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Westerwelle confirms 2012 as Afghan withdrawal target

The Local · 18 Nov 2010, 07:25

Published: 18 Nov 2010 07:25 GMT+01:00

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“Subject to progress in the security situation, it is our goal to commence reducing our own contingent in 2012,” he wrote in an opinion article in daily Die Welt.

He was speaking ahead of the NATO summit in Lisbon, where the 28 members of the alliance will discuss their Afghanistan strategy starting on Friday.

His remarks also came as Germany heightened security at its train stations, airports and other busy public areas after the government received “concrete” information that Islamic extremists were planning at attack around the end of this month.

Germany has nearly 5,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan, where a US-led NATO force has been fighting Taliban insurgents since 2001. Earlier this week, it was reported that Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to renew the parliamentary mandate for the Afghan mission for a further year, meaning withdrawal could begin in 2012 at the earliest.

Westerwelle’s remarks now confirm 2012 as the target for the beginning of a withdrawal.

The transfer of responsibility for security to the Afghan government led by President Hamid Karzai is scheduled to begin next year, with the Afghans supposed to assume full responsibility by 2014.

Westerwelle also called on the alliance to take a fresh look at nuclear disarmament – an issue his Free Democratic Party has consistently championed.

It was in everyone’s security interest that NATO, as the world’s most important strategic alliance, made its contribution to disarmament, arms control and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. The alliance should commit itself to the goal of a world without nuclear weapons, he said.

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Russia’s involvement in the Lisbon summit offered “the historic chance to finally put Cold War mentalities behind us,” he said.

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20:52 November 19, 2010 by DrGideonPolya
Excellent news. Germany is leading the US Alliance in distancing itself from the genocidal war crimes of the pro-war, pro-Zionist, anti-Arab anti-Semitic American neocons.

Thus former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder recently correctly described the Iraq War as based on a lie and attacked Bush's continuing lies over Iraq. Germany did not directly participate in the Iraqi Holocaust (4.4 million violent deaths and non-violent deaths from deprivation, 1990-2010, as compared to 5-6 million deaths in the WW2 Jewish Holocaust, 1 in 6 dying from imposed deprivation).

Now Germany will dissociate itself by 2012 from the US-imposed Afghan Holocaust and Afghan (post-invasion non-violent avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation 3.7 million, post-invasion violent deaths about 1.3 million, post-invasion under-5 infant deaths 2.6 million, refugees 3 million plus a further 2.5 million Pashtun refugees generated in NW Pakistan by war criminal Obama - an Afghan Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention).

Germans are not intrinsically morally superior to the other lackeys of racist Zionist (RZ)-beholden, anti-Arab anti-Semitic US Alliance but Germany has had to deal with its genocidal record in the 20th century (0.1 million Namibians murdered in the Namibian Genocide, 1904-1907; German alliance with the Turks during the WW1 Armenian Genocide of 1.5 million Armenians; and the WW2 Holocaust involving the killing of 30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies).

While Germany will get out of Afghanistan by 2012, anti-Asian, racist Apartheid Australia plans to be there until 2020, according to Australia's pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-US, pro-Zionist PM Julia Giilard. US lackey Australia has been involved in all post-1950 US Asian wars, wars that have so far been associated with 23 million Asian deaths, the breakdown being 1 million (Korea), 13 million (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos), 4.4 million (Iraq) and 4.9 million (Afghanistan).

If German remorse for the 30 million victim WW2 Holocaust means anything, prominent and respected German citizens should set up a New Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal to try war criminals Bush, Obama, Blair, Brown, Cameron, Harper, Sarkozy, Rudd, Gillard, Howard and, of course, Angela Merkel.
21:48 November 19, 2010 by Major B
@DrGideonPolya comments above

Purveyor of the self-rigtheous truths. What a great propogandist of anti-Western rhetoric. "US imposed Afghan Holocaust" indeed. Yes we know the response here: the U.S. trained the mujahadeen to fight against the Soviets and thus created the conditions that eventually led to the Taliban controlled government that sponsored Al Quaeda plotting, training and carrying attacks against the U.S. and others. Yea, yeah, and more bla, bla such as the comments above. Yes those nice promoters of women's rights and cultural equality, The Taliban. What gentlemen they are.

Throwing out numbers like there's an auction or something.

No mention of the Stalinist deaths in the USSR before, during and after WWII pepetrated by the Soviets. No mention of the Chinese deaths since 1949 from "The Great Leaps" Backwards, etc. No mention of the Serbian atrocities the Europeans couldn't even solve themselves. No mention of that horrific Russian invasion of Georgia. And those horrific post-colonial African regimes that have murdered millions of their respective citizens. No mention of religious suppression and the same murders of their citizens from Middle Eastern governments since WWII. Just the same old tired anti-Western rhetoric. And before I get blasted for being a "lackey" I'll just mention I know first hand about racial and cultural suppression but I won't get into that self-loathing "it's all the U.S.'s fault" crap that is so easily thrown around by the anti-Western mafia.

But then, I'm not an agent for a foreign government like Dr Gideon is.
23:37 November 19, 2010 by surj
Major B, Very well said, I could have not put it any better. Having said that , how Dr Who, forgot Darfur where Arabs /muslims have killed over 1.5 million blacks, and to this day hold them as slaves. http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2010/07/21/114451.html and www.alarabiya.net/articles/2009/11/03/0141.html More muslims have been killed by muslims than any western troops. 1.5 million muslims were killed during the Iraq Iran war, did we hear muslim's out cry? Hell NOW. But as soon one Palestinian is killed by Israeli IDF,muslim and the pro Arab media jump up crying GENOCISE, like Dr Who. He also don't mention about genocide committed by muslims in Kashmir [killing Hindus and Sikhs]

What about bring muslims war criminals to New Nurnberg War Criminal Tribunal Court,? www.thereligionofpeace.com and www.islam-watch.org and www.faithfreedom.org
05:22 November 20, 2010 by DrGideonPolya
Readers of this thread: I am a law-abiding Australian citizen and attempt to meet my moral obligations as a scholar to bear witness to horrendous human rights abuses and in particular the ongoing US-imposed Palestinian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide and Afghan Genocide (violent deaths and excess deaths from deprivation totalling 0.3 million, 4.4 million and 4.9 million, respectively). I also bear witness to other atrocities (including the Darfur, Kashmir, Great Leap Forward and Stalinist atrocities mentioned above) and indeed have written several books on the subject (notably "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950").

While anti-racist , humanitarians such as myself are genuine patriots in urging their sole country of citizenship to behave decently, those misguided Australians, Germans etc who support violent, genocidal, nuclear terrorist rogue states like Apartheid Israel and Apartheid America are clearly morally challenged and also "agents for a foreign government".
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