"Old Europe" plans a blue helmet invasion in Iraq *article from Der Spiegel, February 8, 2003
Das "alte Europa" plant eine Blauhelm-Invasion im Irak Deutschland und Frankreich arbeiten an einem Alternativplan zur Entwaffnung des Irak. Uno-Soldaten sollen das Land besetzen und die Arbeit der Inspektoren sichern, meldet der SPIEGEL. Die Invasion würde mit deutscher Beteiligung stattfinden. Momentan wird der Geheimplan mit Russland und China abgesprochen...
(Google) Translation: "Old Europe" plans a blue helmet invasion in Iraq
Germany and France are working on an alternative plan for the disarmament of Iraq. UN soldiers are to occupy and the work of the supervisors would be to secure the country, der Speigel reported. The invasion would take place with German participation. Currently, the secret plan is agreed upon with Russia and China.
BERLIN The US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had probably not considered: While Rumsfeld tried to recruit at the Munich safety conference, declaring eloquently for an unyielding course against Saddam Hussein, already plans of it as "old Europe" Zoegerlich scoffed into all secretness the invasion - an invasion with German participation.
At the last minute, Germany and France in a diplomatic Parforceritt try to nevertheless still strived for the peace in the gulf. They are working on a plan for the complete disarmament of Iraq. The secret project "Mirage" plans that thousands of the armed blue helmet soldiers of the United Nations march into Iraq, in order to make the work possible of the supervisors. Under their protection the supervisors, they could set to an enormous "house search" of the entire country.
The blue helmets would take over for many years actual control of the country and would guarantee a "durable disarmament regime" - then also with German participation: "if this idea of a durable disarmament regime intersperses itself, then Germany is thereby", said a cabinet member to das Spiegel.
Since beginning of the yearly chancellorship and Elysee palace work on the disarming model. "simple only no say are enough now no longer out", thus Schroeder in an internal situation round. After the concept, which possibly as French-German draft resolution was to be brought into the Security Council, the entire country of Iraq was explained as the grounding zone. French reconnaissance planes of the type "Mirage IV" would support the work of the supervisors, whose number was trebled from air.
US soldiers are to secure the peace invasion
Support by German Luna drones and American U2-spyplane would get control from air the Mirage jets equipped with special monitoring cameras according to plan. A central permanent coordination center in Iraq, on behalf of supervising inspector Hans Blix, would possibly supervise the inspections. The 200,000 US soldiers, who are approximately stationed around Iraq, are to remain as threatening window blind in position, in order to secure the peaceful invasion.
Iraq would be only formal according to the plan practically a protectorate of the UN, Saddam rulers of its country. Thereby if the moderate forces in the country should strengthen and implode to Saddams regime due to the Knebelung, that approving of in purchase one take, would however not be not the first goal of the exercise, said a chancellor advisor.
A engmaschiges network of sanctions would intensify control of the regime. In addition count Iraq apart from intensified export controls in the industrialized countries also international agreements with the neighbour states, in order to prevent oil smuggling, one of the most important sources of income of the regime. The plan is sounded out at present with several critics of the US strategy, among them the Greek Prime Minister and acting European Union advice president Kostas Simitis, Russian president Vladimir Putin and the designate Chinese president Hu Jintao.
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