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Conversation: Former GDR officers call for peace in Europe

Appeal: Soldiers for Peace

This photo shows the VIP-grandstand on Karl-Marx Allee during the official military parade in East Berlin on October 7, 1989. Soviet head of state and party leader Mikhail Gorbachev, East German head of state and SED general secretary Erich Honecker, Raisa Gorbacheva, and Willi Stoph, prime minister of the German Democratic Republic can be seen in the middle of the grandstand, among others. The banner in the background reads, “40 Years of the GDR.”

As officers who were in responsible positions in GDR we turn towards the German public in deep sorrow for the preservation of peace and the continuation of civilization in Europe.

In the years of the Cold War, when we experienced a long period of militarisation and confrontation below the threshold of an open conflict, we used our military knowledge and abilities to preserve peace and protect our socialist state, the GDR. The National People´s Army (NVA) didn´t participate in military combats for a single day, and it even played an important part that no weapons were used during the events in 1989/90. Peace was allways the central maxim of our actions. Therefore we decidedly take position against the military factor becoming the decisive instrument of politics again. It´s a confirmed experience that our time´s most urgent questions can´t be solved by military means.

It is needful to remind that the soviet army shouldered the heaviest part of the burden to wrestle down fascism in WW II. 27 million cititzens of the sovjet union gave their lives for this historic victory. They, as their allies, earned our gratitude on the 70th anniversary of liberation.

Now we state that war has reached Europe again. Obviously the US strategy is aimed at eliminating Russia as a competitor and weakening the European Union. During the last years NATO approached ever closer to Russia´s borders. The attempt to include Ukraine into EU and NATO should close the „cordon sanitaire“ from the baltic states down to the black sea, to isolate Russia from the rest of Europe. The American calculation was that this would prevent or impede a German-Russian connection.

To influence public opinion towards this, a media campaign was started that knows no precursor, and incorrigible politicians and corrupted journalists beat the drums of war. In this heated-up atmosphere the role of the Federal Republic of Germany should be to promote peace. This is demanded by it´s geopolitical position as much as by Germany´s historical experiences and the objecitve interests of it´s people. But the demands of the federal president for more military responsibility and the war hysteria and russophobia created by the media contradict that.

The forced militarisation of Eastern Europe isn´t playing with fire – it´s playing with war!

Knowing about the destructive powers of modern wars, and assuming our responsibilities as citizens we declare clearly: Here a crime against humanity has already started.

Have the many dead of WWII, the enourmous destruction all over Europe, the streams of refugees and the endless suffering of the people already forgotten? Haven´t the recent wars of the USA and NATO brought more than enough misery, claimed more than enough human lives?

Don´t they realize what a military confrontation would mean in the densely inhabited European continent?

Hundreds of fighter jets and armed drones, stuffed with bombs and rockets, thousands of tanks and armed vehicles and systems of artillery would be deployed. In the North, the Baltic and the Black Sea modern battle ships would meet, and in the rear nuclear weapons would be prepared. The border between front and rear would vanish. Millions of mothers and children would shed tears for their husbands, fathers and brothers. Millions of victims would be the consequence. Europe would turn into a desert of destruction.

Shall it get to that point? No, and no again!

Therefore we appeal to the German public:

Such a scenario must be prevented.

We don´t need a rhetoric of war, we need a polemic of peace.

We don´t need any deployment of Bundeswehr abroad, or an army of the European Union.

We don´t need more means for military aims, but more means for humanitarian and social needs.

We need no war propaganda against Russia, but we need more reciprocal understanding and a peaceful existence besides and with each other.

We need no military dependency on the US, but our own responsibility for peace. Instead of a „fast deployment force“ of NATO on it´s eastern borders we need more tourism, youth exchange and meetings for peace with our eastern neighbours.

We need a peaceful Germany in a peaceful Europe.

May our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren remember our generation in this sense.

Because we know very well the meaning of war, we raise our voice against war, for peace.

Army General (ret.). Heinz Keßler

Admiral (ret.) Theodor Hoffmann

Colonel General (ret) Horst Stechbarth; Fritz Streletz; Fritz Peter

Lieutenant General (ret.) Klaus Baarß; Ulrich Bethmann; Max Butzlaff; Manfred Gehmert; Manfred Grätz; Wolfgang Kaiser; Gerhard Kunze; Gerhard Link; Wolfgang Neidhardt; Walter Paduch; Werner Rothe; Artur Seefeldt; Horst Skerra; Wolfgang Steger; Horst Sylla; Ehrenfried Ullmann; Alfred Vogel; Manfred Volland; Horst Zander

Viceadmiral (ret.) Hans Hofmann

Major General (ret.) Olivier Anders; Heinz Bilan; Bernhard Beyer; Günter Brodowsky; Kurt Brunner; Heinz Calvelage; Sebald Daum; Willi Dörnbrack; Alfred Dziewulski; Johannes Fritzsche; Egon Gleau; Otto Gereit; Roland Großer; Peter Herrich; Karl-Heinz Hess; Günter Hiemann; Lothar Hübner; Siegmund Jähn; Günter Jahr; Manfred Jonischkies; Günter Kaekow; Johannes Kaden; Helmut Klabunde; Klaus Klenner; Raimund Kokott; Kurt Kronig; Manfred Lange; Bernd Leistner; Hans Leopold; Klaus Listemann; Heinz Lipski; Hans Georg Löffler; Rudi Mädler; Manfred Merkel; Günter Möckel; Dieter Nagler; Johannes Oreschko; Rolf Pitschel; Hans Christian Reiche; Fritz Rothe; Günter Sarge; Dieter Schmidt; Horst Schmieder; Gerhard Schönherr; Gerhard Seifert; Kurt Sommer; Erich Stach; Manfred Thieme; Wolfgang Thonke; Henry Thunemann; Walter Tzschoppe; Günter Voigt; Gerd Weber; Dieter Wendt; Klaus Wiegand; Heinrich Winkler; Heinz-Günther Wittek; Erich Wöllner; Werner Zaroba; Manfred Zeh; Alois Zieris

Counter Admiral (ret.) Herbert Bernig; Eberhard Grießbach; Hans Heß; Werner Henniger; Klaus Kahnt; Werner Kotte; Helmut Milzow; Gerhard Müller; Joachim Münch

In the name of a great number of ret. Colonels and Captains: Volker Bednara; Frithjof Banisch; Bernd Biedermann; Karl Dlugosch; Thomas Förster; Günter Gnauck; Günter Leo; Friedemann Munkelt; Werner Murzynowski; Gerhard Matthes; Lothar Matthäus; Friedrich Peters; Helmut Schmidt; Fritz Schneider; Heinz Schubert; Helmar Tietze; Wilfried Wernecke; Rolf Zander; Oberstleutnant a.D. Günter Ganßauge

Further soldiers of NVA, officers, ensigns, corporals and privys document their consent.

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Stategic papers or: it is forbidden to think, by Dagmar Henn

A few days ago German corporate media jubilated as if they had caught Putin with his hands in the cookie jar — and proudly presented  a „strategy paper“ which they supposed proved that all events regarding Crimea and in Donbass were just the Kremlin’s evil machinations.

 They must think all their readers are idiots.

 This paper is said to have been written just ten days before the coup in Kiev last year. It contains some serious analytical flaws, like the expectation that Yanukovich would remain in power until the regular elections. Therefore it could only be considered an on-going tactical analysis and never a „strategic paper“. And something like this is supposed to prove that the events were orchestrated?

 This claim can function only based upon the fact that people had been successfully convinced that strategic thinking in itself is evil, and the assumption that  such analysis amounted to a “conspiracy theory”.

This can only work due to the fact that equivalent German papers are not so openly published.

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Hybrid Warfare: Putin just played a very interesting card

In one stroke Russia has named and shamed the culprits of the Information War waged against her and dealt multiple blows in years to come. Now, look at the top 15 and ask yourself what it tells you?

Germany is fooling no one while it tops the list and the so-called International Community is just a bunch of corrupt politicians in western capitals bidding for big capital.

This Index is here to stay as a constant reminder of which nations show duplicitous behaviour in their coverage of Russia.  An ever improving sophisticated propaganda (Read the Russian definition) tool developed to counter a sophisticated Mass Media campaign and render it useless in one blow.

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According to this methodology, there are two countries that currently engage in an “information war” against Russia: Germany and the U.S. The countries that follow after them but are less aggressive in their media policies include Austria, France, the UK and Poland.
According to this methodology, there are two countries that currently engage in an “information war” against Russia: Germany and the U.S. The countries that follow after them but are less aggressive in their media policies include Austria, France, the UK and Poland.

The Russian Institute for Strategic Studies introduced its first-ever World Mass Media Hostility Index, which measures potential anti-Russian bias in the media publications of different countries, and then assigns each country an overall score.

On Feb. 18 the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS),a think tank established by the Russian President in 1992, presented its new “World Mass Media Hostility Index,” the main goal of which is to rank how friendly countries are to Russia by analyzing their mass media content. It aims to identify the states that exercise the most aggressive media policy towards Russia and threaten its “information security.”

This analytical report is the result of detailed analysis of the media policies of different countries in 2014, when crucial shifts in the rhetoric employed by Western media about Russia occurred. The author of the mass media hostility index is a senior fellow at RISS, Dr. Igor Nikolaichuk. He suggests that, over the course of 2014, Western media started to “spread anti-Russian propaganda more actively than ever,” which he calls the beginning of “the global information war” against Russia.

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Why the rise of fascism is again the issue, by John Pilger

The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism.

“To initiate a war of aggression…,” said the Nuremberg Tribunal judges in 1946, “is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

Had the Nazis not invaded Europe, Auschwitz and the Holocaust would not have happened. Had the United States and its satellites not initiated their war of aggression in Iraq in 2003, almost a million people would be alive today; and Islamic State, or ISIS, would not have us in thrall to its savagery. They are the progeny of modern fascism, weaned by the bombs, bloodbaths and lies that are the surreal theatre known as news.

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WWII Greek anti-fascist hero and left politician slams capitulation of Syriza

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Manolis Glezos is a Greek National Hero and belonged to the Greek resistance during WWII. He is also a MEP of SYRIZA and one of its most respected leaders. In short, he is not your 30-something “cool” and “hip” politician who are little more than salad dressing for your Greek salad.

“On May 30, 1941, he and Apostolos Santas climbed on the Acropolis and tore down the swastika, which had been there since April 27, 1941, when the Nazi forces had entered Athens. It inspired not only the Greeks, but all subjected people, to resist against the occupation, and established them both as two international anti-Nazi heroes.” – Wikipedia

When SYRIZA came to power with much fanfare, opinion was abound and their stance on Russian sanctions puzzled many. The wishful thinking crowd held on but as time goes by we are reminded of Dagmar Henn’s analysis once again:

“The actual mobilization of people in Greece came to a halt with Syriza. While Syriza might be a positive change globally speaking, it is at the same time a negative change for Greece.”

– Conversation: Greece in the bigger picture?

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“I ask the Greek people to forgive me for contributing to this illusion.” With this phrase veteran left politician, WWII resistance fighter and SYRIZA MEP Manolis Glezos slammed the Greek government for handling the negotiations with the country’s lenders and so having changed the rhetoric of the party.

In an article uploaded on the website of his Movement for Active Citizens, the historic member of the Greek left expresses his deep disappointment about the way SYRIZA handles with the negotiations ans calls for party members to decide if they accept this situation. Manolis Glezos writes:

Renaming the Troika into Institutions, the Memorandum of Understanding into   Agreement and the lenders into partners, you do not change the previous situations as in the case renaming meat into fish.

Of course, you cannot change the vote of the Greek people at the elections of January 25, 2015.

The people voted in favor of what SYRIZA promised: to remove the austerity which is not the only strategy of the oligarchic Germany and the other EU countries, but also the strategy of the Greek oligarchy.

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The Assassination of Greece, by James Petras

James Petras was Director of the Center for Mediterranean Studies in Athens (1981-1984) and adviser to Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou (1981-84). Here he analyzes the Greek crisis and its issues within the European Union.

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The Greek government is currently locked in a life and death struggle with the elite which dominate the banks and political decision-making centers of the European Union. What are at stake are the livelihoods of 11 million Greek workers, employees and small business people and the viability of the European Union. If the ruling Syriza government capitulates to the demands of the EU bankers and agrees to continue the austerity programs, Greece will be condemned to decades of regression, destitution and colonial rule. If Greece decides to resist, and is forced to exit the EU, it will need to repudiate its 270 billion Euro foreign debts, sending the international financial markets crashing and causing the EU to collapse.

The leadership of the EU is counting on Syriza leaders abandoning their commitments to the Greek electorate, which as of early February 2015, is overwhelmingly (over 70%) in favor of ending austerity and debt payments and moving forward toward state investment in national economic and social development [1]. The choices are stark; the consequences have world-historical significance. The issues go far beyond local or even regional, time-bound, impacts. The entire global financial system will be affected [2].

The default will ripple to all creditors and debtors, far beyond Europe; investor confidence in the entire western financial empire will be shaken. First and foremost all western banks have direct and indirect ties to the Greek banks [3]. When the latter collapse, they will be profoundly affected beyond what their governments can sustain. Massive state intervention will be the order of the day. The Greek government will have no choice but to take over the entire financial system . . . the domino effect will first and foremost effect Southern Europe and spread to the ‘dominant regions’ in the North and then across to England and North America [4].

To understand the origins of this crises and alternatives facing Greece and the EU, it is necessary to briefly survey the political and economic developments of the past three decades. We will proceed by examining Greek and EU relations between 1980 – 2000 and then proceed to the current collapse and EU intervention in the Greek economy. In the final section we will discuss the rise and election of Syriza, and its growing submissiveness in the context of EU dominance, and intransigence, highlighting the need for a radical break with the past relationship of ‘lord and vassal’.

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CYCLOPS WINS

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This is completely crazy.

For EVERY devalued euro the Greek government saved – via “spending cuts”, more taxes, hurling people towards unemployment, etc. – the Greek economy CONTRACTED by €1.20.

The troika “remedy” – austerity – led to Greece’s debt to GDP ratio going UP, and NOT down.

And this is what the troika, Medusa/Cyclops Merkel, panzer Schauble et regalia want to go on.

Tsipras and Mister V. should grow some balls and GO NUCLEAR.

REALLY go for a Grexit. And mean it. Then let’s see if the panicked troika won’t sue for peace. Imagine the headlines: “Merkelator, the euro eliminator”, etc..

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From Minsk to Brussels, it’s all about Germany, by Pepe Escobar

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) talks to France's President Francois Hollande during a meeting with the media after peace talks on resolving the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk, February 12, 2015. (Reuters / Grigory Dukor)
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) talks to France’s President Francois Hollande during a meeting with the media after peace talks on resolving the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk, February 12, 2015. (Reuters / Grigory Dukor)

Germany holds the key to where Europe goes next. A fragile deal may have been reached on Ukraine, but there’s still no deal with Greece. In both cases, there’s much more than meets the eye.

Let’s start with the grueling Eurogroup negotiation in Brussels over the Greek debt.

Greek officials swear they never received a draft of a possible agreement leaked by Eurogroup bureaucrats to the Financial Times. This draft, crucially, referred to an agreement “amending and extending and successfully concluding,” the current austerity-heavy bailout.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble cut off “amending”. This is the draft that was leaked. But then Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis called Prime Minister Tsipras – and the statement, still not signed, was rejected. So this was a top Tsipras decision.

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