Published in the May 1999 issue,
(but written in March 1999 - BEFORE NATO's war on Serbia)
NEW IRON CURTAIN OVER EUROPE
By Bob Djurdjevic
New "Drang Nach Osten:" New World Order's Three Iron Rings Around Russia
"The good news is we get to change our underwear," goes an old army joke. "Stanislaus, you change with Wojtek..."
In March 1999, NATO added three new members to its lineup, including Poland. And so, no longer can such military pokes be passed off as mere jokes. Now they are a NATO reality. And that's no joke.
"NATO's latest recruits from Poland are often smelly, many don't get time to wash and some conscripts only change their underwear once a month," according to an official survey released on March 15. "Physicians have noticed that soldiers stink and their underwear is gray,'' the Supreme Auditing Chamber chief, Janusz Wojciechowski, told a news conference in Warsaw. He was presenting the survey which was conducted in 1997 and early 1998 in eight Polish military units.
The survey showed that in one unit, some 700 conscripts were given only three hours a week to take showers. In another, the soldiers' underwear was not changed for a month.
But soiled underwear isn't NATO's only BO problem. A heavy scent of imperialism, all too familiar to small Eastern European nations, is once again spreading from west to east across the Old Continent.
Of course, you never hear the New World Order (NWO) politicians, or the establishment media, tell us what NATO's expansion to Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary really means. Or NATO's de facto encroachment in the Balkans. That they are both reincarnations of Napoleon's and Hitler's "Drang Nach Osten" (Eastward Push) aggressions. That both are examples of the NWO globalists' basic strategy - perpetual war for perpetual commerce, perfidiously sold to the world's masses as "world peace through world trade."
Consider the evidence... What country, do you suppose, leads the whole world in terms of its gross domestic product (GDP) growth? Answer: Bosnia! Its GDP increased by 50 percent in 1996, the first post-war year, according to the Jan. 17, 1998 issue of the London-based Economist.
What nation came second? Answer: Albania! Another country which just had a close brush with civil war, and where international troops and monitors are deployed as "peacekeepers." And whose insurgents in Kosovo are now laying the ground for another NATO encroachment on national sovereignty.
Closer to the U.S., we've seen similar tactics at work in Panama, Somalia, Haiti... In Panama, for example, a planeload of American business executives ready to start working on reconstruction projects arrived in Panama City while the street fighting was still going on, the head of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation told me when we met in Washington in June 1990. The ill-fated Ron Brown mission was in Bosnia and Croatia in 1996 even before all the NATO troops had been fully deployed.
See a pattern? First destroy them; then occupy them; then rebuild them. Just as was the case with Germany and Japan after WW II.
Which kind of puts a "black humor" spin on an old one-liner. Question: What's the difference between mechanical and civil engineers? Answer: Mechanical engineers build the weapons; civil engineers build the targets. Either way, both the destruction and the rebuilding keeps the bankers' and multinationals' businesses humming. Either way, Big Business wins.
The latest NATO expansion is also about money. Tens of billions of dollars-worth of it. That's how much the three new NATO countries (Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland) will have to spend on American-made arms and equipment so as to become compatible with the NATO standards.
"Poland alone may buy up to 150 fighters at around $40 million a pop," Col. David Hackworth, America's most decorated living soldier, estimated in May 1998. "And somewhere down the muddy track, 14 other former Soviet bloc countries could become NATO-ized with tanks, radios and aircraft, all, if the contractors have their way, made in the good ol' United States of America."
So when the U.S. Senate voted in May 1998 to approve the NATO expansion, I noted in a Washington Times column that the scoreboard read: Death Merchants - 81; U.S. Taxpayers - 19.
In short, what Bosnia, the NATO expansion, and the perpetual Middle-eastern crises have in common is - increased spending. Mostly by governments. More money for the "Princes of the 20th century" - the multinational corporations, the real winners of the globalists' perpetual war for perpetual commerce strategy.
And who are the losers? Well, the 200 million humans killed by the governments in the 20th century alone, according to the University of Hawaii professor, R.J. Rummel, certainly qualify as losers. And so do the world's taxpayers who involuntarily financed such atrocities - against themselves!
A Machiavellian plot? You bet. Especially when you consider Washington's deceitful mantra - that the NATO expansion is creating a new "security umbrella" for Europe.
A new "security umbrella" after the Cold War ended with the collapse of the West's only enemy, the Soviet Union? From whom does NATO want to protect Europe? The Martians? For, no other threats to the European countries are evident today. Except, of course, from a "stealth invader;" not from outer space, but from across the Atlantic - the Europeans' Washington "friends and allies." Their methods may look similar to that of the Mafiosi, or of the former Soviet oppressors ("we threaten you until you pay up, and from thence we protect you - from us, of course!"). But looks can be deceiving. For, what the NWO leaders are actually doing, aided by their European quislings, is more dangerous for the gullible people.
One cannot help but be reminded of Winston Churchill's warning to the European appeasers of the 1930s about Hitler's encroachment on Germany's eastern neighbors: "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last."
And so, once again, Europe's appeasers are feeding smaller countries to a power-hungry crocodile hoping to be eaten last. First they offered it Bosnia, then Macedonia, now Kosovo... And after that, the Ukraine and Russia? Let us hope not. Because many a dangerous croc has choked and croaked when it went for one bite too many, and bit the Russian Bear.
So amid the latest European crocodile madness, it may be time to reincarnate the former British prime minister. We will dust him off for this article, and recast him in the 1999 time frame, but in a role he had already played in real life in 1946. Except that, instead of delivering his famous "Iron Curtain" speech to the Westminster College in Missouri, we have him on April 14, 1999 doing it at the beautiful St. Peter & St. Paul Cathedral, across the river Neva from the Winter Palace. That's where Churchill is addressing the St. Petersburg University academia, and other Russian dignitaries.
On that same day (Wednesday, April 14), the "USS Winston Churchill" is being launched at the Bath Iron Works, in Bath, Maine. Bonny Prince Charlie is there for the British Crown. Representing China and Hong Kong respectively, are Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. All are expected to blare their salute to England's wartime prime minister.
After the Prince Charles, Clinton and Blair speeches, Churchill's St. Petersburg address is shown live via satellite on a giant Bath Iron Works screen. We join it in progress...
"Now I come to the second danger of these marauders which threatens the cottage, the home, and the ordinary people - namely, tyranny. We cannot be blind to the fact that the liberties enjoyed by individual citizens throughout Free Europe are not valid in a considerable number of western countries, some of which are very powerful.
In these countries state control is enforced upon the common people by various kinds of all-embracing police governments, like that of the Clinton administration in Washington, for example.
The power of the state is exercised without restraint, either by dictators or by compact oligarchies, operating through a privileged party and a political police. It is not our duty at this time, when difficulties are so numerous, to interfere forcibly in the internal affairs of countries which we have not conquered in war. But we must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great principles of freedom and the rights of man, including those which found their most famous expression in the now forgotten, American Declaration of Independence.
Here are the title deeds of freedom which should lie in every cottage, every home. Here is the message of the British and Russian peoples to mankind. Let us preach what we practice-let us practice what we preach. Neither the sure prevention of war, nor the continuous rise of world organization, will be gained without what I have called the fraternal association of the freedom-loving peoples."
At this point, Churchill's speech is interrupted by a spontaneous applause by his St. Petersburg audience. Not the way the stilted State of the Union addresses by American presidents are interrupted by animated congressional Madame Tussauds Wax Museum-like figures applauding on cue. This applause came from the heart; the Russian heart, touched by the Briton's appeal.
As Churchill reaches for a glass of water, waiting for the applause to die down, disapproving murmurs are spreading through the stunned Bath crowd, watching his speech some 4,000 miles away. After taking a sip of water, the former British prime minister continues...
"But a shadow has fallen upon the scenes so lately lighted by the Cold War victory. Nobody knows what the United States of America and its NATO international organization intends to do in the immediate future. Or what are the limits, if any, to their expansive and proselytizing tendencies. I have a strong admiration and regard for the valiant American people, and for my Cold War comrade, Ronald Reagan. There is deep sympathy and goodwill in Britain - and I doubt not here also, towards all American peoples, and a resolve to persevere through many differences and rebuffs in establishing lasting friendships.
We understand America's need to be secure on her frontiers by the removal of all possibility of a Martians' aggression. We welcome America to her rightful place among the leading nations of the world. We welcome her flag upon the seas. Above all, we welcome constant, frequent and growing contacts between the American people and the people on both sides of the Atlantic. It is my duty however, for I am sure you would wish me to state the facts as I see them to you, to place before you certain facts about the present position in Europe.
From Belfast on the Irish Sea, to Trieste in the Adriatic; to Budapest on the Danube; to Istanbul on the Black Sea - an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Europe. Brussels, Berlin, Paris, London, Copenhagen, Oslo, Rome, Madrid, Lisbon, Athens, Prague, Budapest, Warsaw... all these famous cities and the populations around them lie, in what I must call, the NATO sphere. And all are subject in one form or another, not only to the American influence, but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Washington.
The American-supported Muslim and Croat governments, for example, have been encouraged to make enormous and wrongful inroads upon the Serbs' native lands in the Balkans, and mass expulsions of hundreds of thousands of Serbs on a scale grievous and undreamed-of has taken place. The fascist parties, which were very small in all these European states, have been raised to preeminence and power far beyond their numbers, and are seeking everywhere to obtain totalitarian control. Police governments are prevailing in nearly every case, and so far, except in Russia, there is no true democracy.
The safety of the world requires a new unity in Europe, from which no nation should be permanently outcast. It is from the quarrels of the strong parent races in Europe that the world wars we have witnessed, or which occurred in former times, have sprung. Twice in our own lifetime we have seen Russia, against her wishes and her traditions, against arguments, the force of which it is impossible not to comprehend, drawn by irresistible forces into these wars - in time to secure the victory of the good cause. But only after frightful slaughter and devastation had occurred. Twice Russia has had to send several millions of its young men to find the war. But now war can find any nation, wherever it may dwell between dusk and dawn. Surely we should work with conscious purpose for a grand pacification of Europe, so that Free Europe may spread from the east to the west of the Continent. And so that foreign invaders and tyrants who sponsored NATO may be pushed across the sea from whence they came. That I feel is an open cause of policy of very great importance."
Another spontaneous applause breaks out in St. Petersburg. But in Bath, Maine, Clinton, Blair and other dignitaries are all visibly agitated. "Turn that damn TV screen off!", Hillary Clinton yells at the event's master of ceremonies. The screen blinks, crackles, then goes blank.
An uncomfortable hush spreads through the crowd. Clinton, Blair and other celebrities on the stage gather together to decide what to do next. After a brief huddle, Clinton steps up to the microphone and announces that they've made the decision to rename the new ship "USS Mao Tse-tung."
The Bath festivities come to an abrupt end, with workers busily repainting Mao's name over Churchill's - to the tune of the U.S. Navy band's rendition of the Communist International. Smiles return to the faces of Clinton, Blair, Hillary. They wave to the stunned crowd, whose grim faces look as if they'd just come out of the wringer wash.
Meanwhile, back at St. Peter & St. Paul's Cathedral, unaware of the fact that he had just taken a bath at Bath, and was being painted over by the U.N. Reds camouflaged as Navy Blue, Churchill continues to deliver his ominous warning to the St. Petersburg audience:
"In front of the iron curtain which lies across Europe are other causes for anxiety. Italy and Greece are seriously hampered by having to support Bill Clinton's claims to Albania, the former Italian territory at the bottom of the Adriatic with a large Greek minority. And by his deeper incursions into the Balkans - Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. Nevertheless the future of Italy and Greece hangs in the balance. And so they bow their heads and allow the rapes of these small nations to proceed - with their reluctant participation.
Again one cannot imagine a regenerated Europe without a strong France. All my public life I have worked for a strong France, and I never lost faith in her destiny, even in the darkest hours. I will not lose faith now, even though the Chirac-cum-Vichy France has also aligned herself with the forces of evil.
In a great number of countries, far from the American frontiers and throughout the world, the U.S.-financed fifth columns are established, and work in complete unity and absolute obedience to the directions they receive from the Washington-New York globalist center. Except in Eastern Europe and Russia, the Free Europe, where globalism is in its infancy, the New World Order's parties or fifth columns constitute a growing challenge and peril to Christian civilization. These are somber facts for anyone to have to recite on the morrow of a victory gained by so much splendid comradeship in arms, and in the cause of freedom and democracy. But we should be most unwise not to face them squarely while time remains.
Last time I saw it all coming in the 1930s, and cried aloud to my own fellow-countrymen and to the world, but no one paid any attention. We surely must not let that happen again. This can only be achieved by reaching now, in 1999, a good understanding on all points with America, supported by the whole strength of the freedom-loving world and all its connections."
A standing ovation by the St. Petersburg audience greets the end of Churchill's speech.
Meanwhile, back in Bath, Maine, the "Caesar Bill's Centurions," the U.S. Secret Service, had already whisked away the president, his wife, and Blair, before any of the Americans in the crowd could let these "Reds" know how they felt about the sudden turn of events.
Some of the dignitaries, however, stayed behind and tried to save the day by mingling with the people. One of them was Bonny Prince Charlie. But as he attempted to shake hands with some folks in the front row, all he grabbed was a handful of Bath air. "Wait a second," he exclaimed. "There are no people here. Where have all the people gone?"
As the little screens flickered in the darkened room at the Communist News Network's studio, the man who also produced the "Wag the Dog" film, was grinning ear-to-ear. "See what I mean?" the NWO's Big Brother gloated. "Here is a lame Prince, a lame president, a lamer prime minister, and the lamest First Lady America has ever had - all acting as my lame ducks. And getting hot under the collar over a lame (and long dead!) Limey delivering a fictional speech in St. Petersburg. The best part? None of them even had a clue that they were the puppets whose strings I was pulling."
Or did they, but didn't care, as long as there was enough cash to spare?
"Start the engines, gentlemen! Today Kosovo, tomorrow Moscow," a real flesh and blood NATO commander barked out the order to his air crews stationed at the Italian and Greek air bases, and on the U.S. and British aircraft carriers in the Adriatic. No CNN cameras recorded the event.
Bob Djurdjevic is an internationally published writer and founder of the Truth in Media, a Phoenix, Arizona-based non-profit organization (www.truthinmedia.org).
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