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Stop the war

The German left claimed that the "NATO war"
against Serbia was in violation of international
law. Photos: AP/Anthony Harvey

A Greens "antiwar faction" formed within the party. Pacifists like Hans-Christian Ströbele and Uli Cremer claimed that the Kosovo intervention was a ploy to create a new justification for NATO–as global policeman.

Atlantic Alliance leaders, one of whom now was Fischer, had been spoiling for a war against Milosevic and had relied on falsified evidence to launch it, charged German leftists. At Racak, they claimed with some but not overwhelming documentation, the dead were KLA soldiers killed in a shoot-out, not civilians at all. And at Rambouillet international negotiators had intentionally "held the bar too high" for the Serbs. Moreover, Schröder and Fischer had knuckled under much too pliantly to the U.S. president's pressure. If Germany had stood up and said no to Clinton, other skeptical NATO countries, like Italy and Greece, would have been emboldened to join it in opposition.

Fischer describes these allegations in his autobiography:

Put in plain language the allegation was: finessing Germany's participation in the war by dint of lies and deception! I, Fischer, had not properly informed my highest ranking colleagues [in the foreign ministry] about important parts of the draft treaty of Rambouillet and, even worse, had only fragmentarily reported to the Bundestag, leaving aside fact and truth, to maneuver Germany into NATO's war in Kosovo! This allegation was outrageous and was aimed at ruining my reputation and credibility in this central question of war and peace. [Translation from the German by ESI]

[pp. 268-269]

Joschka Fischer and the Making of the Berlin Republic. 2007. [Oxford University Press]

[pp. 190-191]

Die rot-grünen Jahre. Deutsche Außenpolitik – vom Kosovo bis zum 11. September. 2007. [Kiepenheuer & Witsch]

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