Some news from Israel.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he would welcome German troops participating in an international force in southern Lebanon, according to a newspaper interview published Friday.Was this reported by the Jerusalem Post or National Enquirer. As Captain Ed says there has to be irony in there. I say there is ALOT of irony.
German officials have not ruled out contributing soldiers to a security force, but Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that "we as Germans should approach this region with the greatest caution."
Some have speculated over what would happen if German troops were forced into a position of conflict with Israeli soldiers, or if the weight of the Nazi-era past clouded the Germans' ability to make crucial split-second decisions.
Olmert said he told Merkel that Israel has "absolutely no problem with German soldiers in southern Lebanon."
"Why should German soldiers shoot at Israel? They would be part of the force protecting Israel," Olmert was quoted as saying in the interview with the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
Germans as peacekeepers in Lebanon. The Germans were responsible for the holocaust and would be put in a place where theoretically they would have to prevent another one. Then on the other hand UN peacekeepers are generally feckless and German Chancellor Merkel is hardly enthusiastic about the proposal.
The Middle East can make for very strange bedfellows. There is only one country who if they would send peacekeeper to Lebanon would make for stranger bedfellows. Guess who that is? Hint- I left you a clue.
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