By Leif Johnson
On February 16, German Chancellor Olav Scholz spent three hours in discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He was the last to reach Moscow, after the leaders of France, Italy and England had travelled that path.
Scholz was the key figure. If he had agreed with Putin on one point, no war would have occurred. That one point was Russia’s demand that Ukraine and Georgia never become NATO members, and as a corollary, that Russia’s security demands be taken seriously by the West.
This demand, which the Russians had made repeatedly of the Anglo-Americans, was necessary for Russia to reduce the military threats of its Cold War adversary (NATO) on its borders. Scholz could have signed his agreement with Russia’s “Red Line” demand on the spot. No war, no sanctions, no fissure between Germany and Russia, and a future of trade and industrial development as envisioned in the 1922 Rapallo Agreement.
Scholz knew the stakes: either crumble to the British Empire’s 200 year policy of splitting Germany from Russia, or stand firm for opening Nordstream 2, and for building a European security policy that included Russia, not treated Russia as an enemy.
In a press conference after his meeting with Putin, Scholz said to Putin, “I have just assumed office as Chancellor, and for me, Germany-Russia history is something special.” Chancellor Scholz may be recalling that exactly one hundred years ago, 1922, the new Soviet state and the defeated Germany signed the Rapallo Pact establishing full diplomatic recognition, annulment of all claims for military or civilian damages caused by the war, protection of each other’s nationals, and most importantly:
“The two Governments shall co-operate in a spirit of mutual goodwill in meeting the economic needs of both countries. The German Government, having lately been informed of the proposed agreements of private firms, declares its readiness to give all possible support to these arrangements and to facilitate their being carried into effect.”
Had this pact been fully consummated, Russia and Germany would have risen from the ashes of the World War I to become a European Continental superpower, precluding the success of the British plotted and financed 1923 German hyperinflation, the Depression collapse, the rise of Hitler, and the Appeasement which directed the German Nazi legions towards the destruction of the Soviet Union.
By the end of World War II, the British Empire had virtually destroyed Germany and Russia, occupied the industrial heartland of Germany, and fomented NATO and the Cold War to guarantee the permanent separation of Germany and Russia. As General Lord H.L. Ismay, 1st Baron of Ismay, (England) , the first Secretary General of NATO declared, “NATO was created to keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.”
Perhaps Scholz could not grasp the costs to Germany of his spineless capitulation to the Anglo Empire’s financial warfare sanctions. They include:
- Cut-off of Russian trade. Annual cost: $20 billion.
- Complete control of oil and gas by the Anglo-American cartel. Cost: Three to five times existing prices: $100 billion annually.
- Double digit inflation caused by Anglo-American cartel prices. Cost: perhaps another $100 billion.
- Complete adherence to the “Plan”, the European Green Deal. Cost:
$20-50 billion yearly.
- Re-militarization of Germany. Cost $100 million a year.
- Continued dismantling of German industry, the long-time British goal. Cost: Destruction of the modern German economy.
Therefore, in addition to obeying the Anglo-American sanctions, Germany must also implement the “Plan”.
On January 14, 2022, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the leading British Empire think-tank in the U.S., demanded, “The EU Must Not Let Populists and Nationalists Derail the Plan”. The CFR worries that it is “abundantly clear that the transition (to European Green Deal) will be costly, and that those costs are likely to weigh most heavily poor households and SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises)” . But the CFR demands imperiously: “Europe must regain control of the Green Deal narrative”, and sell this narrative to its populations.
All this to bail out the British Empire financial bubble! So, for the lack of spinal fortitude, Olav Scholz will have to sell massive inflation to the German people. And many thousand soldiers and civilians will have to die.
Of course, no one asked the German people what they think. What might the heirs of Schiller and Goethe, of Mendelssohn and Beethoven, say–or do?