supported the Mullah's nuke program (WSJ subscription):

For almost two years now, the U.S. has let France, Britain and Germany take the lead in the negotiations with Tehran, and the Europeans have been busy offering carrots in return for Iran's submission. The result: Last week, Tehran broke the U.N. seals to a uranium enrichment plant at Isfahan where it had promised to suspend operations.

And just in case anyone still has any illusions about Iran's true intentions or the value of Europe's diplomatic strategy, none other than Tehran's chief nuclear negotiator, Hosein Musavian, admitted on Iranian state television earlier this month that the talks with the Europeans were from the beginning just a ruse.

The regime only agreed to the negotiations to buy enough time to complete the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) at Isfahan, Mr. Musavian explained. Without Europe's intervention, he said, the International Atomic Energy Agency would have long ago handed over Iran to the U.N. Security Council.

"But thanks to the negotiations with Europe we gained another year, in which we completed (the UCF) in Isfahan," Mr. Musavian said. "Today we are in a position of power ... We have a stockpile of products, and during this period, we have managed to convert 36 tons of yellow cake into gas and store it."

Now it's impossible to take Isfahan out without contaminating a huge area with radioactivity. Thanks guys!

Of course the French & Brits were were involved too, but France is a declared adversary of the US and the Brits were trying to make the negotiations work.

The President reacted, stating "all options are on the table" to deal with the Mullahs.

Schroder responded (WSJ, subscription).

Speaking to more than 10,000 people in his hometown of Hanover this weekend, Mr. Schroder acknowledged that Tehran poses a serious problem but added that those urging the regime to give up its nuclear ambitions would sound more convincing if they scaled back their own atomic arsenal as well. This obvious hint at U.S. nuclear arms was greeted with cheers from the audience. "Let's take the military option off the table. We have seen it doesn't work," the chancellor said to applause.

Schroder is set to lose the upcoming election, and is playing the very popular anti-US card, which may work.

German judges are no different.

A GERMAN court yesterday convicted a Moroccan student of belonging to the al-Qaeda cell responsible for the attacks on America of September 11, 2001, but acquitted him of direct involvement in the murder of nearly 3,000 people.

In a three-hour judgment, read out before a court in Hamburg, Judge Ernst-Rainer Schudt said that the US Justice Department had refused to co-operate fully with the German court. “How are we supposed to do justice to our task when important documents are withheld from us?” the judge asked.

Although Washington did send transcripts of interviews with two al-Qaeda members in American custody, Judge Schudt complained that the testimony was incomplete and that the two witnesses should have been interviewed in person.

The guy will be out in 4 years & it's all the fault of the US because they wouldn't give Germans sensitive information.

All the Germans I've talked to recently take this line: Americans are violent simpletons who should do what Europeans say. When the US refuses, it should be thwarted at every turn. And this policy is risk-free for Germany since after the fall of the USSR, it no longer needs US protection.

In the next post, I'll show how wrong they are.