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How Long Shall Germany
Remain the Vassal State?

Friday, March 7, 2003

France, Russia, and Germany Say No.

Fleeting Axis
of the Unwilling.

USA, Britain, and Spain Say Go.

from Bald Mountain near Rachel, Nevada

The Coalition of the Willing is a splendid term, USA's counterpoise to that old Arabic standard, The Mother of All Battles. If Britain is willing, why is France not willing? If Spain is willing, why is Germany not willing?

Trusty Great Britain is loyalty personified, USA's steadfast friend and inseparable partner in adventure and risk. Long live the Queen!

Vociferous France is insufferable and duplicitous, a self-important codpiece on the world stage, USA's occasional military ally, supposed capitalist competitor, and weak-kneed cryptic collaborator in all things imperial and ostentatious.

Staunch and Shrewd Support.

Spain, a resurgent parliamentary monarchy, presents a most interesting case in the constant portfolio of changing fortune. By stepping-up in the affirmative to offset France's transgression against Western solidarity, Spain seized an opportunity to advance its standing within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) hierarchy. Given its history of occupation by Islam, Spain demonstrates by its staunch and shrewd support of the superpower USA that it not only remembers the past, but also is eager to avenge it.

Germany is earnestly pacific, properly mindful of past sins, and understandably reluctant to wage any kind of armed combat. As an occupied nation no longer willing to take responsibility for its national defense, Germany is merely posturing for its cowed citizenry of disengaged mercantilists, craftsmen, and industrial worker bees.

On Wednesday the foreign ministers of France, Germany, and Russia were pictured standing side-by-side to affirm their opposition to the Coalition of the Willing and its coming war against Iraq. The odd triumvirate of two old-line European states and their colossal neighbor to the east brought to mind a few other alliances, willing or not, between various manifestations of the three.

Pacts and Treaties.

The government of the German Reich and the government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) signed their pact of non-aggression in 1939, which culminated in the Russian army's military capture of Berlin in 1945. In the realignment of nations following the defeat of the Third Reich, East Germany was carved out of the ashes and absorbed into Moscow's communist-socialist family of nations before becoming trapped behind the Iron Curtain of the USSR's Warsaw Treaty Organization from 1955 to 1989.

Twice in the Twentieth Century, Germany was forced through military might to accept France's demands for territory and reparations. In neither instance did France defeat Germany in battle; instead, the United States of America sent its armies to Europe to rescue the fallen French republic from inglorious defeat.

In 1919 the Treaty of Versailles required Germany to cede the territory of Alsace-Lorraine and much of Rhineland to France as punishment for Germany's failure to prevail in World War One. France's typical shortsighted greed and its arrogance in victory roused much hatred in Germany, and seeded the psychic ruins of the Germanic countenance for the sure propagation of Nazi fascism.

In 1945 at the Yalta Conference, the USA, Great Britain, and the USSR met to divide the spoils of their victory over Hitler's Germany. A rudderless France was brought into the mix somewhat belatedly, not because of its ability to win wars — the French fell quickly to the Nazi blitzkrieg — but because of its strategic location and traditions of liberty. USA and Britain needed France's historic ties to areas of western Germany to wrestle territorial control of select German lands from the Russians.


What do you suppose these three familiar players from the Old World intend to accomplish by their opposition to the USA and its New World Order in 2003?

Peace? Their pleas for peace are pabulum for the propagandist and the dreamer.

The intent, especially on the part of France and Russia, is to realign power relationships and break the momentum of the wounded beast they call America, whose great centers of commerce and government, New York City and Washington, D.C., endured the attacks of Nine Eleven while Parisians and Berliners watched on television.

Most transparent is Russia's eager effort to weaken NATO. We of Planet X have no quarrel with the fundamental consistency of Russia's diplomatic maneuvering. The attempt to separate France and Germany from the USA makes perfect sense in light of Moscow's diminished status on the world stage and its proximity to a burgeoning NATO.

Weaselly Ignominy.

France is simply being French: insular, inflated, and inherently unable to honor its deepest commitments. Whenever uncommon courage and honor are required to satisfy the Will to Power, the Republique Francaise will fall into its weaselly habits and sneak into the bruyère patch of thorny ignominy. May it fare well in its battles against the mighty rebels of Ivory Coast.

Germany's resistance to the demands of its big brother from North America means more, we think, than the bluster and protests of its more powerful cohorts in the fleeting Axis of the Unwilling. By saying no to the USA and its battle plans in Iraq, Germany has announced through subtle symbol its ultimate intent to expel the occupying American armies from the soil of the Fatherland. Absurd, you retort? Check your premise. How long can the strongest tribe of Europe — the modern Germanic union of the ancient and mighty Goths and Visigoths, Angles and Saxons and Jutes — remain the vassal state of another nation? How much longer can the reunified Germany tolerate its diminished status as the capitalist engine of a mighty chariot it does not command?

| David Ebenezer Baldwin Bowles |
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