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LETTER FROM BERLIN
Pressure Mounts on German Foreign Minister in Guantanamo Hearings
By Ralf Beste, Petra BornhÃ¶ft, Horand Knaup and Holger Stark
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has come under fire following testimony by a Bremen resident who says he was tortured at Guantanamo Bay. The charges could deeply damage the reputation of a senior official in a government that prided itself on promoting human rights.
(The torture claims are straight from the Al Qaeda playbook, but I wonder whether the Dhimmie judges or prosecutors even bother to read up on it)
Last week Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany’s foreign minister and acting president of the European Union Council, considered himself to be once again at the heart of world affairs. On Wednesday evening he hosted a private dinner for United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a suite at the Ritz-Carlton in Berlin. The two discussed, as Steinmeier proudly reported, “not just the small steps, but also the political horizon” for the peace process in the Middle East. On Thursday he then met with newly sworn-in Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer for a tÃªte-Ã -tÃªte aimed at getting the stalled European constitution back on track.
However, just as Steinmeier was trying play a part in shaping the future of the world, the past abruptly caught up with him — in particular, the question of whether as head of the chancellery under the former government of Gerhard SchrÃ¶der, he bears responsibility for the fact that Murat Kurnaz — a Turkish citizen born and raised in Germany — sat for years in Guantanamo, when he could have returned home to his family in Bremen.