Eckart von Klaeden, Bundestag Member (in German) | July 22, 2009
German military deployment in Afghanistan is the only way to establish long-lasting stability in the region. ++ The international community is not at war with Afghanistan but supporting the fragile government. ++ "After 30 years of war, the country is too weak.... to pull itself out" of this deep crisis. ++ Only an integrated civil-military strategy including German troops will lead to peace. ++ "Irresponsible withdrawal talk only casts doubt on our dependability," and the retreat of German forces would prove to Taliban extremists that terrorism works.