Man Without Qualities

Friday, February 07, 2003

Is Germany Completely Lost? II

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Friedbert Pflueger reports:

The core of Mr. Powell's facts have been known to all European leaders, including German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, for some time. They all have had the benefit of similar information from European intelligence agencies. Some of them have chosen to close their eyes or look away -- the German chancellor, for example. .... [T]he German public has been kept in the dark. Germans have not been informed about the findings of their own intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst.

The best chance of getting Germany on board is to point out that the facts and evidence of Iraqi plans for mass murder are overwhelming - and of all nations, Germany simply cannot afford to deny those kinds of facts. The case must be made directly to the German people, and Mr. Pflueger's article is a good start. Mr. Pflueger is a member of the Bundestag and the Foreign-Policy Spokesman of the opposition CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group. If the German opposition parties take up this line of argument in force and in full generality, it may well prevail. Chancellor Schroder is without political courage or vision and will take the easiest way out. If public anxiety makes denialism a harder way than acceptance of the facts, he will choose acceptance of the facts - and not otherwise.

It's that simple. He's that empty.

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