Germany—Military Empowerment by Stealth

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Germany—Military Empowerment by Stealth

The mass media would have us believe that Germany continues to remain a weak military power, dependent on the U.S. and NATO for protection. But, what is Germany’s true military potential?

The recent ruling by the German Constitutional Court that the German-created Lisbon Treaty is unconstitutional has more far-reaching effects than most have realized. At its roots, the ruling of that court has more to do with the empowerment of German military force than any other reason!

The problem with the mass media is that it is driven by surface considerations, reactions of the moment, headline-grabbing attention, rather than careful, deliberate analysis of any given question of importance.

Often it takes time, time to carefully read through, digest and analyze the long-term ramifications of a given event of the moment. Such is the case with the ruling by the German Constitutional Court on the Lisbon Treaty.

The Lisbon Treaty, which is really the European Constitution in new clothes, opens the way for the European Union to exhibit vastly more military clout than is apparent at present. Should the treaty be finally ratified, the penultimate element of the empowerment of that union of 27 nation-states to global superpower status would be set in place: the opportunity to become a united global military power, with an initial combined force of 2 million men at arms and a unified military equipment industrial output spanning the whole continent.

However, there remained a problem for the nation whose elites have been at the very heart of the European Idea from the beginning.

According to the “Joint Publication 1: Joint Warfare of the Armed Forces of the United States,” “The United States relies for its security on the complementary application of the basic instruments of national power: diplomatic, economic, informational and military” (Nov. 14, 2000).

To counter the U.S. on the other side of the Atlantic, the EU already has superseded the U.S. in diplomatic, economic and informational power. The Lisbon Treaty would but consolidate those gains. Of course, the EU has yet to match, let alone exceed, U.S. military might. But this is the full intention of EU/German elites, as it has been since their ideological forebears went underground to pursue their dream of global conquest by subterfuge during the closing stages of World War ii.

What recently became obvious to the German elites is that the very constitution of their making, known by the tricky title of the “Lisbon Treaty,” had one glaring gap. It denied Germany its sole sovereign right to decide on the deployment of its military forces. The fact that all other 26 member nations were denied such a right, in common, is beside the point. Since the resurrection of the German High Command, under its rather innocuous title of the Military Command Council, German military and political elites have intended to secure sole power over the command of Europe’s 2 million-man combined military force.

Enter the highest court of the land, the German Constitutional Court.

“[T]he court used a trick by declaring the treaty per se as constitutionally compliant, but at the same time declaring that part of the accompanying legislation as unconstitutional, which was used by the Bundestag (lower house) and Bundesrat (upper house) to ratify the treaty …. An important aspect is the decision-making process regarding military deployments of the European Union” (Informationsstelle Militarisierung, August 6; emphasis mine).

The point is that the Lisbon Treaty creates the avenue for the formation of that penultimate element of national power to become a reality under German dominance of the European Union, but does not allow Germany the free hand it demands to dictate the use of German military power.

“The Lisbon Treaty creates vast new military competence for the EU. … The judges [of the German Constitutional Court] clarified: Only the German Bundestag is empowered to decide about foreign military deployment of the federal army. … One of the questions was, who is going to decide whether the German federal army will participate in a military operation of the EU? The judges of the Constitutional Court have now clarified that this is the exclusive authority of the Bundestag” (ibid.).

Like the whole sequence of events that has built the EU to its present state of power, this is all a rather murky process. Through this “trick” of the German Constitutional Court, Germany must give the “go” on any deployment of any EU battle group. In other words, should the Lisbon Treaty be ratified by all EU member nations, following the forced Irish vote in October, the EU will find that not only are the most vital EU parliamentary committees now dominated by Germany, but the deployment of EU battle groups—should the relevant changes to German legislation be endorsed by the German parliament—will be essentially at the direction of the German High Command under German parliamentary approval!

To be sure, certain legal challenges will have to be faced in Germany so the parliamentary process does not inhibit rapid deployment of EU battle groups when required. But with Germany now having a firm hand on the whip of the European Parliament, and a legal prerogative likely that will trump the EU in the event of any legal conflict between that parliament and the German national will, it becomes patently obvious that the pace and the direction of the development of EU military power will be essentially Germanic!

Once this element of power—military force—is in place within the EU, it will remain for just one final element of power to be added: the ideological glue that will bind the EU together in a form of unity that will empower it as the single greatest superpower for its very brief moment in time. That ideological glue which has bound Europe together in six great resurrections of “Holy Roman” power is the Roman Catholic religion.

Should the Lisbon Treaty proceed to ratification subject to pending changes in German legislation, a “yes” vote by the Irish, and acceptance by the Poles and Czechs, then watch 2010 very closely for the Vatican to move ahead aggressively to enable that final element of power to become a reality!