Readers here know I have been concerned with monitoring Germany's well-camouflaged role in nuclear proliferation. Most readers here know of Germany's quiet role - along with Russia's - in supplying the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with the technical expertise for nuclear research and weaponry. Additionally, I have referred numerous times throughout various blogs to the New York Times book The Nuclear Axis, detailing the secret collaboration between West Germany, South Africa, and Israel in helping South Africa develop a nuclear weapons capability. Last month I noted that France's new submarine-launched ICBM - as are its thermonuclear warheads - are built in part with German corporate assistance, thus making Germany a de facto thermonuclear power with a strategic delivery capability.
Let's pause a do a little history lesson here: Why is Germany using other nations as shills or fronts to develop its own military capabilities? Well, a look at the map will reveal at least the geopolitical reasons: Germany is surrounded by powerful enemies, necessitating a military that can maneuver, strike hard and fast at one enemy, and then confront another. That much Frederick the Great realized, and it has been a component of German politics and military thinking ever since. It is part of geopolitical reality and no self-respecting German government would ever deny it.
Now comes the history part: in the wake of Versailles, the Allied powers essentially tried to force a geopolitical situation that was totally devoid of reality by forcing Germany essentially to disarm, leaving it squeezed between two powerful camps: France to the West and Russia to the East, with powerful buffer states hemming it in further: Poland and Czechoslovakia. It is worth noting what the German response was: General Hans von Seekt, the chief of the German General Staff, immediately began to plan for the eventual return to reality, and therefore to eventual German rearmament. To that end, he realized that the small 100,000 man army permitted to the Germans was, in reality, an opportunity to make that army a thoroughly professional army, and to make it the nucleus officer corps for a much-expanded army to come later.
It was Von Seekt who, a mere four years after the end of World War One, and a mere three years after the Treaty of Versailles was signed, who insisted on secret protocols to be negotiated in the Treaty of Rapallo with Russia in 1922: these protocols allowed German officers and soldiers to train secretly on Soviet soil with tanks, heavy artillery, and aircraft, weapons specifically denied to them by the Versailles treaty. Russia became, in effect, the front, or shill, for the development of the military technologies prohibited by treaty to Germany.
Now we have this interesting bit of news to add to all this long historical context:
Unlike Veterans Today I don't view a thermonuclear Germany as a threat, but rather, as an inevitablity: for the major power in Europe after Russia, not to have a nuclear capability while surrounded by three other nuclear powers (Russia, the UK, and France) would simply, as stated before, be unthinkable to any self-respecting German government, treaty obligations or not. What we have with this article, in other words, is yet more confirmation that von Seekt's Rapallo strategy, so successfully pursued after World War One, was also successfully pursued after World War Two.
Of course, we have the usual ET interdimensional hyperdimensional nonsense being hawked in this article...but that, as I hope my previous blogs on the subject of a (thermo)nuclear Germany make clear, shouldn't detract from the subject nor the military and geopolitical reality behind it. As Zbigniew Brzezinski himself put it in his The Grand Chessboard, the hidden purpose behind NATO was really not how to deal with Russian power, but with the reality of German power. A nuclear Germany would inevitably be part of that reality. So don't allow the article to deflect into silliness....
What must be questioned is not why Germany would seek to develop such military capabilities, but why it should be so apparently involved in the proliferation of them into the most dubious hands... Here too, we seem to be looking at a kind of historical deja vu, for it isn't the development of modern military capabilities or technologies that have historically been the problem... it has never been the German military but rather the policies of its corporate and civil leaders that has been the problem...