German General Quits Over Airstrike

Interesting story this. The head of the German Army General Wolfgang Schneiderhan resigned along with the then-Minister of Defence Franz Josef Jung after a cover-up over the bombing in North Afghanistan of two stolen tankers killing up to 142 civilians. The tankers were stolen by the Taliban and then got stuck in the sand. Civilians came along to siphon off the oil while the Germans marked the target and an F-15 arrived to bomb the site. The resignations only happened after Bild, the German daily released of the video showing the bombing this week. 

Seems to make sense doesn’t it? But then you ask how that video was leaked. The US military is hardly known for losing incriminating evidence about itself. The Germans spent 6 months denying the story and mumbling the truth. So you can guess the US military finally leaked the video to rightly implicate the German Army and the two resignations followed soon after. All part of the usual European politics. 

The European states are having huge problems in Afghanistan committed themselves to the mission. The Italians have been revealed to be famously paying off the Taliban to not shoot at them so they go home in a blaze of glory, the German troops have rarely left Kabul and/or are too stoned too and the rest are tucked away in the nicer parts of the country biding their time until home time. The Brits, Danes, Estonians, Americans and Canadians are meanwhile fighting into the wind like Sisyphus. Add the muddled consensus over the European President and High Representative of Foreign Affairs, two jobs that will involve more negotiating to a muddled decision and you can see the mess the EU has when it tries to act as a union.

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