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German leftist lawmaker says US soldiers and nukes must leave her country

On the floor of Germany’s parliament, Left Party MP Sevim Dağdelen called for the c. 38,000 US soldiers in her country to leave, and to take their nuclear weapons with them. She lamented that Washington “doesn’t actually want allies, just loyal vassals”.

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German Left Party MP Sevim Dağdelen calls for US soldiers and nuclear weapons to leave, in the Bundestag on March 31, 2023

A member of parliament from Germany’s Left Party has called for the thousands of US soldiers and nuclear weapons in her country to leave.

“After 78 years, it is now time for US soldiers to go home. All other allies left Germany a long time ago”, said Die Linke MP Sevim Dağdelen on the floor of Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag.

“The US nuclear weapons must go”, she added, in a March 31 parliamentary event on the 75th anniversary of the Marshall Plan.

As of 2022, the United States had 38,500 troops in Germany, in dozens of bases and other military installations.

Dağdelen urged for “breaking with the existing relationship of extreme subservience by Germany on matters of US foreign policy, one that is marked by war, breaches of international law, and support of coups”.

“The US administration gives the impression that they don’t actually want allies, just loyal vassals”, she said. “Yet fewer and fewer countries around the world are prepared to accept this. And that is good news”.

“The US military bases behave like extraterritorial areas in which the [German] constitution does not apply”, Dağdelen said.

“On German soil, assistance is provided in US wars, lethal drone strikes, and torture flights, in breach of international law”.

“And the US hosts conferences at Ramstein Air Base in Germany as if the Occupation Statue was still in force”.

Dağdelen noted that “there once was a time when the Bundestag had more courage”, recalling that, in 2010, the German parliament voted overwhelmingly to withdraw US nuclear weapons. But she lamented that that resolution was not implemented.

“Now, Germany’s federal government allows itself to be pushed directly into the line of fire by the USA, with supplies of Leopard battle tanks”, she continued, referencing the NATO proxy war against Russia in Ukraine.

“Now the federal government is refusing to support an international investigative commission into the terror attacks on the Nord Stream pipelines”, Dağdelen added. “I say, terror attacks among friends simply cannot be tolerated”.

She called for Berlin to defend its “democratic sovereignty”, asking, “Why is the federal government refusing, even after 20 years, to condemn the US war of aggression in Iraq as a violation of international law?”

She also addressed Germany’s foreign minister: “Why are you, Ms. [Annalena] Baerbock, not lobbying for the release of Julian Assange, who faces 175 years in prison in the USA for making US war crimes public? Why did you not offer asylum to the dissident Edward Snowden?”

Dağdelen did thank the United States for its support in the battle against the Nazi regime, but she noted that “the main burden in the fight against German fascism was shouldered by the Soviet Union”, which lost more than 26 million people in World War II, compared to 400,000 North Americans.

In an interview with Geopolitical Economy Report in February, Dağdelen condemned the conflict in Ukraine as a NATO proxy war against Russia, lamenting that EU member states have been acting as US “vassals” and sacrificing their own economic interests on behalf of US corporations.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Roberto PALMA

    2023-03-31 at 23:23

    Un discorso coraggioso, veritiero fin nei minimi particolari che condivido al cento per cento. Ha dipinto gli Stati Uniti in maniera negativa perfetta. Le parole sono state pesate e rese nella comprensione accessibili a tutti. Anche gli altri paesi Europei devono prendere al più presto simile posizione . Gli Americani devono sloggiare dall’Europa e portarsi tutti gli ordigni nucleari sparsi in Europa. L’Italia deve muoversi, non può continuare ad essere supina ai voleri degli USA.I politici Italiani sembrano essere dei conigli; fanno finta di non rendersi conto della gravita della situazione in cui l’Europa ed il mondo si trova.

  2. gary onderisin

    2023-04-01 at 05:08

    god bless this fine, moral woman.
    if europe wasn’t filled with so many bourgeois
    no nothings and lackeys, if it had so many more
    decent, intelligent people like ms. dagdelen, the war –
    mongering clear and present danger american elite et al
    couldn’t drag everybody else down with them with ruination and
    death.

    thank you, ben, for your abiding courage and decency.
    thanks for highlighting ms. dagdelen’s efforts.
    peace and best wishes to you and her.

  3. Deschutes

    2023-04-01 at 08:23

    Good for her, standing up and saying the truth! Unlike that total douchebag brown-noser Olaf Scholz! Can you believe it!? The USA blows up Nordstream 1 & 2 – which Germany invested billions of euros in building it along with Russia – and Scholz is covering it up!? Meeting secretly with Biden to figure out ways to cover up America’s terrorist attack in Germany’s Nordstream pipelines!? Indeed, the German government is held hostage by America’s military bases, it is under military occupation by USA. Even worse those pseudo-Green party fascists Alena Baerbock and that asswipe Robert Habeck who are screaming and foaming at the mouth for NATO war with Russia. The world has gone insane. It really does look like WWIII is coming 🙁

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