The German government is a willing pit bull of US warmongers.
By Wolfgang Bittner.
The German government never misses an opportunity to blame Russia, under threat of sanctions, for incidents that have not been proven. In May 2020, it was about hacker attacks on the German Bundestag in 2015 allegedly carried out by Russia. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had already distinguished herself with hate speeches and diplomatic expulsions for the assassination attempt on the British-Russian double agent Skripal, spoke of a monstrous attack that was very painful for her and called for tough reactions. She had done nothing about it when it came to light that the US secret intelligence service NSA was monitoring German communications and even tapping her mobile phone.
Recently, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas took up the “monstrous hacker attack” from Russia again during a trip to Moscow and repeated the accusations without presenting any evidence. He also referred to the murder of a Chechen with Georgian citizenship on 23 August 2019 in Berlin’s Tiergarten park, which is also blamed on Russia. This incident also triggered a crisis – one of many in recent years – in German-Russian relations and resulted in the expulsion of diplomats. Although the trial before the Berlin Court of Appeal is still pending, Maas has already threatened to face consequences.
Even Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier may not abstain from occasional failures against Russia. Even as Foreign Minister of the Merkel government, he repeatedly accused Russia of disregarding international law in reversal of the facts, for example in the disputes over Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine. He called Donald Trump, who spoke out for peace with Russia, a “preacher of hate”, and when Montenegro joined NATO he proved to be a representative of US interests. Since, in Steinmeier’s opinion, the Western alliance is unable to change Russia, he considers a distanced relationship to be appropriate.
It is obvious that it is not possible to maintain a rational relationship with Russia with such politicians, who are often joined by Russophobic NATO propagandists such as the CDU’s candidate for chancellor Norbert Röttgen, Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer or Reinhard Bütikofer, a member of the European Parliament for the Greens, who acts fiercely in the background. There is suspicion, insinuation and agitation, and it is astonishing how calmly and objectively Russian President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov react to this.
The long road to opposition
Many people in Germany want peaceful and constructive relations with Russia. But this has been prevented for more than a century by US and British activities. Germany and Russia should not come together because that would be contrary to the imperial claims of the USA in particular. On two occasions in the last century, Germany and Russia were placed in opposition to each other with catastrophic consequences, and in 1945 West Germany was established as the United States’ sphere of influence, becoming its frontline state and bridgehead vis-à-vis the Soviet Union and Russia.
In 1990, on the initiative of the then Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, the two German states left over from the dismembered German Reich after the end of the Second World War were united. The Western victorious powers had drawn an iron curtain across Europe and right through the middle of Germany and declared the Soviet Union to be their enemy. This policy of confrontation, which had led to the so-called Cold War, was to be ended.
But after a brief period of relative peacefulness, the USA once again began to dismantle and poison the laboriously initiated relations between Germany and Russia. NATO, contrary to agreement, advanced to the Russian borders, where rockets were stationed and military bases established under flimsy pretexts. Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Putin, but also Helmut Schmidt and Egon Bahr, have repeatedly warned of a “great war” that none of us would survive. Anyone who is well-intentioned and in his right mind can only condemn and fight the inhuman aggression and sanctions policy steered from the USA in the strongest terms.
The people want peace and friendship with Russia
During a lecture tour through Russia in 2016 I met many people who – despite all that Nazi Germany did to their country – were friendly and without resentment, full of confidence in a better life together again. They regretted the increasing alienation and hostility stirred up by Western politicians since the late 1990s. Some attributed Germany’s involvement in this to its lack of sovereignty and a government that was submissive to the overwhelming influence of the United States. When I agreed, we quickly got to talking.
Germany and Russia have a long and eventful history, the positive aspects of which must not be forgotten. Over the centuries there have been periods of lively trade, cultural and scientific exchange. Now that the catastrophes of the last century have only just been overcome, the positive aspects of a prosperous, friendly neighbourhood should be taken up as soon as possible instead of hostility.
Peace and friendship with Russia is not just a wish, the vast majority in both countries, it is the basic prerequisite for a peaceful, prosperous Europe. Since the Berlin political caste persistently ignores this, it remains to be seen whether it will at least become an election campaign theme for the Left in the party DIE LINKE. In doing so, they could do an invaluable service to peace in Europe and, in addition, score points.
The writer and publicist Dr. jur. Wolfgang Bittner lives in Göttingen. In 2019 he published the novel “Die Heimat, der Krieg und der Goldene Westen” (The Homeland, the War and the Golden West) as well as the non-fiction book “Der neue West-Ost-Konflikt – Inszenierung einer Krise” (The New West-East Conflict – Staging a Crisis).
Thanks to the author for the right to publish.
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