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Opinion: Germany acts as a vassal of the USA within the Ukraine conflict

, Opinion: Germany acts as a vassal of the USA in the Ukraine war

By Oskar Lafontaine*

The well-known German politician Oskar Lafontaine has printed a telling opinion piece on Fb about what he thinks is going on to his nation.

He served as Minister-President of the state of Saarland from 1985 to 1998 and was the federal chief of the Social Democratic Get together from 1995 to 1999.

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We’ve got translated the textual content and reproduced it beneath:

For many German politicians and journalists, the conflict in Ukraine started on February 24, 2022. With this view, which leaves out the whole prehistory of the Russian military’s invasion of Ukraine, Germany can not contribute to peace.

The poet Aeschylus is credited with the sentence: In conflict, fact is the primary casualty.

Oskar Lafontaine. (Photo internet reproduction)
Oskar Lafontaine. (Picture web copy)

It follows that one should return to the reality or truthfulness to search out peace. And this contains the truth that each conflict has its historical past.

And the historical past of the Ukraine conflict begins with the self-image of the USA as a selected nation with the declare to be and stay the one world energy.

Due to this fact, the U.S. should do every part potential to stop the emergence of one other world energy. That is true not just for China and Russia but additionally for the E.U. or, sooner or later, maybe for India or different states.

If one accepts this declare and on the similar time is aware of that the U.S. has by far the biggest navy equipment on the planet, then one can conclude that the very best factor to do is to take refuge underneath the wing of this single world energy.

Nevertheless, this reasoning is appropriate provided that the protective energy pursues a peaceable international coverage and doesn’t militarily encircle rising rivals, consistently upsetting them and thereby accepting the chance of conflict.

Suppose the protective energy has navy amenities on the territory of its allies from which it wages its wars. In that case, it endangers itself and the allies with aggressive geopolitics.

Ramstein Airport, for instance, was indispensable for U.S. warfare within the Center East, Africa, and Ukraine. Due to this fact, when the People wage wars, Germany is at all times a celebration to the conflict, whether or not it needs to be or not.

As a result of he had seen this connection, Charles de Gaulle, for instance, didn’t need NATO, i.e., U.S. amenities on French soil. A rustic, he mentioned, should be capable of resolve for itself about conflict or peace.

That Germany just isn’t a sovereign nation grew to become obvious once more when U.S. Secretary of Conflict Lloyd Austin invited to a convention in Ramstein the place the vassal states needed to ship their contribution to the Ukraine conflict.

In fact, the U.S. additionally claims the precise to resolve whether or not a rustic like Germany ought to be allowed to fee an vitality provide pipeline like Nord Stream 2.


The historical past of the Ukraine conflict contains issues by U.S. strategists that Ukraine is a vital state concerning dominance on the Eurasian continent.

Because of this, former President Carter’s nationwide safety adviser Brzezinski wrote in a 1997 guide titled “The Solely World Energy,” Ukraine have to be made a vassal state of america.

Though astute U.S. policymakers akin to George Kennan warned towards making Ukraine a navy outpost on Russia’s border, Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump, and Biden stored pushing for NATO’s eastward enlargement and Ukraine’s rearmament.

Although Russia had been indicating for greater than 20 years that it might not settle for U.S. troops and missiles on its Ukrainian border.

On the newest, with the 2014 Maidan coup, america was unwilling to think about Russia’s safety pursuits.

They put in a U.S. puppet authorities and did every part potential to combine Ukraine’s armed forces into NATO constructions.

Joint maneuvers had been held, and the Russian authorities’s fixed objections had been overheard.

On this context, the mendacious argument is used that each state has the precise to decide on its alliance freely.

However no state ought to place missiles of a rival energy on its border with a nuclear energy with out warning and justify this naively with the free selection of an alliance.

Think about Canada, Mexico, or Cuba permitting troops from China or Russia on their territory whereas permitting missile bases from which Washington could possibly be reached with out warning.

For the reason that Cuban Missile Disaster of 1962, we now have recognized that america would by no means settle for this and would danger nuclear conflict if unsure.

These issues observe: An aggressive superpower can not lead a “defensive alliance.”

After all of the experiences of the final a long time, how lengthy will it take Germany to lastly perceive that it should take its safety into its personal arms and change into impartial of the USA?

Some German politicians noticed the hazard posed by U.S. coverage and tried an impartial German international coverage.

For instance, Willy Brandt knew peace needed to be discovered with Russia and its Japanese European neighbors after World Conflict II.

He known as for disarmament and détente and was satisfied that safety couldn’t be achieved towards one another however solely collectively.

Helmut Kohl negotiated German unity with Gorbachev and acknowledged that peace and cooperation with Russia had been conditions for a European peace order.

Hans-Dietrich Genscher had fallen out of favor with U.S. politicians for a time as a result of he feared a restricted nuclear conflict in Europe and due to this fact did every part he might to ban short-range missiles and tactical nuclear weapons from German and European territory.

“Genscherism” grew to become a grimy phrase in Washington.

In his glorious guide Nationwide Pursuits, the angle of some U.S. strategists {that a} nuclear conflict restricted to Europe might very nicely be waged was just lately identified once more by Klaus von Dohnanyi.


At current, there’s not even a touch of a international coverage that places Germany’s pursuits first.

The German political visitors mild coalition’s main politicians (Scholz, Baerbock, Habeck, and Lindner) are loyal U.S. vassals.

Scholz advocates rearmament and is proud to have the ability to announce arms deliveries to Ukraine at ever shorter intervals.

He acts as if he has by no means heard of Willy Brandt’s Ost- und Entspannungspolitik.

The international coverage of the FDP occasion is dominated by the arms lobbyist Strack-Zimmermann, who calls for new weapons for Ukraine each different day.

The Greens have turned from a celebration that got here out of the German peace motion into the worst conflict occasion within the German Bundestag.

Annalena Baerbock’s statements that we should always “damage Russia” should already be known as fascistoid.

The most important opposition occasion additionally dropped out.

The CDU occasion chairman Friedrich Merz, a former worker of the U.S. monetary big Blackrock, is a loyal Atlanticist, calls for much more arms deliveries, and even needs to close down Nord Stream 1.

German international coverage is damaging our nation’s pursuits and isn’t contributing to peace in Europe.

It wants a whole reorientation.

Suppose there’s a hazard of conflict between nuclear powers on account of U.S. geopolitics. In that case, it’s the accountability of German and European coverage to do every part potential to maintain our territory out of this confrontation.

Europe should disengage itself from america and mediate between the rival world powers. Germany and France collectively have the potential to construct an impartial European international and safety coverage.

It’s excessive time to begin doing so.

We can not at all times depend on prudent navy leaders to stop a nuclear world conflagration when conflict involves a head.

For instance, the Soviet naval officer Arkhipov, who prevented the launching of a nuclear torpedo within the Cuban Missile Disaster, or the Soviet Colonel Petrov, who determined in 1984, when the Russian computer systems erroneously reported an method of nuclear-tipped intercontinental missiles of the USA, to not set off the nuclear “counterattack” really ordered for this case.

It’s time to cease leaving peace initiatives to Turkey’s President Erdogan alone.

If the U.S. is already unwilling, by its admission, to work towards a ceasefire and a fast finish to the conflict in Ukraine, it have to be the existential curiosity of Europeans.

The founding father of the music group Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, is true when he factors out that peace will be achieved even now primarily based on the Minsk agreements.

If, alternatively, the U.S. declares that its aim is to weaken Russia in order that it may well by no means once more begin an analogous conflict, that’s sheer cynicism.

What number of extra Ukrainians and Russians are to die earlier than the USA comes sufficiently near its geopolitical aim of decisively weakening Russia?

Europe now has the very best vitality costs. European industrial firms are within the strategy of migrating and establishing new branches within the USA.

The large orders for the U.S. protection business and the extreme income that the environmentally dangerous U.S. fracking business is reaping additionally clarify who advantages from this conflict and the sanctions abundantly.

Within the face of this case, even essentially the most international policy-averse visitors mild politicians ought to perceive that there isn’t any method round Europe’s self-assertion.

A primary step can be to push for a ceasefire, current a peace plan, and get Nord Stream 2 up and working.

Persevering with present insurance policies, alternatively, will impoverish massive segments of the inhabitants, destroy complete sectors of German business, and expose Germany to the chance of changing into embroiled in a nuclear conflict.

* Oskar Lafontaine is a German politician. He served as Minister-President of the state of Saarland from 1985 to 1998 and was the federal chief of the Social Democratic Get together from 1995 to 1999.

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