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Thinking the Unthinkable Regarding Germany


- June 3rd, 2017
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Did the German Chancellor just rail at the United States of America and Great Britain from a beer hall in Munich?

In their obsession with Russia, the elite media and both political parties are missing potentially far reaching developments.

Without deploying a single division of panzers, today’s Germany has succeeded in what no previous German regime has done: unifying Europe into a single economic and political entity; one, moreover, dominated by Germany. In so doing she has extended her economic and social policies across the continent, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, Baltic and Black Seas. With every incremental encroachment on their national sovereignty, other European nations have been compelled under threat of sanction to open their borders, to accept unprecedented and destabilizing refugee flows from the Middle East and to acquiesce to economic rules and restrictions dictated by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, under the increasing control of Berlin.

Today the United Kingdom is threatened with economic reprisals for daring to leave the European Union. What will happen, once the EU has its own army, to European nations who wish to leave in the future?

Until now, France’s political leadership has been heir to De Gaulle’s proud nationalism and jealously guarded its nuclear Force de Frappe. Today, however, France’s new president is the embodiment of globalism and a champion of conveying sovereignty to the European Union. We are permitted to ask whether his government entertain the idea of “Nuclear Anschluss” with Germany.

If this seems far fetched, who thought as late as 1990 that Germany would ever be re-united? Who thought, as late as last year, that Brussels bureaucrats would be considering a European Army? And who would have thunk it, as recently as last week, that Germany would even consider arming itself with a nuclear arsenal?

It bears recalling that the two devastating world wars of the Twentieth Century were started not by Russia, but by Germany.

Perhaps it’s time to connect the dots.

 

Dot #1: the Iron Lady’s warning   

“We beat the Germans twice, and now they’re back,” said Margaret Thatcher. She never wanted a unified Germany, and in 1989 told Mikhail Gorbachev that it “would lead to a change to postwar borders, and we cannot allow that because such a development would undermine the whole international situation and could endanger our security.”

In a long phone conversation with President Bush on February 24, 1990, Thatcher emphasized that Germany had to remain in NATO and that the Soviet Union must not be made to feel isolated. She saw how the balance of power in Europe might change overnight, and warned that “looking well into the future, only the Soviet Union―or its successor―could provide such a balance”. 

“I do not believe in collective guilt,” she said. “It is individuals who are morally accountable for their actions. But I do believe in national character, which is molded by a range of complex factors.”

 

Dot # 2: Germany rearms as the EU

‘We must fight for our future’ – Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Europhile politicians have pushed forward with an aggressive campaign to militarize the European Union. These plans have at times been kept from European citizens in certain states. The new EU Army appears to be supplied at least in part by NATO, which currently is being affected by corruption scandals and the death of its Chief Auditor.

That’s the sense in which we’re to understand Merkel’s beer hall speech, in which she said Europe would have to look after itself, apart from America. “The era in which we could fully rely on others is over to some extent,” she said. “We have to know that we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans.” Merkel pointedly mentioned not only the United States but also Britain as friends now going their separate ways from Europe.

Until now steps towards a European defense and security union have been blocked by some member states, in particular the United Kingdom. Its looming EU departure, however, has seen renewed efforts by Berlin and Paris to revive the issue. We can now expect President Trump to demand that Brussels abandons plans for an EU Army if it wants the United States is to continue its support for NATO.

 

Dot # 3:  The French Connection

Merkel went out of her way to express her preference for Emmanuel Macron in the French election. “I don’t have the slightest doubt that Emmanuel Macron will be a strong president if he’s elected, which I would wish for,” said Merkel. The German-French partnership is “indispensable” for Europe.

 

Dot # 4:  A Fourth Reich with nukes?

The editors of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a conservative newspaper, opined that it was time to contemplate “the altogether unthinkable for a German brain, the question of a nuclear deterrence capability…” Roderich Kiesewetter, a foreign-policy expert in the Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, chimed in to say there should be no “thought taboos” about nuclear weapons. The country’s respected weekly Die Zeit followed up with a stark warning that Germany could either ignore the changing times or quickly buy into the Force de Frappe, France’s nuclear force.

Although all this seems remote, it should be worrying for the rest of the world. Remember that this debate is happening in a country that set fire to the world twice in the last century. Since the devastating experience of the Third Reich, Germany has worked hard to recover a sense of moral credibility, asking for forgiveness from its many victims and seeking atonement. Given its history, it is miraculous that the country is so respected across the world today.

More dots will be forthcoming. Of that we can be sure.

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