gelbes_gilatier: (the bundeswehr and me)
This is the German Armed Forces' newest image/recruiting video ad (the catch phrase is "Wir. Dienen. Deutschland."/"We. Serve. Germany." and though I don't really know what to make of the periods I'm slowly starting to warm up to the phrase.Very slowly. Maybe.) :

What do we think, people?

Good? Bad? Ridiculous?

(One thing that really shook me: the pictures of the official funerals. Even though it's aimed both and improving the image and recruiting, it took a lot of balls putting them in there. Any of you non-Germans ever seen something like that in any of your Armed Forces' recruiting ads?)
gelbes_gilatier: (the bundeswehr and me)
I guess 9/11 is my generation's Kennedy assassination. We all knew where we were and what we did when we heard about the attacks. This is the story of where I was and what I did.

Remember, remember, the Eleventh of September. )
gelbes_gilatier: (the bundeswehr and me)
or at least contemplate ordering one from, Germany's equivalent to the (much bigger) Yellow Ribbon Campaign in the US, if you're a German and are tired of the "friendly desinterest" people here in Germany are giving the Armed Forces, the soldiers and most of all their deployments

Why am I saying this? Because fighting season is in full swing in Afghanistan now and today, another German soldier died in an IED attack. When I said "this is going to be a very bloody spring and summer", I honestly had no idea how true that would become. And I'm starting to get tired of people wholly disregarding Afghanistan and all the other deployments such as Kosovo, ATALANTA and countless other places that aren't even covered in the media (but German Wikipedia has a (very long) list of current deployments), so as a former soldier myself (and as a civilian not quite done with contemplating to join up again) this is my appeal to all of you: even if you are against the ISAF operation, even if you're against the military... don't be against the soldiers and their families. Yes, I'm asking you to support our troops. Just contemplate it, at least, please.
gelbes_gilatier: (not a war)
Well. I'm officially revising everything about not being shocked about German soldiers dying in Afghanistan in my last post.

Why? Because of this: Afghanistan: suicide blast kills top police commander. There were also several ISAF casualties, three two of them German soldiers. It also appears as if RC-North commander Major General Markus Kneip (German Army) was wounded in the blast. There are suspicions that the attack was aimed specifically at General Kneip and Suspicions that General Kneip was the target of the attack turned out to be false but quite honestly, this... still weirds me out. I guess even after two or three years of German soldiers being part of open warfare, I just can't get used to them being targeted by insurgents.

For us, the deployment to Afghanistan was said to be soldiers building schools, not fighting a war and for at least seven or eight years "smile and wave" was the preferred Bundeswehr tactics and German soldiers were said to have a much better standing with the Afghan people than US soldiers, since they usually patrolled on foot and didn't drive half as aggressively as the Americans. Then Stanley McChrystal adopted "smile and wave" and German Army Colonel Klein ordered an air strike against two kidnapped tankers and suddenly everything seemd to have changed.

Hearing about the suicide attack that killed two major Afghan players in the war and three two German soldiers, I have to revise everything about not being shocked anymore. I'm appalled and I'm starting to fail in believing that anything will ever change in Afghanistan and I'm wondering how many more Afghans and ISAF soldiers will have to die until there will be something like peace in that country. I'm also standing by my assessment that killing Osama bin Laden did nothing to improve the situation but a lot to make everything worse. I'm afraid that this will be a very bloody spring and summer this year. And it makes me sad.
gelbes_gilatier: (soldier's things)
I just read in my news RSS that another German soldier was killed in Afghanistan and to be honest, I was a little shocked about myself. Why? Because I wasn't shocked. Or at least not as shocked as I used to be about dead German soldiers in Afghanistan (remember, dead and wounded soldier are still something the German public rather rather remembers from WWII than from recent wars... for us, for a long time it used to be the others that died).

Instead I just sighed and wondered how for much longer this will have to go on before we'll see some actual positive results from soldiers of a plethora of nations fighting and dying in a country that has next to nothing to do with their country. Because, let's just be honest, in the ten years, ISAF has been there, they accomplished next to nothing. Insurgents still kill people, children still die of hunger, landmines and firefights, women still wear burqas... will things really change if the multinational coalition keeps fighting there? I honestly don't know.

In the meantime, however, it astounds and shocks me how little notice the German public really takes of German soldiers fighting in more than just one country (there's also Kosovo, the Horn of Africa, UNIFIL...). The only time they do is when one dies and even then it's only short-lived. It still makes me sad, mostly because I don't think it will ever change, even though it's been over 65 years since the end of WWII now. No one wants the jingoism and nationalism from WWI and the fascism and racism of WWII back but honestly... is it asked too much to take notice of all the countries several thousand German soldiers (and cops, too, BTW) are stationed in and fighting and sometimes even dying in, once in a while, people?

(today's title is presented to you by Theodor Fontane and means: "With thirteen thousand their trail they began./Only one man returned from Afghanistan.", from his poem The Tragedy of Afghanistan)
gelbes_gilatier: (not a war)
So Osama's dead.

First thing I though was: "So... what?"

Second thing was: "Are they stupid? It's like a fucking hydra's head. Cut off one of them, you get three new ones."

Please tell me you didn't all lose your brains over the death of that old man. )
gelbes_gilatier: (not a war)
Who said Germany would send soldiers to Libya even despite foolishly abstaining from voting for a military invention? Who did? Who did?

That's right, I did! (here, to be precise)

And I was right, as not only daily Der Tagesspiegel but also weekly DIE ZEIT and MilBlogger Thomas Wiegold have confirmed (all in German, though). Apparently, the German government is preparing a parliament voting for a Bundeswehr mandate as part of a European EUFOR battlegroup to protect ships with aid goods for the Libyan people. Of course it's not a combat operation.

Mhmh. Yeah. Right.

Just like Afghanistan wasn't a combat operation. It was only about drilling wells and building girl schools. And now we ended up with over 40 KIA and WIA soldiers, several hundred PTSD afflicted soldiers and for the first time since WWII German soldiers have been involved in gunfights, repeatedly. We also had (and probably still have, no one really knows) Special Forces soldiers over there of whose operations (and probably also casualties) the public is almost fully oblivious of. It took the government almost ten years to call it a war but that's exactly what it is. And they were just there to help, they always told us. So... anyone who believes that this will be a quick in and out probably only for a few months humanitarian aid operation, raise your hands. Anyone? No one? Huh. Weird.
gelbes_gilatier: (Oops.)
Today, the UN Security Council finally passed the NFZ resolution for Libya. As predicted, Germany who's currently a temporary member, abstained. This is so very embarrassing and a fucking bad idea that I don't even know where to start. This isn't like Iraq where Bush tried to push the allies into a war based on assumptions and downright lies and where the Iraqis for some reason were less than thrilled about being occupied by a super power and her allies... this is genuinely about the future and the freedom of an entire country and they'd hoped for this resolution for at least a month and what does my country do? They abstain. Jesus. Fucking. Christ.

I'm a million miles away from happy, as Mr. John Birmingham wrote so nicely in Without Warning. )
gelbes_gilatier: (soldier's things)
Today, four German soldiers were killed near Baghlan in Afghanistan and the media released the news a few hours ago. While I was checking Twitter for more info on it, I came across a tweet from my former local party organisation's press representative, stating that tomorrow there would be protests during a welcome home muster for soldiers returning from their deployment to Afghanistan. It's going to be the same unit that lost soldiers last year in September (remember, losing soldiers in Afghanistan is still a major event, and we're only now starting to realize what it means to be at war - the country is still reeling from the shock of what happened on Good Friday).

Hate the war, love the soldier... or at least don't HATE them as well. )

On a wholly unrelated note: OMG LEVERAGE SQUEE! All of you were right! Leverage is like... really, really cool. I'm currently watching S01E02 and I'm already in love with the high tech toys and Eliot and Parker (and kinda Eliot/Parker... what? I'm really fast with shipping...) and Hardison and Sophie and Nate (and a little bit Sophie/Nate... I'm not quite sold on it yet). Oh, and explosions! That's really all I need. Yay Leverage!

Also... finished watching EUReKA's Season 3 and... I DON'T WANT TESS TO GO! Tess can't go and let us all plunge back into Jack/Allison darkness! Jack/Allison doesn't make any sense at all. They don't fit and they don't even have real chemistry (they do work fine as friends but every time the writers try to steer them in a romantic direction it all goes poof)... it just doesn't work. Jack and Tess... clicked. Their sense of humor is compatible, the look cute together, when they fight the sparks fly... Also, Tess is awesome and would so deserve to be made a regular... don't take that away, please. Make it work, writers. PLEASE! (also, could someone please free me from that bothersome EUReKA/SGA crossover bunny involving both Tess and Cadman that keeps on bugging me? Seriously, if I ever start writing it you all should DUCK AND RUN!)

Oh, also... managed to kill my laptop's keyboard. Thank God for external keyboards and sisters' boyfriends' who happen to be IT geniuses (both hard- and software). 'Nuff said.
gelbes_gilatier: (not a war)
Yep, it's a collection of daily meaningless rambling...

  • 13:52 RT @MediaOps: The LuftRAFfe: British pilot and German navigator share Tornado in first-ever join combat flights #
  • 17:16 RT @thomas_wiegold: RT @wikileaks: Cover-up of murder of civilians and journalists through US forces in #
  • 23:29 Watching "Sabrina" (the one w/ Audrey Hepburn) w/ mom and sisters and loving it already. Sucker for Bogart movies here ;) (LOVE #Casablanca) #
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gelbes_gilatier: (Not amused.)
Yep, it's a collection of daily meaningless rambling...

  • 00:11 Jesus, I can't believe #Matrix is so utterly BORING. And now that I finished Physics of the Spin, I don't even have something nice to read. #
  • 00:22 RT @Soldatenglueck: “Feind aus jeder Richtung”, Bundeswehr-Soldaten in Kunduz “am Hindukusch” (Video): #
  • 23:37 Very bizarre scenario right now. Mom's reading stuff about ballet out loud while I read Lorne/Cadman porn (HOT L/C porn... whoa!). #
  • 23:50 Meh, #Matrix again. This time 2nd part which is even more boring. Will try to finish another Stargate story to entertain myself, I think. #
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gelbes_gilatier: (not a war)
Yep, it's a collection of daily meaningless rambling...

  • 20:29 Another 3 German soldiers dead in #AFG. This is WAR, Mrs. Merkel and Mr. von zu Guttenberg. Just SAY so, dammit. #sot #
  • 20:56 RT @Soldatenglueck: Angriff in Kunduz: Schleichend ist die Bundeswehr in Afghanistan in die Defensive geraten. #
  • 21:29 RT @auslandseinsatz: Nach d.Freitagsgebet ins Gefecht. Terminierung&Stoßrichtung d.Taliban Angriffes auf d.Bundeswehr sicher nicht zufällig. #
  • 22:24 RT @luckysultan: Der Anschlag in Kunduz ist eine Katastrophe. Mein großes Mitgefühl den Betroffenen & Angehörigen. #
  • 22:56 DaVinciCode is BORING! Can't even BEGIN to say HOW boring it is. Thank God have Physics of the Spin. Thanks to everyone reccing it to me. #
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gelbes_gilatier: (the bundeswehr and me)
Yep, it's a collection of daily meaningless rambling...

  • 16:21 Day 19 @30DaysThrough - Interview with German QRF soldiers: - that's how it should work. (via @BendlerBlogger). #
  • 18:03 Reading: "Wir sind kein Mädchenverein" ( Great book about women in the #Bundeswehr. Am positively surprised. #
  • 19:28 Can't believe I'm writing a letter to small left-wing newspaper because I'm pissed off by observations on #Avatar and 'HurtLocker. #
  • 21:48 Where did my plot bunnies suddenly disappear 2? You know, the horrible creatures that forced me 2 torture my fav character this week. Twice. #
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gelbes_gilatier: (not a war)
Yep, it's a collection of daily meaningless rambling...

  • 14:57 Meh. Bored. Anyone got any good suggestions what to read (newspaper articles, fanfiction, meta discussion, I don't care...)? #
  • 16:01 Reading "Memoranda from the Edge" on ( and feeling the strong urge to write crack!fic now. Argh. #
  • 17:13 Wait... Corbin Benson and Scott Bakula together in a movie (on Kabel1)? And is that TERYL ROTHERY? *universe explode #
  • 17:22 GAH! Just saw the first #SGU teaser on RTLII (it'll come out her some time in Feb.). Caught me unexpected. And it HAD to be a scene w/ Eli:P #
  • 17:24 JESUS FUCKING CHRIST WHY DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE AN ELI SCENE? (second part of the teaser) Srsly, why a #SGU character I despise? WHY? #
  • 20:31 Yay, #Tatort with Oliver Mommsen as Stedefreund... he always suffers so very beautifully in that role *fangirl²²³³²²³² #
  • 21:35 RT @Graupause: "Nein, das ist kein Laserschwert. Ich bin halb Mensch halb Glühwürmchen und freue mich einfach, dich zu sehen." #
  • 23:06 RT @Batteriechef: RT @strickvl: Real people, real war -- "Hospital on the edge" (Holly Pickett's photos from... #
  • 23:24 Hey, German soldiers in #AFG have no reason to be miffed. In Switzerland the public didn't even KNOW they were contributing to #ISAF... #
  • 23:34 Always nice to talk to @weissegiraffe about Swiss army. Makes me feel less embarrassed about OUR army... (no offense, @weissegiraffe ;)). #
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gelbes_gilatier: (not a war)
Yep, it's a collection of daily meaningless rambling...

  • 10:20 Whoa, they really packed up all my furniture and crate. Still feels like I'm not even half done moving house but I still have hope. #
  • 12:45 Hello charity furniture thingy guys and shipping guy who ruined my laminate where aaaaaaare you? I'M HUNGRY DAMMIT & I NEED TO GO TO BERLIN! #
  • 13:02 RT @AFGMatters: New post, \\\"Why Afghanistan Matters\\\" photo contest: Helping Hand ( #
  • 13:20 Anyone mind bringing me some food? Am STARVING but can't leave apartment before everything is done here. (and no, will NOT call pizza guys) #
  • 13:23 At least I still have stuff I can laugh about here: Pfnehehehehe! (thanks to asugar for bookmarking it on delicious ;)) #
  • 13:51 RT @SPIEGEL_English: Afghan Reinforcements: Germany Pledges 500 Extra Troops Plus Big Aid Increase... - #
  • 14:02 Am I the only one finding it strange that the first step to DECREASE number of troops in #AFG by end of year is to INCREASE number now? #
  • 14:17 ...wait. Berliner Zeitung have neither Twitter account nor RSS feed for their website? But... but... WTH? #
  • 15:23 YAY! Charity furniture thingy guys just picked up shelves & shipping guy is repairing laminate damage he caused. All's well that ends well. #
  • 15:26 RT @Batteriechef: Ausbildungsbataillon trifft Schutzbataillon (via @securityfreak65): #
  • 15:50 OK, Phase 1: check. Will now take train to Berlin, do last minute furniture Tetris, sleep, supervise Phase 2 & then head back to apartment. #
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gelbes_gilatier: (soldier's things)
Yep, it's a collection of daily meaningless rambling...

  • 11:41 Who would have thought... RT @tagesschau: Bartsch gibt Amt als Bundesgeschäftsführer auf #
  • 12:30 Somehow... their English is so... CUTE :D RT @ISAFmedia: VIDEO German Soldiers Assist Afghans in Mazar-I-Sharif #
  • 12:35 WHAT does it say about me that those "new over-30-hits" on Antenne Thüringen are all songs I know & identify w/? I'm 27, for Heaven's sake! #
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gelbes_gilatier: (ranting)
Yep, it's a collection of daily meaningless rambling...

  • 14:46 RT @MilitaerRSS: Frauen an der Waffe: Europa schreibt Bundeswehr-Geschichte: Frauen in Uniform... #
  • 14:57 RT @NavyNews: Now THIS is a joint family ~ right? @USArmy & @US_Air_Force #
  • 15:06 Where you lead, I will follow... Oh God, I love the Gilmore Girls. Seriously, if you want to make me rly, rly happy, give me a complete box. #
  • 15:18 I can't believe I just got wet eyes while watching the new Werthers Original tv ad. That's not my biological clock ticking, right? RIGHT? #
  • 15:35 RT @SPIEGEL_English: SPIEGEL Interview with General Stanley McChrystal: 'Killing the Enemy Is Not The Best... #
  • 22:46 Dear Berlin: You royally suck at keeping your pavements free from snow an save for pedestrians. No love, me. #
  • 22:47 Dear Berlin S-Bahn: You suck, too. In general and in specific... in just about everything. #sbahnfail #
  • 22:48 Dear Deutsche Bahn: YOU suck most of all! OF ALL! #bahnfail #
  • 23:04 Dear @MilitaerRSS, I'd really like to watch the vid about the soldiers... is there any reason the link leads to virtual nirvana? Thanks... #
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gelbes_gilatier: (WTH?)
Yep, it's a collection of daily meaningless rambling...

  • 13:28 RT @MilitaerRSS: Der lange Schatten des Krieges – Artikel zum Thema PTBS bei der Welt: #
  • 18:22 RT @BendlerBlogger: Ganz viele Social Media Guidelines: #
  • 19:36 Starting to get fed w/ the "blizzard" panic weather forecasters are projecting. Srsly, they've been at it for DAYS & it hasn't even started. #
  • 20:19 Pffnehehehehehe: *angering @mackenziesmomma's LV :D #
  • 21:16 Just decided that if the forecasts don't come true and we DON'T get the promised "blizzard"... I'll have to sue s/o. I want SNOW! #
  • 21:48 German government is very helpful concerning the "blizzard": - Jeeze, this is GERMANY, not Alaska... #
  • 23:04 OMGWEREALLGONNADIE! (or: it's finally snowing! Yay! Or maybe not... we'll see on Monday...) #
  • 23:12 Forced to watch "Quo Vadis" now... it fills two DVDs! Not even the 3 1/2 hs Bollywood movie yesterday did. Argh... #
  • 23:36 RT @Graupause: Das Ruhrgebiet. Kulturgraustadt 2010. #
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gelbes_gilatier: (not a war)
Yep, it's a collection of daily meaningless rambling...

  • 13:56 ...huh. One of the girls on my flist gave me an extension for my paid LJ account. THANKS SO MUCH! *glomps asugar #
  • 23:41 I KNEW it would be Yemen!RT @SPIEGEL_Top: Anschläge von al-Qaida: Jemen ruft Westen im Anti-Terror-Kampf zur Hilfe #
  • 23:42 SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! *cuteness overkill RT @ZooBorns: Tiny tiger triplets in Puerto Vallarta - #
  • 23:43 Uh-hum... right. RT @SPIEGEL_English: Kunduz Bombing Affair: German Colonel Wanted to 'Destroy' Insurgents... - #
  • 23:45 *sighs RT @SPIEGEL_English: Grumbling in Germany: Afghanistan Deployment Descends Into Partisan Bickering... - #
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gelbes_gilatier: (Whee)
Yep, it's a collection of daily meaningless rambling...

  • 03:11 Mh. 30 years ago, the Soviets marched into #Afghanistan. And in 2011... it'll be 10 years that WE marched in there. Scary parallels, anyone? #
  • 13:20 Remind me not to discuss possible next US targets with my parents again. It'll end in being forced to listen to Hannes Wader *sighs #
  • 16:03 DAMMIT STOP STALKING ME CD-PLAYER! Seriously, one day I might just be forced to write a story to Dolly Parton's "9 to 5"... go away, bunny! #
  • 17:13 So bored that I just posted a fic index for two of my Lorne/Cadman #Fanfic100 universes... Bored, bored, bored. And did I mention... BORED? #
  • 21:40 OK, I lost my nerve. Will now get paid account at #LiveJournal. Have to give it to myself as a belated Christmas present if no one else does #
  • 21:49 Happily uploading new icons now. Although it's kinda scary how fast the 30 will be full... #
  • 21:53 Oh God, too many pretty icons to choose from. *decision overkill #
  • 22:21 Um, wait... why do I have 35 icons when they said I get 30 with the paid account? Can anyone help me out here? #
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