REPORT: GERMANS TOO FAT TO FIGHT
CONSUMED 1.7M PINTS OF BEER IN 2007 IN AFGHANISTAN
TIMES OF LONDON
Last updated: 11:34 am
December 3, 2008
Posted: 11:32 am
December 3, 2008
First they were accused of not wanting to fight. Then they were blamed for failing in their main mission to train the Afghan police.
Now Germany's battered military reputation has received a further humiliating blow. According to official reports the 3,500 troops in northern Afghanistan drink too much and are too fat to fight.
A German parliamentary report has revealed that in 2007 German forces in Afghanistan consumed about 1.7 million pints of beer and 90,000 bottles of wine. During the first six months of this year 896,000 pints of beer were shipped to German forces in Afghanistan. British and US bases in the country enforce a strict ban on alcohol.
The physical condition of the soldiers was already in question after a German armed forces report found that 40 percent of its soldiers aged 18-29 were overweight, compared to 35 percent of the civilian population of the same age.
Reinhold Robbe, the parliamentary commissioner for the German armed forces, concluded: "Plainly put, the soldiers are too fat, exercise too little and take little care of their diet."
I know - it's phoning it in, posting someone else's material. I think that there is a lot of merit to this story though. I guess folks could say that we are living in the most dangerous of times, with all of the weapons of mass destruction that are out there; and not to mention how dangerous our enemies are. I know - it's not nice to point out that we have enemies.
So here we have a gluttonous army, not the U.S. but one of our allies (for the moment). But let's take a closer look at the situation. Is it as bad as it seems? I mean the warfare that we will be fighting - mostly will be via robotics and mathematical formulas. So how in shape do you have to be to push a button?
Like it or not, modern-history has shown that the Germans really are the visionaries and leaders when it comes to the great wars. They were the main ingredients to the starting of both World Wars. So it is here - they are showing the way of the future for our militaristic conditioning. One could argue that it is merely the affects of losing both world wars, they've just given up.
I don't know if this was coherent for everyone. Perhaps my afternoon nap didn't help as much as I thought it did. Don't worry, every village needs an idiot. Soothing reminders from Mother, on just how hopeless it really was.
"When was Wendell here?"
"Who is Wendell? There haven't been any visitors, not for weeks."
"Shall we take another stroll around the block?"
"It's 11:30 at night! No."
"I don't think this is working out."