COMMENT: To come to understand what is taking place in Europe, it is essential to understand the military philosophy of Prussian military theoretician Karl von Clausewitz. In All Honorable Men, James Stewart Martin highlighted an important aspect of von Clausewitz’s philosophy, that war and diplomacy are two sides of the same coin. When diplomacy is no longer effective, the policy goal is pursued through the use of armed force. When war and military power have reached the limits of their effectiveness, diplomacy continues the pursuit of the goal.
Generations of Germans have understood this and incorporated that concept into the methodology of German power structure.
A primary focus of this website is, of course, the Bormann capital network, termed by one banking professional “the largest concentration of money power under a single authority in history.”
Having plundered, pooled and secreted away the liquid wealth of Europe, the network was in excellent position to realize the von Clausewitz gambit of the post-war, explained below.
Beyond that, the Bormann capital network is more than just the fruit of World War II plunder. The organization’s vast wealth derives from corporate power and the business and political brokers that administer that influence. Heavily invested in major corporations (especially American “blue chip” corporations) the group can exert great pressure with little effort.
Of course, when that doesn’t work, the Underground Reich will not hesitate to use deadly force.
19th Century pan-German theoretician Friedrich List foresaw a Germany economically astride Europe as a vehicle for world domination. The Underground Reich has realized the Nazi goal, formalized through the Federal Republic.
. . . . The end of battle in 1945 had signaled the start of a new kind of war–a post-war. Germany’s classical military theorist, von Clausewitz, is famous for having declared that “war is the continuation of diplomacy by other means.” In dealing with a Germany which had gone to school with von Clausewitz for generations, we knew that, conversely, a post-war is the continuation of war by other means. Since Bismarck, wars and post-wars have formed a continuous series, changing the quality of the events only slightly from year to year, with no such thing as a clear distinction between heat of battle and calm of peace. This post-war of the German occupation was different from the “cold war” between the United States and Russia, which broke out at about the same time. The latter complicated the diagnosis, like a man getting typhoid fever and pneumonia at the same time. . . .
COMMENT: In analyzing the debacle of the eurozone crisis and the tragedy of Greece, it is worth noting that unfortunate country is essentially being systematically occupied, economically colonized and enslaved using the von Clausewitz concept of “other means.”
We’ve seen that the provisional Greek “austerity” government includes the Greek neo-Nazi LAOS party, installed with no input whatsoever from the population of “the cradle of democracy.”
. . . Recently, a rightwing extremist party was again made a direct coalition partner in a country’s government — in Greece. The newly installed transitional government — imposed under the supervision of Berlin and Brussels — includes not only the conservative and social democratic parties but also the LAOS Party (Laikós Orthódoxos Synagermés, “Orthodox People’s Alarm”). The LAOS Party musters also partisans of the former military dictatorship and is known for its racist and anti-Semitic invectives. Giorgos Karatzaferis, LAOS Party Chairperson, is quoted to have proclaimed that he is proud “not to be Jewish, homosexual and communist,” which “only few can claim.“ He is said to have called out to the Israeli ambassador: “Jew ambassador, watch out where you tread! Let’s discuss the Holocaust, let’s talk about all the fairy tales about Auschwitz and Dachau.“ Makis Voridis, a member of the LAOS Party and minister of transportation in the Greek government, imposed by Berlin and Brussels, began his political career as the leader of a youth organization of the party presided over by Georgios Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos had been the military commander of the junta. He founded that party after he had been released from prison, in the aftermath of the overthrow of his dictatorship. The German government evidently considers the LAOS Party helpful for implementing its austerity dictate. . . .
COMMENT: As Greece is being subjected to systematic economic exploitation and looting, with
The purloined Greek capital, like that of many other Nazi victims, has not been repaid.
Following a decision made in August of 1944, the Third Reich transferred its vast assets and secreted the wealth into 750 front companies in neutral countries, where it formed the foundation of the Bormann network. That network, in turn, administers “corporate Germany”–the German “core corporations” and their associated financial institutions.
It is also worth noting that the Nazis loss on the battlefield has been reversed during the postwar. Germany lost the war, but won the postwar.
An important, incisive article from german-foreign-policy.com (which feeds along the bottom of the front page of this website) notes the extent of the economic damage done to Greece during both World War II and the post-war, to date.
Note the skilled, decades-long maneuvering by Germany to circumvent repaying wealth looted from Greece and other nations.
Last night, under strong popular protests, the Greek parliament accepted the latest “austerity package,” that the German government had promoted in the form of an ultimatum. This “austerity package” will lead to a 20 percent cut in private revenue and the minimum wage, therefore also in the public sector wages, which are dependent on the minimum wage. One hundred fifty thousand government employees will be laid off. Criticism of Berlin has become sharper because of its efforts to transform Athens into a de facto EU finance protectorate, using so-called austerity commissioners. Demonstrators burned German flags; Greek parliamentarians have announced an initiative to remind that German World War II reparations are still outstanding. Since 1945, the Federal Republic of Germany has consistently refused not only to pay reparations, but also Nazi debts, even those undisputed by the German Reichsbank at the end of the war. These would amount to more than three billion Euros today. But, the debate continues in the German capital about the suspension of democracy in Greece.
Protests against Berlin
Berlin’s brutal austerity dictate and the German media’s on-going rabble-rousing anti-Greek (“bankrupt Greeks”) propaganda has enflamed Greek protests against Germany for quite some time. Last summer, Greek demonstrators chanted “Germany out of the EU!”, and displayed “Merkel = Nazi” banners at rallies. EU flags with a swastika in the center were occasionally seen. The memory that this is not the first time that Berlin has dictated Athens’s policies, has recently been accompanied by references to Nazi rule in occupied Europe. Last week demonstrators outside of the Greek parliamentary building again chanted “Nazis Out!” while burning a German flag. Trade unionists also occupied the Athenian offices used by the German Horst Reichenbach and his “task force Greece,” monitoring Athens’s austerity measures, in the name of the EU Commission. These protests against Berlin’s hegemonic dictate are defamed in the German media simply as “anti-German propaganda.”
A few days ago, a group of twenty-eight Greek parliamentarians, from various parties, reacted to Berlin’s persistent pressure by tabling a resolution, calling on the parliament to debate Nazi Germany’s plunder of Greece, which has never received indemnities. The indemnities not only refer to reparations in general, but also to the compulsory loans to the Reichsbank’s clearing account. Shortly before the end of World War II, Nazi bankers were still in possession of Greek assets worth 476 million Reichsmark, which has never been repaid by the Federal Republic of Germany. According to experts, this would today amount to 3.4 billion Euros with interests included. Greece is not the only country that has waived Germany’s old Nazi debts without receiving anything in return. As the economist Albrecht Ritschl, who teaches at the London School of Economics, confirmed, Nazi Germany’s unpaid debts to its wartime adversaries would today range between 700 billion and 1.4 trillion Euros with interests included, depending on the method of calculation. This does not even include the reparations for war damages.
Because of the Federal Republic of Germany’s longstanding policy of refusal, even totally indisputable Nazi debts have never been paid. Bonn scored a decisive success in 1953 with the so-called London Debt Agreement, achieving a gigantic debt cancelation, in the framework of which Greece also waived its former occupier’s enormous debts. That agreement permitted the Federal Republic of Germany the expunction of enormous debts, created both before and since World War II. The agreement also stipulated that the question of the payment of Nazi debts and reparations would first be solved with a peace treaty concluded with a “reunited” Germany. [The Federal Republic of] “Germany has been in a very good position ever since, even as other Europeans were forced to endure the burdens of World War II and the consequences of the German occupation,” says the economist Ritschl. This has made the resurgence of the “greatest debt transgressor of the 20th Century,” namely, Germany, possible. . . . .
COMMENT: Just how acute is the situation in Greece? So bad that physical education teachers are excusing children from participating due to the fact that malnutrition prevents them from exercising without becoming dizzy. These children may very well experience long-term effects from their “austere” diet.
This is a textbook example of politics as the continuation of war by “other means”–applied von Clausewitz.
EXCERPT . . . It has been a common secret among PE teachers for some time now that they don’t expect pupils to do PE any more, because many of them are underfed and get dizzy. . . .
COMMENT: The details of the agreement to which the Greeks are being subjected might be politely described as stunning. The country is being used as a vehicle for shoring up weakened European financial institutions!
Earlier today, we learned the first stunner of the Greek “bailout package”, which courtesy of some convoluted transmission mechanisms would result in some, potentially quite many, Greek workers actually paying to retain their jobs: i.e., negative salaries. Now, having looked at the Eurogroup’s statement on the Greek bailout, we find another very creative use of “negative” numbers. And by creative we mean absolutely shocking and scandalous. First, as a reminder, even before the current bailout mechanism was in place, Greece barely saw 20% of any actual funding, with the bulk of the money going to European and Greek banks (of which the former ultimately also ended up funding the ECB and thus European banks). Furthermore, we already know that as part of the latest set of conditions of the second Greek bailout, an’ ‘Escrow Account” would be established: this is simply a means for Greek creditors to have a senior claims over any “bailout” cash that is actually disbursed for things such as, you know, a Greek bailout, where the money actually trickles down where it is most needed — the Greek citizens. Here is where it just got surreal. It turns out that not only will Greece not see a single penny from the Second Greek bailout, whose entire Use of Proceeds will be limited to funding debt interest and maturity payments, but the country will actually have to fund said escrow! You read that right: the Greek bailout #2 is nothing but a Greek-funded bailout of Europe’s insolvent banks... and the Greek constitution is about to be changed to reflect this! . . .
COMMENT: The European Monetary Union is, as we have seen in many programs and articles, the realization of the stratagem of Pan-German theoretician Friedrich List.
Writing in 1943, Paul Winkler foresaw that Germany would realize its goals through the creation and domination of a German-dominated central European economic union (bearing a striking resemblance to today’s European Monetary Union.) One of the principal influences on List’s thinking was the “continental” concept of Napoleon, who attempted to economically unite Europe under French influence.
“Charles Andler, a French author, summed up certain ideas of List in his work, The Origins of Pan-Germanism, (published in 1915.) ‘It is necessary to organize continental Europe against England. Napoleon I, a great strategist, also knew the methods of economic hegemony. His continental system, which met with opposition even from countries which might have profited from such an arrangement should be revived, but, this time, not as an instrument of Napoleonic domination. The idea of united Europe in a closed trade bloc is no longer shocking if Germany assumes domination over such a bloc—and not France. [Emphasis added.] Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, willingly or by force, will enter this ‘Customs Federation.’ Austria is assumed to be won over at the outset. Even France, if she gets rid of her notions of military conquest, will not be excluded. The first steps the Confederation would take to assure unity of thought and action would be to establish a joint representative body, as well as to organize a common fleet. But of course, both the headquarters of the Federation and its parliamentary seat would be in Germany. [Emphasis added.]”
COMMENT: The Listian model was put into effect by the Third Reich, as can be gleaned by reading Dorothy Thompson’s analysis of Germany’s plans for world dominane by a centrailzed European economic union. Ms. Thompson was writing in The New York Herald Tribune on May 31, 1940! Her comments are reproduced by author T. H. Tetens.
. . . . The Germans have a clear plan of what they intend to do in case of victory. I believe that I know the essential details of that plan. I have heard it from a sufficient number of important Germans to credit its authenticity . . . Germany’s plan is to make a customs union of Europe, with complete financial and economic control centered in Berlin. This will create at once the largest free trade area and the largest planned economy in the world. In Western Europe alone . . . there will be an economic unity of 400 million persons . . . To these will be added the resources of the British, French, Dutch and Belgian empires. These will be pooled in the name of Europa Germanica . . .
“The Germans count upon political power following economic power, and not vice versa. Territorial changes do not concern them, because there will be no ‘France’ or ‘England,’ except as language groups. Little immediate concern is felt regarding political organizations . . . . No nation will have the control of its own financial or economic system or of its customs. [Emphasis added.] The Nazification of all countries will be accomplished by economic pressure. In all countries, contacts have been established long ago with sympathetic businessmen and industrialists . . . . As far as the United States is concerned, the planners of the World Germanica laugh off the idea of any armed invasion. They say that it will be completely unnecessary to take military action against the United States to force it to play ball with this system. . . . Here, as in every other country, they have established relations with numerous industries and commercial organizations, to whom they will offer advantages in co-operation with Germany. . . .