Germany, India, Japan and S.Korea could join ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence sharing program
Four countries – Germany, India, Japan and South Korea – could join a multilateral intelligence network called “Five Eyes” which currently involves U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Britain.
On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives said it drafted a revision bill to include the countries in the alliance first formed in 1946. The National Defense Authorization bill for fiscal year 2022 drafted by the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations, has been confirmed to include the revision to that effect.
“The committee directs the Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, to provide a report to the House Committee on Armed Services, the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and the congressional intelligence committees, not later than May 20, 2022, on current intelligence and resource sharing agreements between the United States and the countries of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom; as well as opportunities to expand intelligence sharing with South Korea, Japan, India, and Germany,” it says.
Are we so vain that we have failed to learn from the history of our forefathers? Have our leaders become so proud that they fail to learn from the precious lessons of history? Have we forgotten that Germany plunged this planet into two world wars which killed between 60 and 70 million people?
Even before World War i, Winston Churchill was trying to get his fellow countrymen to see the danger in trusting Germany. Here is a quote from Churchill’s book about World War i, titled World Crisis (emphasis mine): “They sound so very cautious and correct, these deadly words. Soft, quiet voices purring, courteous, grave, exactly measured phrases in large, peaceful rooms. But with less warning cannons had opened fire and nations had been struck down by this same Germany…. It is too foolish, too fantastic to be thought of in the 20th century. Or is it fire and murder leaping out of the darkness at our throats, torpedoes ripping the bellies of half-awakened ships, a sunrise on a vanished naval supremacy, and an island well-guarded hitherto, at last defenseless? No, it is nothing. No one would do such things. Civilization has climbed above such perils. The interdependence of nations in trade and traffic, the sense of public law, the Hague Convention, Liberal principles, the Labor Party, high finance, Christian charity, common sense have rendered such nightmares impossible. Are you quite sure? It would be a pity to be wrong. Such a mistake could only be made once—once for all.”
People were saying that Germany and the world were too civilized to plunge this planet into a world war. Then came World War i—the worst war ever. Then came World War ii, far worse, with the death of some 50 million people!
Are we too civilized for such a tragedy today?
And what if our gamble with Germany today is dead wrong? As Churchill said, it is a mistake you make only once! All Americans will pay the deadly price! It gives us the potential to be attacked from within.