In the coming weeks I will start to post more regularly about different developments that are occuring in the German and European political landscape at this time. As all of you know the start of the special military operation in Ukraine by Russia has had some far reaching consequences on the geopolitical landscape, which many people have not fully grasped at present.
What is less often discussed in the mainstream media are the smaller countries such Poland, Romania and Hungary that also have been quite active and making their own demands just like the bigger more covered players China, USA and Russia who are already actively engaged in redrawing European and Asian borders.
Though the conflict in Asia has not broken out so far – and in my opinion will remain mostly peaceful – not CNN mostly peaceful – but actually mostly peaceful. At least any conflict should not take place on the same scale than it has between Urkaine and Russia. There is some evidence that China has similar territorial demands about Taiwan which is akin to Russia’s claims on Ukraine – which the establishment in USA is apparently oppossing.
Ironically, almost no one is paying attention to the renegotiation of the current borders in many European countries that aren’t Ukraine and Russia. Germany, for example, has integrated the Dutch military into it’s command structure and taken complete control over the Dutch forces in an arrangement that is resembling the Holy Roman Empire with a field marschall position. At the same time – a popular “Germany ticket” is now also covering areas of Poland which used to belong to Germany before WW1 and WW2. In that area of current Poland which the “Germany ticket” now covers – a minority group of Poles exists who are called Schlesier and seek to gain independece from Poland (40% of Poles are Schlesier; Ślōnzŏki in their own language or Ślązacy in Polish. In English: Silesians).
At the same time the Polish are making claims on their old territory in Ukraine, in exchange for military aid in the Ukraine conflict against Russia. Most of Eastern Ukraine used to belong to Poland before WW1 and this old conflict is now re-emerging and seemingly trying to reverse many of the territorial changes of Europe that have occurred in the aftermath of WW1. Of course Ukraine used to be a part of Russia at the time WW1 broke out, with some bits that were belonging to Poland going over to a new client state called Ukraine which was created by the Allies after WW1. Of course, before WW1 Poland was a Russian kingdom under the Russian Tzar.
Not just China and Russia are seemingly interested in and busy with changing their borders, but so are the Poles and Germans. Parts of Eastern Ukraine that aren’t claimed by Poland, are now claimed by even smaller countries like Hungary and Romania who used to own the part of lands that currently belong to Ukraine, given to Ukraine by the Allies (read: mostly in fact almost exclusively the British).
A lot of this news doesn’t get sufficient coverage and contextualization so that people cannot understand what is happening within the European theatre and geopolitically.
In my blog series I will try to highlight some of the important recent changes in European geopolitics and contextualize them by pointing to the origin of the conflict in history, which is almost exclusively going to be either WW1 or WW2 respectively.
WW2, for example, is the direct origin for the quackmire that is the Middle Eastern foreign politics of today, because Hitler and the Nazis are the main reason that Jewish settlers appeared in Palestina, where previously they had not been present. The Nazis and British government negotiated to settle Jewish people in Palestine before WW2 broke out and became a fully active military conflict. As a result the Jewish settlements in the Middle East and most of the conflict after WW2 that happened in the Middle East are a direct consequence of resettling the Middle East with Jewish people from European countries.
The conflicts in the Middle East and the Jewish settlements as a consequence of the Nazis banishing Jews from Germany are causally related to the creation of Israel and Middle Eastern conflict. Of course, that is not the whole story, but a structurally underrepresented event not commonly taught in history classes, despite it being a highly signifcant geopolitical event that changed the land ownership of many nations and in fact, created some new nations that previously didn’t exist. These client states have far reaching consequences for the structural organization of the global economy, taxation and politics. Today, astonishingly, not many people realize that this too goes back to WW1 and WW2.
Even the current conflict in Ukraine can be traced back to WW1 when Russia lost control of that territory and then WW2 when the Germans of that territory joined the war on the side of the Nazis against Russia. Even before WW1, there had been several wars between Russia, Turkey, France and England over Ukraine – specifically the Krim area or Crimea, which had been settled by Germans ever since 1800, because of the Napoleonic Wars and is Russia’s only warm water port and thus hugely important to them. In 1917 Ukraine became a People’s Republic and declared indepenence as a territory from Russia, since Russia had lost the war against Germany and was in no shape to fight an uprising in Ukraine. In WW2 many of the German settlers in Ukraine ended up fighting against the Red army in WW2, despite being members of the red army themselves. As a result, the Ukrainian state and identity emerged with strong ties to national socialism in some parts of society which led Putin to declare the special military operation which he justified with the need for “denazification” in Ukraine.
Too many people are not familiar with the matter of “denazification” so that it may appear as if the proclamation of “denazifaction” is untennable. However, since most people don’t know the historical context in which the conflict emerged a lot of people miss the neccessary context that is needed to understand why these conflicts occur in the European theatre at this time and why many nations are involved in re-arranging their borders.
The role of the United States in taking in Nazi war criminals after WW2 to work on their scientific projects at NASA or for their intelligence servies – the CIA (formerly: OSS) is better understood by the broader public, but still not well understood and based on a lot of misinformation that has been dissiminated in the press over decades.
Another little known fact is that the Russian space program was also started by German Nazi-Scientist that were taken from East Germany to work for the USSR. Lesser known still, is the fact that Germany itself still has not undergone “denazification” and is currently still a country that is under occupation.
However, in my humble opinion, in many ways the world is currently also undergoing the process of “denazification” and the upcoming blog series will point to some of the events that are playing a role in this process. I hope you will find it entertaining.