Monday, March 18, 2024

German Lawmaker Speech To Bundestag On Ukraine Excoriates The Insanity Of Warmongers

 by Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, 18 March 2024

For decades now Germany, with good reason perhaps, had been averse to becoming involved in foreign wars and until at least halfway through 2023 was quite equivocal on matters concerning the war in Ukraine, sending weapons, money and humanitarian aid to Kiev but refusing to join the outright condemnations of Russia led by the USA and UK. In the latter stages of last year however, something changed.

Though it was obvious to any objective observer that Ukraine could not possibly win the war, and by any reckoning had already suffered a crushing defeat and was only continuing to fight instead of seeking a negotiated settlement because its NATO allies would not allow the Kiev regime to inflict such a huge embarrassment on their efforts to weaken Russia but means of a proxy war.

It was probably the realisation that Ukraine could not win that prompted leaders in Washington DC, London, Paris and Berlin to escalate the ir rhetoric, calling for more advanced weapons including tanks, fighter - bomber aircraft and even long range ballistic missiles to be given to the Ukrainian military. Not everybody was on board with that, in fact as calls for escalation increased, so did opposition to the war and demands from centrist politicians to urge Ukraine to seek a way out and NATO leaders to tone down the threats of escalation and direct intervention.

Sahra Wagenknecht a leading membersof Germany's Left Party (Die Linke), has recently formed Sahra Wagenknecht Alliance – Reason and Justice. Last week she gave a stirring, courageous speech in the Bundestag (German national assembly,) warning the German government against following other along the path to war with Russia. A handful of European leaders are urging escalation, saying 'we' cannot allow Ukraine to lose. France's Little Napoleon, Emmanuel Macron has even talked of sending Western troops to Ukraine to fight on the front line as a viable 'option'. 

"Have you all lost your minds?" Wagenknecht asked the elected members of the Bundestag. She also said in her speech: "The Scholz government has already crossed one red line after the other. In the meantime we reached the point where German Air Force officers calmly debate how to destroy Russian targets with German cruise missiles..." She continued, "The scandal is that we have reached a point where it has become normal to have such debates."

Wagenknecht went on: "Our grandiose military experts from the Greens have been telling us for two years now what 'game changer' we have to deliver next so that Ukraine can win this war." The hawks "dream" about using German missiles to "destroy ministries in Moscow," she said. "And when the pope speaks out against this madness, saying that Kiev should negotiate rather than drive the country to suicide, he was called a 'Putin troll'." She then emphasized, "The whole world outside the German political bubble knows that Ukraine cannot with this war. For a long time there has been no winning in Ukraine. There has only been.. bloody dying day in and day out. And Taurus missiles won't change any of that."

She is right of course, no matter how many Taurus missiles and Leopard 2 tanks Germany sends or Storm Shadow missiles and Challenger tanks UK sends or how many F16 planes and Abrams tanks the USA sends, Russia can match them. And far from weakening Russia all the western leaders have achieved is to weaken their own alliance while shifting geopolitical power to the east and strengthening the already formidable alliance of Russia, China and Iran.

It is time to get out of this war, but having used Ukraine as a proxy to absorb the punishment and count casualty numbers western voters would never have countenanced, the west now owes it to Ukraine to ensure the outcome, though it will involve losses of territory and assets, is not too ruinous.



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