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Former church leader criticizes German arms industry

The Local · 2 Jun 2011, 15:17

Published: 02 Jun 2011 15:17 GMT+02:00

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"Our national economy benefits from a war that we criticize," she said at the 33rd Kirchentag convention in Dresden. addressing an audience of thousands in a sports arena. "Is it legitimate to earn money from the weapons trade?"

Käßmann cited the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which recently reported that Germany's share of the global weapons trade rose to 11 percent between 2005 and 2010, making it the third biggest weapons exporter in the world, behind the US and Russia.

"Our churches cannot stay silent in this situation," said Käßmann.

Käßmann also criticized Germany's mission in Afghanistan and the NATO bombing of Libya.

She said she had been in favour of enforcing a no-fly zone over the latter country, but condemned the "deliberate attempt to kill Qaddafi, with whom we had been doing business with just before."

"That is no path to peace," she said.

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17:20 June 2, 2011 by neunElf
Germany, enjoy your great economy while you can!

No nuclear power, now no exporting weapons, and what will be the next target?

This is another sign of a cycle top.
17:33 June 2, 2011 by venkyfra
looks like she doesnt follow the news... just to shut all these guys these days weapons are being planned to be made at client site..

she should read these 2 articles..


00:25 June 3, 2011 by DOZ
Still waiting for the Personal Phaser Sidearm. What's the holdup, those Racoons are getting out of control fast and shovels just don't cut it.
10:28 June 3, 2011 by freechoice
Germany makes the finest weapons in the world. It's a waste they used it for innocent killings! Maybe E Coli pandemic is the result of one of this sins?
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