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Sunday, November 14, 2004


Germany is rattling its sabers! It has been a long time since we heard that sound, and its return is unwelcome.

Don't be fooled by Germany's unwillingness to particpate in the US intervention in Iraq. It is not pacifism that motivates it. It is that it wants assurance of access to Iraq's oil supplies.

Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has reported on the views of the country's defense minster:
German Defense Minister Peter Struck has added a new dimension to the future
of the EU's international military engagement. A key aim must be to secure
Europe's access to energy and raw materials, he said in Berlin this week.
Evidently Chancellor Schroeder's trumpeted "no blood for oil" policy does not mean what it says. The German government is apparently willing to send its troops - and European Community troops - marching out to assure that supplies of raw materials and energy are assured and secured to keep the German and Eueopean economies healthy.

The old European imperialism dies hard!

It is just that Germany does not want the US to engage in imperialism. That is evidently an exclusive European prerogative. Or a German one.

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