Published On: Mon, Aug 18th, 2014

German Positions on Iraq/Ukraine reflect growing Continental European Consensus against US/UK Hegemony – Christof Lehmann

Fahwad Al-Khadoumi (nsnbc) : German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that the establishment of an independent Kurdish State on Iraqi territory could further destabilize the Middle East. German foreign policy on Iraq reflects a growing consensus among continental European countries who are pushing back against Anglo-American Middle East and European hegemony, said analyst and nsnbc editor, Christof Lehmann. He added, that nobody would have been better suited for implementing the Greater Middle East Project and a potential war on Russia than Danish NATO Secretary-General Fogh Rasmussen. 

In an interview published in the largest German boulevard newspaper Bild on Sunday, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Bild that “An independent Kurdish State would further destabilize the region and give rise to new tensions”.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Photo, courtesy of Itar-Tass

Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Photo, courtesy of Itar-Tass

Independent analyst and nsnbc editor Christof Lehmann reported in a nsnbc exclusive, published June 22, that the final decision to oust the al-Maliki government in Iraq, using ISIS (IS) as proxy, was made during the Atlantic Council’s Energy Summit in Ankara, in November 2013.

Part of this decision was the establishment of a Kurdish State on Iraqi territory, or so far-reaching autonomy that it would deprive a central Iraqi government from controlling the countries resources.

In another article, published in New Eastern Outlook on July 30, Lehmann stressed that both a developing wider Middle East war and the war in Ukraine represent an Anglo-American cartel that aims at sabotaging EU – Russian relations and at maintaining Anglo-American hegemony in continental Europe.

Lehmann quotes from a conversation with an Admiral from a European NATO member state in the early 1980s, paraphrasing him:

”American colleagues at the Pentagon told me, unequivocally, that the US and UK never would allow European – Soviet relations to develop to such a degree that they would challenge the US/UK’s political, economic or military primacy and hegemony on the European continent. Such a development will be prevented by all necessary means, if necessary by provoking a war in central Europe”.

christof-lehmann-20112Lehmann, who warned against the risk of a war in Ukraine since 2012, said that the defeat of two large-scale campaigns against the Syrian town of Aleppo with NATO-led Libyan brigades, and the subsequent collapse of Russia – EU attempts to reach a consensus over the third EU Energy Package made the conflict in Ukraine as predictable as a clockwork.

In an August 2013 interview, published in Route Magazine with Igor Alexeev, Lehmann stressed that:

“The discovery of the world’s largest, known gas reserves in the Persian Gulf, shared by Qatar and Iran, and new assessments which found 70 % more gas in the Levantine in 2007, are key to understanding the dynamics of the conflicts we see today. After a completion of the PARS pipeline, from Iran, through Iraq and Syria to the Eastern Mediterranean coast, the European Union would receive more than an estimated 45 % of the gas it consumes over the next 100 – 120 years from Russian and Iranian sources.

Under non-conflict circumstances, this would warrant an increased integration of the European, Russian and Iranian energy sectors and national economies……. …

In 2007, Qatar sent US dollar 10 billion to Turkey’s Foreign Minister Davotoglu to prepare Turkey’s and Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood for the subversion of Syria. As we recently learned from former French Foreign Minister Dumas, it was also about that time, that actors in the United Kingdom began planning the subversion of Syria with the help of “rebels”. France has been motivated to taking part in the subversion of Syria, because it has gotten British support against a German push to change the French economic policy in its former African colonies, the UMEOA member states.

We see today a European Union, deeply divided over Syria and Africa. The fact that the EU is trying to limit Russian influence over its gas supply by means of the Third EU Energy Package, rather than working on furthering integration, is a direct function of these dynamics”.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stressed in the interview with Bild on Sunday, that it is important to help Iraq so that the country could remain united and preserve its territorial integrity.

Monday Morning Talk. A Growing Continental European Consensus. During a phone call with nsnbc on Monday morning, Lehmann stressed that it would be a fallacy to understand Steinmeier’s statement as an endorsement of the U.S. bombing campaign against positions of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.

He added, that Steinmeier’s statement to Bild much rather represents a growing continental consensus against Anglo-American “projects in the Middle East and in Ukraine”.  Lehmann added:

“People tend to forget that the Obama administration represents the likes of Zbigniev Brzezinski, who are the ´Grand Architects` of the Greater Middle East Project and the attempt to maintain the primacy of the US/UK axis on the European continent.

The Obama administration and Brzezinski are equivalent to an US/UK foreign policy that is almost pathologically obsessed with containing Putin and Balkanizing Russia into several regions, so as to control and contain Moscow.

The referral was made with reference to, among others, Brzezinski’s latest book, Strategic Vision, in which Brzezinski attempts to rationalize the need for this policy because ´Putin and Russia had never confronted themselves with the “killing of hundreds of thousands of political dissidents during the Soviet era`.

Lehmann added that one can clearly see the almost pathological nature of Brzezinski during a presentation of his book at the Brookings Institution. Lehmann added that:

“One of the problems with obsessive personalities like Zbigniev Brzezinski is that it can be difficult to determine how much of what they write and say is propaganda and positioning aimed ad justifying a bellicose policy, and the degree to which they actually believe in the reality of their socially constructed enemy image – ´Feindbild`”.

Rather than endorsing the Anglo-American Middle East project, Steinmeier’s warning, that the establishment of a separate Kurdish State on Iraqi territory can destabilize the region, represents a growing consensus against US/UK hegemony and extremely dangerous, disruptive and obsessive policies. The growing continental European consensus against the US/UK hegemony includes Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and increasingly France.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Why NATO’s Fogh-Of-War was a Perfect Choice for US/UK Hegemony? How rotten things really are in the State of Denmark. Asked about the role of NATO, and especially the reason for appointing the Danish NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen for the office, Lehmann said:

“That issue alone would be worth an entire book. Consider that Denmark never was officially accepted as ally during WWII; That the then Danish Foreign Minister had a covert meeting with Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler in Rostock, not long before the German ´invasion`; Consider that the son of  Danish Foreign Minister Munch was a pedophile and that many of the documents pertaining this hot potato remain classified or have been disappeared;  Consider that Munch’s son risked being put to prison ´or worse`by the Germans; Consider that Danish forces only mounted a symbolic resistance; (emphasis added) 

Consider that Anders Fogh-Rasmussen has shown his reliability during his term as Danish PM, when he engaged Danish troops in an illegal war against Iraq, Consider that the Danish courts said that plaintiffs who wanted Fogh-Rasmussen charged for illegally involving Danish troops rejected the plaintiffs on the ground that they had no standing in court; Danes are propagandized into wanting to show how much committed they are to NATO, because everybody knows that Denmark got a “free ride” instead of being occupied.

I had the privilege to talk to several of the old resistance fighters, among others Dr. Eva Graungaard. Graungaard, who was the only survivor of her resistance group and who became a life-long honorary member of the Danish parliament said ´had it not been for some 3,000 active resistance fighters in Denmark, the allies would have occupied the country`.(emphasis added)

Was Eva Graungaard still alive, I am certain, that she would have agreed that there could not have been a better choice than Denmark and Anders Fogh-Rasmussen, when it came to appointing a NATO Secretary-General. That means, a Secretary-General who was obsessed with ´being on the winning team` instead of doing what is right”. (emphasis added)

When the Danish flag was raised during the 2014 D-Day celebrations, it was not because of the role the Danish State played. The flag was raised because of the role Danish sailors played in WWII.

Danish historian Niels Wium Olesen described the situation as a ´pleasant misunderstanding`, a way of showing Denmark that it belongs to NATO today. Wium Olesen explained that Danes appreciate that misunderstanding because it is great to be on the winning team`.

Now, even that is not enough to describe how rotten things really are in the State of Denmark. Why would the Danish sailors be honored, while the Danish resistance fighters are omitted? Because Denmark, not too many years ago, designated them as having been terrorists. (emphasis added)

Nobody would have been more eager at showing allegiance with the Anglo-American axis, even at the cost of a war in Europe, than Fogh Rasmussen”. (emphasis added)

It is noteworthy that both the government of the Czech Republic and of Slovakia, in June/July rejected to have NATO troops and NATO bases in response to the situation in Ukraine and in general.

It is also noteworthy that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, in May, made a joint statement warning the post-coup government in Ukraine that the use of military force in southern and eastern Ukraine is illegal, unless it is to save human lives and protect infrastructure.

Merkel and Hollande added, that even then, it must be used proportionally. Moreover, in early August, Merkel stressed that Germany wants to continue talks with Russia over Ukraine despite sanctions.

It is also noteworthy that it was Germany and Berlin who hosted the second round of Berlin Talks on Monday morning of August 18. The participants were Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France; Note the fact that the UK and USA were missing and the fact that the talks brought at least some modest progress with regard to humanitarian issues in Ukraine and with regards to de-escalating the tense situation with the involvement of the OSCE.

F/AK – nsnbc 18.08.2014

About the Author

- Fahwad al-Khadoumi is a Palestinian, born in Syria in 1956. He began as editorial assistant in 2013 and became co-editor at nsnbc international in 2014. His editorial signature in as co-editor in nsnbc is F/AK - nsnbc ..date. He can be reached by e-mail at nsnbc.wordpress@gmail.com

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  1. Chris Doyle says:

    With the US & UK absent, I am far more hopeful for some peace in Ukraine. I believe it is these two nations that are the Prime Movers in Poroshenko’s genocide.

    • Dear Chris Doyle. You are right on the money with that assessment. I warned about it since June/July 2012, but we need to have media like nsnbc reach out to a greater number of readers to make an impact on the public discourse. You are absolutely right, and there is a lot of evidence to substantiate what you said. One additional problem though; Germany is far from sovereign and hasn’t been sovereign for decades.

      • Aike says:

        Dear mr. Lehman. I was triggered by the last sentence in your comment. How exactly is it that Germany isn’t sovereign? I tend to agree with you, but that would be based more on a gut feeling than facts. Could you point me to the latter?

        The same goes for my own country, the Netherlands. Who really makes the important decisions in my country when it comes to geo-politics? Who are the men behind the curtains I wonder?

        Our small country has been dragged into multiple illegal wars (we were in the ‘coalition of the willing’ for Iraq and Afghanistan) and now I fear the same will happen with respect to Ukraine. I don’t think it was a coincidence MH17 was outbound from Amsterdam. The Dutch are in the lead of the investigation but I don’t think that will help us to learn what really happened. In fact I suspect the final report was probably written in advance.

        Thanks in advance for your reply, keep up the good work! Cheers Aike

        • @ Aike
          Forget for a moment that NATO membership and EU membership has legal bearing on sovereignty questions which concern both the Netherlands, Germany et al.
          Germany, Japan, Italy are still covered by the UN Charter’s Enemy State Clause, Germany still has no peace treaty, the 2+4 “instead of a peace treaty” is just that “instead of”. As long as we don’t have a peace treaty we can’t vote for a new constitution. The current “basic law” was largely dictated by the victors of WWII; Not to forget that the basic law has not even any territory that it covers, and there is a lot more. A lot. Among others, that German policy still can be dictated by the supreme headquarters, allied command. Russia (USSR) rescinded that right at the time of the German reunification, others did not. Thank you for the interest in the very complex subject. You probably understand that this is too complex to deal with it in “comments”. A reasonable starting point would be:

          Germany Expels U.S. Spy Chief; Opens Geopolitical Can of Worms .. http://nsnbc.me/2014/07/11/germany-expels-u-s-spy-chief-opens-geopolitical-can-of-worms/

          NB.: When you study the issue, you will not be able to avoid a lot of mis- disinformation, some Neo-Nazi material that plays into the hands of MI6, CIA etc.. A good starting point would be the German Philosopher and Military Historian Peter Feist. If you understand German, go eventually to Youtube, type “Peter Feist, Feindstaatenklausel”, that will get you started too.

          • Aike says:

            Thanks Christof! I do understand German so I’ll go straight Peter Feist then.

            Makes me wonder if my German friends know about their country not having a peace treaty. I’ll quiz them ;-)

            Thanks again!

  2. Debbie says:

    Most Brits, Yankies and indoctrinated Danes will have a fit when the read this. GREAT… Tell me more about it. :D Grüsse an Lehmann aus der Schweiz.

  3. Bal Moral says:

    NSNBC’s background stories can not be valued high enough, especially in times where MSM obviously have ugly relationships with warmongering and ruinous politicians in the US/EU.

    Thanks a lot to Christof and its esteemed team, you help to make this world a better place!
    BM

    • Hello Bal Moral. ;) and nsnbc readers.
      Thanks for the positive feed-back.

      Christof Lehmann will talk about “A European Perspective on the Situation in Ukraine & on the last War in Gaza”

      August 21, 2014 – On the Logos Radio Network and Thomas Kiely’s INN World Report

      http://archive.logosradionetwork.com/category/inn-world-report-radio/2014-inn-world-report-radio/

      The Program is broadcast live between 6 – 8 pm New York Time, Lehmann will be on from 7.15 pm.
      If you are in Europe, its on live Fiday 0 – 2 am CET and Lehmann will be on from 1.15 am CET.
      If that’s too late, you can stream the program, about 1 behind (same website). But as fast as things change today, its better to stay tuned. ;)

      • Bal Moral says:

        You are welcome!

        CET would also be fine then … ;)

        • Debbie says:

          I’ll stay up and listen live. I’m in Switzerland, so I can’t call in but I’ll stay tuned 100% – GREAT :) The only thing that could be better would be Lehmann & Tarlpley together. Politics, history and how to cure the madness. :D

  4. The Treaty on the Final Settlement With Respect to Germany, German: Vertrag über die abschließende Regelung in bezug auf Deutschland (or the Two Plus Four Agreement, German: Zwei-plus-Vier-Vertrag; short: German Treaty) was negotiated in 1990 between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic (the eponymous “Two”), and the Four Powers which occupied Germany at the end of World War II in Europe: France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In the treaty the Four Powers renounced all rights they held in Germany, allowing a united Germany to become fully sovereign the following year.
    Sorry but Wikipedia does not agree with you Christoff.

    • Debbie says:

      LOL – BRADLEY DEAR.
      Thank’s for making the point that WIKIMEDIA is not a reliable source. I recomment that you study the document, consult historians like Peter Feist, et al. “before” you use WIKIPEDIA as TRUSTED SOURCCE”. :d Thanks for bringing up a BRILLIANT POINT BRADLEY. :) – NB.: Last time I lokked it was Christof. Only one f.

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