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NATO's strategy in Afghanistan criticized by a German general

(B2)After the British, another German general (4 stars) openly criticizes the strategy carried out by the West and NATO in Afghanistan. Here again, the officer is not just anyone. But General Egon Ramms (center), commander of NATO's Allied Joint Force, who in an interview just published in the weekly Star, asserts some truths.

He warns against the temptation to present any insurgent as a Taliban. It is increasingly clear that local rebels and foreign mercenaries must be separated, he believes. Considering it desirable to be able to negotiate with certain people.

He also criticizes the way it is declared a “success” every time an insurgent is killed. Whereas “killing is not an in itself” and is against all “humanitarian thinking”.

He cites as an example the Dutch method carried out in Uruzgan, who from the start pursued a policy with agricultural and development experts to improve the situation of the population; As a result, the situation is calmer there than in the neighboring region of Helmand.

Finally, he considers, a major strategic element, that “the Alliance should not try to control the entire country but only the areas where the population is the most numerous”. And, in this case, having a reinforcement of 25 men is not necessary (as requested by the Americans). But 000 may be enough.


Photo: NATO photo by US Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Andrew E. Lynch – left to right: Afghan President Hamid Karzai, US Army Gen. Dan K. McNeill, outgoing NATO International Security Assistance Force Commander; German army Gen. Egon Ramms, commander of NATO's Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum; and US Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, incoming ISAF commander (June 3, 2008).

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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