NATO ally Germany refuses to back U.S. in Gulf out of fear of Iran

Iran is well established as a world sponsor of jihad terror, with its proxies operating globally. With Trump’s exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and subsequent imposition of tough sanctions, Iran’s economy has plummeted, and its leaders are growing increasingly desperate. According to the Investigative Project:

The radical Shi’ite regime has already provided the world with a sample of its ability to order attacks that destabilize the Middle East. Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen recently launched explosive drones and cruise missiles, targeting Saudi Arabian oil installations and airports. An Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia in Iraq, Katai’b Hizballah, is suspected of firing rockets at U.S. interests, and the Islamic Republican Guards Corps (IRGC) launched mine attacks on civilian oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman.

Add to that Iran’s own admission that it has exceeded limits on its enriched-uranium stockpile, plus assertions by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran is stockpiling nuclear weapons. The region, and beyond, is facing an escalating threat from the jihadist state of Iran, whose leaders also ascribe to an apocalyptic worldview that could lead them to unleash nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, as Breitbart has reported:

The U.S. has requested naval cooperation from Germany in the Strait of Hormuz as tensions with Iran escalate, but the political leaders of the European nation have refused to assist their NATO allies.

This is despite the fact that “Germany’s allies, including the U.S. and the UK, have been attacked in the Persian Gulf by Iran in recent months.” The free world needs to unite against the Iranian regime. Instead, Germany and other reluctant allies are essentially giving a green light to the expansionist regime to escalate.

Germany’s Social Democrat foreign policy spokesman Nils Schmid has announced that “participation is out of the question,” adding: “We could suddenly find ourselves on the side of the Americans in a war with Iran. European nations should be very careful to keep a distance from the military mission of the Americans.” Blaming the bully’s target so as to not upset the bully is nothing new: it is the tactic of cowards and parasites who enable the bully in the hope that the bully will somehow be defeated eventually without their involvement.

Trump’s response to Iran does not indicate that he is eager for war with Iran, as was demonstrated when Trump suddenly pulled back on a military strike after after Iran shot down a US Navy drone with a missile. His approach is to watch, wait and see how things unfold.

In contrast, the behavior of German authorities tells Iran that Westerners are too afraid of a war, therefore do as you wish. In the same manner, Islamic supremacists allied with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) have frightened Western leaders into submission. Those leaders send the message to MB operatives that they can do as they wish and say as they wish, because the leaders are too afraid of being called “racists” and “Islamophobes.” Westerners have adopted a losing strategy of appeasement in the face of the rapidly advancing global jihad war against infidels.

The German government is counting on “diplomatic means to ‘de-escalate tensions.’” Yet these are the same means that have taken them nowhere. As Iran tests the waters with Western governments, it is calculating its next move accordingly. Diplomacy is not and has never been anything more than a deceptive strategy for the Iranian mullahs, to buy them time as they continue working to subvert the House of War.

Despite Germany’s explanations of why it has chosen to opt out, this is telling:

U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell has criticised Germany’s lack of participation in foreign NATO operations in the past…Grenell also noted Germany’s lack of military readiness, stating: ‘German military officials know that the readiness issue is a serious problem’…The German military has seen a number of readiness issues going back years, including an incident in 2014 in which the army was forced to use broom handles in place of firearms during a joint NATO exercise.

“NATO ‘Ally’ Germany Won’t Back U.S. in Gulf to Avoid War with Iran,” by Chris Tomlinson, 

The U.S. has requested naval cooperation from Germany in the Strait of Hormuz as tensions with Iran escalate, but the political leaders of the European nation have refused to assist their NATO allies.
The German Federal Foreign Office said that Washington has approached them to contribute to a new surveillance mission in the Persian Gulf but had rejected the appeal saying there was no prospect of a contribution, German tabloid Bild reports.

Germany’s allies, including the U.S. and the UK, have been attacked in the Persian Gulf by Iran in recent months. and under the doctrine of collective defence guaranteed by the NATO alliance, Germany is duty-bound to come to the aid of its allies if asked. Yet senior members of Angela Merkel’s left-centrist coalition government have made clear working with the U.S. is out of the question.

Social Democrat (SPD) foreign policy spokesman Nils Schmid told German newspaper Tagesspiegel that “participation is out of the question,” adding: “Germany will not participate in a U.S. mission.

“We could suddenly find ourselves on the side of the Americans in a war with Iran. European nations should be very careful to keep a distance from the military mission of the Americans.”

Another foreign office source told the tabloid: “Participation in the American strategy of maximum pressure is out of the question for us.” He added the German government was looking instead to use diplomatic means to “de-escalate tensions”. Germany, along with the European Union, has been a keen supporter of the failed Iran nuclear deal, which could be the diplomatic measures to which the spokesman was referring.

A spokesman for the U.S. embassy to Germany confirmed: “We have formally asked Germany to work with France and Britain to help secure the Strait of Hormuz and fight Iranian aggression.”

Germany’s position contrasts strongly with that of South Korea, which is not a member of the NATO alliance, but which nonetheless is considering contributing to the security of the Persian Gulf, Breitbart London reported.

Former Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Secretary of State for Defence Christian Schmidt disagreed on the government’s stance, however. He said of the decision: “Pure observation is not enough; we must also be able to actively protect our merchant ships.” He added that the safe passage of vessels was “existential” for Germany.

Germany, like all developed nations, relies on the free flow of oil tankers that pass through the Strait of Hormuz from the Persian Gulf to the rest of the world….

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