Current Concerns
P.O. box 223
CH-8044 Zurich
+41-44-350 65 50

May 22, 2015
The monthly journal for independent thought, ethical standards and moral responsibility The international journal for independent thought, ethical standards, moral responsibility,
and for the promotion and respect of public international law, human rights and humanitarian law
Current Concerns  >  2012  >  No 9, 1 March 2012  >  Are more vassal services for the US Empire planned? [printversion]

Are more vassal services for the US Empire planned?

by Karl Mueller, Germany

The US Empire’s neo-colonialism, which has spread over the world in the past 20 years like a real nuisance, has become obsolete and has no future perspective.

A conversation with two young cadets of the German Federal Armed Forces, both students at the Bundeswehr University. They both convey the impression of speaking very openly, of saying what they think and realize. They find it right that the German army has finally become an “army in action”, an army in war.

But where do we go from here when the armed forces withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014? Their answer: The new locations have already been planned. Somalia, for example. The whole of Africa has been divided. Each country has its areas of influence and control on the continent. Everything has already been discussed with the Chinese. The army has even got its own satellite for its territories in Africa. Even now, everything was measured from the air, using infrared devices to look inside the houses; leading officers were already learning the necessary languages and exploring commandos were on their way.

We remember that Africa, which was not even worth mentioning on Brzezinski’s grand chessboard 15 years ago, is a continent extremely rich in natural resources and is increasingly gaining importance in world politics.

There were more and more so-called “archaic fighters” within our armed forces, demanded for the first time in 2004 by the then Army Chief of Staff Budde – the two young soldiers admitted. However, this is not like in the American army where every soldier is still totally ‘broken’ in the first 14 days of his service and then ‘rebuilt’ from scratch for the purposes of the army. In the Bundeswehr the “archaic fighter” is still something quite different. Who remembers? The German youth should be: as agile as greyhounds, as tough as leather, as hard as Krupp steel. But somehow they should also be without bonds: like a wild animal.

Neither conscience nor responsibility for others was mentioned. Not a single word about the Constitution and international law, not a word of the UN Charter and the duty to peace and justice.

All just soldiers talk?

On 7 February the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” published an article by Lothar Rühl. On Wikipedia we can read about the author: “Between 1969 and 1973, Rühl was deputy editor of the newspaper ‘Die Welt’; until 1980 he was ZDF special correspondent in Brussels and then deputy government spokesman for the federal government. From 1982 to 1989 he was Undersecretary in the Ministry of Defense. He habilitated in 1986. He is a professor at the Research Institute for Political Science and European Affairs at the University of Cologne, and as such he also cooperates with the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) at Bonn University.” No blank slate though.
Rühl’s article is titled: “The West has been handed over to Europe”. The central idea of the article is that the major changes in North Africa in 2011 took the Western countries unaware. Now – would you believe it and wonder why the playing with fire does not stop in North Africa – “in Tunisia, in Libya and the large rest of North Africa as well as in sub-Saharan West Africa, the spread of Islamic fundamentalism with aggressive spikes” was threatening. Therefore, Rühl claims, “it is quite possible that the ‘war on terror’, as the unchanged American slogan still says, must also be waged in that region.”

Rühl also names the locations: the east and south of Libya, from Chad and Sudan to Somalia. This was about “the safeguarding of international shipping and world trade”. And he added, “The same applies to the Suez Canal with the passage through the Red Sea and to the Gulf region with the Arab business partners and the secure access to oil and gas wells.”

However, the war against Libya, which was probably a kind of test run for the European deployment, has shown that the EU member states were still not able to conduct their own wars. They still made use of the US Army. The EU therefore needed more urgently than ever “appropriate military means of crisis management, such as expeditionary forces to intervene and effective weapons working from afar, reconnaissance, control of air and sea space, strategic troop transport over long distances by sea and by air with landing capabilities”. That is nothing but means for wars of aggression violating international law and undertaking neo-colonial conquest. “Obligations for the European states to make savings,” Rühl added immediately, “may not limit the scale.”

Above all, EU-Europe finally had to recognize that the US strategy has changed: “The new American strategy for an ever larger war deployment in the service of American policy, not generally as ‘the policeman of the world’, is focused on the Orient and on the Pacific with Australia and South Asia, from Egypt with the Suez Canal, Israel and Turkey to the east out of the Mediterranean Sea through the Gulf and the Indian Ocean.” Then Rühl’s final sentence: “The West has been handed over to Europe.”

Put as a question, does this mean that the EU is to do belligerent vassal service in Africa?

By the way: The two Bundeswehr soldiers reported that they could make careers in the armed forces very quickly, if they revealed so-called “rightists”. Interesting fact: In the past we have always thought that the “rightists” were the warmongers. Times have obviously changed in the context of neo-conservative, internationalist Trotskyite war propaganda and world government plans.

Interestingly enough the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” reported on 4 February about the attempts during the Munich Security Conference from 3 to 5 February, to provide Germany with a new role in future world politics: “The Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Aylon unceremoniously declared the Federal Republic not only to be Europe’s leading power, but a ‘world leader’.” A day later Bild am Sonntag, the Sunday newspaper with the highest circulation in Germany, echoed: “If Iran does not give in and there is a military strike, Germany’s place is nowhere else than by Israel’s side.” Thank God the debate on this issue has not yet finished.

The “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” of 4 February had already added in the aforementioned article that “Generally, most Germans wish for their country to play rather the role of a big Switzerland, which does not interfere in the world’s affairs”. The foreign policy gap between citizens and the “persons in charge” in Germany is extremely high. For most citizens, it is clear that the current crisis would be reason enough for the so-called leaders to review their course thoroughly. They know that recognizing the cumulative problems in their own country in Europe and in the world has something to do with the current design of policy, economy and society and will require a new mindset, a new way of design.

The previously wrong game of interest and power politics in the political style of play with new tactical and strategic maneuvers has resulted in an increasingly dangerous impasse, and it is high time for all parties to lay their cards on the table and finally talk honestly and on an equal level with each other, because the problem can only be tackled in a joint effort with the citizens in their own country, together with the states and peoples throughout the world.

It would certainly be helpful for Germany in particular, if the number of transatlantic networks, in which German politics is practiced bypassing the constitutional powers, would become a broader public issue. In this case we could all draw back on already publicized facts. Friederike Beck, for example, collected valuable material for such a debate in her recently published book “Das Guttenberg Dossier. Das Wirken transatlantischer Netzwerke und ihre Einflussnahme auf deutsche Eliten. Aktuelle und geschichtliche Einblicke“ (2011, ISBN 978-3-943007-00-8, only in German).     •

“The transatlantic bodies of influence with their non-transparent decision-making circles, seriously undermine the foundation of democracy, not only in Germany. [...]

In the course of this treatise we have realized that a large part of the political elites in Germany is part of the trans-Atlantic networks. [...]
The trans-Atlantic networks have been systematically promoting elites in Germany since the end of World War II who are now subject to their interests and can easily be steered. [...]

Due to the fact that the Federal Government and its environment includes a high concentration of Young Leaders and sympathizers (Merkel, Westerwelle, Guttenberg, de Maizière, etc.), it would appear to conclude that in Germany there are virtually no more autochthonous elites whose primary interest is in Germany and the welfare of this country.”

Friederike Beck: Das Guttenberg Dossier. Das Wirken transatlantischer Netzwerke und ihre Einflussnahme auf deutsche Eliten. Aktuelle und geschichtliche Einblicke. 2011, p. 181 et seq.

(Translation Current Concerns)