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."
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.