When I attended a seminar in Dresden last autumn, I learned that from 1985 Vladimir Putin – who was at that time a KGB agent – was living in that Florence on the Elbe. And to my great surprise I also learned that his workplace at that time, which was 150m. from his apartment in a prefabricated building, became, after the fall of communism in Europe, a centre of the Anthroposophical Society at 4 Angelikastrasse.
I hope that this factual information will not pour oil on the fire of the hatred against Putin which has flared up everywhere. This hatred is comparable to the cold hatred of Germany and its leaders that was first mainly prevalent in the British elite over a hundred years ago. This elite caused the outbreak of the First World War. Those not yet aware of this fact may read the book Hidden History by Gerry Docherty and Jim Macgregor and subtitled “The Secret Origins of the First World War”, which was used as the title of the German translation of the book published by Kopp Verlag in 2014. It is the best work that has ever been published on the background to that war and is superbly researched. It was written by independent Scottish researchers who would have been crucified by the Press in Germany. In Scotland it has been met with silence by the media, which is perhaps even worse.
The parallel between then and the present events in Ukraine goes even further. Germany was encircled from East and West and threatened by a series of foreign mobilisations. It only went onto the offensive when those mobilisations, especially the Russian one, were not reversed. Germany fought not for conquests but for its national existence. Russia’s situation today is similar. Successively encircled by and under threat from NATO since the fall of communism, contrary to all western promises, Russia did not strike out until Ukraine threatened to be taken into NATO. The provocative NATO prehistory of this awful war is completely blanked out in the West and replaced by expressions of idiotic indignation and useless sanctions.
Germany’s decision to supply arms to Ukraine is the fulfilment of the hopes of those who for over a hundred years have feared nothing more than collaboration between Germany and Russia. We quote the think-tank operator whose thoughts on the matter can be regarded as representative of US foreign policy, George Friedman, who said a few years ago: “The primordial interest of the United States over which for a century we have fought wars – the First, Second, and Cold War [sic] – has been the relationship between Germany and Russia, because united, they are the only force that could threaten us, and to make sure that that doesn’t happen.”1
One of the most effective instruments to “ensure” this doesn’t happen is NATO, the task of which was outlined by its first Secretary-General, Lord Ismay, as follows: “To keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans in, and the Germans down”.2
For the sake of long-term Central European and Russian-Slavic development, the complete opposite of this doctrine of Ismay and Friedman must still be striven for – even if the Western elites do not like it. This will perhaps only be possible again after the next great European catastrophe, towards which manoeuvres are currently underway with all possible means.
2 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/declassified_137930.htm Ismay was installed in his position as NATO Secretary-General by Winston Churchill