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SECURITYAFFAIRS – Appeasement, German Style
BERLIN—Traditionally, the point of departure for German foreign policy has been to placate authoritarian Muslim states in the Mideast. Back in 1984, Germany’s foreign minister at the time, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, commenced the so-called „critical dialogue“ with the Islamic Republic of Iran—a dose of cognitive therapy that was supposed to spur a change in the behavior of Iran’s revolutionary regime. But, as expatriate Iranian journalist Amir Taheri has written, the sum total of „critical dialogue“ between Tehran and Berlin turned out to be jointly criticizing American foreign policy. This and subsequent diplomatic dalliances with despotic Islamic regimes have made Berlin complicit in the perpetuation of instability in the Mideast.
Berlin’s foreign policy fecklessness abroad has been matched by a dangerously meek posture toward radical political Islam at home. Perhaps the most telling example can be found in the treatment of Iranian proxy militia Hezbollah, which enjoys the status of a legal political group in Germany. Hezbollah has 900 active members in Germany, according to the country’s domestic intelligence agency, known as the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. And while the United States has outlawed Hezbollah because of its global terrorist activities, and the United Kingdom has banned its military wing, Germany has contented itself with a fluffy partial ban on Al Manar, the Hezbollah-controlled television station based in Lebanon. Pursuant to Interior Ministry decree, Al Manar is not permitted to broadcast in German hotel rooms, but can continue to air its programming inciting hatred and violence against the West and Israel in private residences.
This soggy approach to political Islam can also be seen in the absence of a clear German war strategy in Afghanistan, which is setting back the Obama Administration’s efforts to dislodge the Taliban and advance democratic institutions in that country. There are approximately 4,300 German troops stationed in Afghanistan, and Germany’s current parliamentary mandate permits as many as 4,500. Yet German officials like newly-minted Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle have blustered that they have little interest in simply „providing troops.“
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