COMMENT: It strikes us as less than remarkable that the German policy elite are now openly debating the use of military force to “prevent” the reversion of that country to dictatorship!
The vitally important german-foreign-policy.com informs us that the military intervention scenario is being debated by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s most prestigious daily newspaper, and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a “leftist” veteran of the European New Left of the 1960’s.
We are now in a position to view what the elder George Bush might refer to as “a kinder, gentler” Reich–one imposed in order to “prevent” dictatorship and chaos, following the economic imposition of measures insuring that chaos will inevitably occur.
The calls for military intervention will come from mainstream, even liberal, institutions and so-called “progressives.”
Grotesquely ironic, this debate follows on:
- Germany/EU’s forced inclusion of the fascist LAOS party as part of a provisional government in Greece in the late fall of 2011.
- The LAOS party openly extolling the virtues of the Greek dictatorship following the 1967 coup, the very state of affairs that the proposed military intervention is supposed to prevent!
- Greece’s economic troubles stemming from the Euro itself, which, in combination with lax fiscal management, beggared that country.
- The EMU itself being the realization of the Third Reich’s plans for world domination.
- Germany rejecting the worldwide calls for stimulus to jump start the Greek economy.
- German institutions, such as the Deutcshe Bank, maneuvering to purchase important Greek assets at fire sale prices in the wake of collapse.
EXCERPT: . . . The sectors of the German elite, which refuse to consider this change of course proposed by Krugman and numerous other experts outside Germany, are now publicly debating scenarios involving the use of force. In a newspaper interview early this month, the director of the prominent Hamburg Institute of International Economics, Thomas Straubhaar, called for establishing a protectorate in Greece — “regardless of the outcome of the elections.” The country is a “failed state,” he says, which is unable to raise itself “to a new start” under “its own steam.“ Athens needs “help in establishing viable state structures.” It, therefore, must be transformed into “a European protectorate.” “The EU must do it,” affirms Straubhaar. The EU “would have to help Greece modernize its institutions at every level, particularly with administrative staff, tax experts, and tax inspectors.” However, refounding Greece would demand “intuition” to “overcome national pride, conceit, and the resistance of interest groups.” This is referring to a sovereign democracy, a German ally in the EU and NATO.
In the meantime, there is even discussion of a putsch in Athens. Greece threatens to sink into complete chaos, warned a long time companion of Germany’s former Foreign Minister, Joseph Fischer, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a European parliamentarian for the French Green Party. Cohn-Bendit explained that it is impossible to avoid extensive foreign interference. “If you leave the Greeks to muddle through alone, you are risking a military putsch.“ German commentators are drawing comparisons to the situation in the later stages of Germany’s Weimar Republic. “In the Greek situation, the worst case would be a reversion to a dictatorship,” warned an influential commentator. “This scenario becomes more probable as instability grows.” In reference to the links between a possible dictatorship and Berlin’s austerity dictate, the commentator writes, “already today, it seems as though Merkel’s austerity policy can, at best, be imposed on the streets of Athens by force of arms.“
Last week, a leading German daily discussed the issue of dispatching troops to Greece. Should the country go bankrupt, it would then, as a “‘failing state,’ (...) be less in a position” to shore up its borders against migrants, writes the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Just recently, the EU Commission announced that it finds itself forced to prolong the mission of its EU border troops at the Greek/Turkish borders. If Athens “should no longer be able to pay its officials, or can pay only in Drachmas,” the situation risks “chaotic.“ The country could possibly “be rocked by rebellions.” “Help for Greece would then no longer be on credit, but be transformed into a sort of humanitarian emergency aid,” prophesied the journal in its front-page lead editorial. “Hopefully, an international protection force, such as is stationed in the teetering countries further to the north, will not become an option.“