A sea of tents sprawls over the US American airbase Ramstein (Germany, state of Rhineland-Palatinate) to host at least 20,000 Afghans; more likely 34,000 already. About a thousand arrivals land every day and the troops have moved a 5,000 of them to their nearby military base ‘Rhine Ordnance Barracks.’ The US works feverishly to expand its capacity there to host even 6,000 of them. And while many conservatives have dropped the ball in their obsession to exploit any failure of the Biden administration, the uneasy question who can be rescued, correctly identified and who can not remains unanswered. Commentator after commentator shows compassion with that 50% of women that will have to live under the Taliban despite the Pew Research finding that 99% of those very women want to live under shariah law. Everybody feels heartless asking how the other 1% can be identified so we don’t import the very Taliban we once set out to fight. And now with the sprawling camp smack in the middle of Europe nobody knows how to get some of the “rescued” back home again.
The airport escape route is about to close soon, yet more people are fleeing the Taliban. Nobody knows where they will go, through Tajikistan, through Uzbekistan, through Turkmenistan, through Pakistan, through Iran, anywhere. But Angela Merkel knows already where the most needy are. While the media shows the heart wrenching images from the airport. She offers money. To whom? To Non-governmental organizations, of course. Her buddy Ursula von der Leyen adds some more and, whoops, the bill runs up to 800 million € ($940 million).
She’s got the job she was not running for
Walking through that open door.
The EU parliament did consent,
Was as always irrelevant.
And this she doesn’t want you to know:
Ladson was her name to go.
Called herself after slave holders.
She felt it was alright.
A pedigry others envy.
She had it all in sight.
Of the Civil War.
She’s got excuses for.
She gets away with it.
A great grandma
She hardly met.
A bogus terror threat.
The communists – after her head – wanted to see her dead.
And this she doesn’t want you to know:
Consultants for jobs high and low
Paid for; on a tax-payer’s dime.
Brought in Suder
Who sluiced the industry
With deals from the ministry.
Ladson padded her back.
A conscience she lacked.
She gets away with it.
Saw the intranet;
Holes in the armory.
Bad for the defence.
Come on! Let’s dance!
She gets away with it.
And this she doesn’t want you to know.
Stabs your back.
Friend or foe.
Hunts witches for cheap power games.
Robbed the military
Of its history.
Even of Chancellor Schmidt
She got rid.
The portraits went.
The vintage banned.
She gets rid of it.
Paranoia! Nazi scare!
She just loves the flair.
The truth bogged down in the mud:
She’s just a dud.
And this my friend is not yet the end.
Ms Ladson gets away with it.
The karaoke sing along:
[consultants affair 1][German] https://tinyurl.com/y53jvduj [English|Google translate]https://tinyurl.com/yxwy8924 [archived] https://tinyurl.com/y3cffq4d
[consultants affair 2][German] https://tinyurl.com/yxduj6h3 [English|Google translate]https://tinyurl.com/y6pcnzkg [archived]https://archive.fo/ei5mk
[consultants affair 3][German] https://tinyurl.com/y53jvduj [English|Google translate] https://tinyurl.com/yxwy8924 [archive} https://archive.fo/5vTi5
[consultants affair 4][German] https://tinyurl.com/y6nhfku9 [English|Google]https://tinyurl.com/y2ko483r [archive]https://archive.fo/xhKRZ
[admission that she was rather enrolled than actually studying at LSE| article stub because of paywall][German] https://tinyurl.com/y2m4pgpq [archived]https://archive.vn/cjMzL
[great grandma and RAF excuse][German] https://tinyurl.com/yyuhjhjh [English|Google translate]https://tinyurl.com/y2ad3n6v
[the Bundeswehr iconoclasm][German] https://tinyurl.com/yx8zstgl [English|Google translate]https://archive.fo/lToRY
[intranet access][German] https://tinyurl.com/yxw8ztan [English|Google translate]https://tinyurl.com/yy2jsszo [archive] https://archive.fo/1pqSp
[Clintoning her phone][German] https://tinyurl.com/y2hemxyx%5BEnglish|Google translate] https://tinyurl.com/y4k5kxfo [archive]https://archive.fo/r9kwk
Donald Trump is chasing the bills. Germany is notoriously remiss in spending the promised 2% of its GDP on Defence. The attitude is a mix of ingratitute, anti-Americanism and pseudo-pacifism. Why would anybody take precautions if, on your behalf, American soldiers will put their lives on the line? It is so easy to be a pacifist while the heat is low, particularly if you can rely on others to take it, should push come to shove.
Of course, Germany does have an army, the Bundeswehr, which used to be very respected, at least until the Russians got out of the country and the debilitating cuts began. They see their obligation in assisting NATO partners with mission participations they are poorly equipped and adequate for. The self-set task is to clear the seas with the British and to patrol the African deserts with the French, albeit the partners have a long-standing history and understanding of their territories while the Germans are exhausting themselves as multi-specialised and ultimately unspecialised aides.
The problem is therefore twofold: In addition to the low budget the troops lack focus.
Various weapon systems are in shambles. According to the “Report on the Material Employability of the Main Weapon Systems of the Bundeswehr in 2019”
less than 50% readiness can be expected of the Tornado (jet), the CH-53 (helicopter), the Lockheed P-3c Orien (maritime surveillance aircraft) and tanker ships class 704; less than 40% can be expected of the PUMA (tank), A400M (carrier aircraft), H 145M LUH (helicopter), GTF ZLK (hardshell truck) and NH-90 (helicopter).
And while Germans were so comfortable in their pseudo-moral shirker-parcifism, they whittled down their stable energy system to become ever more reliant on Russian gas.
The story sounded fishy from the get-go. The media buzz began with a white man who was said to have claimed asylum as a Syrian refugee in order to receive the generous welfare benefits available in 2015 and beyond. An attention bait, it seemed, because soon later the man was declared a far-right extremist who supposedly plotted an act of terror. “That‘s just a press scam targeted at conservatives, isn’t it? He probably does not even exist.” That’s what I thought. But Franco Albrecht is real. And he sat in custody for seven months. This is his story.
On the 20th January 2017 the young lieutenant of the Jäger Battalion 291 attended the Ball of Military Officers in Vienna (Ball der Offiziere). He found an old French police and military weapon, a pistol of the brand Unique 17, in the bushes outside. The press would later call it a „Wehrmacht pistol“ because it was also carried by German officers during the Nazi occupation of France. Waking up with a hangover the next day he had forgotten about the antique souvenir in his pocket and rushed to the airport. After discovering it again in his coat he tried to stash it in the cleaners‘ closet in the men’s room. One of the cleaners told the police about it and an alarm was attached. When Albrecht returned to collect the gun, he got arrested. This is when the avalanche of madness came crushing down.
His finger prints had already been known even though he had not committed any known previous crimes. But finger prints were used to register the undocumented immigrants in 2015/2016 and Franco Albrecht used to be David Benjamin back then, a Christian refugee from Syria mobbed for his Jewish name. A mock identity.
I explain the arrest and the asylum claim story in the following video.
What followed was a string of home raids and arrests culminating in the claim that Franco Albrecht and a handful of accomplices tried to topple the state with the found vintage gun and blame it on a non-existing Christian refugee to make it look like an Islamist assault. No sane person could say such a sentence with a straight face, but if you work in the mainstream media, you don’t have to be sane. Even the most random scribbles were blown into far-fetched crime plotting allegations. In the following video, I line out the details of the raids, confiscations and accusations.
Of course, our media were not really woke if they had not done their best to paint the man as a Neonazi. As already mentioned, the Wehrmacht pistol was a French model. An old, valuable copper-sketch print on the wall was described as “Landser poster” because “Landser” is an extinct word for a soldier, a word most Germans rather associate with a Neonazi band than with the military. Their most resourceful quarry, however, was his unpublished master thesis attempt that he made for the elite university École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr. I detail the provided evidence in the following video.
Franco Albrecht is not an isolated case. He was just the most prominent victim of the crackdown. Following his arrest, reporters of the communist paper “taz” went on a research spree to smear any contact of his for their familiarity with one another. The journalists discovered the Telegram chat group “Südkreuz“ which was frequented by Albrecht. It belonged to the „Hannibal“ network. The administrator André S took his pseudonym from the show “The A Team.” The network formed a prepper milieu drawn from former policemen, soldiers and security workers. Leaked chat protocols led to more home searches and the tight German gun laws, which make the legal procurement of arms next to impossible, resulted in arrests and treason accusations as far-fetched as those against Franco Albrecht. This is explained in more detail in the following video.
The deeper reasons for the paranoia and neuroticism that led to all of this are manifold. The most imminent shift in our elite culture followed the failed coup d’etat in Turkey in 2016. Ursula von der Leyen, who is now President of the EU Commission and who was Germany’s Defence Minister at the time, used Albrecht’s arrest for a bonkers iconoclasm in all military bases across the country. It even extended beyond security circles and saw, for instance, the portrait of former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt removed from a public hall of the University of Hamburg that bears his name. He wore Wehrmacht attire on the picture. The population, however, let it happen because the military skepticism draws from many sources, not only from the dire experience from both World Wars. Among other things (e.g. the leftist pseudo-pacifism) there is an underlying envy of the last remaining superpower which is expressed in habitual anti-military self-righteousness. The dynamics that lead to the jealous anti-Americanism and that are currently most often described with the word “globalism” can be traced from the writings and talks of one of its loudest proponents Thomas P. M. Barnett, the author of “The Pentagon’s New Map.” He argues that the connectivity between people and places were the main if not sole source of prosperity and peace in and of itself and that rules, including the Western framework, our political system that conservatives believe allow freedom to operate, were just arbitrary and can just as well be removed down the road.
The iconoclasm and Bundeswehr witch-hunt Franco Albrecht and others fell victim to is permissible in a culture that has been accustomed to excessive anti-military skepticism for a long time. The German-language Wikipedia entry for the Bundeswehr reflects perfectly its weird presentation of the armed forces as a white-collar office with an attached sports ground. Girls preferred. The constitution expressively commands that no offensive war must be started. And it sounds so nice … until you wonder what modern government ever said it starts a war for fun. Is that the voice of peace or is it just the voice of immaturity? An institutional expression of that anti-military skepticism is a secret service specialised in the surveillance of the ideology of our soldiers, the Military Defence Service (German akronym: MAD, stands for Militärischer Abschirmdienst). In order to surveil reservists they have formed a joint task-force with the civilian thought crime spy agency Verfassungsschutz. Both agencies are an expression of the paranoia that is commonplace among all corrupt elites around the world, but a specialised secret service that looks into the thoughts of security forces are the cream on the cake. The legal foundation for the elite’s fear of the wider public is the Streitbare Demokratie (something like “defensive democracy” or “ready-to-fight democracy”). It is the idea that only Germany alone had ever experienced tyranny and persecution and that Germans must take different measures than Western nations. In the detail it allows to deprive the citizenry of all rights. The elites present themselves as innocent angels and reinterpret history so as to create the impression the now unwilling Nazis were driven by a braying, savage population into their crimes. This in turn is a common popular misreading of Max Weber’s “monopoly on power” or “monopoly on violence”(Gewaltmonopol) idea that describes statehood and is often mistaken for a normative command. In the eyes of our elites control ranks higher than creating trust. The question at this point is: Is the left able or even willing to deescalate? Reflecting on this cultural context, I have video-taped a corresponding talk here.
She is widely respected as the most lethal military leader in post-WWII Germany: Ursula von der Leyen. She has wrecked more troops and men than any man in her position would have. Now she set her eyes and wrecking ball on the leadership of Europe. A woman with balls. Here she comes…
The downing of the Eurofighter jets this week:
The downing of the helicopter this week:
A special permission was necessary to allow the machine, a helicopter of the type ‘Tiger,’ to be deployed in the desert with its temperature limit at 42 degrees Celsius and not more. Gao in Mali is known for hard natural conditions: There is the sand brushing against the rotors; the simmering heat, the glazing sun.
As newspaper JF reports there are rumors that political pressure to participate in military missions abroad were mounting. At the same time the model ‘Tiger’ was considered too outlandish to find pilots to fly it. In fact pilots are so scarce that those who can fly are also needed as training personnel for future pilots.
Most annoyingly, however, is that Germany did not discuss the value of such military missions and the proper allocation of our resources. The media silence is again – deafening.