The Greens sharply criticize the government’s late actions in Afghanistan. Annalena Baerbock finds hard words. Joschka Fischer also expresses doubts.
Frankfurt (Oder) / Berlin – The Greens are taking the German government’s course in Afghanistan hard – Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock and ex-Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer sharply criticized the dramatic situation in Kabul on Monday. Baerbock targeted Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD), among others.
Afghanistan: Baerbock goes tough with Merkel’s government – “eyes closed to reality”
It is now becoming apparent, “how fatal it was that the German government, the Foreign Office, closed their eyes to reality,” said the candidate for chancellor during a visit to Frankfurt an der Oder. Above all, she reprimanded the late departure of former local workers from Afghanistan.
“Even before the summer break began, we applied to the German Bundestag for people to be evacuated. That was not done, it was simply negated, ”added Baerbock. It is now a matter of hours and days. A CDU MP himself even criticized this question on Monday. Roderich Kiesewetter – chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee – admitted on Twitter that the initiative of the Greens was rejected “on principle”.
Annalena Baerbock criticizes Maas and Merkel in matters of Afghanistan: “More than overdue”
It was “more than overdue that the German government is finally doing everything it can to evacuate the people,” said Baerbock. Among the groups at risk, she named those “who have supported the NATO troops on site in recent years, be it as interpreters or as engineers”. In addition, freelance journalists and women’s rights activists need help.
All these people “have to fear for their lives,” warned the Greens chairman. Baerbock called on the government, together with the NATO partners, to set up “clear quotas in order to bring people to safety”. Strengths “in the five-digit range” are necessary. Everyone who is threatened with death because they have worked with NATO forces must be flown out immediately, said Baerbock. Your opponent in the federal elections, Armin Laschet (CDU), also warned on Monday of “executions in Afghanistan” – but at the same time he demanded not to argue “politically”.
Greens: Joschka Fischer criticizes troop withdrawal from Afghanistan – “hasty decision”
Ex-Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer criticized the withdrawal of international troops from the country. “The very early reorientation towards Iraq was without a doubt a big mistake. I would not have expected such a hasty decision to withdraw and to the extent that the terms of the withdrawal were not negotiated, ”said the Green politician at the meeting with Baerbock. “We see the consequences today.”
However, after September 11, 2001, the deployment was an absolute necessity. “The US was the most important security guarantor, and solidarity was the order of the day. In this respect, I stand by this commitment. “
Shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Fischer, as Foreign Minister Gerhard Schröders (SPD), assured the USA that German support in Afghanistan did not rule out any option in the fight against terrorism – not even a military one. A few weeks later he said: “A political solution is not an alternative to a military reaction, it must be based on the military reaction.” (AFP / dpa / fn)