The Current Crisis

The German-Iraqi Axis

German intelligence has monitored scores of German firms supplying dual-purpose materials to Iraq.

By 2.18.03

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Washington -- How is the German government going to explain one of the revelations that our military will be making just days after we take Iraq? That revelation will be that a plenitude of German companies supplied some of the ingredients of the Iraqi's weapons of mass destruction and in some instances assisted in making these grisly instruments of war. Among the German concerns now suspected of supplying Saddam Hussein with the necessary technical know-how and ingredients for weapons of mass destruction are Daimler-Benz, Siemens, and Carl Zeiss. German intelligence has monitored scores of other German firms supplying dual-purpose materials to Iraq. This intelligence gathering is known both in Germany and at the United Nations. Surely once our forces have laid hands on the corpus delicti in conquered Iraq, German complicity in creating Saddam's arsenal will be made known. What will Herr Schroeder's response be?

Perhaps he will lead a massive anti-American "peace demonstration." He has been very adroit at playing the anti-American card back home and at the United Nations. His use of it got him reelected chancellor. Moreover his anti-Americanism is one of his few deeply held beliefs. It goes back to his youth when he was a 1970s leftist, bubbling over with anti-Americanism. His present foreign minister, Herr Fischer, was an even more fervent anti-American leftist in his youth.

In the early 1970s Herr Fischer lived with the infamous Daniel Cohn-Bendit in a Frankfurt apartment that was a revolutionary lair. Their roommate was one Hans Joachim Klein, whom Carlos the Jackal (Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, one of international terrorism's prodigies in those times) identified during interrogation by the French 1997 as assisting him in his historic 1975 attack on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries headquarters in Vienna. It was an operation that involved taking sixty OPEC officials and bureaucrats hostage. Carlos claimed that weapons for the OPEC attack were kept in the apartment inhabited by Cohn-Bendit, Fischer, and Klein. Some years later, when Klein was prosecuted for killing two security men during the attack, Fischer appeared at the trial as a "character witness" for Klein, though he denied that the weapons used in the OPEC attack had been kept in their apartment.

Subsequent evidence has been published that Fischer was indeed the "red revolutionary" whom Carlos had spoken of during his trial. Among the evidence are pictures of the present foreign minister of Germany beating a German police officer during a 1973 leftist demonstration in Frankfurt. This bit of idealism Herr Fischer has not denied. In fact, he has publicly apologized to the police officer. Pictured with Herr Fischer is Klein, who is now serving nine years for his involvement in the OPEC attack. The German woman who supplied the damning pictures also claims that the present foreign minister of Germany back in his revolutionary days advocated the use of Molotov cocktails during a 1975 demonstration that left a German policeman badly burned. Herr Fischer has yet to apologize for this barbarism.

Thus I would not expect an apology once our forces uncover the evidence of German involvement in the creation of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction. Actually we do not have to wait for Iraq's collapse to know of the Germans' reckless pursuit of profit in the arms trade. According to Marc Erikson, writing in Asia Times, "Expurgated portions of Iraq's December 7 report to the UN Security Council show that German firms made up the bulk of suppliers for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs." And "German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and his minions have long known the facts," thanks to German intelligence.

The Germans and the French have been caterwauling for months about how irresponsible Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George W. Bush have been in taking us towards war with Iraq. Soon the world will know of how irresponsible these governments have been in trading with Iraq. As the New York Times has reported, in 2001 "France ranked No. 1 among European countries doing business with Iraq, with $1.5 billion in trade." The Germans and the French have led the left in its chant "No War for Oil." A suitable response from our side might be, "No Cover-Up for German Arms Dealers and French Entrepreneurs."

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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: the Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn't Work: Social Democracy's Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery.