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The forgotten postwar US-Nazi alliance

After 1945 the US had no issues recruiting major Nazi war criminals: Men like Wehrmacht General Reinhard Gehlen and SS Captain Klaus Barbie.

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As the Second World War advanced from its early stages, the United States was assessing which sections of the earth it would hold conquest over. American planners had to remain patient, however. A seemingly endless string of conquests for the Nazis had astonished the world – particularly those in the US – and led to Adolf Hitler being crowned as “the new Napoleon”.

In the summer of 1942, under Hitler’s domineering command of the military, the Germans controlled vast swathes of Europe – from Warsaw to Oslo to Paris, and eastwards onto Athens, Kiev and Sevastopol. It was one major victory after another for the Third Reich, blighted by the narrow failure to take Moscow in late 1941 after a celebrated Russian counterattack, and the inability to gain air superiority over Britain.

Yet, by November 1942, Hitler had plunged deeper into Russian territory than even Napoleon in his pomp 130 years before. By this point, Nazi forces had killed many millions of Russians – much of whom were innocent civilians – in “a war of annihilation”, as Hitler had previously said.

Come early November [1942], 90% of Stalingrad had been taken by German infantry after weeks of fierce house-to-house fighting. The swastika was now flying over the tallest building in Stalingrad city centre. Such news prompted a buoyant Hitler to say in an after-dinner speech in Munich that, “I wanted to take the place [Stalingrad], and you know, we’ve done it. We’ve got it really, except for a few enemy positions still holding out. Now they say, ‘why don’t we finish the job more quickly?’ Well, I prefer to do the job with quite small assault groups. Time is of no consequence at all”.

At this stage, American planners were preparing with certainty for a postwar world split up between the Third Reich and the leader of the Free World. The Nazis would control the whole of mainland Europe and Eurasia, while the US would command the Western Hemisphere, the Far East, and the former British empire. American imperialists gave this unprecedented sphere of conquest a title, “the Grand Area”.

The plans were soon altered, however. Despite Hitler’s assertions, time was catching up on the Germans. Just days later Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Premier, orchestrated another famous counterattack with fresh reserves – smashing the overextended German lines. By November 23 the German 6th Army, which led the conquest over France in 1940, was completely encircled by superior forces.

Come the following year, 1943, it was increasingly clear to the Roosevelt administration that the Germans were heading towards defeat – which is precisely what unfolded two years later. Russia deserved the vast majority of credit for winning the Second World War – which is scarcely ever mentioned – yet Russia was almost destroyed in doing so, losing over 25 million people along with immeasurable damage to her infrastructure.

The US had not suffered invasion or bombing and in 1945 controlled a remarkable 50% of the world’s wealth. The Grand Area was now to be expanded to control as much of Eurasia as possible too. The Americans had a problem to overcome, however – by war’s end the anti-Nazi Resistance had become powerful and contained many Socialist and Communist elements. The traditional order had to be restored.

Resistance factions would not be conducive to American demands and were to be smashed. At this point, the US did not possess the knowledge of infiltration in breaking up undesirable organisations.

Yet there were those who did possess that ability: Nazi leaders who for years had been specialists in undermining the Resistance through covert techniques. Men like Wehrmacht General Reinhard Gehlen, who was head of German intelligence on the Eastern Front (1942-45), where the most atrocious crimes were perpetrated. The US further hired SS Captain Klaus Barbie – “the Butcher of Lyon” – who had performed a key role in destabilising the Resistance in the Netherlands, and from 1942 on, in Nazi-occupied France.

Gehlen himself was initially under the guidance of the US Army, before being overseen by the recently-formed CIA in 1949. Gehlen headed secret espionage activities against the Soviet Union as head of the so-called Gehlen Organisation – with hundreds of ex-Wehrmacht and SS intelligence officers under his command, all with American assurance.

A declassified CIA intelligence document describes him as, “the Master Spy, the Man of Mystery, Spy of the Century”. Later, for 12 years, Gehlen was the first president of the Federal Intelligence Service of West Germany (1956-1968) – and was also the highest ranking reserve officer in the West German military, before being forced into retirement in 1968.

Barbie, formerly of the SS and Gestapo, was recruited by the US Army’s Counterintelligence Corps in 1947 – historians estimate he bears direct responsibility for the deaths of up to 14,000 people. He was accountable for other crimes such as the widespread use of torture, and the deportation of Jewish children to Auschwitz.

Now under his American masters, Barbie was utilised once more to destroy anti-Communist movements in Europe. Eugene Kolb, an ex-Major in the US Army’s Counterintelligence Corps, said decades later that, “We did not have any great pangs of conscience [about recruiting Nazis]”.

Kolb further stated that Barbie’s “skills were badly needed… His activities had been directed against the underground French Communist party and the Resistance”.

Another former US intelligence officer Ed Dobringhaus said, “We went overboard to be nice to that guy [Barbie]. We went out drinking beer once in a while”.

France had twice sentenced Barbie to death in absentia for war crimes. Upon discovering he was operating under US command, the French issued a plea to the US High Commissioner for Germany, John J. McCloy, to hand him over for execution. McCloy allegedly refused the request.

By the early 1950s, Barbie was becoming too hot to handle for the US – instead they sent him to the Vatican-run “ratline”, as Croatian Nazi priests and other fascist sympathisers shipped him off to Bolivia from Genoa, Italy. Barbie resided in South America for over 30 years, enjoying protection from US-backed dictatorships. There he operated as a major drug lord while working for the CIA and secret police.

Barbie was strongly involved in the 1980 military putsch in Bolivia, known as “the cocaine coup” – before at last being extradited to France in 1983 under Bolivia’s new democratic government, dying in a Lyon prison eight years later.

In another major instance, there were no issues in sending over 1,600 Nazi scientists and engineers to the US to work on space programmes, with the further aim of gaining Cold War superiority. Among such scientists was Wernher von Braun, the Nazis’ leading engineer and inventor of the feared V-2 rocket – which killed over 2,700 people in London.

In the US, Von Braun became the driving force behind the Apollo program moon landings – despite earlier US security reports describing him as “a serious potential security threat”. Von Braun had been an SS member and rose to the rank of Major under Hitler.

The highly classified project of spiriting hundreds of Nazi technicians to the US was known as “Operation Paperclip”. It was undertaken despite many of the scientists having notorious pasts. The operation was authorised in 1946 by US President Harry Truman.

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“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”

from James Joyce, Ulysses

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It is any surprise that the US would aid & assist the NAZI in Kiev as well as ISIS in Syria? There’s no morals or righteousness associated with the US Gov, they’ll use whatever means, however evil, to achieve their lust for a unipolar world. Beacon of democracy my ass!

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Well done Mr. Quinn, poke ’em straight in the eyes, nazi slime has to be exterminated once and for all!!

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How about those who orchestrated and funded WW1 and WW2? It was not Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination…..How is it that both Dulles brothers were SO eager to get Hitler appointed as chancellor in 1932? How is it that they made oodles of money from the slave Labor in Auschwitz, while we are still told it was an extermination camp? WHY? Why were the Rockefeller’s partners of I.G Farben – why did they give to IG Farben a patent for synthetic rubber, while the U.S. was short on rubber. Why did Standard Oil provide all the fuel to Germany. Every 6-year-old that… Read more »

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And where have you been while the U.S. and 18 other countries sent their planes to bomb my country for 11 weeks back in 1999, you hypocrite? The only European country bombarded after the WWII was Serbia!! And what exactly you are trying to say which is opposite than Mr.Quinn said?? My grandfather fought the WWI, fought Kolubara and Cer Battle, walked thru Albania with other fellow soldiers and breached the Thessalonikhi front making his way home 4 years later. It was my people who lost one third of a population in WWI and lost over 2 million in WWII… Read more »

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You might read my comment again. Do some research and learn that neither WW1 nor WW2 were started by the Germans, orthodox history notwithstanding.
What happened in 1870?
Why is Germany STILL occupied? Nothing to do with Nazis….Do you know what a Nazi IS? Who bombed Serbia?? And WHY?? I know who bombed me!!! And it was not the Nazis
Copying orthodox drivel has little to do with reality.

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And yet, today we have to endure the spectacle of intellectually dishonest historians like Timothy Snyder who equate the Third German Reich with the USSR. Not to mention the various far-right clowns infesting the forums and who keep informing that Hitler wasn’t so bad at all, because he wanted to liberate the poor Russians from the yoke of evil Bolshevik Jews and these idiotic Slavs fought him back instead. Which, of course, implies that the Americans did not do something horrible by taking a scumbag like Barbie under their wings.

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Odd that the people who compare Nazi Germany and the USSR don’t compare both to the western slave empires that eventually defeated both…..

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Of course, Ford and GM continued to operate in Germany throughout the war manufacturing vehicles and such for the German military thus aiding and abetting the Nazi cause. Neither company was prosecuted. It’s my understanding that their factories, save a single exception, were never bombed, Moreover, the Ford Motor Company, whose factory was bombed, sued the US government and received financial compensation for damages incurred from the bombing.

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Herbert Dorsey

What this article didn’t discuss was the fact that many U.S. industrialists assisted Hitler’s rise to power in

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Bush and Ford among them

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Hitler built a reputation as a leader of an anti-organized-labor private army of mostly WWI veterans (later known as “Brown Shirts”). Industrialists and big land owners paid him to break unions and intimidate workers. Since labor was the biggest cost of running an industry, many industrialists in Europe and the U.S. admired Hitler’s methods of suppressing wages. Emil Kirdorf, coal mining magnate, is a good example of an important early supporter of the Nazi party, understandable because coal mining is a labor-intensive business.

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The Ford plant in Germany was using slave labor to increase their profits during World War II. The parent company in Dearborn was fully aware of what was going on and allowed it. Yet Ford was never brought to trial at Nuremberg for this practice, which amounted to crimes against humanity.

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Yes, my assumption has always been that they were planning to use Hitler as they always use people – to do their dirty work for them. Hitler was to bring down Britain and Europe, which America would command under the banner of having ‘freed” them from Hitler.
It’s been a recurring theme for a long time. Just think – they tried it in WWII 70+ years ago, they did it again in Iraq, Libya and Syria just yesterday>
As Mr. Putin pointed out, different Presidents, same theme over and over and over.

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I wish people would concentrate on the Pre-WW2 US-Nazi alliance !

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And how did USSR ‘liberation of Poland go? How many Millions of German POWs (men, women, children) died in the gulags or on the way to the gulags, 4 yrs of systematic abuse of Germans in Prussia from 1943 – 1947 estimated 2 million german women raped. Nazi Germany was also fighting communism and banksters remember. The guys who bankrolled stalin and now run the EU. Europe lost the war to communism. And how many german scientists were taken at forced gunpoint by the soviets?.

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Most people don’t know what Prussia IS or WAS? But everyone has an opinion!!
Go figure 🙁

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Why no condemnation of Western rapists? It’s a bit immoral to exploit rape against women to have a go at the Red Army when “army” had always been synonymous with “rape”.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

do not try and defend communism.

Attrition47
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The USSR wasn’t communist after 1921; do your homework and mind your manners while you’re at it.

my2Cents
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my2Cents

What were they?

Attrition47
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Look it up, it’s interesting; start with the suppression of the Kronstadt Mutiny of 1921.

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That’s not how it works buddy…You make a statement YOU defend it. …which means that it requires some facts…..
When you’ve grown up , get back to me.
Ciao

Attrition47
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Krondstadt. Mutiny. 1921. look it up.

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my2Cents

You need a crash course in comprehension…..WOW

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Then you might refrain from the “orthodoxy” that all Soviets were rapists. That same orthodoxy describes Nazis as rabid killers…..We were occupied by Germany and those “Nazis” of which we had 2 living in our front parlor were extremely disciplined and friendly, according to my mother. They were well aware of the fact that we had an Austrian deserter (he became my uncle and I am still in touch with his children) with a death sentence on his head hiding in our home….that my father was in the resistance, but they never reported him. They played cards together in the… Read more »

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Watch Greatest Story Never Told 6.5 hr documentary. btw i have been called far right, far left, a nazi, a communist and everything else under the sun, the original article was bemoaning german scientists surviving the war, from a very pro russia news site. I didnt call ALL Russians rapists, but the red army was specifically told to rape and take women as booty. Stalin even set up a puppet polish government to get what they wanted. world changes, recorded history and what actually happened is warped. Russia today is a very different place now. I didnt say all soviets… Read more »

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I find myself in the extraordinary position, as a victim of German occupation, of rehabilitating Hitler….I’ve been called a Nazi and numerous other names. I have been researching WW1 and WW2 for the past 6 years when I discovered that I too was indoctrinated into the orthodox Holocaust myths. Russians, by “definition” were considered the rapists during WW2. That belongs in the same trash can as did the notion of German gas chambers which have long been debunked as does the description and the nefarious deeds committed by German soldiers. What is conspicuously absent in all these scenarios are the… Read more »

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am British, we learnt an entirely different history. i dont follow the narrative much. But to say German soldiers in the same vein as Russian soldiers is kinda just being lazy on allsides i guess. SS were the most culturally and ethnically diverse armies in history, soviets and nazis isn’t entirely accurate either. It does seem to be ideologies rather than a nations will in itself that cause the worst problems, ideologies attack nations, nations consistently have to defend against banksters and their whims. The same people who bankrolled Stalin are in control of the EU now. Germany is still… Read more »

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I suspect your history and mine were similar. It was not until my daughter, who wrote a theses on WW2 Propaganda, told me that the allies did not win the war that I said WHAAAT!!! War is a bitch….There is no black and white….I have had endless discussions with Americans what “no black and white” means. That during war we do things (the lesser of 2 evils) that we would normally never consider. doing. The same goes for Russians soldiers as well as German soldiers. My father, a member of the resistance called the invader “moffen” a derogatory name for… Read more »

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Chopped up? Germany lost about 20% of its 1914 territory, most of it inhabited by non-native German speakers. Britain had yet another civil war and lost about 20% of it’s land, much of that also being occupied by non-native English speakers

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When the Germans advanced through Russia all the able bodied males had a choice to join them or go to the work camps. The girls where put to work in there shall we say pleasure houses or into the fields to produce food for the German Army.Grand Ma and Grandad where got rid of mouths to feed carn’t have that.Roughly by the time the Germans had reached Moscow and Stalingrad around some 2 million Russians had died and around 11/2 million Russian Troops had been sent to the factories and work camps. When the Germans started to get pushed back… Read more »

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

not at all, bomber harris was a disgrace, i suggest you watch the 6 hr documentary Greatest Story Never Told

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

Do not try and tell me Stalins people were not happy to be liberated.

Wesa F.
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Wesa F.

Another point of view, tell me another leader who could have done what Stalin accomplished,maybe Churchill

my2Cents
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Churchill – the bloviating, narcissistic, bi-polar, alcoholic (did I miss anything? Oh yes who received people in the nude….who never saw an opportunity for war that did not make him absolutely giddy with joy!!
http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v09/v09p261_Irving.html

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

Churchill was a complete arsehole. Pol Pott or something killed a few million under communism tho

Wesa F.
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Wesa F.

Who liberated Stalins People ?

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Who were Stalin’s people exactly?

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

6.5 hr long documentary Greatest Story Never Told

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So what? Russia did exactly the same.

Turbofan
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Turbofan

actually no

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Marc Leif

There were 2 “WWII”s The Great Patriotic War in the east, which was a war against fascism. And the “WWII” in the west, which was a war between 2 competing versions of fascism.

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Why bother with ethics as long as profits can be made.

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William

“In Italy, like in most of western Europe, the ‘resistence’ had been led and greatly influenced by the survivors of the communists and socialists.” The resistance against fascists and Nazis consisted largely of Communists. They helped defeat the Nazis and were stabbed in the back by the Americans after the war. The resistance saved untold numbers of Jews, Romas and members of other out groups from death. Germany’s Communist party had been the main bulwark against the Nazi party, so as soon as Hitler became chancellor in 1933, he declared the Communist party illegal and thus Communists were the first… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Did you forget that the day after Hitler became chancellor Jews declared war on Hitler. They did it again in 1938…Small wonder he put them in camps.

Attrition47
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Attrition47

Dickhead

my2Cents
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my2Cents
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my2Cents

“The USSR wasn’t communist after 1921; do your homework and mind your manners while you’re at it.”

Perhaps you can explain what the USSR WAS if not communist, and while talking about manners….oh never mind

How old are you?

Attrition47
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Attrition47

Do as you’re told. ;o)

my2Cents
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my2Cents

An empty suit…Oh well.

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Some related references: Jacobsen, Annie. Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America. First Back Bay paperback ed. New York, NY: Back Bay, Little & Brown, 2015. Lichtblau, Eric. The Nazis next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. Sutton, Antony C. Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler. San Pedro, California: GSG & Associates Publishers, 2002. Talbot, David. The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government. New York, NY: Harper, 2015. Black, Edwin, and Richard Farkas. IBM and the Holocaust: The… Read more »

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William

“Who Financed Hitler: The Secret Funding of Hitler’s Rise to Power, 1919 – 1933” by James Pool. This is an excellent but rarely cited book with lots of facts most people don’t know. Among other interesting facts, it reveals that there were Jewish sources of funding for the Nazis. Another book by the same author is “Hitler and His Secret Partners: Contributions, Loot and Rewards, 1933 – 1945′”. Pool emphasizes the rarely reported fact that by the 1930s, Hitler had become one of Europe’s richest men and owned one of Europe’s most valuable collections of art and rare books (Eduard… Read more »

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Please understand that Europe is by and large Socialist. So while in the resistance my father was not fighting socialism, he was fighting the “moffen” (derogatory name for Germans during the war) who had invaded our country because they knew that Britain was going to invade Germany through either Holland/Belgium or France. What were the British doing at Dunkirk around the 20th of May 1940? ….Seems like the “moffen” had good intelligence which is why they invaded Holland/Belgium and France to prevent the British from coming. Hitler called Henry Ford “My mentor” Prescott Bush was the President of Union Banking… Read more »

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my2Cents
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my2Cents

And Wikipedia is an open source and far from being the arbiter of truth. This is standard orthodoxy which keeps the holocaust farce alive and well. It is a hoax. There was NO holocaust. There were no gas chambers….the carpet bombings by the US/UK caused Typhus epidemics – view pictures of emaciated bodies in mass graves..typical Typhus victims – The Anne Frank story is a hoax – Read Prof. Faurisson’s analysis . I believed like you until about 6 years ago. You need to get different sources and learn that nothing you think you know is in fact so. There… Read more »

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In my articles, it is the arbiter of truth, certainly no less than the effusions of corp-0-rat publishing.

Attrition47
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Attrition47

What was so bad about the nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939, that wasn’t bad about the Anglo-French–nazi Pact of 1938?

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Mr. Quinn has fallen victim to the unthinking muttering of Western “intellectual elites” with this one bad statement “The Nazis would control the whole of mainland Europe and Eurasia, while the US would command the Western Hemisphere, the Far East,” Well, Mr. Quinn, if The US would command the “Far East” which we all understand to be so called “Asia” [so called by the West. The people of the Oriental countries didn’t used to use the term], which of course includes China, then who on earth are you referring to as “Eurasia”. After all, the Nazis have “Europe” and since… Read more »

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That Pact bring Russians some time, they were pretty aware Hitler’s gonna break it. Now it’s a historical fact.

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European Court of Justice rules Britain free to revoke Brexit unilaterally

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Britain can reverse Article 50.

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The UK is free to unilaterally revoke a notification to depart from the EU, the European Court has ruled. The judicial body said this could be done without changing the terms of London’s membership in the bloc.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) opined in a document issued on Monday that Britain can reverse Article 50, which stipulates the way a member state leaves the bloc. The potentially important ruling comes only one day before the House of Commons votes on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the EU.

“When a Member State has notified the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the European Union, as the UK has done, that Member State is free to revoke unilaterally that notification,” the court’s decision reads.

By doing so, the respective state “reflects a sovereign decision to retain its status as a Member State of the European Union.”

That said, this possibility remains in place “as long as a withdrawal agreement concluded between the EU and that Member State has not entered into force.” Another condition is: “If no such agreement has been concluded, for as long as the two-year period from the date of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU.”

The case was opened when a cross-party group of British politicians asked the court whether an EU member such as the UK can decide on its own to revoke the withdrawal process. It included Labour MEPs Catherine Stihler and David Martin, Scottish MPs Joanna Cherry Alyn Smith, along with Green MSPs Andy Wightman and Ross Greer.

They argued that unilateral revocation is possible and believe it could provide an opening to an alternative to Brexit, namely holding another popular vote to allow the UK to remain in the EU.

“If the UK chooses to change their minds on Brexit, then revoking Article 50 is an option and the European side should make every effort to welcome the UK back with open arms,” Smith, the SNP member, was quoted by Reuters.

However, May’s environment minister, Michael Gove, a staunch Brexit supporter, denounced the ECJ ruling, insisting the cabinet will not reverse its decision to leave. “We will leave on March 29, [2019]” he said, referring to the date set out in the UK-EU Brexit deal.

In the wake of the landmark vote on the Brexit deal, a group of senior ministers threatened to step down en masse if May does not try to negotiate a better deal in Brussels, according to the Telegraph. The ministers demanded that an alternative deal does not leave the UK trapped within the EU customs union indefinitely.

On Sunday, Will Quince resigned as parliamentary private secretary in the Ministry of Defense, saying in a Telegraph editorial that “I do not want to be explaining to my constituents why Brexit is still not over and we are still obeying EU rules in the early 2020s or beyond.”

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Seven Days of Failures for the American Empire

The American-led world system is experiencing setbacks at every turn.

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On November 25, two artillery boats of the Gyurza-M class, the Berdiansk and Nikopol, one tugboat, the Yany Kapu, as well as 24 crew members of the Ukrainian Navy, including two SBU counterintelligence officers, were detained by Russian border forces. In the incident, the Russian Federation employed Sobol-class patrol boats Izumrud and Don, as  well as two Ka-52, two Su-25 and one Su-30 aircraft.

Ukraine’s provocation follows the advice of several American think-tanks like the Atlantic Council, which have been calling for NATO involvement in the Sea of Azov for months. The area is strategically important for Moscow, which views its southern borders, above all the Sea of Azov, as a potential flash point for conflict due to the Kiev’s NATO-backed provocations.

To deter such adventurism, Moscow has deployed to the Kerch Strait and the surrounding coastal area S-400 batteries, modernized S-300s, anti-ship Bal missile systems, as well as numerous electronic-warfare systems, not to mention the Russian assets and personnel arrayed in the military districts abutting Ukraine. Such provocations, egged on by NATO and American policy makers, are meant to provide a pretext for further sanctions against Moscow and further sabotage Russia’s relations with European countries like Germany, France and Italy, as well as, quite naturally, to frustrate any personal interaction between Trump and Putin.

This last objective seems to have been achieved, with the planned meeting between Trump and Putin at the G20 in Buenos Aires being cancelled. As to the the other objectives, they seem to have failed miserably, with Berlin, Paris and Rome showing no intention of imposing additional sanctions against Russia, recognizing the Ukrainian provocation fow what it is. The intention to further isolate Moscow by the neocons, neoliberals and most of the Anglo-Saxon establishment seems to have failed, demonstrated in Buenos Aires with the meeting between the BRICS countries on the sidelines and the bilateral meetings between Putin and Merkel.

On November 30, following almost two-and-a-half months of silence, the Israeli air force bombed Syria with three waves of cruise missiles. The first and second waves were repulsed over southern Syria, and the third, composed of surface-to-surface missiles, were also downed. At the same time, a loud explosion was heard in al-Kiswah, resulting in the blackout of Israeli positions in the area.

The Israeli attack was fully repulsed, with possibly two IDF drones being downed as well. This effectiveness of Syria’s air defenses corresponds with Russia’s integration of Syria’s air defenses with its own systems, manifestly improving the Syrians’ kill ratios even without employing the new S-300 systems delivered to Damascus, let alone Russia’s own S-400s. The Pantsirs and S-200s are enough for the moment, confirming my hypothesis more than two months ago that the modernized S-300 in the hands of the Syrian army is a potentially lethal weapon even for the F-35, forbidding the Israelis from employing their F-35s.

With the failed Israeli attack testifying to effectiveness of Russian air-defense measures recently deployed to the country, even the United States is finding it difficult to operate in the country. As the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War confirms:

“Russia has finished an advanced anti-access/area denial (A2AD) network in Syria that combines its own air defense and electronic warfare systems with modernized equipment. Russia can use these capabilities to mount the long-term strategic challenge of the US and NATO in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East, significantly widen the geographic reach of Russia’s air defense network. Russia stands to gain a long-term strategic advantage over NATO through its new capabilities in Syria. The US and NATO must now account for the risk of a dangerous escalation in the Middle East amidst any confrontation with Russia in Eastern Europe.”

The final blow in a decidedly negative week for Washington’s ambitions came in Buenos Aires during the G20, where Xi Jinping was clearly the most awaited guest, bringing in his wake investments and opportunities for cooperation and mutual benefit, as opposed to Washington’s sanctions and tariffs for its own benefit to the detriment of others. The key event of the summit was the dinner between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump that signalled Washington’s defeat in the trade war with Beijing. Donald Trump fired the first shot of the economic war, only to succumb just 12 months later with GM closing five plants and leaving 14,000 unemployed at home as Trump tweeted about his economic achievements.

Trump was forced to suspend any new tariffs for a period of ninety days, with his Chinese counterpart intent on demonstrating how an economic war between the two greatest commercial powers had always been a pointless propagandistic exercise. Trump’s backtracking highlights Washington’s vulnerability to de-dollarization, the Achilles’ heel of US hegemony.

The American-led world system is experiencing setbacks at every turn. The struggle between the Western elites seems to be reaching a boil, with Frau Merkel ever more isolated and seeing her 14-year political dominance as chancellor petering out. Macron seems to be vying for the honor of being the most unpopular French leader in history, provoking violent protests that have lasted now for weeks, involving every sector of the population. Macron will probably be able to survive this political storm, but his political future looks dire.

The neocons/neoliberals have played one of the last cards available to them using the Ukrainian provocation, with Kiev only useful as the West’s cannon fodder against Russia. In Syria, with the conflict coming to a close and Turkey only able to look on even as it maintains a strong foothold in Idlib, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States are similarly unable to affect the course of the conflict. The latest Israeli aggression proved to be a humiliation for Tel Aviv and may have signalled a clear, possibly definitive warning from Moscow, Tehran and Damascus to all the forces in the region. The message seems to be that there is no longer any possibility of changing the course of the conflict in Syria, and every provocation from here on will be decisively slapped down. Idlib is going to be liberated and America’s illegal presence in the north of Syria will have to be dealt with at the right time.

Ukraine’s provocation has only strengthened Russia’s military footprint in Crimea and reinforced Russia’s sovereign control over the region. Israel’s recent failure in Syria only highlights how the various interventions of the US, the UK, France and Turkey over the years have only obliged the imposition of an almost unparalleled A2AD space that severely limits the range of options available to Damascus’s opponents.

The G20 also served to confirm Washington’s economic diminution commensurate with its military one in the face of an encroaching multipolar environment. The constant attempts to delegitimize the Trump administration by America’s elites, also declared an enemy by the European establishment, creates a picture of confusion in the West that benefits capitals like New Delhi, Moscow, Beijing and Tehran who offer instead stability, cooperation and dialogue.

As stated in previous articles, the confusion reigning amongst the Western elites only accelerates the transition to a multipolar world, progressively eroding the military and economic power of the US.

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Is Silicon Valley Morphing Into The Morality Police?

Who gets to define what words and phrases protected under the First Amendment constitute hate — a catchall word that is often ascribed to any offensive speech someone simply doesn’t like?

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Silicon Valley used to be technology companies. But it has become the “morality police,” controlling free speech on its platforms.

What could go wrong?

In a speech Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said:

“Hate tries to make its headquarters in the digital world. At Apple, we believe that technology needs to have a clear point of view on this challenge. There is no time to get tied up in knots. That’s why we only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence: You have no place on our platforms.”

Here’s the goliath problem:

Who gets to define what words and phrases protected under the First Amendment constitute hate — a catchall word that is often ascribed to any offensive speech someone simply doesn’t like?

Will Christians who don’t support abortion rights or having their tax dollars go toward Planned Parenthood be considered purveyors of hate for denying women the right to choose? Will millions of Americans who support legal immigration, as opposed to illegal immigration, be labeled xenophobes or racists and be banned from the digital world?

Yes and yes. How do we know? It’s already happening, as scores of conservatives nationwide are being shadow banned and/or censored on social media, YouTube, Google and beyond.

Their crime?

Running afoul of leftist Silicon Valley executives who demand conformity of thought and simply won’t tolerate any viewpoint that strays from their rigid political orthodoxy.

For context, consider that in oppressive Islamist regimes throughout the Middle East, the “morality police” take it upon themselves to judge women’s appearance, and if a woman doesn’t conform with their mandatory and highly restrictive dress code — e.g., wearing an identity-cloaking burqa — she could be publicly shamed, arrested or even stoned in the town square.

In modern-day America, powerful technology companies are actively taking the role of the de facto morality police — not when it comes to dress but when it comes to speech — affecting millions. Yes, to date, those affected are not getting stoned, but they are being blocked in the digital town square, where billions around the globe do their business, cultivate their livelihoods, connect with others and get news.

That is a powerful cudgel to levy against individuals and groups of people. Wouldn’t you say?

Right now, unelected tech billionaires living in a bubble in Palo Alto — when they’re not flying private to cushy climate summits in Davos — are deciding who gets to enjoy the freedom of speech enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and who does not based on whether they agree with people’s political views and opinions or not.

You see how dangerous this can get — real fast — as partisan liberal elites running Twitter, Facebook, Google (including YouTube), Apple and the like are now dictating to Americans what they can and cannot say online.

In communist regimes, these types of folks are known as central planners.

The election of Donald Trump was supposed to safeguard our freedoms, especially regarding speech — a foundational pillar of a democracy. It’s disappointing that hasn’t happened, as the censorship of conservative thought online has gotten so extreme and out of control many are simply logging off for good.

A failure to address this mammoth issue could cost Trump in 2020. If his supporters are blocked online — where most voters get their news — he’ll be a one-term president.

It’s time for Congress to act before the morality police use political correctness as a Trojan horse to decide our next election.

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