Not to get back banging on Germany again but since Bob Honest opened that door. This is the nation that wants a security council seat in the UN because of what exactly?
I have been banging on about the importance and danger of what was going on in Ukraine for two years and no one in Germany was doing anything. If I a mere internet poster can find these facts, why the hell cannot the Fischer foreign policy team put two and two together and go, voila, it is in Germany’s interests to do something to push democracy and stability in Ukraine.
I have a complete and utter lack of confidence, therefore, that Germany and its foreign policy team would see the light with events in Central Asia. you would have to assume that Germany actually intended to do something about the problem other than to meet with France or dialogue with the EU foreign policy team or liaise with the Central Asian neighbors or raise the issue with the UN or … you get the idea.
When oh when will Germany show the leadership that it alone is capable of wielding in Central Europe. We certainly do not want France getting active. That usually leads to even more complications and problems. God help us when the French try to “solve a problem.”
By the way, given the constant media drumbeat of criticism against the US and the “quagmire” in Iraq and the lack of stability in Iraq, how by the way are the French doing with their effort in Cote d’Ivoire. I would laugh and gloat if it were not so God damned sad and pathetic.
Not sure that anyone else could do anything about a mess like this. When African countries melt down, there is not much anyone can do to fix them, BUT I would just like a bit more media attention to such efforts. If the Americans are going to be criticized like hell for not bringing peace and prosperity to Iraq within two years, what about what everyone else is doing? or even worse not doing?