I will not allow myself to be judged.
Either the sergeant is a real asshole, or he is the victim of a misunderstood corps spirit in the Bundeswehr.
However, I cannot judge what is true in this case, I only know the very different representations of both sides.
While Patrick J. probably also liked his military position of power (“let subordinates stand firm for no reason”), he seemed to have no problem with denouncing comrades as “right-wing extremists”.
In no case does these allegations seem to have withstood scrutiny, although Patrick J. has reported “dozens of comrades.”
On the other hand, of course, we do not know what these investigations by the Bundeswehr looked like.Perhaps there were really dozens of right-wing extremists in the unit, especially the KSK is in a rather high proportion.
Alone, I lack faith.I myself was with the Bundeswehr, and of course the armed forces of a country are not exactly a magnet for left-liberals… but I also do not believe in the representations in the media, which portray the Bundeswehr as a hotbed of far-right activities.
Of course, there are distinctive sayings, but special units in particular are a little different.However, the “sensitivities” have grown strongly recently. As normal conscripts, we sang songs that Mrs. von D. Leyen has now banned (the “Panzerlied” with all the stanzas as an example). Nevertheless, I did not meet a single right-wing radical during my 15 months in the Bundeswehr, and I came around quite a bit.
As I said, I do not want to take sides for or against Patrick J., but the question is when to classify a comrade as “right-wing radical” and report him.
This is certainly the case when anti-Semitic or clearly racist views come to light, or when the basic democratic order is clearly argued.But for some contemporaries, right-wing radicalism begins much earlier today…
And then it is also important in what context the “right-wing radicalism” expresses itself.Drunk in the Uffz home? Or with a clear mind in dealing with the comrades?
I know that being drunk is no excuse for Nazi sayings, but one should also consider whether one has not already said things in a mentally alittle changed state at some point in life…
Sounds like an apology for federal rights now, but it isn’t.I am in favour of immediately dismissing any soldier who is truly anti-Semite, racist or against the liberal-democratic basic order. Or any police officer, the situation in the police is often similar.
But just because a soldier or policeman in a suff or frustration sometimes drops a right saying, you don’t have to release him right away.A reminder certainly does in most cases.
On the other hand, there are cases in both the Bundeswehr and the police that are no longer justifiable, because radical right-wing ideas are clearly represented and everyday life is also lived in the daily routine.
And yes, even in these cases, comrades or colleagues were silent either for fear of reprisals or the misunderstood corps spirit.However, as a civilian, you also have to imagine what it is like to have to entrust your life to someone you have blackened before. Not a particularly unlikely constellation in both the Bundeswehr and the police…
Unfortunately, I can’t quite read the Mirror article as it’s only fully accessible to Spiegel Plus readers.Other online searches on the case were also unhelpful.
I shall therefore abstain from a final assessment simply because I do not have the facts to arrive at a reasoned assessment of who is right in the specific case, it is simply not really possible for outsiders to judge, not even for journalists of the European Mirror…