The Germans and the Pershing II

by Konrad Kellen

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A discussion of the current anti-military spirit in West Germany. The author traveled through half a dozen major German cities and talked with about 40 influential people in all. All of these people told him of their unconditional rejection of war. It appears that the German people may be hostile and noisy about their feelings against the Pershing II missiles, but they will not be violent. It can also be predicted with some confidence that in the case of any kind of war the Germans will not fight. The Germans are important trading partners of the United States, political friends, and cultural co-Westerners. The author feels that the United States should recognize the reality of German beliefs as it is. This act alone could draw the Western world together much more closely than attempts to strengthen or save the fictitious alliance with its primary emphasis on military levers and military cohesion with which Germans as a whole have no sympathy and which alienates them from rather than binds them to the United States.

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