Peter Blechschmidt, Süddeutsche Zeitung | October 22, 2008
More German soldiers were killed by a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan. ++ The German people’s reaction towards the extension of the German mandate, as well as on the killings, seems to be restrained. ++ Once more the attacks have proven that military protection is a prerequisite for reconstruction efforts. ++ By withdrawing their troops, Germany would have played into the Taliban’s interests. ++ What German soldiers need now is the best equipment possible, medical care and the appreciation of their country.