The Political Logic of Zionism

Germany’s Political Crisis and the Future of Nord Stream 2

In a Blinken of an Eye

The Biden Administration entered the White House accompanied by hopes that
it would return to some kind of normal in its relations with the European Union.
While Biden, unlike Obama, would not score a Nobel Peace Prize solely for his
existence, his victory was warmly welcomed in capitals around Europe as a sign
that liberalism would vanquish populism ushering in a new era of “business
as usual” in the form it was practiced during the Obama Administration.

Once in office, however, the Biden Administration has been working overtime
in order to dispel any notion of a relationship of mutual respect between two
more or less equal allies, US and EU. Instead, Biden officials have acted as
if US and EU are a contemporary version of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, two
countries with ostensibly separate political systems linked by a personal union
in the form of the Emperor (Biden), held together by a common army (NATO) whose
main task is preventing any separatism by “Hungary” (the EU) and whose
foreign policy is made wholly in “Austria” (United States). Events
like Brexit merely represent a part of the empire moving from “Hungary”
to “Austria” for a variety of cultural and racial reasons. In practice
it meant that, in addition to Biden replying affirmatively to a court journalist’s
question whether Vladimir was a “killer” and Blinken provoking a major
row with a Chinese delegation by informing them the US intended to deal with
China from a “position of strength”, Blinken also issued a blunt warning
to European companies working on Nord Stream 2 could be subject to US sanctions
if they did not immediately withdraw from the project.

To make matters worse, at the EU summit Blinken pointed out that his threats
aimed at Nord Stream 2 are a reflection of US Congress laws demanding any and
all firms participating in its construction to be sanctioned, though omitting
that the Executive Branch has considerable freedom of action in implementing
legislation impinging on the presidential foreign policy prerogatives.

It does not appear as if Blinken’s “shock and awe” show on three
continents has had the desired results. Germany’s Foreign Ministry pointedly
refused to endorse Biden’s characterization of Vladimir Putin as a “killer”,
in contrast to several other European countries traditionally adhering to an
anti-Russia stance. Moreover, there is no evidence that German companies are
about to drop their work on Nord Stream 2. Doing so would be a fatal blow to
Germany’s position as the leading EU member state and would introduce a
greater degree of chaos into EU power struggles. Factors putting a certain degree
of steel into Germany’s spine is the apparent realization that, emboldened
by the effectiveness of a mere threat of sanctions against Germany, the US State
Department will grow accustomed to using that instrument on a routine basis
with Germany and other members of the EU. United States’ apparent desire
to denigrate Germany’s international status seems to have led to a few
other snubs, such as the failure to invite it to a high-level meeting on Afghanistan
that Russia, China, and even Turkey will attend.

Germany’s Green Hell

If the United States has an ace in a hole that might yet reverse the decline
of its fortunes, it is the gradual ascendancy of Germany’s Green Party.
German and indeed international public opinion have come a long way from the
heady days of Spring 2020, when Angela Merkel was roundly hailed as the “scientist”
whose combination of empirical astuteness and political savvy would bring COVID-19
to heel, in stark contrast to the ignorant fools that Boris Johnson and Donald
Trump were supposed to be. Back in May or June 2020, it certainly did not appear
as if anything could threaten Merkel’s political fortunes. Yet it is Merkel
who is now facing calls for a Bundestag vote of confidence. The botched pandemic
response, the puzzling back-and-forth of lockdowns, relaxations, then new lockdowns,
and a number of corruption scandals associated with pandemic response contracts
that implicated a number of CDU/CSU deputies, have undermined the public’s
confidence in the ruling party and its leadership. It certainly did not help
matters that the EU official most closely associated with the botched vaccine
procurement at the Union level is the President of the European Commission Ursula
van der Leyen who previously occupied several ministerial posts, including that
of Defense, in the various Merkel governments.

It is therefore unsurprising that Germany is potentially facing a major electoral
upheaval that threatens to significantly rearrange the country’s political
landscape. As of March 27, 2021, a Kantar opinion poll attempting to ascertain
the level of support each of Germany’s parties might enjoy during this
year’s Bundestag elections showed CDU/CSU still in the lead with potentially
25% of the vote, with the Greens in close second at 23%. The other political
parties posted notably weaker figures. The once-dominant SPD scored only 17%,
Alternative for Germany (AfD) and FDP 10% apiece, Die Linke 9%, with 6% distributed
among the remaining parties. Other German opinion polls delivered roughly similar
results, varying only by a couple percentage points.

Its rise is driven by several factors, including the exhaustion with the ruling
CDU/CSU coalition, the SPD suffering from the abandonment of its leftist principles
in favor of Blair/Clinton-like “third way” neoliberal policies, Die
Linke still lingering under a cloud of suspicion due to its German Democratic
Republic ancestry, and of course the Alternative for Germany attracting unwanted
attention from Germany’s own “Deep State” which, like its US
and British counterparts, is playing an increasingly active role in the country’s
politics.

Gruen Nach Osten

That the Greens’ coming to power is bound to result in Germany becoming
more militaristic and interventionist on the world stage is also suggested by
the curious case of Tareq Alaows, a Syrian man born in Damascus who came to
Germany in 2015 and, only six years later, was declared a Bundestag candidate
from the Green Party already as a German citizen. Given that the rest of the
1.5 million refugees who arrived in Germany at roughly the same time are still
not German citizens and are likely never to become them, Alaows’ rapid
elevation suggest that the Greens have friends within Germany’s “deep
state”, and are interested in following US and British lead in “weaponizing”
social issues such as gender rights, environmentalism, and other issues in order
to justify aggression against countries deemed insufficiently dedicated to what
the West claims to be “universal values”. They would not be Europe’s
first “Green” party to go neo-conservative. Sweden’s Greens have
likewise inducted many Islamists into their ranks in order to press for greater
foreign interventionism. Moreover, since Germany’s Green Party is a relatively
recent invention and is therefore not associated with Germany’s earlier
military aggressions (and here one should note that even the SPD was staunchly
supportive of Germany’s aggression in World War I, and likely would have
been in World War II had it not been banned by the Nazis), they are the most
logical front for Germany’s neo-cons. One can readily imagine empowered
Greens declaring Germany has a sacred mission to rid the world of coal, oil,
and natural gas as sources of energy which naturally means a confrontation with
China and Russia in order to install governments in those countries that naturally
share the Greens’ priorities and incidentally also enact policies highly
favorable to German business interests. While the Green Party began its existence
as a radical party of the Left, by the end of the Cold War it began to reinvent
itself along neo-conservative lines. Its support for NATO’s wars against
Yugoslavia and other military adventures, its peculiar interest in Aleksey Navalny
who is not exactly known as an environmentalist, combined with strident opposition
to Nord Stream 2, collectively make it very attractive to the Bidens and Blinkens
of the world interested in making Germany a US client state. What remains to
be seen is whether German and US “deep states” are capable of smoothing
the Greens’ path into power, and whether the German people will accept
the Green regime that is being prepared for them.

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