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25 Years Without the Berlin Wall

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25 Years without the Berlin Wall

Posted on November 9, 2014 by Donnchadh Mac an Ghoill


Needless to say, the end of foreign imposed partition is an occasion of joy for any country. Here in Ireland, we look forward to the day when the British occupation will be lifted, and our land returned to native rule. Koreans also look forward to the day when Anglo-Saxon forces leave their land, and allow the Koreans to decide on their own future. But, unification is only good when the good guys win. In Germany’s case, the good guys lost.


Before we go any further, we should note that Joseph Stalin had never been in favour of a partitioned Germany. Despite all that the Soviet people had suffered, he wanted Germany to be united and neutral, as Austria was. We should remember that the Red Army liberated Austria, and then handed Austria over to the Austrians, under the proviso that they remain a neutral state. It was the British, French and North Americans who wanted to keep Germany under occupation after WWII. In the 1950s, Stalin again proposed a united and neutral Germany–an offer the US government rejected.


In many respects, the attitude of the Anglo-Saxons was to be expected. Britain in particular had been very afraid of German technological and cultural power since German unification in the 1870s. World War I was, in many respects, an effort on the part of the British to smash Germany’s growing power, and maintain the hegemony of the British Empire. Again, as the German economy grew in the 1930s, powerful forces in the British establishment looked for any opportunity to renew the assault. Nobody should be so naïve to imagine that Churchill gave a damn about Poland. Here was a man that allowed three million people to needlessly starve to death in Bengal in 1944, without the least sign of remorse. After WWII, the British Empire effectively became the US Empire. And, once again, there was reason to halt any independent German rise to world power. West Germany, like Japan, and later South Korea, was to function as a colony of US capital, and as a base for US troops. It was to be afforded no other role on the world stage.


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