Once there was a great fear of a nuclear-armed Germany …
The Federal Republic of Germany has been home to a portion of nato’s nuclear weapons since the Cold War. When the arrangement was first made, some feared that Germany would break the deal with nato and use the weapons for its own interest. But today that fear appears to have vanished, and America is promoting Germany’s ability to use the stationed bombs.
Under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Germany pledged in 1969 that it would not produce any nuclear weapons. But nuclear sharing gives Germany access to the nuclear arsenal stationed in its homeland. Despite the Cold War ending in 1991 and repeated promises to the German population, the federal government has not ordered the removal of the weapons.
In fact, according to the German newsmagazine Spiegel, United States President Barack Obama has approved a modernization of this nuclear weapons arsenal. Some of the new B61-12 bombs, which will go into production in 2020, will be stationed on the Büchel Air Base in the Eifel region along with other nuclear bombs. The German Air Force has already begun preparing for the new bombs by ensuring that German Tornado jets will be capable of carrying them.
Upgrades to the arsenal will make the weapons more “usable.” As production details of the new B61-12 bombs were published at the end of last year, Guardian Unlimited wrote:
In 2012, Spiegel gained access to “top secret” documents of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office that proved Kissinger’s concerns were legitimate. Strauss planned to use the German-stationed nuclear bombs if an imminent threat from Russia occurred. Germany wanted to be prepared to strike first, even without U.S. permission.
The time is coming when Germany will use these bombs—and it will not be in the United States’ favor. Germany’s past few years as a so-called “peacekeeper” do not erase its decades of history as an agitator. To the surprise of the U.S. and the whole world, Germany will turn against America.
Full article: Germany’s Nuclear Future (The Trumpet)