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Mr. Mueller, Vladimir Putin recently threatened the West again: Russia will respond with lightning speed if there is any military intervention. Don’t these threats worry you?

Wolfgang Muller: Yes, this worries me greatly. But that also worried me from day one, the threat of a nuclear strike was severe from day one of the war. The reasons for this war or the insinuations and demands made by the West are so devoid of any factual basis that it is no longer possible in reality to make a correct assessment of what is dangerous and what is not. Every question of a security policy nature that is currently asked must be answered with the addition of “Could this lead to nuclear war?” With a “yes”. Because the reasons for this are so random, illogical, and random that a correct evaluation – for me at least – is not possible.

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But why do you think handing over heavy weapons is the right way to go?

Miller: I didn’t say it was the right way. I said I thought that if this fear of nuclear war was the only determinant of decisions, you could no longer decide anything because announcing when that would happen is too low a threshold. In other words, if some shoddy tank was the basis for a nuclear strike, what would be left? I don’t have a final solution either, nor heavy weapons either. But what was certainly found is that someone like Alice Schwarzer or all the people who signed him have no right in any way to lecture these poor people in Ukraine that they should stop fending for themselves and put up with everything because otherwise it would be dangerous Too much for them. Everyone. This open letter states verbatim that the Ukrainian leadership has no right to make the decision because it has far-reaching consequences. I think this is a bottomless cheek.

I don’t know who would be allowed to say such a thing, but certainly not someone who is sitting safely in front of a cappuccino and looking at the water. I think his entire attitude is so lacking in empathy, so condescending and inappropriate that it really bothered me. I’m no military strategist, and I don’t know exactly what to do, but stand up and explain to the people who are being shot, who are being slaughtered, who are being raped, that this is the best option of all, with such indifference and this complete self-righteousness – it makes me sick. Anyway, this is completely inappropriate.

You write that it is also about the way we want to live – in fear or with dignity. Is our dignity so important in this situation, when all human life is at stake there?

Miller: Dignity is more about how we want to decide. Should fear be the only criterion for how a decision is made? I’m glad I don’t have to decide that because I don’t have a definitive answer. I think the Ukrainians must decide, because they will stick their heels and, when in doubt, they will probably be the first to suffer if there is a nuclear escalation. Why do we decide this? How can we decide about the lives of others? And whether there will be a world war or not, I can not say, no one can say. If this is communicated in a blatantly unrestrained way from the Russian side, then at some point we have to think about who we are and where we want to be. If you always react to such threats like this, then your options for action are completely eliminated and you become a slave to your own fear. Honestly, I don’t know if this is the right way and leads to more security.

The signatories say: We do not respond to weapons even with more weapons, but we want to go a long way so as not to obstruct the negotiations. Don’t you see the danger that the whole thing could escalate more and more? Shouldn’t one look for a solution that ultimately demands the fewest deaths?

Miller: I don’t think it’s up to us to decide. Let the Ukrainians decide that. We are all safe, at least for now. How can we decide who should suffer how many deaths if it doesn’t affect us personally? One can decide for oneself that one does not support these people with heavy weapons out of fear – let them die, the main thing is that nothing happens to us. This could be an attitude, not mine, but then you should say it clearly.

But in this open letter, this fear is reinterpreted as something morally remarkable. As a pacifist, you want to keep negotiations open with people who do not seem to have the slightest interest in negotiating. In my opinion, it’s the fear of admitting that you are basically helpless and don’t want to risk having to make sacrifices or be attacked. I can understand all of that, but then you have to say it like that. Then you shouldn’t just stand there and put your halo on and point your finger at them and explain to these people how it’s going. I just find it indescribable.

led the interview Jan Wiedemann.

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