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PostShould Germany Build the Bomb? (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 02/03/19 4:33 am)
In response to Paul Pitlick, 31 January, I believe that the German AFD is not supported mostly by the German refugees or better their heirs from the Sudetenland and other parts of Eastern Europe.
By the way, ethnic Germans from Alto Adige/Sud Tyrol in Italy who in 1939 chose to emigrate to the Third Reich, screaming "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Furher," chose to return to Italy in 1945, where the living conditions were better at the time. They were welcomed by Italy even if they had created some problems.
Most of the refugees ended up in West Germany, especially Bavaria, and not in East Germany. After having experienced the millions of killings and rapes by the Soviets, who would not have done his or her best to avoid living under Soviet rule?
The main reason why the AFD is stronger in the East is because the people under the Russian control maintained their German soul while West Germany became, maybe thanks to the ill-famed "reeducation treatment," a good colony of the Empire. Presently Germany is an occupied colony but in exchange it has the opportunity to get rich and create its small economic empire in Europe. But such a small empire is only an economic one, as the German Armed Forces are probably the least efficient in all Europe.
At present only 39 Eurofighter airplanes out of 128 can operate, only 105 Leopard 2 tanks out of 224 can move, and of its 6 submarines, none are in condition to go to sea. Maybe this is a different way to react to its colonial status, and the old German spirit may jump out if the opportunity arises.
In addition to the above, the former East Germans harbor some resentments, as they have been more or less considered second-class citizens by the West German establishment.
A curiosity: when the DDR collapsed, the former good communist Angela Merkel at first tried to enter the Socialist Party, but as there were not good career possibilities, she joined the Christian Democrat Party and found much success.
A final note. As early as 1956 Adenaeur said the Bundeswehr needed a nuclear bomb. The 1954 Treaty of Paris, in which West Germany agreed not to pursue nuclear weapons could have been bypassed by building them in France but then De Gaulle wanted their "force de frappe" only for France. Adenauer called the Non-Proliferation Treaty worse than the Morgenthau plan, while Straus called it a new Versailles of cosmic proportions. Now Christian Hacke is openly asking for Germany to get nuclear weapons. See The National Interest (August 2018), "Why Germany should get the Bomb."
JE comments: The National Interest piece is linked below. In a nutshell, author Christian Hacke argues that Germany can no longer rely on Trump's America or even NATO for defense, and Germany can be taken seriously only if it joins the Nuclear Club. Hacke terms this "hard military power." But defense against who? Russia?