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Jung resigns over Afghan air strike

AFP/DDP/The Local · 27 Nov 2009, 17:46

Published: 27 Nov 2009 13:39 GMT+01:00
Updated: 27 Nov 2009 17:46 GMT+01:00

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Jung said following “much consideration” he would step down one day after the Bundeswehr’s Chief of Staff Gen. Wolfgang Schneiderhan resigned for allegedly withholding information about a bombardment that ended in dozens of civilian casualties.

"I am therefore taking the political responsibility for the internal information policy of the Defence Ministry regarding the events of September 4 in Kunduz," he said in Berlin. "With this action, I would like to help the federal government continue without hinderance its successful work and avert damage to the Bundeswehr."

Two days after a German colonel called the air strike on two fuel trucks hijacked near the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, Jung had said that according to his information "only Taliban terrorists" were killed.

However, a confidential NATO report cited by Schneiderhan in late October said that the death toll could be as high as 142 and local sources claimed between 30 and 40 civilians had died.

But the ministry allegedly hushed up another report regarding civilian casualties which suggested the military commanders on the ground did not adhere to the agreed rules of engagement.

After chief of staff General Wolfgang Schneiderhan stepped down on Thursday, the clamour for Jung's head had grown even louder. Chancellor Angela Merkel conspicuously failed to ride to her minister's aid, saying only that full transparency was crucial to the increasingly unpopular mission in Afghanistan.

Jung, not seen as a particularly close ally of the chancellor, had been moved to his new post at the Labour Ministry after Merkel was re-elected two months ago.

In a devastating front-page editorial entitled "Resign Please," the Financial Times Deutschland on Friday said: "Franz Josef Jung failed as defence minister and should resign from his position as labour minister. It would be no loss to the cabinet. There's nothing more to say."

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The paper left the rest of its front-page editorial column blank in a stark visual statement.

Merkel said late on Friday she had appointed Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen to replace Jung at the Labour Ministry. The ministerial duties of 51-year-old mother of seven will be taken over by Kristina Köhler, Merkel told reporters.

In a short statement, Merkel also said she had the "greatest respect" for Jung's decision to step down.

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21:09 November 27, 2009 by DrGideonPolya
The Elephant-in-the-Room that this politically correct racist (PC racist) resignation hides is the horrible reality in US-, NATO-, Apartheid Australia- and Germany-occupied Afghanistan of a huge death toll from deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease due to US Alliance war crimes. Thus UNICEF tells us that 338,000 under-5 year old Afghan infants die each year, overwhelmingly from deprivation from US Alliance non-supply of life-sustaining requisites demanded unequivocally from Occupiers by the Geneva Convention. WHO tells us that the total annual per capita expenditure on health permitted by the Occupiers in Occupied Afghanistan is $29 as compared to $6,714 for the Occupier country, the USA. The current "annual death rate" for Occupied Afghan under-5 year old infants under the US Alliance is 7% - as compared to that of 4% (for Poles under the Nazis in WW2), 5% (French Jews under the Nazis and the Nazi-collaborator Vichy régime in WW2), 13% (Australian POWs of the Japanese in WW2) and 19% (Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe). Post-invasion in Occupied Afghanistan, non-violent excess deaths total 3.2 million, violent excess deaths total up to 4 million, non-violent and violent excess deaths total 3-7 million, under-5 year old infant deaths total 2.3 million and there are 3-4 million refugees plus a further 2.5 million Pashtun refugees generated in NW Pakistan under Obama war policies ­ an Afghan Holocaust and an Afghan Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention. The whole German Government and German military hierarchy (¦quot;we are just obeying orders¦#39;) should resign for complicity in US Alliance war crimes in Occupied Afghanistan (see ¦quot;Polish Holocaust (1939-1945) & Afghan Holocaust (2001-)¦quot; on Newsvine).:
09:37 December 2, 2009 by YankeeT
Statistics.... yawn. Especially in this incoherent display/format.

So then, to translate: "Leave Afghanistan to the Afghans"


Or is it: "War is bad", or maybe, "Bad things happen in war zones - during and after the violence".

Well, BHO has announced he is sending 30,000 more US troops there now. So there is no end in sight. Take heart, next week he picks up his NOBEL PEACE PRIZE!
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