(War-unwilling; 02-03; p.3)
It has to be mentioned explicitly that no German
politician so far has favoured an overthrow in Iraq that would
be brought about by armed forces. Government and opposition are
obviously convinced that controllable liberation from weapons
of mass destruction is the superior goal of current foreign policy
That is in contrast e.g. to the current president of the USA and
some of his secretaries, his security advisor and his supporters.
In unison with academics like e.g. Robert Kagan
or Ronald D. Asmus, the Bush-administration talks of "region
engineering" since last autumn (see R. Kagan: "Power
and weakness" or R. D. Asmus: "Die Herausforderung"
in: Frankfurter Rundschau, D2 edition, no. 43 of 20/02/03, p.
That such action has been a means of various governments of the
USA do not only Central Americans know, but, since the end of
the Cold War, Europeans as well.
Of remarkable openness in this respect is Asmus' formulation in
the aforementioned newspaper article: 'As advisor to Madeleine
Albright, I supported the use of force during the Kosovo-war to
stop "ethnic cleansing" at last. And, to be honest,
we also wanted to bring about a regime-change in Belgrade.' (Asmus,
R, ibid.; translation and emphasis by the editor) (read