Churchill said ” An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last” and by crocodiles he meant Germans. But now they’re doing the feeeding.
On Sunday, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said with respect to Iran, “We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst, sir, is war.” He called for “more effective sanctions,” as a follow on to President Nicholas Sarkozy’s warning last month that the alternative is “an Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran.”
…The welcome change in French attitudes, moreover, is not being matched by Germany, which in some respects is literally trying to demonstrate a “business as usual” approach.
Germany exported about $5bn. in goods to Iran last year, representing a substantial growth in exports over the last six years.
This year, German exports have reportedly dropped 20 percent, presumably due to the Western sanctions campaign. But Germany is dragging its feet, both economically and diplomatically, with respect to tightening the pressure on Teheran.
As Reuters reported on Friday, “A split has emerged in the coalition of Western powers pressuring Iran to freeze its nuclear enrichment program, as France backs US calls for a new round of sanctions while Germany urges restraint.”
Germany, together with France and the UK (the EU-3) has been negotiating with the Mullahs since early 2003, and claimed success when:
On October 21, 2003, in Tehran, the Iranian government and EU-3 Foreign Ministers issued a statement in which Iran agreed to co-operate with the IAEA, to sign and implement an Additional Protocol as a voluntary, confidence-building measure, and to suspend its enrichment and reprocessing activities during the course of the negotiations.
Of course it didn’t happen, and it never will until the Mullahs have a satisfactory inventory of nukes and delivery systems.
The German government knows this, and still feeds the Iranian with advanced technology. They presumably calculate that the 2,200 Km range Shahab 3D is no threat.
But when the North Koreans (Iran’s new best friend) get the bugs out of the 4,000+ Km range Taepodong-2, Berlin is, er, screwed.