(Kabul; 10-03; p.3)
Recently it has been stated that special regulations
are needed to speed up the decision about out-of-area missions
of German armed forces. If there is such a necessity can be doubted.
To put it into a historical perspective: the
intentionally or unintentionally war-experienced fathers and mothers
of Germany’s constitution, the Basic Law, considered necessary
no other than the regulations especially of the articles 115a,
115e and 115l for the "case of defence". The
"case of defence" is defined by article 115a
as "[t]he statement that the federal territory is attacked
by armed force or such an attack is imminent" (Grundgesetz
für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Textausgabe. Stand: Dezember
2000. Bonn 2001; all quotes are translated, originals in German).
The three articles mentioned prescribe the prerogative of the
parliament which in any case may only be dismissed temporarily
because of states of emergency (cf. ibid.). – Some MPs nowadays
think, there was a necessity to not have the parliament decide
on every single out-of-area mission of the armed forces. Their
arguments will have to be weighed against the historic example.
Supposed, there was an agreed reason: what were
the criteria for an according deployment and what were the political
As possible criteria a small number of soldiers or an only partly
military mission have been mentioned. (read