It’s Time for Angela Merkel to Stand Up


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    Jack Delano Union Station, Chicago, Illinois 1943 I need to start of off the bat with an update to this piece, which I started writing yesterday, sinc
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    You didn’t spend much time writing about why Merkel might be AWOL. Do you think maybe someone was FORCING her to go quiet? Who would do such a thing? Well, we all know who has an interest in “winning” against Russia – the US. And we all know the World Bank, IMF, international banking elite have a strong interest in all debts being paid in full.

    So that’s the motive, now, what about the means? How could the US possibly threaten Germany with something sufficiently dire that Merkel is forced to go along with the NATO anti-Russian push, despite Germany’s dependence on Russia’s energy and profits from Russian trade? And what could WB/IMF/banking cartel threaten Germany with, bearing in mind the hopeless state of EU finances and their complex interdependencies?

    Any study of Merkel’s political life will acknowledge that she is very good at bringing parties together and finding ways to bring about compromises. So when she has to placate a war-like US and crash-like financial institutions and 28 independent-minded European states, not to mention the German political parties, do you think that would be best done by making loud speeches all the time, or working behind the scenes to use what little bargaining power she has against these massive forces?

    Dr. Diablo

    Sure, and as we know, Merkel, like many leaders, may not be in charge of anything. Or not anymore. A deeper state has taken over, one that understands “math” and “survival.” And perhaps some of the events are not as they appear, for example, Germany wants, needs, and is requiring Greece to leave the Euro. Germany doesn’t WANT the Euro, or at least not the southern Euro. All northern countries have recalled their gold for a move to a gold-“backed” northern Euro, and therefore their much-vaunted Euro project, for which men like Schauble have trampled everyone on the continent, is dead. But worse–much worse–than dead is that they will have to *admit* it is dead, and/or they were wrong. So it’s not whether you win or lose, but where you place the blame. On Greece. Likewise, Greece is aware of this role they’ve been cornered into and are pushing the blame just as violently back on Germany and the EU. In which case, Merkel’s actions make perfect sense.

    In Russia’s case, Russia has the GDP of Italy, and their bourse is the size of Apple Computers. They can’t exactly face down NATO and the United States. Unless you want a nuclear war–which the U.S. clearly does–then the U.S. can only collapse in on itself. That takes time. And once you’ve got the giant in a Putin-judo hold, the only thing you can do is wait for it to pass out. And that takes time. What would you want from Germany, an occupied nation with 54,000 U.S. soldiers and heavy arms located there, and the NSA integrated throughout their military and communications system? To kick out the yanks? The loss of the airbase would cripple the U.S. as a world power, you can’t just revoke their visa and think nothing would happen.

    So wouldn’t it make more sense to make strategy with Putin, slowly bleeding, discrediting and withdrawing from the U.S., building the Brics Bank, the Rus-Swift, the non-US fiber network, as well as giving the people of Europe time and events to illustrate why the change must be? But that takes time.

    As far as I can see, the U.S. is losing, and with the U.K. joining as charter member of the BRICS bank, they’ve turned a corner into a blind alley. All the world–and Merkel–has to do is wait. When your enemy is destroying himself, let him. So what do you expect her to do? Everyone in Europe knows the score. Just let nature take its course. There’s no point in saying anything. Europe knows what she’s saying by not saying anything at all.


    While Dr. Schäuble and his voters try to establish their God-given moral and ‘real’ German Superiority over the puny ‘lazy Greeks who live beyond their means’, the Islamic State has established a foothold in Northeastern Libya. This means the Islamists are now 200 n.m. away from the southern shores of Crete. Ok, maybe for Schäuble and his ilk, Crete and Greece “is not Europe, so they can have it”, but they seem to forget that they are certainly Europe’s Grand Sea Wall against the Islamist threat. (After a collapse, next stop, Vienna, anybody?) So does our dear Doktor Schäuble really wants to cause a Greccident, reduce the country and its army to ruins, have everybody off with their heads and send film crews to Athens to record the misery he throws to anyone who defies him? Does our friend, the good Doktor know that if he goes that way, his people will be fighting the Caliph and the Wahabis in Munich, in a few years? (If he doesn’t, it is indeed time for Chancellor Merkel to step in and save her country from the whims and folly of a bitter old man who knowingly drives Europe to ruins.)

    As far as war stories go, my dad also lived during the Occupation. He has seen first-hand the things that the generation of Schäuble’s father and grandfather did to the people of this land. Torture, dead bodies on the streets, shootings, killings was everyday life. In the end, my family was forced to abandon their home and escape to the Free Town of Galaxidi to save themselves from the Germans who were looking for them. When the German Army left, they’ve returned to find their home ruined and my grandfather’s extensive library nearly destroyed and burned. You see, it was not that long time ago. My dad still remembers it to this day.

    Very recently, our good friends in the State Department released nearly 400,000 pages of Wehrmacht war diaries and all sorts of official documents which prove criminal acts of war committed by the German Occupation Forces, during their stay in Greece. This material was salvaged by the Allies after the war. It proves that orders were given to have people tortured and killed, that ancient artifacts were destroyed or looted, that gold and precious metals were excavated, and that money was stolen from people on a regular basis. These are acts that were not covered by the previous arrangements for one reason only: Crimes against Humanity are not subjected to a statute of limitations or to prescription. This new evidence, never seen before in public, sheds new light to the hardship, torture and destruction caused by the German Occupation Forces to the people of Greece. This is the actual basis of Tsipras’ claims for war reparations. The rest is plain noise.

    Nowadays, Germany suddenly seems to have stopped being ashamed of its dirty past – which isn’t really limited to the Holocaust only – and seeks to form a new Empire (the 4th Reich) in the middle of Europe, yet again – we all know what this means, right? Our good friend, the Doktor, is in fact one of the key leaders of the German revisionist movement, that after the Re-unification of the country aims to return Germany to its former glory, guilty-free, imperial and Über Alles. He has published relevant writings and called for this in public, on many occasions. Of course, he would deny this as ‘poppycock’, before emphasizing that ‘the lazy Greeks live beyond their means, steal from the good Germans and all deserve to die a horrible death’, for the 1,000th time (the racist stereotypes are back in the public German political speech. Thanks to our good Doktor, ‘Greek’ rapidly becomes the new ‘Jew’. German cabbies like that a lot!)

    But there is only one thing: Despite him and his selective memory, people do remember. And Memory is a powerful weapon in the fight against all sorts of tyrants, who dream of imposing their hegemony on others.

    John Day

    Good insights and contributions, all!
    Thank You.


    Read an interesting article on the mafia that runs the U.S. – don, consiglierie, under boss, capos.

    “During the two terms of the Reagan administration (1980 to 1988), it was common knowledge that Bush Sr was the boss who led US policy. He officially became the don in 1988, and ran his own operation with pretty much the same crew until 1992. James Baker was the key consigliere to don Bush Sr, but he also listened closely to the Talleyrand of US politics, consigliere extraordinaire Henry Kissinger. Bush Sr’s under boss was Donald Rumsfeld who picked his capo in the person of Dick Cheney. George W. Bush or Bush Jr, when his turn came, kept most of the old don’s crew with some minor changes and additions. Cheney became the under boss, while Rumsfeld took the vital Pentagon portfolio.

    Before George W. Bush’s turn, the Clinton dynasty came along in 1992, courtesy of WallMart, and with the firm intention, as an obligation to their sponsors, to facilitate a global corporate imperialist agenda. With the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), don Bill Clinton went the extra mile for the benefit of his friends in transnational corporations. Bill Clinton became a favorite of Wall Street’s investment banks, such as Goldman Sachs, by being instrumental in the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act which was voted in 1933 during the Great Depression in the aftermath of the 1929 Wall Street crash.

    Don Clinton’s under boss was Leon Panetta, and the lead capo was Rahm Emanuel. When dona Hillary Clinton lost what she viewed as being her turn in the driver’s seat, both the Clinton and Bush mafias made sure that young capo Barack Obama, who had not patiently waited for his turn in the limelight, was surrounded by trusted hands. One can imagine the deal imposed on Obama by Bill and Dick. The Bush mafia would keep the Pentagon for the time being; Hillary would run US foreign policy from the State Department; don Bill’s under boss Leon Panetta would become Obama’s CIA director (2009 to 2011) and boss of the Pentagon (2011 to 2013). Clinton’s trusted lead capo Rahm Emanuel became Obama’s under boss. Don Bill did not stay idle after the 2008 election; he became Obama’s lead consigliere, with the occasional help on geopolitical dossiers such as Ukraine from… Brzezinski, of course.

    …the premise of the upcoming 2016 US presidential election “fight” is already set. It will be a rematch of an old time classic: Bush against Clinton, dona Hillary versus don Jeb. For good measure, and to give American consumers of elections a sense that their democracy is not an illusion, there will be unelectable challengers in the fake primaries. This will be strictly for entertainment purposes and to indulge the so-called American left. On a short list of likely seat warmers for Hillary are Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, perhaps even Joe Biden. On the Bush side of the ring, the supposed primary challengers will be harder to find: perhaps Mitt Romney again or phony Libertarian Rand Paul.”

    The Bush-Clinton Mafia

    Gives you an idea of what Merkel is up against, and these guys don’t play around. She can’t want a war, but if she doesn’t step up, she just might get one. Always remember the line from the Untouchables, where Sean Connery is fighting the crooked police chief. The police chief tells Sean Connery to just go along. When Connery refuses to, the police chief says in his Irish accent, “You’re a dead man, Jimmy.”


    I assume that European voters are as disengaged as American ones if not quite so ill or mis informed and the parties in power are as parochial as the American ones too so that real political pressure to stop the Ukrainian madness or turn East economically is unlikely. There is no such thing as political leaders anymore. Just operators who seek the elite institutional consensus. Those are the only people who can rise to political power now and Merkel is no exception.

    Assuming a good portion of corporate elites are in favor of shifting away from the US, the intelligence/military strategic elites are probably with the US 90% so that is the path of least resistance. I will be shocked if Merkel leads away from the current path. Try to finesse the situations maybe but that’s about it. Push back a bit but don’t shove, and just hope things work out.


    I simply can’t imagine what people are smoking when they fantasize that the US “..wants a nuclear war” and somehow holds Germany hostage with 54,000 troops there.

    The US is currently going thru one of it’s periodic fits of stupidity but, in the long run is no more evil or criminal than any other government in the history of the world. At worst it is a prime example of the corrupting nature of being the biggest kid on the block. Even at that who has done better at it? No one that’s who.

    Dr. Diablo


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