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By Kevin Stoda, Wiesbaden, Germany

Until the new CDU, CSU, and FDP coalition German government came to power after elections last autumn for nearly a decade it was taboo in Germany for the defense ministry to say the W-word. However, with the worst and most intensive fighting of its 50-plus years of history taking place in Kundus (Afghanistan) last week, Germany's Bundeswehr says the words much more freely now.

The ministry says now clearly in its news reports, "We are at War.",1518,684541,00.html

Since 2002, when Germany stumbled into war as America's willing-training-partners for the first time in newly NATO-occupied-Afghanistan, nearly 40 German soldiers have died--even though ostensibly they were sent there for non-combat duties, including the training of local police and construction work.

In September last year, the German military began to recognize it was, indeed, at war, so it went on the offensive and immediately got itself involved in a massacre in Kundus, which may eventually force the current Minister of the Bundeswehr, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, to step down at some point.

Another German officer, Georg Klein, will likely go up for a war-crimes trial for that air attack which he had called down recklessly on civilians last autumn.

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KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global (more...)

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