Nobody seems to be asking the obvious: Why should Germany be involved in the first place? Murat Kurnaz is a Turk, his German residence permit was already expired when he was picked up in Afghanistan. 63 % believe that Germany should have helped him anyway…
Now German nutroots blame their foreign minister Steinmeier for this would-be terrorist’s lock up in Gitmo for 4 years:
GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER UNDER FIRE
When in Doubt, Choose Security
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier continues to face criticism over the case of Murat Kurnaz. As more and more details of the case are revealed, it is becoming clear that Steinmeier, as head of the Chancellery from 2002 to 2005, played a role in preventing Kurnaz from leaving the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay.
Under fire: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
There are times when global politics are secondary. During a dinner with DER SPIEGEL last Thursday evening in an expensive restaurant on Place Jourdan in Brussels, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks in meticulous detail about Cyprus, Kosovo, Iraq. Now and again he jokes about the foibles and abilities of other foreign ministers.
After the hors d’oeuvre he touches on the German army’s mission in Afghanistan. But it isn’t until the main course is served that Steinmeier asks: “Do you want to talk about it now?” After a rundown of the world’s crises he knows it’s time for him to turn to his own personal trouble spot: The case of Murat Kurnaz, who spent four and a half years in detention at Guantanamo Bay where he was mistreated.