Racko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4853 posts, RR: 20 Posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1235 times:
I've read several times that Germany "is not helping" the US, and doesn't take any risk.
As far as I know, only the US and the UK, and to a far lesser degree Australia have taken combat risk. All the other countries in the "coalition of the willing" have either not sent any troops, or just some "symbolical" troops who don't take part in any fighting.
If you count that as taking risk:
Since 2001, there are German Fuchs Anti-ABC armored vehicles based in Kuwait in order to protect the Kuwaiti people and the US forces in Kuwait.
And many of the US soldiers fighting in Iraq are based in Germany, hundreds of logistical flights are departing in Frankfurt and Ramstein, the medical center of the US is in Landstuhl, Germany. Guess where Jessice Lynch is by now. Not mentioning that Germany is after the US, the 2nd biggest contributor to international peacekeeping/peacemaking missions (not counting the UK forces in Iraq), Germany is leading the UN mission in Macedonia, and, together with the Dutch, the mission in Afghanistan aswell. German KSK troops have fought along with the US special forces and the British SAS in the mountains of Afghanistan against the taliban.
When you read all this, keep in mind that military action is still something regarded very sensitive in this country, especially abroad.
Your hated Gerhard Schröder, aswell as Joschka Fischer, has risked his political life for the combat-mission in Afghanistan.
We didn't agree with your opinion on the war, and we don't participate with our troops in this war, but we are helping you fighting the threat of terrorism, and we are helping you with the Iraq war.
Boeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1098 times:
Airsicknessbag...this is Gulf War II, not Gulf War III...one at a time dude
"Of course Deutschland will help die Coalition. Ve are massing troops to invade a country that has sponsored terror und Veapons of Mass Destruction fur years. That country ist Polen. Vee vill not allow Saddam Hussein...errr Husseinski...ja, Husseinski, to perpetrate terror uber Europe. He vill be stopped!"
I'm just kidding folks, lighten up and learn to laugh...for the past few weeks we've all been tensed up.
Besides, we all know Poland's WMD program is a threat to Russia, so the Germans wouldn't give a rat's ass!
Glenn From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1091 times:
Well germany doesn't have a good track record in War but at least they have realised that fighting is not the answer to everything. I applaud them for not wishing to get involved in another countries problems. The world will be a better place when all countries can leave each other alone.
Boeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1018 times:
It's gulf war III, maybe you should pay more attention during the history lessons.
Ummm...no Racko...wrong. The war between Iran and Iraq is known as the Iran/Iraq war. The Persian Gulf War in 91 was Desert Storm...the First Gulf War. Perhaps YOU should pay more attention to your history lessons.
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4439 posts, RR: 5 Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1015 times:
This is "Gulf War II". The war between Iran and Iraq is knows as the Iran Iraq war. This goes out to the German fellas. Thanks for guarding our military installations as we go off to war. Don't drink our bear or sleep with our women.
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower