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Germany 'weighs up' Syrian arms embargo

The Local · 22 Mar 2013, 08:10

Published: 22 Mar 2013 08:10 GMT+01:00

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Ahead of an informal meeting of EU member state foreign ministers about Syria, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told daily newspaper the Süddeutsche Zeitung, that the German government was weighing up whether the ban on providing the country with weapons was a good idea.

He seemed, the paper said, ready to compromise in a meeting on Friday that is set to discuss whether the embargo should be lifted in order to help the Syrian opposition fight President Bashar al-Assad.

Britain and France, who both want the ban lifted as quickly as possible, called the meeting despite an initially resistance from Germany – Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that should the embargo be lifted, the situation in Syria could escalate.

Yet Westerwelle is pushing for a more holistic approach, telling the paper that “focusing on the military is understandable but too short sighted.”

Better would be to support citizens by, for instance, supplying water, electricity and medical care. He added that “this would only work in opposition controlled areas.”

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19:15 March 22, 2013 by Dahmane
The horrors of WWII weren't enough for the Germans but now they want once more to get involved with crimes against humanity. The only difference is that those massacred are not Jews but Muslims.

The hypocrisy from all European governments is beyond all beliefs. On one side they fight these Salafi monsters who slaughter women & children and on the other, when it suits them, arm them and send them to do the unthinkable. If I were in the politicians shoes, I'd feel so cheap and ashamed of myself but the way it looks they lost their dignity and honour.

How do you politicians face your wives, children and your constituants without feeling sick to death about these crimes? How long are you willing to kill before you have enough?

This nation was the best example Europe ever had after WWII as far as rebuilding the country then becoming one of the world strongest economies. To please America and the Zionist agenda, the Germans have opted to re-enter and take part in the killing games even if its economy hits rock bottom. Where have German values gone, I wonder?
00:51 March 24, 2013 by yuri_nahl
I agree with Dahmane. I had always respected Germany for not being a poodle country. What is it? Some absurd íriginal Sin" guilt voodoo?! Why throw in with the West when you are going to be getting your energy from Russia anyway?

Here's some guilt for you... Google Concentration Camps Boer War and you will see who starved men women and children to death years before Nazis existed.
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