68 % of Germans do not want soldiers to be sent to Syria, according to a poll published in Focus. Only 25% were in favour of sending group troops.
The number of Germans rejecting military intervention is probably much higher than this mainstream media poll suggests.
In a separate development Angela Merkel’s decision to send military assets to Syria could be challenged in court.
The German parliament did not hold a vote to authorize the deployment. Merkel simply announced the decision in her new dictatorial style after a meeting with her inner core. It is not clear what the legal basis of her decision is.
Dietmar Bartsch, head of the parliamentary Left fraction, said he was considering taking legal action.
“We will scrutinize whether we can challenge this mandate at the Federal Constitutional Court,” he said. “But first the mandate has to exist.”
“Independently of that we reject the deployment because every civilian killed in a hail of bombs can generate potentially ten new terrorists.”