Global summits are generally worthless. January’s World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, was no exception—except for a startling announcement from a German official.
Dow Jones reported the news: “Germany’s government launched an initiative to strengthen its military industry during the World Economic Forum this weekend in the latest sign that the country has become emboldened to fight for its international interests” (January 31).
Germany’s defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, used Davos as the occasion to announce that Germany is commencing an aggressive development of its defense industry! “A group of top executives from German blue chips met with federal ministers, talking military business in Davos,” this report said. At a breakfast meeting with leaders of several companies, Guttenberg brought up the “necessary interplay of defense policy and Germany’s economic interests,” according to his spokesman.
For anyone who had memories of the last time that a united Germany revived an ailing economy by cranking up the wheels of industry to produce instruments of war, this should have set the alarm bells ringing! But no—to the contrary. The announcement was greeted with words of approval.
Jackson Janes, executive director of the Washington-based think tank the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, warmly declared, “Germany has come a long way since unification toward expeditionary activities including, but not only in, Afghanistan. Think of the Balkans” (ibid.).
Yes! THINK of the Balkans! There Germany lit the fuse that started the Balkan wars of the 1990s, cleverly then handing the resultant explosion to the U.S./NATO axis to fight an illegal war on its behalf. In the process, Germany willingly joined the battle by sending a belligerent force via the Luftwaffe to join NATO bombing raids over the Balkan Peninsula in 1999.
Ten years later, with the Bundeswehr now deployed in 13 countries, the German defense minister announces at Davos, to plaudits from the West, that the Deutschlanders are once again aggressively cranking up their industry to produce weapons and machinery of war! And this time it’s with the encouragement of the Anglo-Saxons, who, less than a century ago, fought a war, initiated by Germany, to determine, in the words of the Allied leaders, that the German military would never, ever again pose a threat to global freedom!
The move is being backed by Washington, which has long been pushing Germany to take more responsibility for global security and defense.
But the German elites are faced with one small problem: a German public whose mind has been conditioned to non-aggression. Witness the extreme unpopularity of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the latter being a theater where Germany provides the third-largest contingent of troops in the nato/isaf force.
But the German political elites are taking this all in their stride. Startlingly, Germany’s Economics Minister Rainer Bruderle added to the announcement of stepped-up German militarization by giving more than a hint that propaganda would prevail to ensure that the mind of the German public would be conditioned to support this latest aggressive policy change by Berlin. Dow Jones reported Bruderle as asserting, in words just too reminiscent of the 1930s: “Germans are still a little bit shy in this domain, but we’ll work to change this too”!
For the past 20 years since the Berlin Wall came down, the Trumpet has been watching for, and predicting, these very events. Now they are rapidly becoming a reality. Today, under a continuance of appeasing 20th-century governments in Washington and London, misled by a facade of democracy that masks the true intentions of German elites, America endorses the revving up of the German military machine. The consequences are destined to haunt us.
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