GERMANY SLAMS NATO WARMONGERING
Yes, you read that headline correctly: Germany is taking aim at NATO's increasing belligerence and posturing vis-a-vis Russia. Of course, Berlin is eminently sensible in doing so, having been the only great power in the last century to have actually fought Russia, and with mixed results, at best. World War Two proved to be a disaster to German military power and aspirations, as everyone knows, largely due to Russia. And while the Russian surrender to Germany and the other Central Powers in World War One might be cited as evidence that "Russia can be beaten in a conventional war," the lesson would be only half-learned, for it was Russian persistence in a war that had largely gone against it that sapped the German Empire's strength and made that victory Pyrrhic and short-lived.
What's interesting here is that if you've been following the stories and news headlines coming out of Berlin lately, you'd see an old familiar, even quasi-Bismarckian pattern: now Germany sounds like it's all pro-Western and Pro-NATO, now it doesn't. Now it's going to beef-up its defense spending and bring the Bundeswehr back up to Cold War standards and size, now it pledges continuing support for the Russian economic sanctions; now it wants a European-wide defense force clustered around Franco-German power as a counterweight to the USA and NATO. It's the old tightrope walk that German diplomacy has had to walk ever since the proclamation of the German Empire at Versailles in 1871. It was a carefully chosen symbolism, heralding in the palace of the Sun King that France was no longer the premier economic industrial and military power in Europe. Two world wars later, and not much has changed.
Except now Germany, in the form of its Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, is now challenging the whole USA-NATO narrative regarding Russia:
As noted, under the NATO alliance, US bellicosity could drag Europe into a war with Russia, a war none of the European powers wants, desires, nor needs:
Throughout all of these escalations, the popular narrative spun by the "democratic" media was a simple one: it was Russia that was provoking NATO, not NATO's aggressive military actions on the border with Russia that were the cause of soaring geopolitical tension. Ignored in the fictional plot line was also Russia's clear reaction to NATO provocations that it would "respond totally asymmetrically" an outcome that could in its worst oucome lead to millions of European deaths. Still, no matter the risk of escalation, one which just two weeks ago led to assessment that the "Risk Of Nuclear Dirty Bomb Surges On Poor US-Russia Relations", NATO had to maintain its provocative attitude .
All NATO had to do was assure that all alliance members would follow the lead, and nobody would stray from the party line.
And then everything imploded when none other than the Foreign Minister of NATO member Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, criticized NATO for having a bellicose policy towards Russia, describing it as "warmongering", the German daily Bild reported. And just like that, the entire ficitional narrative of "innocent" NATO merely reacting to evil Russian provcations has gone up in flames.
As AFP adds, Steinmeier merely highlighted all those things which rational persons have known about for a long time, namely the deployment of NATO troops near borders with Russia in the military alliance's Baltic and east European member states. However, since it comes from a NATO member, suddenly one can't accuse Russian propaganda. In fact, NATO has absolutely no planned response to just this contingency.
"What we should avoid today is inflaming the situation by warmongering and stomping boots," Steinmeier told Bild in an interview to be published Sunday.
"Anyone who thinks you can increase security in the alliance with symbolic parades of tanks near the eastern borders, is mistaken," Germany's top diplomat added.
As the article also notes, Herr Steinmeier's pronouncements have led to the usual calls for his resignation in the deluded neo-con and globalist soviet of the Council on Foreign Relations.
But Herr Steinmeier is only voicing reality, and a particularly German and European one. If he resigns, that will not silence that reality. Germany is the only nation in the top five tier of global economies with a population less than 100,000,000. Let that sink in for a moment. In this, too, nothing has really changed since the First World War era, except that the other positions of the top five economies have been taken by nations with much larger populations. This means the old strategic problem faced by Germany under the Kaiser is now, believe it or not, amplified even more, for it is an export driven economy, and the West's markets cannot account for it all, meaning, as I and others have argued elsewhere, that Germany's economic and national well-being are inextricably tied to expanded trade with Russia and China. And where the locomotive of Europe goes, the rest of the European train will inevitably follow. After all, you'll recall that it was also Herr Steinmeier who called, a couple of years ago in his meeting with German businessmen, for Germany's foreign policy to become much more militaristic; after all, Germany has to protect its access to those markets. NATO and Washington have nothing to do with it, and, if one did not know one was in the 21st century, one might think one was listening to Grand Admiral Tirpitz over a century ago.
In short, don't expect the tune to change in Berlin. If anything, it will only grow slowly more intense. Germany, with France, will continue to mouth subservience to Washington, while slowly prying the strangle hold of Washington's fingers away. And if the predicters of doom and gloom and "war with Russia" do have it correct, don't expect Germany or France to join the adventure. They have nothing to gain from a war with Russia, or even increasing bellicosity and the "stomping of boots" as Herr Steinmeier put it. And most people in Germany and Europe know it. What's different now is that the official spokesman for the premier power in Europe has now put it on the record: the NATO narrative vis-a-vis Russia isn't working.
What to expect? Expect this to become a fugue, with Paris, Rome, and Madrid adding their articulations of the theme.
See you on the flip side...
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Compare & Contrast Joseph’s June 12th blog (“GERMANY’S BND TO BECOME A BRANCH OF THE CIA?”) with today’s blog. NOT incongruent!
Of course, Germany has its Bush-Clinton/NeoCon types AND its saner heads (e.g., usually the German FM).
If or SINCE Joseph is correct about the Nazi International (NI), we can expect the U.S. NI to want to merge with the old Gehlen Org in Germany (i.e., BND).
If or SINCE R&R (Rotten-Childs & Rockefellers) are the Powers That Were (PTW), they may be willing to make some Kissinger-like concessions to multipolarism.
However, if the R&R/PTW (and the Black Nobility) were ONLY part of “Level 2” on 9/11, and if NI+ was “Level 3,” then we still have a rocky road ahead…
Last month, The Saker even suggested that Germany has already asked Russia for assistance in evicting NATO. I blogged about that in “Sunset Over NATO”:
BanksterSlayer Debra: Good blog; Good post. The Saker too, of course.
In these pages, I have argued that there is a fundamental force beneath and beyond all the political posturings. It is the aging-out of the ‘leaders’ of the WWII generations. They are the ones who are willing to take it to the limit, WWII-style. As they depart from the stage, cooler heads (who lived as youngsters through the aftermath of WWII) take political power. This generational ‘momentum’ crashed the USSR, with a saner Russia now on the stage. The USA has not crashed in this manner, yet, and it is overdue. I believe Germany, and others, feel this shift in the wind…
Also, on a more mundane level, Germany has had the hair on the back of its collective neck arise. The know that the TPW (powers that were) have pushed tensions to where a real war could break out. Those who grew-up in the postwar years know just how bad REAL war can be for the populace (not for the moneybags). And, that is just for the pre-atomic age…
In America, there is a pride-driven (intel-driven) meme that America defeated Germany. Not true. If you look at the WWII stats, all the West’s push against Germany was a side-show compared to what the Soviets brought to bear on Germany. America’s participation was important on a second-front basis, but was not the center of the show. Today’s grown-ups in Germany know this to their core. That is why you are now seeing survival-level fears coming up, including from Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier…
nice clarity g-hawk. you’d love reading just about everything dmitry orlov has written.
Thanks, ZDB! I just requested his 2008 book from the library. I am curious how ‘standard’ he is, versus wise in conspiracies (the Fed, banksters, etc.) The library also has his 2013 book, so I’m set-up for a while…
I just had a comment ‘disappeared’ entirely. Too sensitive? I made a mini-version, which got through. Enjoy!
Goshawks: If we knew why Joseph and/or his webmaster was deleting our comments, then we could modify our comments accordingly. No such info!
Germans today aren’t anything like the Germans of WWI and WWII. Neither are the other countries. Do they even possess a fighting spirit anymore? A war today can’t be predicted by the wars of the last century because the people inhabiting them today aren’t the same. Hands down, the powers that be better hope the US veterans don’t get too fed up because there isn’t a force on Earth that could stop them if they did. Besides the Middle East we are the only real hardy fighters and warrior culture that’s left. Europe will fall to Islam in less than a score of years is my prediction. And Islam will end the lines of the elite in Europe.
Mr. Steinmeier comments are now all over the internet and not a peep out of Washington. The Bulgarian government has also spoken about the reckless military presence in the Mediterranean. This escalation of military might is doing nothing to solve a very serious problem, and that is the morons in DC who are driving this agenda.
They are using NATO as the “foil” to upset Mr. Putin, but I don’t think it’s working. He’s a cageeeee politician and has shown what a REAL STATESMAN can do.
Somebody has to stop this, somebody has to grab these neocons by the throat and knock some sense into them, but alas the American are too busy with ball games and bar-b-q’s.
The problem is NATO has passed it’s expiration date. It should have been rap up-closed down when Russia closed down the Warsaw Pack. But what have the barbarians of the West reason for existence been except war. The CSA economy rest on being merchants of death and drug pushing nothing else CHAOS IS BLISS is it’s motto.
Sanity vs Insanity.
WW1 was a war of two financial systems at crosswords.
The wrong side won.
That war is still smoldering, and from those ashes…
The Phoenix Is Rising.