From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2022 by Uwe Bahr
Just a week ago, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) warned that the delivery of German tanks and other heavy weapons to Ukraine could lead to an expansion of the conflict and even to a nuclear war.
Yesterday, the head of government – once again – performed a total about-face. Contrary to all earlier assurances and under massive pressure from the U.S. and other allies, the German government now wants to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons in the form of the Gephard tank, reportedly in “mid double-digit quantities.”
The consequences could be fatal: For the first time since 1945, Germany risks becoming a warring party. The arms deliveries prolong the war and the dying in Ukraine, which likes to present itself as a European model country.
Instead of supplying weapons, the German government should work together with other European states to develop a neutrality guarantee for the Ukraine. As uncomfortable as it may sound at the moment, long-term security in Europe can only be achieved with Russia. There are a few intelligent people even in Washington who realize that. Unfortunately, this will not change the fact that the U.S. cannot live without enemy images, both internally and externally. Virtually all of American society is steeped in such notions.