Political courage in Germany versus Singapore

In a recent interview with Germany’s Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Germany’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Heiko Maas was quoted as saying, “Under no circumstances should Europe become a stage for rearmament debate”.

I applaud him.

Mr Maas flatly rejected any possible stationing of new US medium range nuclear missiles in Germany, or anywhere in Europe for that matter. I admire him because he has brain, courage and dares to stand up to the United States and say ‘No’ in the interests and safety of his country.

This can be contrasted with Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen. Ng didn’t have the courage to say ‘No’ to the United States’ Defence Secretary’s request for Singapore to send more troops to support the US-led coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I want to make it very clear that I support coalition efforts to counter terrorism because it is in our interest to do so. However, we must be ever mindful that we are just a very small country and our means are limited.

There are many ways that we can play our part, such as medical support, offering of our KC tanker for refuelling and/or sharing of intelligence, etc. The US, if they are a good and worthy coalition leader, will understand. However, for us to commit our ground troops? That, I am totally against.

Despite the PAP government’s assurance that our troops will not be deployed at the front lines but to merely help train local forces, Iraq and Afghanistan are war zones and very dangerous places. Stray bullets have no eyes and road side mines are common. I do not want, even with the slightest of possibility, our Singaporeans’ sons coming home in body bags or coffins.

I have no issue if it were our own war but for a conflict that was basically started by the United States and when our Defence Minister is not strong enough like Mr Maas to say ‘No’ to committing our ground troops, then the possibility that Singaporean sons might have to pay the ultimate price with their lives become very real.

That cannot be right!

 

Simon Lim

 

 

 

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14 Responses to “Political courage in Germany versus Singapore”

  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    The WHITE Horses will not be deployed only the Greys & Mules according to the Man who CON YOU now dead!!!

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  • But:

    Courage ?
    But One needs action to cause reaction

    Examples -

    Seoul taxi driver sets himself alight in protest at ride-sharing app
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/10/seoul-taxi-driver-sets-alight-protest-ride-sharing-app/amp/

    Or

    Chinese court orders execution for son who avenged mother’s death 22 years ago
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2181235/chinese-court-orders-execution-son-who-avenged-mothers-death-22

    Who wants to take the lead to inspire others ? Author ?
    Probably None right !

    Good luck!

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  • opposition dude:

    Ng is a yes man in parliament so how could he refuse the US?

    And furthermore, with the spate of NS deaths in the last few years alone do you think he cares if our boys come home dead?

    I can only hope our guys are safe over there for the duration of their stay.

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  • Real Meritocracy:

    PAP government should send all our paper generals to lead US coalition war to prove themselves worthy of the rank and the pay they are getting.

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  • Send Our Generals:

    opposition dude:
    Ng is a yes man in parliament so how could he refuse the US?

    And furthermore, with the spate of NS deaths in the last few years alone do you think he cares if our boys come home dead?

    I can only hope our guys are safe over there for the duration of their stay.

    Please don’t send our NS conscripts, they are not professional soldiers, are not worthy of any decent pay or fight. Send our professional highly paid generals instead. These elites have trained hard to game the system from young, they should be able to outwit any enemy in war.

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  • Bapak:

    All PAP Ministers are bossless when coming to overseas matter. Only know how to bully locals. Not only them. All PAP supporters are bossless. All Sinkies70 are more bossless.

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  • MB intrusion:

    The MB’s intrusion into our territory just shows their blatant disregard for our lily-livered Govt. See they dare to do that to the Indo. He will be pulverized in no time together with their buoy marking sampans.

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  • Straight "A"s Marlboro Tan:

    the history of the whites will tell u they exploited and benefited from war ( USA presence in asia), ideological conflict ( capititalist vs communism), taking sides ( imperialism, towing western superiority dreams and illusions) and fault lines in society (population demographics).

    U cannot expect them to follow universal morality for they lack none.

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  • Wrong cunt sing:

    Malaysia has not collapsed but grown better despite the fall of the 61year old regime.
    What does this tell you singkies?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Wrong cunt sing:
    Malaysia has not collapsed but grown better despite the fall of the 61year old regime.
    What does this tell you singkies?

    If Malaysia voters were like Singapore voters, Najib would still be the PM of Malaysia. And nobody is any wiser about 1MDB.

    Does that answer your question?

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  • Wrong cunt sing:

    NotMyProblem: If Malaysia voters were like Singapore voters, Najib would still be the PM of Malaysia. And nobody is any wiser about 1MDB.

    Does that answer your question?

    Malaysia voters voted out Making.
    Which cave have you been hiding in?

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  • Wrong cunt sing:

    NotMyProblem: If Malaysia voters were like Singapore voters, Najib would still be the PM of Malaysia. And nobody is any wiser about 1MDB.

    Does that answer your question?

    I mean Malaysia voters voted out najib with help from EXTERNAL forces : Drew Sarawak report, USA DOJ.
    Without the external forces, yes, Malaysians could not have voted out najib and the 61year old dinosaur.

    So, you can see that Domestic forces alone is not enough despite Mahathir.

    Najib hired the cj. Flaw in Authoritarianism. Ruler was not found guilty by his subordinate.

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  • LIONS:

    German oppo is strong.
    Oppo sgs must first show SOLIDARITY BY AN ALLIANCE or sgs will have doubts voting for them decisvely.
    This is a fact we cannot deny or ignore at our own peril.

    Dr Tan,sir,i hope you can unite the oppo b4 GE N WIN A GOOD NUMBER OF SEATS.

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  • Trickle down effects:

    Mortality catches up with every soul, all greater and lesser mortals. What lies beyond the grave are degrees of good and bad karma; what you’ve failed to do for others as also what you’ve done to them.

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