Kevork Almassian – German lawmakers voted on Thursday in favour of supplying Ukraine with “heavy weapons and complex [weapons] systems” to help Zelenskyy’s government fight against the Russian forces. Does this mean Germany is now officially part of the Ukraine proxy war? Time will tell. But for now, Germany decided to send anti-aircraft systems and armoured vehicles, in addition to sending heavier equipment to eastern NATO allies as well.
In any case, 100 lawmakers voted against the petition, rightly arguing that the move felt close to a declaration of war against Russia and it may escalate into a nuclear war. Ironically, the Alternative for Germany party which is accused by the mainstream parties and the German press of being far-right has refused the motion because it would prolong the fighting and the weapons may end up in the hands of the self-declared neo-Nazis in Ukraine.
On the other end of the political spectrum, while the socialist Left Party refused the motion, the self-proclaimed left-wing Green party which once called for leaving NATO in the past has become one of the most pro-transatlantic parties in Germany and supported the motion although the motto of Annalena Baerbock when she was a candidate for the Greens was: “No weapons and armaments in war zones”. Now, that she’s the foreign minister of Germany, she voted in favour of sending heavy weapons to Ukraine. Is it hypocrisy or have the circumstances changed?
Look, I live in Germany and I have to be careful with choosing my words but when the German Die Welt newspaper claims the Azov Battalion is not a neo-Nazi group although Azov itself says they are leading “the white races of the world in a final crusade against Semite-led subhumans/Untermenschen” and when a senior reporter at Cicero magazine says: even if Germany triggered World War Three by increasing arms sales to Ukraine, it would be the first World War in which Germany would be on the right side of history, then maybe, just maybe, something has gone wrong and the feminist foreign policy Annalena Baerbock promised us isn’t really feminist after all.
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Kevork Almassian is an award-winning political commentator from Syria. He is the founder of Syriana Analysis and is known for his contribution to the literature on the Syrian war.