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Posted: 5/7/2003 7:05:52 PM EDT
HA-HA!!!!!! Oh how sweet! [url]http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,5944-673207,00.html[/url] Germans dismayed that Poles could command their troops From Roger Boyes in Berlin GERMANY has responded angrily to a proposal that its troops be deployed in northern Iraq under the command of Poland, one of the newest members of Nato. The United States recommended that Poland take over the military administration of northern Iraq, in charge of peacekeeping duties. The force under its command would number about 7,000, including contingents from Nato members such as Romania, Bulgaria and possibly Germany. Peter Struck, the German Defence Minister, said he would “look into” the proposal, but was clearly opposed. Poland, which contributed 200 men to coalition forces in Iraq, had promised 10,000 men for a peacekeeping force. This has shrunk to 1,500, with troops from other countries added. The US will be responsible for central Iraq and Britain for the south. Neither Germany nor France had expected to take a leading military role in postwar Iraq, but the idea that Poland could take charge has stirred a hornets’ nest. President Kwasniewski of Poland will try to resolve the matter when he meets German and French leaders tomorrow, but there is no mistaking the dismay in “old Europe” as Poland flexes its muscles. “We would like to have German troops,” Jerzy Szmajdzinski, the Polish Defence Minister, said after talks with Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary. “I’m sure the United States would be interested in that.” The comment was intended to be practical rather than polemical. Poland recognises that it has no experience in leading a multinational force. But there is a Polish-German-Danish brigade based in Szczecin in northwest Poland that could be deployed in Iraq. The German press has been particularly dismissive. Perhaps Gerhard Schröder, the Chancellor, should use the summit to “remind President Kwasniewski who exactly has been the strongest champion of Polish entry into the EU and Nato,” the Süddeutsche Zeitung sniffed. The Poles have responded in kind. “Germans and French, leave the Poles in peace!” was the headline in Superexpress. “We were right about the war, you do not have to teach us what to do in Iraq.” France and Germany do not find it easy to accept the Nato and EU newcomers as equals. This was clear when President Chirac chided Poland and other members of the former Soviet bloc for signing a letter of support for the US ahead of the Iraq war. “They had lost,” he said at the time, “a good opportunity to stay silent.” The Germans also suspect that the US is again trying to drive a wedge between “old” and “new” Europe. Poland was surprised by the German response. Where Germans see conspiracy, Poland sees a chance to bring them into the loop. “I’m afraid there is some misunderstanding,” Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, the Foreign Minister, said. “We would like as many European partners as possible.” Deep down, most German politicians are unwilling to accept the concept. From the days of Bismarck until 1945, the Poles were seen as a subject people by Prussians and by Germans. The notion that a Polish captain can give orders to a German soldier will take some getting used to.
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 7:16:21 PM EDT
Oh please Oh please let this happen. I cant think of anything sweeter. [Nelson] HA HA!
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 7:22:15 PM EDT
It would be even sweeter if we could force the German horse cavalry to charge Polish tanks! GunLvr
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 7:27:11 PM EDT
What goes around.... comes around. If they had one ounce of penitance in their veins they would jump at the chance.
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 8:15:57 PM EDT
Didn't the Germans let a Bavarian corporal named "Adolf" command their troops in WW2 ?
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 10:58:21 AM EDT
Worse, Hitler was Austrian.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 11:00:19 AM EDT
CLASSIC! Oh, how I hope this happens so that they'll STFU next time we resist having the boys in the baby-blue (gay) berets in command over us.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 11:06:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Belfry_Express: Oh please Oh please let this happen. I cant think of anything sweeter. [Nelson] HA HA!
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Isrealis in charge of Germans.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 11:13:13 AM EDT
Why doesn't Germany NOT commit any troops if they don't like it?? CRC
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 1:24:51 PM EDT
What is now Poland contains what was once Prussia. Prussians generals directing German troops? Happened all the time.
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 1:41:31 PM EDT
This is a VERY nice back-handed slap by US at the Germans and French. I look forward to seeing more of this in the future......
Link Posted: 5/8/2003 2:01:16 PM EDT
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