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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - German Defence Force
A friend of mine had a similar experience to that of writer Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, albeit 30 years ago ("No Dachau? No Auschwitz? Ignoring just as evil as denying," Commentary, Oct. 18). When my friend visited Dachau, he encountered a German population that professed to know nothing (or pretended to know nothing) about what had occurred there. There was universal denial and no acceptance of blame for those who had been killed.
Accounts of World War II - including some published under auspices of the U.S. Army - have tended to portray officers of the Wehrmacht (the German army) as "professionally competent, technically proficient, and above all, clean."
A suicide bomber wearing a police uniform blew himself up during a meeting at a provincial governor's compound Saturday in northern Afghanistan, killing two NATO troops and four Afghans, officials said.
Hundreds of protesters, angered by an overnight NATO raid that they believed killed four civilians, clashed on Wednesday with security forces on the streets of a northern Afghan city. Twelve people died in the fighting, government officials said.
Germany's defense minister quit Tuesday amid persistent allegations that he plagiarized parts of his doctoral thesis, and his resignation deprives Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives of a man long rated the country's most popular politician.
A man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on German troops working on a vehicle in northern Afghanistan Friday, killing two soldiers and wounding at least eight others, officials said.