West Germany Anger and Recrimination

The debate heats up over what Bonn knew about the Libya plant

West Germany's Bundestag is normally an orderly parliament, courtly in its procedures and respectful of its leaders. But last week the Bundestag convened in an unaccustomed turmoil of accusation and recrimination over West Germany's role in building Libya's suspected chemical-weapons plant at Rabta. Members shouted angry questions at a government spokesman, to the visible discomfort of a dour and silent Chancellor Helmut Kohl. "Once again our history has caught up with us," said Norbert Gansel, arms-control spokesman for the opposition Social Democratic Party, referring to the country's Nazi heritage. "Once again the evil, blinkered German is there in the cartoons and...

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