Germany considers return of conscription for civil defence

Germany considers return of conscription for civil defence

23 August 2016
From the section Europe

Germany may reintroduce a form of national service for civilians to help the army deal with a future disaster.

The role of civilians is part of a new civil defence strategy to be discussed by the government on Wednesday.

Since the strategy was leaked to the media there has been intense debate about stockpiling food and water.

In a crisis civilians might be obliged to help direct traffic or provide fuel and accommodation for the military, German news agency DPA reported.

Germans appeared generally unfazed by what some MPs have called government “scaremongering” but the word “Wehrpflicht” (conscription) was trending on social media on Tuesday.

The topic of civil defence also boosted the popularity of hamsters on social media, as Germans, with more than a hint of irony, adopted the hashtag “Hamsterkaeufe”, which means panic-buying or hoarding like a hamster.

Germany’s Die Tageszeitung daily sported a big picture of a hamster on its front page, with the headline “The End is Nigh” – which was widely tweeted.

A satirical article in Die Welt (in German) joked that “Hamsters are sold out in Germany”. It said the lack of hamsters presented the nation with “an unprecedented humanitarian disaster”.

The article was bylined, in English: “Jean Gnatzig, Head of Silly Content”.

Threat of ‘hybrid’ conflict

The government said a national disaster was “unlikely” but preparations were needed in case of a future terror attack or “hybrid” conflict involving cyber warfare, which could damage key infrastructure.

Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine in 2014 – the clandestine seizure of Crimea and support for separatist rebels – has been widely described as “hybrid warfare”.

Germany scrapped compulsory national service in 2011, but provision for it remains in the constitution, so it could easily be reinstated, DPA says.

During the Cold War, national service meant that West Germany could mobilise 495,000 soldiers and boost the numbers to about 1.2m if necessary by calling up reservists.

School leavers had the option of doing 18 months’ civilian service – for example in a hospital – instead of nine months in the military.

But at the height of the Cold War – in the 1960s and 1980s – conscripts had to spend 18 months in the military. Women were exempt from conscription.

Stocking up

The new civil defence plan includes advice for citizens to store enough food to last 10 days, because emergency services might be fully stretched dealing with a major disaster.

On drinking water, the advice is to stockpile five days’ supply – two litres (3.5 pints) per person daily.

A public health manager with the German Red Cross, Wolfgang Kast, told the broadcaster ARD (in German) that the intense debate about stockpiling showed that “people have become less and less prepared for an emergency”.

“We’ve got accustomed – not least because of the internet – to having everything available at all times,” he said.

He listed as key emergency provisions: water, noodles and tomato sauce, along with any required medicines, a torch, spare batteries and candles.

On its website the German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) gives citizens a survival list for emergencies, enough to last two weeks. The list includes:

28 litres (6.2 gallons) of drinking water

4.9kg (10.8 pounds) of bread, noodles, rice, potatoes

5.6kg (12.3 pounds) of vegetables and pulses (preferably pre-cooked)

3.6kg (eight pounds) of fruit and nuts (in jars or tins)

Germany’s civil defence: Cold War and now

Former East German bunker near Suhl, 17 Oct 14Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES

About 2,000 public bunkers and shelters were built in West Germany, with federal funding (former East Germany had its own communist network of shelters)

There was a wide mix of shelters – eg in garages, schools, private cellars

Special government nuclear bunker was built in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, 30km (19 miles) from Bonn

Law says Cold War-era shelters must not be converted into new types of building

Germany still has stockpiles of food – eg milk powder and beans – at secret locations, for a national emergency
Inventories are regularly checked and renewed

Emergency offices to issue food and fuel stamps, under national rationing system in a disaster

Sources: Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK); Sueddeutsche Zeitung; Schutzbauten-Stuttgart.de

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  • uhm

    Just study the Iron Mountain Report and the European Union’s true agenda and you’ll see there are plans to force citizens into these types of programs. As I said the other day, the stockpiling scaremongering is a Government psy-op prior to World War III against Russia and China. Under no circumstances should you sign or give jurisdiction to any of these programs which are for Zionist bankers. Ask yourself why would you fight for Merkel when she’s helped keep Germany dead and buried as well as destroying white German Europeans and the German culture even more than Britain and the US did after World War II. Merkel serves New Venice Zionist filth who desire the destruction of all nation states and cultures. Years ago I warned that people would be conscripted and now we’re seeing it today, everything from the National Citizen Service in Britain and now Germany.

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    German New Civil Defense Plan Aims to Get Militarization Support – Left Party

    23:39 24.08.2016Get short URL
    http://sputniknews.com/europe/20160824/1044611094/german-defence-paper-militarization.html

    The freshly adopted German civil defense plan, which proposes integrating civilian agencies in support of the German army and prepares nation for a life-threatening development, only generates fear and aims at gathering people’s support for militarization of the country, the member of parliament for the Left Party Ulla Jelpke told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere unveiled a 69-page report dubbed Concept for Civil Defense, where he detailed the plan “in case of an existence-threatening development in the future that cannot be ruled out”, making civilian backing of troops a priority and instructing citizens, among the other points, to stockpile food and water in case of terrorist or cyber attacks.

    “This new ‘Concept for Civil Defense’ is not a concept for civil protection or disaster control – it gives instructions for civil defense, meaning the inclusion of civilians in a military master plan. This concept generates fear; its only purpose is to build up a massive support for extended surveillance and militarization among the civilian population,” Jelpke said.

    The lawmaker also stressed that some provisions like “possible threat coming from hostile state actors using hybrid warfare” was “a barely disguised accusation against Russia”.

    “This must be seen in the context of an aggressive NATO policy against Russia, as well as in the context of the participation of Germany in international military operations,” she concluded.

    Jelpke added that in the past years Germany saw a steady process of internal militarization and many attempts of the federal government to establish domestic deployments of the German army despite it is forbidden by the constitution with the new White Paper of Defense, released this summer, proposing such deployments in cases of terror acts in Germany.

    “Apparently, the federal government is preparing for a violent crackdown of civil unrest, strikes and protests. Those will be the inevitable consequences of ongoing aggressive foreign and neoliberal economic policies, which lead to an increasing impoverishment of many people,” she warned.

    The spokesman for the Berlin branch of the right “Alternative for Germany” party Ronald Glaser agreed that with this civil defense plan the government was preparing for the civil unrest, though he gave another explanation of its reasons.

    “If there are dangers, that threaten our country at that point, it is civil unrest, brought to us by unsatisfied refugees, who have been invited to our country by our government with wrong promises,” the spokesman told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    Asked whether Germany was returning to aggressive foreign and military policies, Glaser labeled these perceptions “hot air” and call it exaggeration.

    “On the other hand: Germans take it seriously. They talk about it in public, and some stores seem to be sold out at the end of a day, which was unlikely to happen until now,” he admitted.

    This week, the first leaks of the Civil Defense Concept with advises to stockpile food and water led to people panic buying.

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