Gen. Kujat Demands, Pull Patriot Rocket Units Out of Turkey, CDU's Laschet Insists, Bring In Russia, China, Iran
October 10, 2014 • 9:03AM

Two nights ago, Turkish alleged ISIS sympathizers in Germany attacked Kurdish demonstrators in Hamburg and Celle. Last night, on the "Anne Will" ARD-TV talk show, Gen. Harald Kujat (ret.), former German Chief of General Staff and former NATO chairman of the Military Command, and Armin Laschet, CDU party Deputy Director, called for Germany to pull the Bundeswehr's Patriot Rocket unit out of Turkey. Kujat added, there should be no phone calls between Berlin and Erdogan, pull the units out today: an ISIS attack on Turkey would not invoke NATO's Article 5 mutual defense, and, "the basis for stationing the Patriots no longer exists and if the German government wants to send a signal, then they must bring the Patriots home today." He reiterated "the real goal of Turkey is to eliminate [Syria's President] Assad, and if it came to war they would use the occasion to do that, but alone, they are too weak," therefore they want to draw NATO in. He continued bluntly, "Here we must say this clearly, an ally that behaves that way does not deserve the protection of the Alliance," and he predicted that even if Turkey tries to "provoke it," NATO would not activate Article 5. He compared Turkey's manipulations now to its role in the March 2003 attack on Iraq when it tried to use Article 4 of the NATO Treaty as a step to have Article 5 activated then. Another guest, Sabine Rau from ARD in Berlin, stressed that after repeated efforts by the Turks to "provoke" Article 5, "it would mean we would have this war in NATO and here in Europe."

Germany, which has a large Turkish population, many of them Kurds, is now the key strategic ally in Europe for sane elements in the U.S. military to advance a competent coalition against ISIS, and what is urgently needed now to take on the problem of "NATO ally Turkey." General Kujat explicitly endorsed U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey's efforts to seek a general strategy. Both Kujat and Laschet called for bringing Russia and Iran into a coalition effort, with Laschet making the point that international cooperation requires activating the UN Security Council, thus the need to solicit cooperation of permanent members Russia and especially China.

Guest Jan van Aken of Die Linke party reminded viewers about Russia's repeated warnings about terrorists in Syria—the worst units in ISIS are the Chechens—and how Russia, not the U.S., made possible the removal of Syria's chemical weapons. General Kujat added that the NATO allies' misuse of the 2011 UNSC resolution for attacking Libya will be a problem. Laschet had earlier in the show emphasized, "Russia always warned about the Chechens in Syria. He recalled when British Prime Minister Cameron had the planes in the air for an attack on Assad last year, saying, "If he had succeeded, ISIS would probably be already sitting in Damascus and on the Israeli border." He said, "The West has turned around 180 degrees," adding a reference to Vice President Joe Biden's comments about the support for ISIS from Turkey, the Saudis, and Qatar. He also stated, the U.S. is working with Syria, otherwise the air attacks wouldn't be possible.