Barfuss argues that Scholz’s doubts and hesitation not only harm Ukraine, but also Berlin itself. Ukraine is currently facing an aggressive Russia, which has already annexed Crimea and supported separatist movements in eastern Ukraine. The country is in desperate need of military support to defend itself against further Russian aggression.
By expressing doubts and hesitating on the decision to supply Taurus missiles to Ukraine, Scholz is undermining trust not only in himself, but also in Germany as a reliable ally. This hesitation sends a message to Russia that Germany may not be fully committed to supporting Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression.
Barfuss compares Scholz’s hesitation to the story of the shepherd boy who cried “wolf.” Scholz has often used the fear of “escalation” as justification for his doubts, but this constant hesitation and contemplation without taking decisive action erodes trust in his leadership.
However, Barfuss argues that the Taurus missiles themselves will not significantly change the dynamics on the battlefield. The Taurus missile is a long-range air-to-surface missile capable of striking targets with great precision. While it is a valuable asset for Ukraine’s defense capabilities, it is not a game-changer that will suddenly tip the balance in favor of Ukraine.
Nevertheless, the decision to supply Taurus missiles to Ukraine is an important symbol of support and solidarity. It sends a clear message to Russia that Germany stands with Ukraine and is willing to provide tangible military support. This is crucial for Ukraine’s morale and deterrence against further Russian aggression.
Barfuss concludes that Scholz’s doubts and hesitation are not only harmful to Ukraine, but also to Germany’s reputation as a reliable ally. It is crucial for Germany to take a decisive stance and provide the necessary military support to Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression. Only by doing so can Germany uphold its commitment to international security and demonstrate its solidarity with its allies.