German Chancellor Angela Merkel was speaking to the parliament in Berlin defending the illegal occupation of Afghanistan on April 22, 2010.
source: Dawn April 25, 2010
“The international community went in together, and we will pull out together. If we do not then the consequences, I am convinced, would be far more disastrous than the results of the September 11, 2001 attacks,” Merkel said.
“Just looking at the map makes this clear. Right next door to Afghanistan is nuclear-armed Pakistan, and we have to assume that another neighbour, Iran, is also doing everything it can to become a nuclear power,” she said in parliament.
In a spirited defence of the deployment following the deaths of seven German soldiers this month, Merkel noted that a recent conference organised by US President Barack Obama had agreed that “nuclear terrorism is one of the world’s biggest security dangers.”
“If we fail to tackle nuclear disarmament properly, as we agreed to in Washington, and if we left Afghanistan without a plan, then the danger would increase a great deal that nuclear weapons and nuclear material could end up in the hands of extremist groups,” Merkel said.
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