Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Germans march into France (again)

Our European allies, Germany and France, have decided that, rather than deploy their troops to support NATO operations in Afghanistan, they will instead station them in the volatile Alsace-Lorraine region of France.

Alsace-Lorraine is on the frontline when it comes to fighting international terrorism. Many Al Qeada training camps are concealed in its meadows and woodlands, there are daily accounts of roadside bombs on Autoroutes A35 and A4 and suicide bomb attacks in Strasbourg are a frequent occurrence.
You can understand French and German reluctance to heed President Obama's call for more European contingents to be sent to fight alongside fellow NATO troops in Afghanistan when their forces are needed so desperately to combat Alsation terrorists at home.

It should also not be forgotten that one of the main roles of the 5,000 strong Eurowehr, the name given to the binational force, is to defend the many EU institutions located in the Alsace-Lorraine region. With the growing unrest across Europe resulting from the recession, the architects of New Europe fear for their own safety.

The Guardian: German troops to be sent to France for first time in 65 years