donderdag 1 maart 2012

Duitsland ook fout na de oorlog

Het Duitse Siemens was, of is een belangrijke speler voor het huidige Iraanse nucleaire programma, maar niet alleen Siemens doet graag zaken met de Iraanse Ayatollahs. Ook Duitse universiteiten, gesubsidieerd met Duits overheidsgeld, doen gezamenlijke discutabele projecten met Iran.

De Jerusalem Post heeft een mooi stuk onderzoeksjournalistiek in deze online staan.

De belangrijkste quotes op een rijtje:

A technical university in the German capital, which receives public funds from The Federal Ministry of Research and Education for joint projects with Iran, last week helped the Iranian Embassy promote trade between the two countries in the construction sector.

Germany is Iran’s most important European trading partner, with bilateral commerce hovering around an annual 4 billion euros. The construction trade event raises questions about violations of EU and UN sanctions because the merchandise and work could possibly be used to develop nuclear underground and above-ground facilities. Iran’s government frequently uses Western “dual-use” technology for both military and civilian purposes.

Ferdinand Knauss, a spokesman for the ministry that funds the Technical University program with Iran, wrote to The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, stressing that “the security of Israel is through the project ‘Young Cities – Developing Energy-Efficient Urban Fabric in the Tehran-Karaj Region’ in no way affected. A use of the results for military purposes [dual-use] is ruled out, especially in connection with atomic weapons.”

Dr. Kazem Moussavi, an Iranian dissident in Germany and expert in the field of environmental protection, told the Post on Wednesday that Iran uses the TU program “to continue its work on its nuclear program” because German-Iranian cooperation programs “create legitimacy for Iran’s regime and helps bring it out of isolation.” Moussavi added that program could be viewed as way to circumvent sanctions against Iran. Asked about the use of the program for dual-use goals, he said the nature of the work could lend itself to the technology being applied for a military dimension.

Dr. Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, a senior fellow at the Brussels-based European Foundation for Democracy, told the Post that “the Iranian ambassador frequently begs Germany to invest in Iran. He begs that Germany and Iran remain friends. It is macabre how the representatives of a dictator on the one hand show weakness because it is clear that sanctions are affecting Iran and on the other hand how German professors are clearly not interested in human rights and democracy. That is really macabre.

Duitsers en techniek en Duitse dokters en ethiek. A match made in hell, ook vandaag de dag nog. Het "wir haben es nicht gewusst" klinkt weer dichtbij.