Der Freitag: German supporters of military solution in Ukraine walk like lunatics toward World War III

Der Freitag: German supporters of military solution in Ukraine walk like lunatics toward World War III

According to Der Freitag, German supporters of supplies of heavy armament to Ukraine do not realize the full scale of the threat of such a step. Like sleepwalkers, they are raving towards World War III, not realizing that sending tanks to Kiev may become a pretext to start it. Christoph Schwennicke warns that given the current situation they should not make mistakes and he wonder the light-heartedness and easiness of Western politicians.

Recently German Minister of Justice Marko Buschmann stated that the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine does not make Germany “a participant in hostilities,” Der Freitag writes. He must have read that in a handbook on international law, says Christoph Schwennicke.

Australian historian Christopher Clark in his book  The Lunatics recounted how, in 1914, Europe, as if subject to somnambulism, raced toward World War I, which resulted in the assassination of Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. This event has been dubbed “the Sarajevo incident.” In Ukraine, such an incident could be the supply of heavy weapons to Kiev or the establishment of a no-fly zone over the country. At the same time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has already called the military equipment that NATO is giving Kiev “legitimate targets” for the Russian army. The author laments that the West continues to take the threat of the outbreak of World War III lightly.

It is feelings that make people human, continues Schwennicke. But in politics they should never take precedence over reason. “Responsibility before conviction,” wrote the German philosopher Max Weber. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz claims to be doing his best to avoid aggravation. He even condemned his Justice Minister Buschmann for speaking about the permissibility of heavy arms deliveries to Ukraine: “There is no manual for this situation, which would say from what point we would be perceived as combatants.” “And there is,” the author emphasizes. And no mistake can be made. The nonchalance with which the supporters of the war fail to see this is fearful, Schwennicke concludes.

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