Obviously you have you're opinion of the current military operations in Libya, and I have mine. That's what we have democracy for, so that differing opinions can be expressed and debated.
But in regard to German operations in NATO, and in particular in Libya, if you think that German forces are not a routine part of NATO operations in the world, you are very wrong.
In particular your comments on AWACS aircraft show your lack of understanding of the nature of NATO operations. Many of the crews on a NATO AWACS aircraft are mixed nationality crews. So on that particular aircraft any one or all those nationalities may be present. That means they may be Danish, French, German, British, Spanish, Dutch, or any of the NATO countries...what country controls he aircraft directly or the aircraft "belongs" to is not relevant. NATO is the overall directiving authority.
By the way, France does not use the word NATO on their AWACS aircraft tails, they use OTAN instead of NATO using the French term for NATO. That's how you can identify the French AWACS aircraft when you see one.
I have personally seen an AWACS aircraft in a U.S. Navy airstrip located on Crete, Greece... a Greek military installation...that had a mixed crew from the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and the U.S. flying in that aircraft. It's markings were U.S. Air Force, but the actual crew was the mixed nationality crew I described above.
Another thing, just because a German aircraft departed from a German base, does not mean that it would have flown a comabt misson from that German base. In fact, most of the combat support missions by NATO aircraft in Libya were probably staged from bases in Italy, Crete, or Cyprus... all NATO members. In particular an AWACS aircraft needs a long loiter time for it's search radar to operate at peak efficency. The Greek island of Crete is less than an hour flying time from anywhere in Libya, so i would guess that most missions were staged from either there or from Cyprus.
I'm not challanging your opinion of the Libyan efforts, I just want the actual details of the operation to be understood by everyone.
Shame on you Shakyamuni for setting the precedent of leaving home.
Did you think it was not there--
in your wife's lovely face
in your baby's laughter?
Did you think you had to go elsewhere (simply) to find it?
from - Judyth Collin
The Layman's Lament
From What Book, 1998, p. 52
Edited by Gary Gach