26 May 2004 What is A German Soldier Worth?
This incident recounted in this Tasty Manatees blog story is unfortunate.
I have never been one of those who adhered to the convenient (for non-Germans) thought (pervasive in some quarters post WWII) that ethnic Germans were/are more likely to commit human rights abuses than other First World states and peoples. However, they’re not less likely, either.
However, as Tasty Manatees notes, the Der Spiegel report alleging that Americans can’t be trusted with POWs might not be entirely reliable. Der Spiegel has erred before.
This would be a good time for the German government to set the record straight.