43-WWII AND BRETTON WOODS

In 1917, something went very wrong, and WWI had to be stopped. The City had planned for the Americans to enter the war and pierce the Western Front, and for the victorious Bolsheviks of Russia to attack from the East, the intent being to crush the Holy Germanic Empire using a pincer movement. But it didn’t happen because Lenin decided to quit the war instead. So with no Eastern Front, and after years of apocalyptic trench warfare in France, the City decided to end it. It would get at the Holy Germanic Empire some other day. Lenin died in 1924 of gunshot wounds sustained in a 1918 assassination attempt and was replaced by a more sanguinary Stalin.

In 1918, the City dynasty immediately sat down at the drawing board and prepared for WWII. The Treaty of Versailles signed in 1919 was the worst possible peace treaty imaginable, and we can be sure that peace was not on the peacemakers’ mind. All the statesmen had to be from la-la land in order to give their approval to such impossible terms. The thirty-three billion dollars of war reparations the allies imposed on Germany couldn’t possibly be repaid and everybody knew it. Furthermore, when it was decided to split Germany in two by creating the Polish Corridor, the whole German population was profoundly humiliated. Such decisions were more than enough to set the wheels in motion for WWII.

The Treaty of Versailles definitely indicated the direction in which the City was heading, and very soon the bankers found their mouthpiece, the man who would rally the German crowds. Adolf Hitler was noticed very early on in 1919. In spite of his poor physical condition, he had joined the army in 1914 at age twenty-five. Until then, he had been a poor, lost soul and the war had given him a purpose in life. Private Hitler volunteered his services as a dispatch runner, a very dangerous assignment, and was eventually promoted to the rank of corporal. His comrades thought he was rather weird, for he forever volunteered for the most dangerous missions, facing death repeatedly while remaining unruffled by it all. In 1916, he was wounded in the leg and went on R&R to Berlin where he became thoroughly disgusted with the apathy among German civilians with regards to the war. Upon returning to the front in the last days of the war, he was blinded by chlorine gas and returned to a starving, weary Germany to convalesce. Upon hearing that Germany had been defeated, he became totally despondent, and when he eventually snapped out of it, he was filled with deep hatred vaguely directed at groups within Germany.

In 1919, still in the army, this overly patriotic twit went so far as to inform on his fellow soldiers, and this led to the arrest and even the execution of many of them. The General Staff, embittered by Germany’s defeat and the unjust terms of the armistice, rewarded Hitler by promoting him to undercover agent and sending him on an indoctrination course at the University of Munich. He returned as an “education’ officer, and started speaking out with great vehemence against the Communists. The mysterious Thule Society had taken Hitler under its wing and his fate was sealed.

Hitler swore vengeance on those who had defeated Germany and had put an end to the war, the only worthwhile experience he had ever known. Inexplicably, his ire was directed mostly at the perceived enemies from within Germany, the Communists and the Jewish Marxists. Moreover, Hitler had to have had serious psychological problems in order to advance the idea of a superior race made up of blond, blue-eyed Aryans. This was not a healthy idea to begin with, but it was especially so because Hitler happened to have a swarthy complexion and brown eyes that had most likely been genetically transmitted by a Jewish parent. It’s obvious that someone was manipulating this air brain.

In 1919, Hitler, the intelligence officer, dressed as a civilian in order to spy on a meeting of the German Workers’ Party in Munich. When one of the members suggested that Bavaria separate from Germany and join Austria, it touched a raw nerve in the extremely patriotic Hitler. He couldn’t resist lashing out at the whole gathering in spite of the fact that he was Austrian by birth. Nonetheless, he definitely had the gift of the gab and everybody was impressed. Understandably, the members of the Thule Society were quick to have him join the German Workers’ Party. He may have been uneducated with deep psychological problems, but now, this empty-headed megalomaniac guided by hate and vengeance was in politics.

Hitler was a great talker, but all the ideas he kept expounding over the years were those of the Thule Society. This fraternity consisted of a small group of influential Germans who believed in the superiority of the Aryan race. They were deeply nationalistic and racist and from the very beginning, they had the swastika in their coat of arms. It was Dietrich Eckart, a leading member of that society that helped Hitler hone his public speaking skills. As early as 1919, Hitler had definitely been taken in by the Thule Society, the group that gave birth to the Nazi Party.

At first, the violent methods used to promote Hitler and the German Workers’ Party didn’t have the desired results. They only succeeded in getting the whole country to view Hitler as a silly little man, a sort of bad-tempered clown. Nonetheless, by 1923, Germany was reeling under the effects of inflation, and Hitler’s backers thought the time had come to make their mark by overthrowing the Bavarian Government. However, the Munich Beer Hall Putsch, as it became known, failed and Hitler was arrested. That’s when Hitler’s supporters decided that force alone was not going to work and that it was best to use more politically-correct methods.

Hitler’s public trial lasted several weeks and, for some unknown reason, the authorities let this ridiculous little man flaunt his oratory skills throughout. He apparently seduced many of the judges, for instead of getting life, he got five years, and he was eligible for parole within six months. He served nine months in luxurious quarters, and even had a private secretary, Rudolph Hess, who was a member of the Thule Society. That’s when Hitler produced Mein Kampf, a book that could never have been written without the help of Hess, a man who had studied politics at the University of Munich. The writing of Mein Kampf was, without a doubt, a way to spread Thule Society propaganda.

Guided by the members of the Thule Society, and assisted by misfits like Joseph Goebbels, a communications and propaganda genius, Heinrich Himler, a cruel, cold-blooded psychopath, and Adolf Eichmann, a logistics genius, Hitler became Fuhrer in 1934. It’s obvious that the Nazi Party was a very costly machine to operate, and only the City, through the Bundesbank and the German arms industry, could have financed such a sophisticated political machine, for Germany was a devastated country. And as the arms industry revved up its production, the economy picked up, and Hitler, now seen as some kind of savior, easily convinced the German people that war was inevitable.

When WWII became official, the German army went around the totally useless French Maginot Line with lightning speed and had the allies surrounded at Dunkirk in a matter of days. One can only wonder why, in an age of air and tank warfare, a great nation such as France spent huge sums of money in order to build an archaic structure, if not to allow Hitler to reach the Atlantic in record time. With the allied armies unable to retreat further, Hitler let the troops sail to England, no doubt hoping for a non-aggression pact in compensation for his good deed. However, England was apparently not willing to cooperate. Hitler then figured he might get the English to change their minds if he shook them up a bit. Eventually, the English must have given Hitler some assurances, for the London Blitz ended on May 10th 1941. Convinced that the Western Front was now secure, Hitler immediately turned his attention to the Eastern Front, and invaded Russia on June 22nd, 1941. Just like Napoleon in 1812, who had gone after the gold in the Urals, Hitler wanted to get his hands on something he really needed, the oil in the Caucasus. In both cases, the megalomaniacs’ armies were destroyed, and in both instances, their empires came to an abrupt end. The City tends to repeat what works well.

On December 7th, 1941, shortly after Hitler took off for Russia, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. It seems the City was thinking of China and wanted to destroy the Nippon Empire while having America physically enter WWII. In July of that same year, Congress was encouraged to impose an oil embargo on Japan, and the ensuing kamikaze approach to the war adopted by Japan proved how effective that was. Japan had tried to negotiate with the U.S., but everything possible had been done by the Americans to have the negotiations fail. The very proud Samurais were thus forced into a suicidal war, hanging on to the hope that an alliance with an apparently victorious Germany would improve their prospects.

If there’s any doubt that America was conned into going to war, a few facts should help dissipate it. Although the U.S. and UK navies controlled the Pacific, and although there was a SCR-270 radar station with a 150-mile range installed in Honolulu, the Japanese were able to have a huge fleet of warships, including aircraft carriers, sail across the Pacific to Hawaii, and then launch squadrons of aircraft without anyone noticing. Furthermore, all the U.S. aircraft carriers had been sent out on sea exercises and only the very outdated WWI battleships and destroyers remained in port. The play became obvious when President Roosevelt, under the guise of protecting the U.S. air force, personally ordered all the military aircraft based at the Honolulu airbase to be positioned in such a configuration as to make them less vulnerable on the ground, but which had, in fact, the effect of preventing them from scrambling effectively. It seems that the City dynasty had simply let Roosevelt know it was time for war.

The City bankers succeeded in getting the U.S. to join the war at a cost of only 2,390 lives, the number of casualties at Pearl Harbor, a low human toll when considering the mindboggling number of casualties in WWI and WWII. The war in the Pacific got underway as planned, and the U.S. declared war on Germany without actually engaging Hitler for another three years. When the American troops did get into the thick of things on D-day, in 1944, Stalin’s troops came in from the east, and the Holy Germanic Empire was totally destroyed. As of that moment, all the Ancien Regimes of Europe, including Russia and the Ottoman Empire, could be considered destroyed, and the Vatican tiger was at last toothless and declawed.

To have some idea which countries the City targeted in WWII, we need only look at the casualty numbers. Russia lost twenty two million soldiers and civilians, while Germany and China suffered losses of eight million and twenty million, respectively. As for the UK, the U.S., and France, they lost around half a million each. We know that the City had wanted to destroy Germany, but why so many Russian casualties? And what was going on in China? For one, Russia had to be seriously weakened if it was to be trusted to play the scarecrow role it was being assigned, and that will be explained in the next posting. In China’s case, the City obviously had let the Japanese mangle the Chinese warlords at will, for during the war it supplied China with just enough war materials for it not to capitulate. The City had fully intended to destroy Japan once the Chinese warlords were done in, and the time had come. China was ready to be transformed into the great market economy that it is today.

In 1944, in Bretton Woods, with the world having gone through the grinder, the City convened all the nations of the world, and it had no difficulty in creating the first official world currency of reference, the U.S. dollar. All the countries agreed to peg their currency to the dollar and use the dollar as a reserve currency. The City had achieved the ultimate in financial wizardry, the paper dollar was now as good as gold worldwide.

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37-JAPAN/CHINA/INDIA

The East India Company established company rule in India in 1757, and it lasted till 1858. In 1857, after a major rebellion in which over 100 000 Indians were killed, Lionel, Mayer’s grandson, decided to dissolve the East India Company and put an end to the Maharajahs’ power by establishing the British Raj or Crown rule which lasted till 1947.

In 1930, Mohandas Ghandi led a revolt that galvanized the country, but it was short-lived. Nevertheless, after many subsequent years of haggling in the halls of power, both in India and London, it was agreed, in 1947, that two republics should be created, that of Pakistan (mainly Muslim) and that of India (mainly Hindu). That agreement later caused more religious tensions and more bloodshed, but nonetheless, there was an Indian general election in 1951. The Indian National Congress won a landslide victory, at which time Jawaharlal Nehru became the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the country. Religious tension remained high, but politically, India and Pakistan were working democracies and would never look back.

China, on the other hand, was a much more complicated matter. It was the biggest, most populated country in the world, had no permanent borders, no army, no national identity, no national pride, no economy to speak of, and was ruled by warlords. So, in 1947, with India on the verge of becoming a democracy and Europe on the verge of signing the Treaty of Rome, it was time to transform China into the world’s second largest market economy.

It was Lionel who had started the process way back in 1853 when he decided to use Japan, a country that was totally isolated from the west, to do his bidding. That year, American Commodore Matthew Perry sailed into Edo (Tokyo) Bay with four battleships, two of which were powered by steam. The Japanese marveled at this awesome technology that was totally unknown to them. However, their admiration would have been tempered if they had known that this impromptu visit was meant to usher in the end of an era, the Tokugawa shogunate.

In 1854, the Convention of Kanagawa was signed forcing the Japanese to open their ports and trade with the U.S. In 1868, the City financed the Meiji restoration, a political movement that gave Japan a constitutional monarchy, which meant that the City now controlled its monetary system and could allow credit to flow in. The Meiji restoration ushered in modernization and westernization, and as expected, the Japanese played the game of fukoku kyokei, a game that turned their country into a rich and aggressive military power. Japan’s power grew, and the proud Samurais, not satisfied with their colonial status, developed a warring culture that would spread beyond its borders.

However, Japan had no raw materials to speak of and was dependent on the US for oil, rubber, and iron. In other words, because it was vulnerable, it could easily be controlled. Japan was encouraged to expand and become the most important military and economic power in Asia. It grabbed Manchuria, Taiwan, and parts of Northern China in 1894, defeated Russia in 1904, and took possession of Korea in 1910. By 1929, it was an empire, and its expansionism knew no bounds. When Emperor Hirohito defied America by refusing to retreat from China, the US turned a blind eye and didn’t retaliate. Instead, the US slowed down the flow of raw materials for the world to see, but not enough to stop Showa expansionism. Japan had a job to do, and that was to clean up the warlords in China.

WWII was the time chosen to destroy the Japanese empire that had by then finished its work in China. The City then proceeded to the next step, which was securing China’s borders. China had Russia and Mongolia to the north, the Himalayas to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, but the South China Sea border had a few leaks. After the war, England returned to Hong Kong, Chiang Kai-shek took charge of Taiwan in 1949, and in 1950, after a longer than expected war, North Korea became a buffer zone between China and Japan. After the Indochina war that led to the creation of a nationalist Vietnamese government in 1975, the southern Chinese border was sealed. However, for good measure, in the 1970’s, the City allowed both Pakistan and India to develop the nuclear bomb. China was now effectively contained, and the process of unification could continue.

As early as 1934, the City had found the man who would help get the job done. Mao Tse-Tung had caught the City’s attention when he was elected Chairman of the Soviet Republic of China, which, at the time, consisted only of a small communist controlled mountainous area in Jangxi province. The City started financing Mao after his famous Long March in 1935 when he evaded the Nationalist troops at the head of some eight thousand men, becoming a Chinese hero in the process. With the City’s help, Mao Tse-tung went on to fight Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists, and in 1949, the Nationalists were forced to retreat to Taiwan, and Mao became President of the People’s Republic of China. From 1949 to 1958, Mao organized the peasants into collectives. He followed that up with his disastrous Great Leap Forward in 1958, when at least twenty million Chinese peasants starved to death. It was only after the purges of the Cultural Revolution, when the Red Guards went through China with a fine-tooth comb waving the Little Red Book and forcing everybody to follow the party line that the country started responding to one authority, Mao’s Communist Party. It was time to turn it into a market economy.

The City was so confident that China would turn out the way it did, that immediately after WWII, in 1945, it gave China a permanent seat in the UN Security Council along with France, Russia, U.S.A., and the UK. In 1964, it allowed it to join the nuclear club, and in 1980 it opened the first of several Special Economic Zones in Shanghai.