Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Return of the Iron Cross --- in Gold


Good for the Germans. Another step to being a full contributing nation to the West and what it stands for.
For the first time since World War II, Germany has officially honored the courage of its soldiers with a newly minted medal. On Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung (both of the Christian Democratic Union) presented the award to four Bundeswehr sergeants who risked their lives to help wounded soldiers and children during a suicide attack in Afghanistan.

The medal -- a small golden cross that hangs on a black, red and yellow ribbon decorated with oak leaves -- has been the source of much controversy. While some see it as a long overdue means to honor outstanding military service and an expression of "positive patriotism,"...
Of course, the Left is what it is - in any nation.
The German left remains suspicious of the new medal. A Social Democrat spokesman said that it could encourage "American-style patriotic celebration of the military".

The country's Left Party said the medal was "an attempt to encourage the public to accept war".
The only thing worse than the Americans is a military --- and the American military ... egads if it wasn't for them we would be Communists ... that d@man American military!

Like I said, good for Germany - at least their CDU/CSU have some adults.
The four soldiers that were honored on Monday were witness to a suicide attack by Taliban militants on Oct. 20, 2008 southwest of Kunduz. Two German soldiers were killed and two wounded in the attack. Five Afghan children were killed, one injured. Although the German's armored vehicle was on fire and munitions were exploding, the four soldiers, aged 28 to 33, rushed to the scene to try to help.

At the presentation in the chancellery, Jung called the soldiers "models for their comrades in their dedication to justice and freedom." Merkel called the soldier's action "an incentive not only for their comrades, but for us all." She defended the creation of the new award, saying that Germany's soldiers deserve "more recognition" for their service.

The medal is part of a larger push by the governing CDU to raise the profile and public appreciation of the Bundeswehr. This fall, a memorial to honor Bundeswehr soldiers who have died in service will be inaugurated in Berlin. It will be the first of its kind in Germany's post-war history.
Now, if they would only bring back The Blue Max ....

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