It seems Days of Rage are these days, all the rage. At least in the Land of Peace (Dar-al-Islam) anyway. Now I think it’s time for Germany to have one. Why? My thinking arises from the reaction to Ireland’s economic holocaust, where, it’s being increasingly suggested in polite company, ‘the Germans’ are punishing us so as to protect their own banks. Now there might be a grain of truth in this, but make no mistake, the overwhelming credit for this disaster lies squarely in the Ould Sod. Incompetent regulators, bankers and politicians got us into it, and, with the unqualified banking guarantee, cemented us into crippling payments for the next two decades.
But it’s human to look elsewhere for a culprit, and who better than the Germans? After all, we know that they’re ruthless, brutal, unforgiving, war-mongering, humourless, club-footed crypto-Nazis. Every last one of them. Villains straight from central casting. And how do we know this? The MSM, print, film and TV, have been drumming it into us for over half a century. And as every schoolboy knows, the MSM, and tenured academic faculty, don't lie, or engage in tendentious propaganda.
And what makes the Germans so dreadful? Well, for a start we know they started two world wars. Don't we? Well, no, actually, we don't. I don't think there’s a reputable historian today who’d make that claim for the First World War. That war arose from a whole range of drivers, not least the British determination not to let Germany build colonies in Africa.
But what about WW II, you know, the ‘good war’? Well again, even though German guilt, and exclusive guilt, is deemed beyond dispute, the facts say otherwise. We must remember that the Treaty of Versailles and its associated reparations reduced Germany to penury within a few years. It also stripped it of vast stretches of land which had been lived in by Germanic peoples for half a millennium. This in turn resulted in millions of ethnic Germans being forcibly expelled, without compensation, and forced to flee to Germany, which at that time was in total economic collapse.
Remember that pre-WW I Germany stretched, incredible as it may seem today, to the borders of present day Lithuania. Hitler had his eyes on getting that back, and a lot more beside. But he wasn’t the only political figure with revanchist goals. And many of them had what was left of Germany in their sights. Poland, Soviet Union, Slovakia (part of Czechoslovakia then), Hungary and the Yugoslav republics all had mini Hitlers with similar goals. They just didn’t have German brains and organisational strength to do it. Bear in mind too that the Poles thought the Germans army to be paper tigers, easily defeated.
And although the new Poland had taken over the German provinces of West Prussia, Posen (the Corridor) and East Upper Silesia, bringing more than 2 million Germans came under Polish rule, they wanted a lot more. Here’s Marshall Rydz-Smigly, Inspector General of the Polish Army, in a lecture to officers and cadets in 1937: "Poland wants a war with Germany and Germany cannot avoid it, even if it wants to." Marshal Jozef Pilsudski, Poland’s future dictator, was quoted as saying in 1930 to the League of Greater Poland "We are convinced that we cannot avoid a war between Poland and Germany. We must systematically and energetically prepare ourselves for this war. No prisoners will be taken in this war, and there will be no place for human feelings."
I thought that only Mister H. said things like that!
Now to the vexed question of the Germans and the Jews. It’s unquestionably accepted that nowhere were Jews better positioned than in Germany, arguably even compared to the United States, up to the time of the Nazis. Then it all went horribly wrong once Hitler came to power. And the rest is history.
Well, all of that’s true up to a point. As I mentioned earlier, Germany was a total basket case when Hitler came to power, and it’s reasonable to suggest that he would not have come to power had it not been so. Yet once he was elected to a coalition government, where he had to share power, the Jews of Europe and America declared total economic war.
American Jewish leader Samuel Untermyer declared “the Jews of the world now declare a Holy War against Germany. And we are going to starve them into surrender. We are going to use a world-wide boycott against them. That will destroy them because they are dependent upon their export business." For good measure he added “Germany [has] been converted from a nation of culture into a veritable hell of cruel and savage beasts. Now or never must all the nations of the earth make common cause against the... slaughter, starvation and annihilation... fiendish torture, cruelty and persecution that are being inflicted day by day upon these men, women and children.”
Bear in mind that at this time there had been no anti-Jewish outbreaks of any significance, nor had there been any anti-Jewish legislation whatsoever. No surprise then that Germany’s Jewish leaders were strongly opposed to the boycott. Given this boycott, the rumours of the ‘stab in the back’ during WW I, and the overwhelming Jewish involvement in drawing up the draconian terms of the Versailles Treaty, it would be surprising if Hitler had not a rich compost in which to embed his plans for the Holocaust. Where six million Jews died. In the gas chambers of Auschwitz and elsewhere.
Well, do the research, as I did. The six million figure has been quietly dropped to about 1.5 million, and we now know the ‘gas chambers’ at Auschwitz could not have been used for extermination. Cremation yes, extermination, no. What about the iconic photos of bodies piled high at Belsen? Again, do the research. They died overwhelmingly of disease and starvation arising from the Allied blockade. And gthen there's the extensive co-operation between the Nazis and Zionist interests during the thirties, geared towards the compatible goals of getting 'rid' of Germany's Jews and heloing them to move to Palestine. Again, check it out. I suggest that these are the reasons it’s been made a crime to question the Holocaust: It just doesn’t add up.
Despite this, Germans have become synonymous with genocide. They’re reminded of it ceaselessly. The beat themselves up on it. They flagellate themselves. But not the Turks. They make it a crime to say the did carry out genocide - against the Armenians in this instance. They don't apologise. When some good hearted people set up a monument to friendship between Turks and Armenians on the border, the Turkish people of Kars tore it down. We hear little of this, partly because Jews, having cornered the market on genocide (and the attendant reparations) didn’t want a competitor in the field. And the Turks weren’t taking any of this shit anyway.
Not like the Germans. Yes, Germans did terrible things during WW II, but so did others. Stalin’s Soviet Union killed more, by orders of magnitude, than did Germany. The nuclear bombings of defenceless Japanese cities ranks up there with the worst of war crimes, and yes, the British started the bombings of cities, not the Germans. Britain and France declared war on Germany (not the other way around) to ‘defend the brave Poles’. Who were immediately invaded on the other side by the Soviets. Who then in turn became allies of the West.
I hope so.
Hopefully I've shown enough here to make you question the prevailing concept of the evil Germans. They’ve been traduced, vilified, bled dry and reduced to an emasculated shadow of what they were. The facts show that they don't deserve it. Apart from one thing for which their guilt is beyond question: Their habit of bagging all the sun loungers and then heading off to the beach for the day. Guilty as charged.
Now to get back to the Irish situation. Undoubtedly the Irish taxpayer is being forced to pick up the tab for what is to a considerable degree the stupidity of German and French lenders.
And there’s no doubt that Angela Merkel and here staff are taking a very hard position on Ireland. But when an impoverished Enda Kenny comes knocking with his begging bowl, and Angela finds that he’s earning twice what she is, maybe her sympathy drops a little. Same goes for her civil servants and central bankers. They can only dream of earning what their bankrupt Irish counterparts do. And we expect them to be sympathetic? No, as I've pointed out in numerous earlier posts, Ireland built a wonderful world-leading country during the nineties, but through greed and incompetence threw it all away. Through what's been described as ‘the worst decision in Irish history since the Civil War (1923)’ our buffoon politicians did what no other country did, landing the complete bill for the banks’ collapse onto the Irish taxpayer.
That’s our fault, and if ‘the Germans’ are sticking it to us now, maybe they remember our unlamented Commissioner McCreevey telling that Ireland was ‘closer to Boston than Berlin.’ Like all the rest of the guilty politicians and bankers, McCreevy is now coining it with a massive index-linked pension and positions on numerous corporate boards.
Germans, have your Day of Rage. Tell all of your detractors to take a flying fuck. Tell the rest of Europe that you’re fed up of paying for everything, and of having the Nazis flung in your faces when you don't divvy up sufficiently to meet the requirements of the wasters at Europe’s periphery. Tell them to stick it. And if they don't like it, go back to the Mark and let them go to hell.
But, for God’s sake lads – lay off those sun loungers!