Letter from Berlin Germany Confronts the Meaning of War

For years, Germans were just fine thinking of Afghanistan as merely a reconstruction effort -- and their political leaders were happy to keep that misconception alive. But since the bombing in Kunduz that killed several civilians, all of that has changed. Now the country is being forced to admit to itself that it's at war.
Afghan villagers laying to rest some of those who died in the Sept. 4 air strike near Kunduz.

Afghan villagers laying to rest some of those who died in the Sept. 4 air strike near Kunduz.

Foto: STRINGER/AFGHANISTAN/ REUTERS
With reporting by SPIEGEL staff