(Kabul; 10-03; p.4)
In respect to small numbers the following should
be said: deployments of soldiers in AWACS-planes consist of perhaps
a dozen soldiers and they don’t even carry weapons while on duty.
– Nevertheless their deployment can be decisive; remember the
controversy about the participation of German soldiers in air-surveillance
over Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1994. Not even mentioned need be officers
that "only" participate in mission-planning in some
In respect to the kind of mission: alleged,
a formerly peaceful mission suddenly requires the use of weapons
– does the Bundestag then decide in a matter of minutes or do
the soldiers retreat?
Even if there was enough time for a parliament’s decision: which
effect has it on soldiers, when a government – or a small panel
of the Bundestag – firstly decides their deployment, but parliament
as a whole orders them back again?
Sometimes one hears also the "experts"
reason: not every MP does work on foreign policy and security
issues, thus a decision ought be delegated to MPs with proven
– This argument is based on a highly questionable position: the
plight to consider the well-being of soldiers thus should be passed
on to some "experts". Against that, it has to be stated
that every MP had better be conscious about his responsibility
in especially this sensible field and that a license for passing
it is everything but desirable.
Thus it remains to be said that every decision
about the out-of-area deployment of German armed forces is a political
one and subsequently has to be made by MPs. All down-sizing of
the circle of decision-makers would conjure up highly questionable
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