This Must Also Be Said

From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2022 by Uwe Bahr

It sounds like a staircase joke, but it’s not: Although the war between Russia and Ukraine has been raging for seven weeks, Ukraine continues to collect money from Russia for the transfer of natural gas through its country. Currently, this amounts to $1.2 billion annually.

At the same time, they accuse Germany and others of being dependent on Russian energy.

Yesterday, Germany decided to provide Ukraine with one billion Euros for military aid. Along the way, Germany is taking in hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees who are immediately eligible for health insurance on a scale that not only most Ukrainians, but even U.S. citizens, can only dream of.

To be fair, it should not be forgotten that the Ukrainian leadership is not made up of innocent people – and never was. After the breakaway from the Soviet Union, they had great words about themselves, and now, after years of corruption, they are very demanding towards the West, as if acting like a bulwark against the aggressor Putin and thereby protecting Europe.

My country, Germany, should not send them weapons, because that will only prolong the war and possibly make the country a warring party, widening the conflict. But the international pressure is intense, as are the alliance obligations.

While a few in Europe and the USA are earning themselves silly from the production, use and stockpiling of weapons, it hits – as always – the suffering civilian population whose majority would like nothing more than to live in peace. But the dying in Ukraine continues – and who knows for how long.

We threw Chestnuts at Soviet Military Vehicles

Germany intends to deliver GDR Strela anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine

Germany intends these days … to deliver 2,700 shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles from former NVA stocks to Ukraine. For the record, the NVA (Nationale Volksarmee) was the National People’s Army of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), commonly known in the U.S. – and not entirely historically accurate – as the former communist East Germany. Like the same state, this army has ceased to exist since 1990.

Germany delivers 2,700 surface-to-air missiles from GDR stock to Ukraine

The military utensil (the official term is 9K32-Strela-2, but there is absolutely no military expert talking in me) is ironically of Soviet design and now to be used in Ukraine against Russian invading forces. It has been in service since 1968, and there has hardly been a conflict hotspot during and since the Cold War in which this weapon has not been deployed. Among others, the Viet Cong also used it against the Americans in the Vietnam War.

Around the same time – we were eight or nine years old – a school friend and I, crouched behind a cemetery wall, threw chestnuts at passing Soviet military vehicles. When one of these vehicles stopped and we heard a loud Russian voice, we almost wet our pants and ran away.

We had actually been told in school to always wave to the Soviet convoys whenever we saw them on the road – because according to official propaganda, they were considered “our liberators from fascism.” But that didn’t really catch on. At the same time, my father was a great admirer of the American Apollo space flights. There I was confronted with the other extreme early in life: For it was Hitler’s former scientists who decisively helped the Americans win the race to the moon during the Cold War. My father’s influence was unconsciously reflected in my thinking, which could not follow the communist propaganda. I feel with almost similar mixed feelings about the portrayals in most news broadcasts today. All this together is probably the material for a whole book.

According to the official GDR account of that time, the Soviets were our friends, but in large parts of the population it was not seen that way. The GDR, a state about two-thirds the size of Florida, was frontline Warsaw Pact territory and therefore fully occupied by Soviet troops. They were omnipresent in the daily street scene, although strangely we hardly came into contact with them.

The chestnuts of 1969 against Soviet military have of course achieved nothing, and yet they were – in a figurative sense – probably trendsetting. For in the fall of 1989, peaceful protests in the Eastern Bloc, not chestnuts and certainly not tanks, led to the end of the Cold War. Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of “glasnost and perestroika”, which means “openness, transparency and reformation”, led to the peaceful withdrawal of the Soviets from Middle and Eastern Europe. When two weapons-staring systems faced each other, things could have gone very differently, despite the supposed weakness of one of the opponents (we see it today with Russia). But in the decades to come, the West has struck at the outstretched hand of the Russians several times and without careful consideration. Without necessity, one did not understand how to turn a previous enemy into a partner.

And now there is a war in Europe, of which no one can say how the conflict would be resolved even after a ceasefire – from the point of view of both sides, the West as well as Russia, by the way. But the beginning of the 1990s proved how peace and security can be achieved: through dialogue, by approaching each other – in no case with more and more weapons.

One would think that the so-called Christianity of the Occident should understand and support Gorbachev’s option better than anyone else, but unfortunately, in the history of the world, the opposite has usually been the case.

Therefore, a Christian who advocates weapons remains for me a very strange Christian, because he permanently disregards his own principles instead of leaving everything to his dear God.

The Wounded Bear Strikes

From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2022 by Uwe Bahr

This time it is not a Third World state like Iraq, this time it is not a medieval Afghanistan, where American “strategy” has failed miserably: it is Russia, which lashes out like a wounded bear. Hardly anyone seriously wants to stand in his way in the current conflict. Americans and Europeans are imposing sanctions that in the end will only cause more harm to their own people than elsewhere. They do not impress the new Russian tsar.

In a kind of ultra-modern war, the West and Russia could now try to use cyber-attacks to knock each other’s lights out. The previous year had already shown how susceptible the ailing American infrastructure is to such a thing, when countless gas stations in the south of the country were temporarily without gasoline. Americans could soon see long lines in front of their banks and ATMs.

Only a few years ago, the unworldly strategists in the White House and the European Union were rejoicing that with the loss of Ukraine, Russia was doomed to become a predominantly Asian empire. Obama’s ill-advised words that Russia is no more than a “regional power” still reverberate. They have no idea what an affront, what an insult to the Russian soul such drivel can cause.

From today’s point of view, it can be said that with the eastward expansion of NATO, the transatlantic-European attempt has failed to push Russia back towards the Volga and the Asian steppes.

The cornered “regional power” is now fighting back – probably with a war that no one in Europe would have thought possible.

For they do not know what they are talking about

From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2022 by Uwe Bahr

Too many Americans obviously don’t know much about the history of their own country. Many have no knowledge, for example, that the social measures proposed by a certain Bernie Sanders are very similar to the measures implemented by one of the most famous U.S. presidents, FDR; measures that have brought millions of Americans out of the misery of the Great Depression. Nobody in America therefore seriously thought of calling Roosevelt a socialist. And it’s worth noting that to this day, schoolchildren in the U.S. every morning recite a pledge written in 1892 by an avowed socialist, Francis Bellamy.

As a contemporary witness who had to live in a socialist form of society, my assessment of the USA is that the term “socialism” in this country is continuously misused by the political right for ideological purposes as well as propaganda of the most primitive kind. In truth, the opposite of socialism has been taking place in the U.S. for a long time, at least since the days of Ronald Reagan: It is the greedy seed of neoliberalism that is dividing and destroying the country.

The recurring warning of an alleged, American socialism serves the political right as a bogeyman to protect their real clientele, the super-rich corporations and their billions in donations to the very same politicians. Among the profiteers, by the way, are also large parts of the Democratic Party, which 40 years ago would have been identified as moderate Republicans.

It is a sad fact that the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt has turned its back on the working class and is shamefully abandoning it even in the time of Joe Biden.

The Next Church Stink Comes to Light

From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2022 by Uwe Bahr

The next church stink comes to light in Germany: After the former Pope Benedict XVI has been caught in a lie, today more than a hundred employees of the Catholic Church have come out publicly as homosexuals – knowing full well that they could lose their jobs. They demand an end to discrimination by the church.

They now receive support from the Bishop of Aachen, Helmut Dieser. In a news program on the public television station ARD, Dieser said today that the church’s view on the subject of homosexuality no longer reflects the times.

In response to a reporter’s inquiry as to whether this means that against today’s background the interpretation of the Bible is wrong, the bishop replied: “If one interprets it in such a way that fundamental statements are made there about the phenomenon homosexuality, which are on the level of today’s natural science, then yes.”

He is right, the bishop. And if one would get the idea to subject the Bible in its entire content to a scientific examination, then it would turn out that the complete work of art consists of fraudulent nonsense and superstition, because nothing of what is written there stands the test of science.

The Crimes of the Churches

To this day they propagate the existence of the devil

From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2022 by Uwe Bahr

File:Karte Erzbistum Muenchen-Freising.png - Wikimedia Commons
Map of Germany: The Archdiocese of Munich-Freising is shown in highlighted color.

The New York Times reported today: “Pope Benedict XVI was faulted in a report over his handling of sexual abuse cases when he was an archbishop in Munich. A newly released report by a law firm said the former pope failed to discipline priests in at least four cases of sexual abuse accusations in Germany.”

The main German news program “Tagesschau,” a public service medium, reported today: “497 victims, 235 perpetrators and a balance of horror: The expert report on abuse in the Archdiocese of Munich heavily incriminates high-ranking church officials – including Pope Emeritus Benedict and Cardinal Marx.”

To understand the full extent of the crimes committed by the catholic church in Germany alone, one must know that the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising covers only a small part of Germany (see graphic on left).

In their two-thousand-year history, the Christian churches have almost consistently held the greatest power that has ever existed. To this day – as they have “reinvented” themselves again and again under varying names – they are mainly responsible for the greatest crimes against humanity ever committed. This is a historically established fact.

Any political party and organization with such a criminal background would have been banned long ago – just as Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers’ Party was banned after the war.

How the churches survive their inhuman crimes is shown by only a small example from the American South. Most of today’s churchgoers probably don’t know anything about it – and those who do know, don’t want to admit it:

In the United States of America, the Southern Baptist Convention had been founded as a church of slaveholders in 1845. The slaves were told not to worry, because they would have it better in a second life.

Today, the Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the USA.

To the present day, the demagogues of these churches have been spreading the nonsense of the existence of a devil as an instrument of intimidation and as the cause of the unsuccessfulness of their god in improving this world. In the history of the world, religion has never been anything but a special form of superstition and has always been used as such by the authorities to keep their subjects in line. Religion is the most dangerous kind of superstition.

“God is a hypothesis, and, as such, stands in need of proof: the burden of proof rests on the theist.” Quote: Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Church of Slaveholders: Die-Hards at the Lever of Mass Psychosis

From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

You have to let it roll off your tongue: Founded as the Church of Slaveholders in 1845, the Southern Baptist Convention today forms the largest Protestant denomination in the United States of America. If there was a government-functioning legal system in the US, this Baptist Sect in the South would have been banned as a racist organization long ago.

That the rule of law is seriously lacking in this country is evidenced by the unwillingness to look into the true background of January 6, especially among most Republican members of Congress, who publicly place themselves above the law without being bothered in the least for it. One would not even think such a scenario possible in a true legal system – but that is the way things are.

On a very similar level, today there are business-oriented leaders as successors of slave drivers in this Southern Baptist Sect, adapted to modern times only to an extremely limited extent, who would prefer to impose on society their own ideas on the subject of abortion. The brazenness of hypocrites and agitators in the name of their God knows no bounds: Those who should be hiding from shame for moral reasons open their mouths the widest. Their perversity, including the danger especially for adolescents being exposed to extreme pathological ideologies, can only function because nobody seriously intervenes against it. On the contrary, everything the tax evaders say falls on open ears and wallets.

What is most frightening is the extent of stupefaction of the people. This is the pathetic contribution of the “Christian” die-hards, political arsonists and Trump-supporters, who for reasons of self-interest and greed of power are primarily responsible that society in their country is drifting further and further apart and will probably never find peace.

Adolf Hitler’s Proud Boys: The Schutzstaffel (SS)

“Hussars of the leader in black robe, so they overran France in storm …”
“Husaren des Fuehrers im schwarzen Gewand, so haben sie Frankreich im Sturm ueberrant.”
Excerpt from the Nazi propaganda song “Hot over Africa’s soil”

“If you look closer, the enthusiasm even seems understandable.
That does not change anything about its danger”
(the author).

From my Writing Room

Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

Any Comparison is flawed, it was often said in the German vernacular. Hence, history, so people subtly think, cannot repeat itself, at least not in the same vein – provided the same people’s political thinking is guided by historic knowledge at all. In most cases, it is certainly not, which is humanly understandable. And so it comes that certain events from the human past remain unnoticed today, despite their educational character to manifest an intriguing scale of similarity to events occurring in our time. These phenomena, indeed, happen repetitiously over and over again, at least in their infant stages, which, however, does not mean their final outcome in any case will always be the same. Nonetheless, for the very same reason we learn from history as a helpful guidance in order to avoid scenarios of horror from the past.

In a more scientific approach, it is also possible to establish a probability calculation by use of historic knowledge, which, of course, can neither serve as the proverbial crystal ball, nor replace it. For that, too many aspects at different times under different circumstances in different situations come into play for each single event that eventually becomes history. It is as if five balls were in the air above our head, and we can only follow the trajectory of two balls at most with our eyes in the split of the second we have available. We now certainly can get at least an idea of what we could do to prevent dangers from arising in the first place: we can place two or three of those balls safely on the ground, thereby removing them from the game before they spin even more out of control and smash the valuable crystal vase. Projected on a society, this means: we should have the ability to distinguish the difference when something has a tendency to slip away in a direction that might, very likely, prove harmful to the human society as a whole – meaning, people do have an opportunity to influence and change the direction of the course, but the process of change must first start in people’s heads with an “inner protest” toward the defects, and before it is too late.

In the author’s view, the United States of America has maneuvered itself into a precarious situation, certainly not for the first time in its history, but this time mainly through 74 million intransigent voters in the recent presidential election, sending all five balls up in the air at once, most of them now dangerously out of control. It is eminently notable for a democratic system that the loser of an election is subsequently endowed with a plentitude of power in a way that he can keep the country literally in suspense. In the present instance, an intersection has already been reached, where the looming danger calls for a widely distributed rethinking within the entire society in order to avoid an even steeper slide into radicalism as we have seen so far. For this time, equations in an incipient stage to a tragedy that happened in the history of my own country, exhibit similarities that are as startling as they are fascinating, in particular for the observing historian.

In this context: Especially if you are a German citizen, which this author is, and if you have a link to such a past through your own relatives, which this author has; if you have listened to the ones who escaped the hell of Stalingrad, the ones who have spent years of imprisonment in Siberia, the ones who went through air raids, burning infernos, concentration camps and the rubble of a lost war, with whom this author has spoken – you then should have more than just a glimpse where insanity can end by noticing the breaking of windows at the Capitol in Washington D.C. on 6 January 2021; because this is how it all started back then in the history of my country: with broken glass.

The Waffen-SS (Weapon-SS) originated from a pathetic rabble
of an orientation-seeking mob founded by Adolf Hitler

To be continued (don’t know where, don’t know when)