global nazi proclamations dept

In Berlin Wall speech, Pompeo advances crusade against Russia and China
Bill Van Auken, WSWS, Nov 11 2019

Speaking in Berlin last Friday on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pompeo echoed Reagan’s “Evil Empire” and Bush 43’s “Axis of Evil” diatribes, targeting Russia and China as “unfree nations” in permanent conflict with a supposedly “free” world led by Faschingstein. After reminiscing about his deployment in West Germany as a army lieutenant in the run-up to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Pompeo laid out a contrived ideological justification for the launching of a new Cold War, in which the threat of a nuclear conflagration is far higher than it was three decades ago. The irony and hypocrisy of Pompeo extolling the fall of the Berlin Wall, using the word “freedom” 23 times in barely 16 minutes, was not lost on many. He came to Germany as the representative of a Pindo administration that has made the walling off of Pindostan’s southern border its political priority, while separating thousands of immigrant children from their parents and locking them in cages. The thrust of his thuggish address was the vilification of Russia and China. He ranted:

Today, Russia, led by a former KGB officer stationed in Dresden, invades its neighbors and slays political opponents. It suppresses the independence of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. Even as we speak, Russian authorities use police raids and torture against Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians who are working in opposition to Russian aggression. In Chechnya, anyone considered ‘undesirable’ by the authorities simply disappears. In China, the Chinese Communist Party is shaping a new vision of authoritarianism, one that the world has not seen for an awfully long time. China threatens Pindo freedoms. It’s not the Chinese people that are the problem. It’s the Communist Party of China. The People’s Liberation Army encroaches on the sovereignty of its Chinese neighbors, and the Chinese Communist Party denies travel privileges to critics, even German lawmakers, who condemn its abysmal human rights record. The CCP harasses the families of Chinese Muslims in Xinjiang, who simply sought refuge abroad. We, all of us, everyone in this room, has a duty. We must recognize that free nations are in a competition of values with those unfree nations.

How was this “competition” for freedom to be conducted? First, “by ensuring that Germany doesn’t become dependent on Russian energy. We don’t want Europe’s energy supplies to be dependent on Vladimir Putin.” This was a continuation of a relentless campaign by Faschingstein against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, bringing Russian natural gas to Germany through the Baltic Sea. The Trump administration has repeatedly warned that the energy deal will make Germany a “captive of Russia.” Instead, it wants Germany to accept liquefied natural gas, delivered by Pindo companies, at a higher price than Russian gas. Secondly, this struggle for “freedom” is to be prosecuted, according to Pompeo, by confronting “the risks that are presented to the world by the Chinese Communist Party, its acquisition of sensitive technology firms and Chinese companies’ intent to build out the world’s next networks.” In other words, Faschingstein wants a guarantee from Berlin and the rest of its erstwhile NATO vassals that they will not allow Huawei to participate in the development of Europe’s 5G telecoms networks. Huawei has become a focal point in the escalation of the Pindo-China trade war as key sections of the Pindo military and intelligence apparatus view the technological development made by the company and other Chinese high-tech firms as an existential threat to the economic and military dominance of Pindostan.

To put it bluntly, Faschingstein’s new struggle for “freedom” consists of a demand that Europe subjugate itself to the strategic and profit interests of Pindo imperialism and line up behind Pindo war preparations against both Russia and China. Pompeo’s speech in Berlin is only the latest in a series of denunciations of Beijing by him & Pence. This crescendo of aggression has accompanied what was supposedly a truce in the year-and-a-half-old Pindo-China trade war, to be formalized with a deal signed by Trump and Xi Jinping at an APEC summit this week. The summit was canceled because the hosting government of Chile could not guarantee security under conditions in which millions of workers and youth have taken to the streets in mass protests against social inequality. Pompeo has made it clear that whatever limited deal was cobbled together between Pindostan and Beijing on trade, the conflict between the two strategic rivals will continue unabated. The speech provoked a harsh response from Beijing, in large measure because he singled out China’s ruling Communist Party, as opposed to the people of China, as an enemy of Pindostan and its “values.” Such a denunciation of China’s ruling party and attempt to counterpose it to the Chinese population is unprecedented since time of Nixon and Kissinger. It is undoubtedly seen in Beijing as a threat of a Pindo campaign for regime change along the lines of those carried out by Pindo imperialism in the Middle East and elsewhere. Chinese Foreign Ministry spox Geng Shuang condemned Pompeo’s remarks, declaring that they expressed a “dark anti-communist mindset” and were by “no means an embodiment of confidence and strength, but reveal fear and arrogance.”

Pompeo’s rhetorical appeal to Europe for a crusade of the “free” nations against the “unfree” led by Pindo imperialism has little chance of achieving the desired effect. His speech in Berlin followed on the heels of an Economist interview in which Pres Macron described the NATO alliance as “brain-dead.” Citing the Trump administration’s unilateral actions in Turkey and Syria, Macron’s remarks indicated that the conflicts between Pindo & Euro interests had rendered the 70-year-old transatlantic alliance inviable. The logical response is the remilitarization of Europe in preparation for a new global war that will pit each against all. In his Berlin speech, Pompeo recalled that following the fall of the Berlin Wall:

There were those who wrote about the ‘end of history.’ We thought free societies would flourish everywhere. Sadly, we were wrong. We were wrong about the human condition and the nature of the course that many countries might take today.

He meant that following the Stalinist bureaucracy’s dissolution of the Soviet Union, Pindo imperialism would consolidate its hegemony over the entire planet. Despite three decades of uninterrupted Pindo wars, this has not proven to be the case. Indeed, history is coming back with a vengeance. The “human condition,” as Marx established in the Communist Manifesto, is dominated by the class struggle. The eruption of mass protests from Chile to Lebanon is ushering in a new period of worldwide socialist revolution that threatens the survival of world capitalism. The only answer of Pompeo and those capitalist interests for whom he speaks to this threat from below is world war and fascist barbarism. There is no way of stopping a new imperialist war, and with it the threat of nuclear annihilation, outside of socialist revolution.

Germany warns France against undermining NATO
Reuters, Nov 10 2019

BERLIN – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned on Sunday against undermining NATO, in Berlin’s strongest response to date to Pres Macron’s critical remarks about the security alliance. Macron told The Economist this week that NATO was experiencing “brain-death,” citing a lack of coordination and Pindo unpredictability under Trump. He also expressed doubt about NATO’s principle that an attack on one ally would be treated as an attack on all. Maas wrote in a column published online by Der Spiegel:

It would be a mistake if we undermined NATO. Without Pindostan, neither Germany nor Europe will be able to effectively protect themselves.

Maas supported Macron’s call to strengthen Europe’s defence capabilities, writing:

That’s why together with France, we are working hard to build a Europe that works much closer together in security policy.

Maas repeated his call for the creation of a European Security Council in which Britain should also be a member, regardless of London’s planned exit from the EU. Maas said he was working closely on this idea with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Germany would present a framework for such a council during its EU presidency in the second half of 2020. Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her weekly video podcast that NATO was the central pillar of Germany’s defence architecture, adding that European countries had to take on more responsibilities in the security alliance. She said:

We’ll also develop weapons systems together in the future. This includes the project of a new combat aircraft as well as a battle tank.

She will meet Macron in Berlin later on Sunday during a dinner to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

German defence minister calls for expansion of foreign military interventions
Peter Schwarz, WSWS, Nov 11 2019

One week after the president of Germany’s parliament, Wolfgang Schäuble, appealed for an expansion of foreign military interventions, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has followed suit. In a keynote address to what she referred to as “the up-and-coming leadership of our military” at the Bundeswehr University in Munich, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer declared:

There is broad agreement that given the strategic challenges, Germany must become more active, do more to defend our values and interests.

Like Schäuble in his Konrad Adenauer lecture, Kramp-Karrenbauer dispensed with the usual humanitarian phrases used to justify wars. Instead, she sought to justify them with the strategic and economic interests of German imperialism. She said:

A country of our size, our technological and economic power, a country with our geostrategic location and global interests, cannot just stand aside and watch, and wait for others to act. We must make our own proposals, develop ideas, and present options. We Germans have a duty and above all an interest to intervene in these international debates and push them forward. Assuming more responsibility means first of all that Germany must develop a standpoint on all of the strategic questions that affect its interests. Because like every other state in the world, Germany has its own strategic interests. For example, as a globally connected trading nation in the heart of Europe. We represent our interests every day. But we finally have to start admitting that. To put our standpoints and interests into practice, we have to seize the initiative and take action. This means calling our current security policy status quo into question, and readiness to exploit the full spectrum of our military means when necessary.

For Kramp-Karrenbauer, the battlefields of future military operations stretch around the world. In addition to the current interventions in Afghanistan and Mali, she continued:

We must send a clear message of solidarity by showing a clear presence alongside our allies in the Indo-Pacific region, above all Australia, Japan and South Korea but also India, which increasingly feel threatened by China’s drive for more power.

The defence minister is prepared to send large numbers of soldiers to their death in order to realise her plans of imperialist militarism. She said:

I know exactly how many of our soldiers were killed and injured in the ISAF operation.

Kramp-Karrenbauer was even more explicit in an extended interview she gave to the Süddeutsche Zeitung on the same topic. Responding to the remark that her plans would result in “more soldiers coming back in body bags,” she said “every operation is dangerous” before going on in the same sentence to call for an expansion of military operations in the Sahel region. She proposed:

A national security council would ensure the reliable coordination of our strategic instruments, bringing together diplomacy, the military, business and trade, internal security, and development aid, and ensuring our international contributions to crisis management have a more rapid and effective impact.

Kramp-Karrenbauer plans to significantly increase military spending to realise her proposals. She enthused:

For the first time, we have broken through the €50b sound barrier for next year. That is a major achievement. But it isn’t sufficient, because we need it to rise to 1.5% of GDP by 2024 and 2% by 2031 at the latest.

This corresponds to a sum of around €90b. When Germany’s president and two government ministers announced the end of military restraint at the Munich Security Conference in Feb 2014, we warned that the ruling elite was returning to its criminal militarist traditions, and that German imperialism appears once again as it emerged historically, pushing into Eastern Europe and areas of the FSU, and is reviving its colonialist policy in Africa. Kramp-Karrenbauer has now confirmed that warning was correct. In her Süddeutsche Zeitung interview, she referred directly to the statements made at that time, stating:

We reached a consensus at the Munich Security Conference in 2014. There, Joachim Gauck as German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier as foreign minister, and Ursula von der Leyen as defence minister declared in unison: Germany must assume more responsibility.

Since then, military spending has risen dramatically, German troops have been deployed to Russia’s borders, military operations have been expanded to Iraq, Syria and Mali, and the right-wing extremist AfD has been established to impose the war policy in the face of widespread opposition in the population. Since 2017, the federal secret service has officially justified its surveillance of the Socialist Equality Party due to its “advocacy of a democratic, egalitarian and socialist society” and its “agitation against so-called ‘imperialism’ and ‘militarism.’” But for Kramp-Karrenbauer, this is far from enough. She continued:

We have not always managed to live up to the expectations we raised in Munich. At a time when Pindostan is in retreat, we are called upon to do more. Over recent years, we have often failed to be active enough. We must take the initiative and provide an impulse, and be ready to bear the costs of that, financially, politically and morally.

The leader of the CDU can be certain of the support of all parliamentary parties which have all backed the return of German militarism, from the AfD to the Left Party. Only the SEP is resisting this dangerous development by arming workers and young people with a socialist and internationalist programme. A repetition of the crimes and catastrophes of the past can only be prevented through the building of an independent movement of the working class, which links the struggle against war with the fight against its root cause, the capitalist profit system.

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