I’m relatively new to this board, and in a few earlier posts I’ve indicated my reluctant support for war as a last resort, and only if it is carried out in a way that takes great pains to preserve the existing Iraqi infrastructure and leads to a better order in Iraq (and hopefully, by extension, leads to a better order in the entire ME region).
I am also an American.
Since 1945, Germany seemingly has adopted pacifism as a national ethos. The U.S. has played a huge role in shaping this attitude in Germany. I see Germany’s stand in this whole issue as mostly principled and honorable, even though I do not oppose war.
Schroder (sp?) capitalized on this existing German anti-war (and some anti-American) sentiment to pull victory from the jaws of defeat in the most recent German election. However, I do not think Schroder created this sentiment; he merely gave voice to it.
Therefore, since the U.S. played a huge role in shaping German pacifism, and since this pacifism appears mostly principled (as illustrated by Germany’s refusal to play any part in this war, even if it is eventually supported by the UN), and since Germany is playing a large role in trying to bring order to Afghanistan, American hawks (and very reluctant hawks, like myself) should not begrudge Germany’s refusal to play any role in this conflict (regardless of what the UN thinks).