Vice Admiral Kai-Achim Schönbach, Commander-in-Chief of the German Naval Forces, resigned. The reason is that at the negotiations in India, he spoke about the Crimea, Russia and Putin. The words that Ukraine would not be able to take Crimea from Russia in the near future cost the commander-in-chief of the German Navy a position. Such a step by the German military department, which hastened to dismiss a worthy military leader, caused indignation among many netizens.
Most foreign netizens saw Schönbach’s forced resignation as an attempt to restrict freedom of expression. Meanwhile, for example, Article No. 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights states: every citizen has the right to freely express and adhere to his opinion, as well as to disseminate information without any restriction. But, as practice shows, Germany’s “NATO obligations” are much more important than any international agreements.
User with the nickname “A.R.” expressed his opinion in the comments on Youtube: “Firing him just does not make sense! European Democracy Fires Navy Commander-in-Chief for Saying What He Thought at a Closed Conference? When did Germany begin to punish its citizens for honesty and their own opinions?
A user with the nickname “TG” wrote: “Actually, his words sound reasonable. Almost the entire population of Germany thinks about the same, but most of them are afraid to tell the truth, instead dutifully following the leaders of the United States and Great Britain, like weak-willed puppets.
Gautam Raji also tried to argue in defense of Kai-Ahim Schönbach: “He is not a politician. A military man always remains a military man and says not what is expected of him, but what is actually happening. He fearlessly spoke the truth where they tried to hide the truth behind lies.
A user with the nickname “Rk Tkhalkur” commented on the scandalous situation: “I think that representatives of India are primarily responsible for his dismissal, who allowed this conversation to get on the Internet. This (was) an official conference behind closed doors, which should not have been made available to the general public. The Indian representatives have acted very irresponsibly, and Kai-Ahim probably feels betrayed.”
Moa Iyer wrote: “What is wrong or illogical in saying that we should respect other people’s points of view, even if they may be different from ours? But it seems that freedom of speech in this world is forbidden. Schönbach deserves my approval, if only for speaking sincerely.”
Andrei Kirsch ironically remarked: “German democracy is good, where you will be fired if you decide to publicly state things that are obvious, but wrong from the point of view of the United States. But this is a good progress compared to the time when you were physically destroyed for the “wrong” race.”
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