This is where the duplicity of many Western politicians and one-sided reporting media becomes apparent: If that many Russians leave their homeland because of the partial mobilization and their country is the sole culprit – why doesn’t Russia prevent them from leaving? Surely this could be put into practice relatively easily by closing the borders. Why are Russian draftees apparently able to escape unimpeded – something many Americans could not do to evade having to go to the murderous war in Vietnam?
Why does the West so blatantly apply double standards? How can the American Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, accuse Russia of ignoring UN values when his own country has so shamelessly and deliberately lied about weapons of mass destruction before the same body to justify an invasion of Iraq? As an American of all people, Blinken should be blushing up to his ears when he says something like that in public.
Meanwhile, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is touring the Gulf region these days to explore energy sources in replacement of lost Russian oil and natural gas, which has stopped flowing due to sanctions against Russia and could put Germany in even more dire straits over the winter.
The German chief diplomat’s first dialogue partner yesterday was Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince bin Salman – admittedly only after big uncle Biden from America made his first appearance there weeks ago. Anyone who actually assumes that figures like this Crown Prince including his country are less involved in crime than Putin and can even be a more reliable source of Germany’s energy shortage than Russia in the long run is playing with the safety of the German people and believes in Santa Claus. What a despicable double standard.
As a reminder, Saudi Arabia is one of the countries where Sharia law still applies, which means: oppression of women, especially when it comes to marrying off underage girls; application of inheritance and divorce laws in which a woman’s word counts for only half as much as that of a man. In the case of rape, the woman must name at least four eyewitnesses (!). Sharia also provides for punishments for theft and homosexuality, as well as for apostasy with floggings and amputations.
So, this is not just about the murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi, which the U.S. blames on the Saudi crown prince. But the people of Germany are officially being asked to make horrendous sacrifices because of the loss of Russian energy supplies, while their chancellor is begging for replacements from countries that are not a whit better than Putin’s Russia, especially since they themselves have been and are involved in many proxy wars that are solely about their very own interests in the name of profit.
The fact that they also go over dead bodies then no longer plays a role.
The invasion of Ukraine is not going the way Russia envisioned – but the thought of abandoning his plans is unbearable for Vladimir Putin. At stake is Ukraine, his security buffer to the West. The enormous American and European aid flowing there has made the military situation very precarious for the Russians, prompting their president now to order a partial mobilization of Russian forces. There is even talk of using tactical nuclear weapons. An escalation of the conflict to this extent would be a catastrophe for all of Europe.
Why did it have to come to this? Can the responsibility for this dire situation really be attributed solely to Russia? After all, it was they who started this war. A war, however, that has a long pre-history between Russians and Ukrainians, but also Europe.
At a time when everyone is talking about globalization, it is worth taking a look at recent history. During the Cold War, there were many situations that could have easily led to nuclear catastrophe. The two great powers, the USA and the communist Soviet Union, friends and allies against Hitler in the second half of the Second World War, fought proxy wars against each other virtually all over the world or even intervened directly, as the Americans did in Vietnam.
That was far away. But in the field of tension Europe, the Americans have never dared to act against the Soviets as they are now doing in Ukraine, right on Russia’s doorstep. When the Soviets tried to starve out West Berlin in 1948/49 by blocking the access routes in order to force the three Western powers to abandon the city, the Americans and the British flew non-stop missions via an air lift to Tempelhof to supply the population with all the necessities of life. Military action was out of the question for all sides, although the Soviets threatened it several times.
Four years later, when the workers’ uprising in the GDR took place and Soviet tanks rolled through East Berlin to crush it, the Americans watched in protest from a few hundred meters away but did not dare to intervene militarily. On August 13, 1961, when the East German communists sealed off West Berlin with barbed wire and construction of the Wall began, President John F. Kennedy was in Hyannis Port for a sail and did not want to be disturbed1. The West had known in advance what was going on with the approval of the Soviets – and did not intervene, even though there was a Berlin crisis team in the Washington State Department, set up long before.
Nor did the Americans lift a finger during the 1956 uprising in Hungary, which was put down particularly bloodily by invading Soviet troops; nor during the Prague Spring in 1968, nor in Poland in 1970 and 1981, when, by the way, Republican presidents were sitting in the White House.
These invaded states were all involuntary satellites of the Soviets and wanted to go their own independent ways, just like the Ukraine today. They were not involved in “real wars” with the Soviet Union, but at least the Soviets intervened militarily, and no one helped these countries at the time.
In a certain way, the West had accepted the sphere of influence of the Soviet Union, although there, too, the suffering of the population including politically motivated killings, imprisonments and deportations of hundreds of thousands of people were the order of the day. However, even because of all this, economic relations were never seriously questioned between the two power blocks, on the contrary. And in all these moments of world political dangers and wars, when everything was at stake, Russian natural gas and oil continued to flow not only to the Federal Republic of Germany and the former GDR, but to almost all of Western Europe during the Cold War and afterwards. Even the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 did not play a destructive role in this pattern of ongoing cooperation, apart from a boycott of the Olympic Games.
So, the question is: Why did the West interfere so massively in Ukraine’s affairs right after the Soviet Union fell apart in late 1991, when individual republics like Ukraine broke away from it and the Russian Federation under President Boris Yeltsin tried to see the West as a partner? What were the Bidens, Trumps and Giulianis and their stooges doing in Ukraine, where almost the entire upper stratum of society including governments were corrupt to the core? None of this looked like well-meaning intentions on the part of the West – more like a dangerous, creeping imperial expansion of its own sphere of power, as the Americans saw themselves as the general triumphant force after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Nevertheless, there is no justification for the war in Ukraine. However, if all accepted red lines from the Cold War era had not been crossed today, this war might not have happened.
1 A note on my own behalf: In view of the historical facts and as someone who was born in 1961 at the eastern interface of the Cold War, the question does not even arise to me to whom I owe my personal freedom. The courageous mass demonstrations in the GDR, which led to the opening of the Berlin Wall in 1989, could have been put down by the Soviets just as they had been in 1953. Here, too, the Americans could only have watched, or rather had to watch, in order not to endanger world peace. I owe my freedom to Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet party and state leader and his policy of glasnost and perestroika (openness and restructuring). – I emphasize this explicitly because I have heard many voices in America according to which the USA and Ronald Reagan brought down the Berlin Wall, although the latter was not even in office anymore at the time. It would be more correct to say that the Americans kept the path to this development open – but they could not bring it about themselves.
The real reasons for the energy crisis in Europe do not lie in the alleged dependence on Russia, which many believe Germany in particular has maneuvered itself into.
For decades, the U.S. has placed itself in a seeming dependence on countries that were and are dictatorships, as in the case of oil, for example. Wherever business beckoned, the U.S. was there, no matter whether human rights have been trampled underfoot or not, no matter whether war or peace. But as soon as there were difficulties, they settled these problems in their own way: By intervening with their intelligence services to replace disagreeable governments with puppet regimes – and when that wasn’t enough, they used their own military to clean up the mess, as in the 1991 Gulf War.
The American people were sold this every time as a fight for freedom to preserve democracy and human rights around the world, and many bought into it, worshiping the main instrument of American imperialism and world control: “We love our military and are proud of it.” If there had been sanctions like the ones against Russia on the current scale every time, half the world would have had to impose sanctions on the USA – no matter whether it was about the murderous war in Vietnam or wars in Afghanistan and Iraq under pretexts like the lie about weapons of mass destruction.
To accuse Germany of having become too dependent on the Soviet Union and now on Russia for energy since the 1950s reveals one thing above all: the boundless hypocrisy of those who, in their immoderate greed, have had their fingers in the pie all over the world for geostrategic advantages and to enrich themselves and secure access to energy resources under the guise of fighting for freedom.
With regard to Russia and the nonsensical sanctions that hurt Germany more than almost any other country, the German government has given in to alliance pressure, especially from the Americans, and is now paying a very high price after initially refusing to supply weapons to Ukraine. It should have stayed that way, because it was the sensible move.
The Biden administration will miscalculate in the belief that it can bring the Russian colossus to its knees with a protracted war in Ukraine and billions in support in the form of war equipment. From the very beginning, since the breakaway from the disintegrated Soviet Union in 1991, the Americans have had their fingers in the game in the Ukraine.
If anyone was going to pay a price, it would have to be them.
Through him and his policy of glasnost and perestroika, the Iron Curtain has become history without blood being shed outside the then Soviet Union, except for Romania.
The German nation owes him a debt of gratitude, because without him the fall of the Berlin Wall and thus German reunification would not have happened. Personally, I am one who is directly affected. Mikhail Gorbachev has fundamentally changed my life. The Soviets could have easily sent tanks during the fall of 1989 and crushed the East German revolution in its cradle. As historical evidence shows, already during the workers’ uprising in 1953, only Soviet intervention had saved the GDR from disintegration. Like back then, the Western powers under the leadership of the USA would have done nothing in support of the people in the GDR in 1989, as they were powerless during the popular uprisings in Hungary in 1956, Czechoslovakia in 1968, Poland 1970 and 1981.
Faced with great economic difficulties at home, Gorbachev had trusted Western assurances only to find himself disappointed in the end. In the years that followed, the West recklessly and perhaps deliberately failed to treat the former Soviet Union as a post-Cold War partner. The possibility of a lasting and peaceful cooperation between the formerly hostile camps existed very well at that time. Instead, the European West joined the American push to treat Russia as a peripheral power so that new markets and spheres of influence could be opened up in line with aggressive American policy, including in Ukraine.
These historical facts are all too often ignored today.
Let’s see how the official German reaction to Gorbachev’s death will turn out, while at the same time some European countries are trying to deny entry visas to Russian citizens because of the war in Ukraine. In the past, no one would have thought of doing the same to US citizens in the face of the criminal Vietnam War or military interventions against international law in Iraq and Afghanistan under the pretext of lies such as weapons of mass destruction and in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. There have also been no sanctions from the Western European side against the USA because of its wars of aggression.
When German politicians and German media today talk about an energy crisis as a result of the war in Ukraine, it is not true. The energy shortage in Germany is a consequence of nonsensical Western sanctions and an unsurprising counter-reaction by Russia. These international sanctions against Russia do not harm any country more than Germany and do not lead to peace in the Ukraine, but to a lower standard of living in Germany.
Fifty years ago, in socialist East Germany (German Democratic Republic, GDR), I and others were drilled into believing that only fools do not believe in communism. Once or twice I also heard the phrase, “Only a communist is a good person.”
In a slight variation and a few decades later, I heard the following pithy phrase in a Florida church that made my ears ring: “Only a Christian is a good person.” What a merciful, Christian assessment for all those who dare to think differently. I left the institution of totalitarian opinion at the same moment these words were spoken, because I had heard all this before in my life.
Deriving from such experience, when we replace the words “communism” with “God” and “communist” with “Christian” in the first paragraph of this article, we should not be too dumbfounded to discover certain similarities.
The propaganda is comparable in each case, because there is no credible contrast between good and evil here. If you look at the history of Christianity objectively, you can hardly avoid the realization of the role the church has always played in the oppression and extermination of entire peoples in the name of their God. Not even the misdeeds of the churches from today’s time should be mentioned here – starting with the Catholic Church up to the Baptist sect and thousands of cases of sexual abuse. In general, communism lags behind Christianity in the crimes committed only because it did not have 2,000 years in its infamy to cause similar damage on humanity as was inflicted under the Christian cross. Mendacity, however, differs in nothing.
For myself, I come to the impossible conclusion that I am in some way indebted to the Communists. For anyone who has been exposed to their propaganda and, moreover, has not only resisted but rejected its effects, is inevitably endowed with the instinct to smell any form of propaganda from a hundred miles away for the rest of his life.
The absolute majority of people in what was then East Germany (often incorrectly referred to in the U.S. as “communist East Germany”) had a similar experience. Otherwise, a peaceful revolution like that of 1989, with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators every Monday on the streets of East Berlin and Leipzig under the eyes of snipers posted on rooftops, would not have been possible. We were sick and tired of listening to the demented socialist propaganda any longer. Needless to say, a revolution like the one in 1989 cannot be carried out with people who are on the side of the power apparatus. The tireless protests swept away the communist rulers, which would not have been possible without the tacit restraint of the Soviet occupation forces. During the workers’ uprising of 1953, which had already brought the GDR to the brink of the abyss, things looked quite different.
Experience from history should teach:
One’s own life and the independent, free thinking associated with it are too precious a personal good to let it be influenced by unscrupulous impostors – whether from religion or politics. They are easily recognized by their use of language. For such propagandists want nothing else than to bring about the unity opinion, which in the end finds no more contradiction, and all this for only one purpose: Allowing only what they and no one else think is right in the (profitable) interest of the few over the many. Nothing is more dangerous for a society than that.
It sounds like a bad staircase joke: Much of what I can observe in America today reminds me of the old GDR – with the only difference being that in the USA the danger does not come from socialism, but from the extreme opposite, namely real existing neoliberalism. Every encyclopedia explains what that is and what it stands for.
“Rather a poor sinner be than a shameless hypocrite.”
They play the Good Samaritan by asking their misguided cult members to do charity in order to create an appearance in public that is a lie from top to bottom. The Baptist sect, once founded by slaveholders who maintained that God and the Bible allowed them to own slaves. Today, they leave everything up to their great designer, but they need guns. Currently, like many other churches, deeply involved in sexual abuse. An institution of fraud and mass dumbing down.
Criminal organizations like these should have been banned long ago. Any decent person would be ashamed to associate with such a debauched club. However, it is unbridled business and profiteering as usual in America: a bunch of charlatans shamelessly line their pockets by enriching themselves on the naiveté of their brainwashed adherents. A modern-time gangster gang of populists, corrupters, fornicators, rapists, cover-up specialists and tax dodgers in the name of their creator, as it can hardly be worse.
And these criminals tell others that they are all sinners from birth because they have inherited the sins of Adam and Eve, and Jesus frees them from these sins – of course only if they follow his word. What mindless nonsense, it doesn’t get any more stupid.
Be careful which institution you send your children to. “Let the little children come to me” is not necessarily a demand that attentive people with sense should comply with.
Since I came to America in 1998, I have occasionally had to listen to the following words: “The only reason you don’t believe in God is because you grew up under socialism and were brainwashed by that propaganda.” Those who said this could obviously not imagine that there had been a church at all in East German socialism under communist rule.
Here is the contrary evidence (see documents below). The documents bear my name and date from when I was seven and eight years old. I possess another four documents from the corresponding subsequent years. That’s how long I went to church in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). It was the only time I went to church regularly.
By the way, good old Pastor Gerhard Thoms, who filled these documents out, was the only true Christian I ever met in my whole life. He lived according to the guidelines. A God who allows people to own and shoot firearms? Pastor Thoms would have given such hypocrites a piece of his mind. The man possessed authenticity and did not interpret his Bible arbitrarily, as is usually the case elsewhere. He also did not make a profit through his Christian faith – imagine that.
Nothing was commercialized; there was no crazy band playing in the church, and there were no microphones and loudspeakers. It was a worship service as it should be, not a money-making business, in walls three feet thick, made of field stones.
It was reported that in Georgia, Union County’s sole commissioner Lamar Paris contracted the coronavirus. That’s unfortunate. As probably the sole German citizen in Union County to whom the thought of acquiring property here, of all places, has occurred, I take this opportunity to wish him a speedy recovery.
However, the senior civil servant may not care much about recovery wishes from such a side. Already in the past, he saw no need to respond to a request sent to him by e-mail from the alien German. This question was simply in reference to the use of tax dollars for a proposed shooting range that apparently has not been completed to date and wastes tax dollars from just about every resident.
Can Mr. Paris do pretty much whatever he wants? It is not for me to question his performance, and certainly he did not invent the system of his own one-man show. But in fact, in that regard, he is someone who is quick to have the boardroom cleared as soon as there is too much opposition to him. When I hear something like that, dark memories come back to me.
As an old political observer on both sides of the Atlantic, it is a complete mystery to me how somebody like Mr. Paris can function in a democratic sense of pluralism. As a contemporary witness, I saw a lot of the “socialist” dictatorship in the German Democratic Republic (GDR; back then elsewhere commonly called “East Germany”) during the Cold War – a state that was anything but democratic and consequently not a Republic. There, too, – in a dictatorship it must be remembered – a district commission existed, consisting of several members though, unlike today in Union County. They “voted” on everything possible, but usually these votes ended unanimously, for only one party controlled everything. Such an institution could certainly not be called democratic.
In the United States of America, still a Republic and allegedly the freest country in the world, it seems outlandish when a single person in public service can de facto say: The party, that’s me. Moreover, according to malicious tongues, Mr. Paris has claimed to be the only one who is up to the task. Somebody like a modern Jesus, in other words.
Self-praise stinks from heaven, says an old German proverb. For Paris pats himself on the back and thus feeds the suspicion of seeing himself as an irreplaceable autocrat, an impression that may or may not be justified.
How things resemble each other – one should not even think it possible. In the GDR, the dictatorship in which I was born and grew up, the comrades cheered each other on. Their party held all the power. They thought themselves infallible. I have the unpleasant and hopefully false feeling that Mr. Paris would have liked that.
The American mendacity cannot be greater: President Joe Biden refutes himself during his visit to the Saudis and with what he had said during the election campaign about the murder of the journalist Kashoggi. In the end, however, it is nothing other than the usual policy towards criminal regimes: business comes first. Idealism is the worst enemy of the mendacious.
It doesn’t matter whether human rights are trampled underfoot in the country in question or not. After all, the world gendarme USA itself is anything but a role model, and the much-vaunted democracy is more equivalent to a dictatorship of the moneyed elite, which is not regulated by the state and can therefore do as it pleases at the expense of the masses. The majority of the people let themselves be ripped off and plundered in ignorance, brainwashed by the corporate media and the churches, which all profit from the public misleading in the name of usury.
Long forgotten is the trade with Nazi Germany until well into the Second World War, after the persecution of Jews in Germany had long become internationally known – George W. Bush’s grandfather is only one example of this. At that time, there was also widespread anti-Semitism in the U.S., which only abated with the founding of Israel, at least officially. Since then, the situation has been reversed for American politics, for the specters they called have long since taken over the helm in the “freest country in the world.” As Democratic Senator William Fullbright already stated in 1973: “Israel controls the Senate.”
Today, the U.S. is demanding tough sanctions against Russia from its allies, while no other country is ruining itself more than Germany.
In turn, only the Americans benefit from this: Their country becomes more attractive for industrial settlements, because no one invests in Europe anymore in view of the high energy prices. At the same time, the American weaponry is running at full speed as long as the war in Ukraine rages – the corporations are making billions in profits and so is the caste of politicians in Washington, who are legally bribed by them. Future tax generations will have to pay for this.
The American elite doesn’t give a damn about their country, whether it’s Trump or Biden, Republicans or the majority of Democrats. The supplication to the Saudis is all about oil. While the world teeters on the edge of the abyss in the manmade climate crisis, Biden continues to heat up the fossil fuel business in firm loyalty to his clientele. When the situation is appropriate, he again feigns a commitment to climate protection. In reality, this tactic is called “greenwashing.”
Thus, the image of the ugly American was created throughout the world. It does not come from nowhere.
Hearing a fourth grader talk about the Uvalde shooting she narrowly survived…
In the Christian “United States of America,” the Number One cause of death among children is death by gunshot. In the last two decades, more American children have died by being shot in their own country than members of the U.S. Army and police officers in the line of duty combined. After the school massacre in Uvalde, and not only there, fourth graders were so mutilated that they could only be tentatively identified by their clothing.
Any American who still talks about gun safety and the Second Amendment to insist on their “right” to bear arms is nothing but a retard. Many of the same retards sanctimoniously call for stricter gun laws and at the same time demand a law completely banning abortion to protect unborn life while born American children run for their lives literally every day in this country. These Americans are not right in their head and belong either permanently locked up in their reeking churches among themselves or in psychiatric treatment, if that helps at all. I doubt it.
A hearty “Amen” to those church people who support private gun ownership and identify themselves as “pro-life” on top of that. You are not worth a damn.