On The 100th Anniversary Of WWI: Its Senseless Origins And Lessons For Today

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Submitted by Eric Margolis via David Stockman's Contra Corner blog,

The 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I is upon us. Well we should mourn this cataclysmic event and continue to draw lessons from it.

As a former soldier and military historian, I’ve always felt that WWI was the most tragic conflict in modern history:  a totally avoidable madness that wrecked Europe’s glittering civilization and led directly to World War II, Hitler and Stalin.

This mournful anniversary has reopened fierce debate over who was responsible for the Great War.

On one side of the debate is historian Margaret MacMillan, whose new book “The War That Ended Peace,” lays primary blame on Germany’s military and commercial ambitions. MacMillan is a nice lady – I’ve debated her on TV – but her tedious new book is so steeped in traditional  British/Anglo-Saxon bias against Germany as to be of limited  value.

On the other is “The Sleepwalkers – How Europe Went to War in 1914” by Cambridge professor Christopher Clark. This brilliant book is the finest, most instructive, best balanced book ever written on the origins of the Great War.

I say this as holder of a degree in the diplomatic history of World War I, and as one who has walked most of the battlefields of the Western Front.

Prof. Clark deftly and elegantly weaves a tapestry of events that conclusively shows that Germany’s role in the conflict was no greater than the other belligerents, and perhaps less than commonly believed.  Starved into submission by Britain’s naval blockade, Germany was unfairly and foolishly saddled with total war guilt, and saw 10% of its territory and 7 million of its people torn away at Versailles by the war’s rapacious victors.

Adolf Hitler rose to power on his vow to return Germany’s lost lands and peoples who had been given to Poland, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.  Stalin was determined to regain Russian territory lost at the 1918 Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.

Most of today’s Mideast’s problems flowed directly from the diplomatic lynching of Germany at Versailles led by France and Britain. Both of these imperial powers feared Germany’s  growing commercial and military power (just as the US today fears China’s rise).   Germany’s vibrant social democracy with its worker’s rights and concern for the poor  posed a threat to the capitalists of Britain and France.  Britain’s imperialists were deeply worried by the creation of a feeble little German Empire based in Africa.   At the time they controlled a quarter of the globe and all of its oceans.

Clark’s book  shows precisely how Serbia’s militarist-nationalist-religious cabal, known as the Black Hand, carefully planned and provoked the war by assassinating Austria-Hungary’s heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife at Sarajevo, Bosnia, on 28 June, 1914.

The Serb ultra-nationalists objective was to annex Bosnia, Macedonia, Albanian Kosovo, and northern Albania to create a Greater Serbia. The Serb’s sought to provoke war between Russia and the decrepit Austro-Hungarian Empire in order to drive Vienna’s influence from the Balkans and allow the creation of Greater Serbia. The first two Balkan Wars, 1912 and 1913, expanded Serbia but failed to give it control of the entire Balkans and the strategic Albanian ports of Durres and Vlore on the Adriatic. Serbia remained landlocked.

In the late 1980’s, the Serb extremists, led by Slobodan Milosevic, who attempted ethnic cleansing of the Muslims of  Bosnia and Kosovo, were carbon copies of the Black Hand with the very same racist-nationalist geopolitical goals.

Austria-Hungary’s aggressive military chief, General Franz Conrad von Hotzendorf, rushed his ill-prepared army into war to punish Serbia. Russia mobilized to support old ally Serbia.

Germany, deeply fearing a two-front war made possible by the 1894 Franco-Russian Entente, had to mobilize before Russia’s armies could overrun East Prussia.  France, Russia’s ally, mobilized, burning for revenge for its humiliating defeat in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War and loss of Alsace and Lorraine.

A total conflagration could still have been averted if Great Britain, which had been playing neutral, had boldly demanded the rush to war cease. France would have been unlikely to go to war without Britain’s supporting its left flank in Flanders.

But Prof. Clark deftly portrays how a coterie of anti-German officials in Britain, led by the duplicitous  foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey and the ambitious, war-yearning imperialist, Winston Churchill, pushed the British Empire to war against Germany. They were joined by a cabal of German-haters in the French government.  British and French industrialists, fearful of German competition, and seeing huge profits to be made, backed the war party.

The British and French anti-German cliques played the same role as the pro-war American neoconservatives in the Bush administration, planting phony stories in the press and promoting pro-war allies into positions of power.

Clark also shows how almost 40 years of petty European rivalries, intrigues and power games – all contained while separate – finally ran disastrously together in 1914.

We see the same dangers today in the petty but growing conflict over Ukraine between the US and its European satraps and Russia.  Every week seems to bring the US and Russia closer to a collision as the Washington seeks to dominate Ukraine and use it as a weapon against Russia. Once again, neocons in Washington, allied to Ukraine’s hard right and neocons, are promoting the growing Russo-American conflict.

A conflict over a quasi-nation of absolutely no strategic interest to the United States. American neocons and their Congressional mouthpieces are now calling for NATO to take control of Moldova and Georgia. Conrad von Hotzendorf would have approved.

No one in the west is ready to die for Luhansk or Donetsk, but few in 1914 Europe were ready to die for Verdun or Ypres – but millions did.

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highly debtful's picture

Seems to me the memories of those atrocities have grown old, hence the renewed sabre rattling. Capital mistake. 

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Considering the quality of modern education, especially things like history, it really isn't surprising we're going to screw up...again and it'll be done by another alleged super genius collrge professor president.

johny2's picture

Excuse, instead  of replying your comment, just wanted to express my opinion about the book and article. Lots of rubish.


the WW1 was a war to make profit, like most of them.

fuck all assholes that think they have right to rule land where other people live, by force.whatever reason their crazy ego invents

and fuck those who help play these assholes against each other.

Latina Lover's picture

All Wars are Bankster Wars.

Slave's picture

No one in the west is ready to die for Luhansk or Donetsk

This is not what I've been hearing, and it disgusts me. The chickenhawks around here can't wait to murder and pillage. But they, of course, won't go do it.


Escrava Isaura's picture


Your cliché is nonsense! Humanity is much more complex than that.

NickVegas's picture

It is the truth, yet over and over, they attempt to reinforce other narratives.

algol_dog's picture

I'll take a stab at that - "They" is the the term used by the simple majority who don't have either the capacity, or endurance, to see the complexity and orchestration of any situation. Much easier to boil it down to a simple catch all phrase, or association, ala, "they", equates to fill in the blank with one's favorite bigotry, or fashionable hatred of the day.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Thanks dog. That summarizes it "they" pretty well.... in my opinion.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Well then, you both don't have a clue what you refer to, hence you denigrate it. All Wars Are Banker's Wars is not some mindless phrase that Latina threw away to make you feel superior. It is the name of a video that you obviously haven't bothered to crawl out of your cave to peruse.

"Dog" appreciates your comraderie... he's tired of licking his own balls.

johny2's picture

Actually, if you read better, it was written above who they are. Let me give you a clue. They control credit and issuance of credit. When is the time when countries take on most of the credit? 

Escrava Isaura's picture


I got it! I got it!

Thanks for the clue.... Human greed, Right?

johny2's picture

Exactly. The profit is the reason. Religion, democracy etc are just the propaganda for the feeble minded. When the bet is on war, it matters little which puppet writes history afterwards, if all the pupets are financed by party making a bet. Once more, any article or book talking about puppets without mentioning strings pulling them, is rubish.

Iwanttoknow's picture

Jhonny2,Couldn't agree with you more.History is intentionally obfuscated.Pondering over that opened my eyes to"Conspiracy theories".

HardAssets's picture

History, civics, and critical thinking skills are no longer taught in the 'schools'. That's not an accident. ( See John Taylor Gatto. )

Escrava Isaura's picture

Mr. Margolis,

You said: No one in the west is ready to die for Luhansk or Donetsk, but few in 1914 Europe were ready to die for Verdun or Ypres – but millions did. 

So consider this: By P. Eisenman:

The methods may have changed, but the purpose is the same--get what you need from wherever you can grab it before the other guy beats you to it, in order for you to remain atop the global heap of political power.


Big fish eat small fish. The smarter class manipulates the ignorant class. The demagogues manipulate the weaker/believers.

Tell us something that we don’t, already, know?

JohninMK's picture

Reich Marshal Hermann Goering once said “of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”

algol_dog's picture

FOX news station moto -


"tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Dear partisan douchebag - pull your head out of your ass long enough to see the demonization of Putin on every "major" magazine cover in July. All of them lefty tripe mongers like you. Now fall forward into your hand and choke yourself.

August's picture

OMG!  Fox News and National Review are both Nazi! 

Next you'll be claiming that CNN is in on it, too.

Brutlstrudl's picture

After the war, The Kaiser was asked what it was about. He said," Damned if I know".

DogOfSinope's picture

Memories have certainly grown old and the revisionist history NWO pamphlet titled "Sleepwalkers" certainly proves that.

Also the author of the article, who allegedly "walked the battlefields" failed to notice that not a single one of them is on German territory. 

So, a dirt-poor 19 years old from Bosnia, who watched his 5 siblings die of malnourishment under brutal occupier regime, killed the commander in chief of the occupying army, on occupied territory, while he was visiting to oversee military manoeuvres. That's labeled terrorism. Then, what's not terrorism? Crime it was, terrorism - it wasn't. Young Bosnian's group consisted of Orthodox, Muslims and Catholics, yet let's blame it on "Serbian nationalism". More convenient that way. Let's invent "Black Hand" and whatnot. A 3 million country wanted a war with 70 million country. Right... And then, in retaliation to acts of evil Serbia, let's run over - Belgium? You can't make this shit up...

And then, the rest of BS: "German lands of Yugoslavia" - what may those be?; "Albanian Kosovo" - not a single toponym on it is Albanian and christian population was majority there until the genocide / ethnic cleansing during the WWII (guess on which side were Albanians?)...

Followed by the pathetic/cynical parallels to the chaos created in the region by CIA/NATO. The reality is that Bosnia is still a protectorate (20 years after the war) ruled by the "High Commissioner" (unelected EU bureaucrat), only Serbian and Croatian entities functioning, Muslim entity being recruitment ground for Mujahideen. Kosovo (a.k.a. "Bondsteel Republic") is ethnically cleansed from christians, more than 100 churches dynamited (some UNESCO World Heritage sites), practically run by the Heroin mafia, recruitment ground for ISIS.

Serbia, US ally in two World Wars, place where people genuinely liked America and Americans - alienated.

Well done USA. Well done.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Nuclear weapons, and nuclear reactors that will melt down when the grid goes offline makes the stakes one hell of alot higher.  Today, we have all kinds of "lets go kick their ass" armchair generals, who think you respawn 20 times a game after you get shot who have no clue how high the stakes really are.  Russia is neither Iraq, or Afghanistan.

Maxter's picture

Few people realise that every nuclear reactor in a country can be targeted in case of war.

Country like France or Germany could be made inabitable pretty much permanently without anyone firing a single nuke.


Map of nuke plant location in europe: http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/bsp/hi/image_maps/09/1239000000/1239806310/img/nuc_power_sites_466.gif


I agree with your "armchair generals" comment.

beaglebog's picture

I figure that, if you were really determined, you might target the reactors of non-combatants.


Let's say North Korea, for instance ... wants to punish the Western Imperialists, but doesn't have the clout to nuke DC.  Well, it could nuke the relatively undefended installations in Japan, or maybe China or India.


The end result would be the same for the global population.


Is that too crazy?  Is there some sane way to fight such conflict?

goldhedge's picture

100 years.  No point in remembrance because we will never learn and mankind will make the same mistakes.

Suck it up and enjoy the ride.


Urban Redneck's picture

But at least TPTB are celebrating the anniversary in proper style by opening up another front on the rapidly warming war between the USSA & USSR.

(h/t DC&H)


Harbanger's picture

As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly- proverbs 26:11

And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with. I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind. What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.…-Ecclesiastes 1:14

LibertarianMenace's picture

"...all is vanity and striving after wind. What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted."


But proggy don't play dat!

Anarchy 99's picture

and who really runs the US?


Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration "not to ever second guess me again" on the matter.

In a phone call with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, Netanyahu vented his anger, according to people familiar with the call.

Netanyahu told Shapiro the Obama administration was "not to ever second-guess me again" and that Washington should trust his judgment on how to deal with Hamas, according to the people. Netanyahu added that he now "expected" the U.S. and other countries to fully support Israel's offensive in Gaza, according to those familiar with the call. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter by name

tony wilson's picture
Insane Israeli sniper Brags on Instagram I killed 13 Palestinian kids today




TrustWho's picture

Wilson,...the first step the people must take to stop our leaders from sacrificing our youth is to view ALL unverified videos as PROPOGANDA!

lemosbrasil's picture

Bull-Market of Dow Jones at the jeopardy.....At last day of July , at monthly close, Dow Jones broke an uptrendline of 6 years !....6 years !!....more...if we connect the 2 tops of 2000 and 2007, we will reach a new top at 17.000-17.200 now !! So....we had a 2 trendlines to Dow Jones in last 15 years......the 2 trendlines were broken yesterday at monthly close !....see here: http://pracompraroupravender.blogspot.com.br/2014/08/grafico-da-semana-d... 

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

Forget the Pledge of Allegiance, the Star Spangled Banner and all other patriotic nonsense, young children need to be taught the following:

"Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them must share the guilt for the dead."   Omar Bradley

IronShield's picture

No child of mine will EVER fight in a war not directly threatening the USA.  And I mean the homeland, not some distant corporate/gov 'interest'.  Fuck you tools.

HardAssets's picture

The UNITED STATES is a corporation (thus the legalized all caps spelling).

This is a lot of ground to cover - just look it up.

algol_dog's picture

Let the polititions send their ass-hole kids to fight abroad, if they're so concerned -

kchrisc's picture

War is about money and power for them that profit from it, but caused by the obedience by those that don't.

End war, quit obeying.

q99x2's picture

To cover their crimes Central Bankers create wars. Don't let Blankfein, Dimon, Greenspan, Bernanke and Yellen get away with it this time.

Youri Carma's picture

I urge everyone, who hasn’t seen the movie yet, and since it’s weekend, to take a look at Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes:_A_Game_of_Shadows since it has many interesting learning moments of truth besides the very crafted entertainment, including a Franz Ferdinand assassination moment, which started off WWI.

“You used the anarchists and their bombs to create a crises in Europe of nation against nation …” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2RdC0-6V7U is said in the movie. If one knows that both ISIS and Al Qaeda are funded by the U.S. and the miserable Arab, one can easy see the parallel.

Although I am a big fan of Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Homes I adore this ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ movie also because of the excellent performance of Jared Harris as Professor James Moriarty. The IMDB audience gave it a 7,5 but I would give it at least an 8.

Other example of a astounding parallel “what better to start a war than at a peace summit” – What better to start a war than with a Nobel peace prize winner.

Meet the man with a WW1 trench in his back garden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IitKjI4NA_g

World War One biplanes dogfight in the skies above New York https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTlRZZd_99s

beaglebog's picture

Yeah, Brett is good.


Will look up your recommended movie.

just-my-opinion's picture

If you don't learn from the past....you have no future

You forget about war....you want war(why?)

Human nature...when you destroy everything around you

global warming takes 10's of thousands of years or millions....not years....we be the cause of this next mass exticntion

Time to be a smart monkey

rwe2late's picture

Good WW1 era history summary.

But the passages about more recent events need refinement.

The Yugoslavia-Serbia-Kosovo-US-NATO story is not best described as mainly one about Serbian expansionism.

Nor should the recent travails between Russia and the US-NATO  be thought as due to petty squabbles brought on by a rogue neocon clique, hence relatively easily avoidable.
Not when US-Pentagon-NATO basic ambitions are for full-spectrum global domination and the containment/collapse of China and Russia. Not when the US-NATO is conducting military invasions, occupations, and assaults throughout the globe. Not when a super-sized MIC both drains the world's resources and demands aggressive expansion to self-servingly guarantee its  future sustenance.

Not when those ambitions are fully supported by most all in current leadership positions, neoCON or neoLIB.

dizzyfingers's picture

 "Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the
citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged
sword.  It both emboldens the blood, just it narrows the mind.  And when the
drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and
the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of
the citizenry.  Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by
partiotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so.
How do I know?  For this is what I have done.  And I am Caesar."--Julius
Caesar.  http://www.apfn.net/Doc-100_bankruptcy31.htm

tbd108's picture

The banker version of the roots of the war has been bought. It is and always has been nonsense. The war was between the British Empire (i.e. Bank of England) and the rising German Empire. The first shots were in 1870 when the Germans won the Franco-German War and the English devils realized that there was a threat to their unholy empire. The two sides sparred until 1912 when the Germans realized that only with fighting would that get any further. This is the short version. The Archduke business is complete crap.

Seek_Truth's picture

Actually you left out some important details:

Condensed version (4 minutes): The_real_reason_for_WWI

Extended version (45 minutes): A_history_of_oil


pain_and_soros's picture

From Benjamin Freedman speech in 1961....

Benjamin H. Freedman was one of the most intriguing and amazing individuals of the 20th century.

     Mr. Freedman, born in 1890, was a successful Jewish businessman of New York City who was at one time the principal owner of the Woodbury Soap Company. He broke with organized Jewry after the Judeo-Communist victory of 1945, and spent the remainder of his life and the great preponderance of his considerable fortune, at least 2.5 million dollars, exposing the Jewish tyranny which has enveloped the United States.

     Mr. Freedman knew what he was talking about because he had been an insider at the highest levels of Jewish organizations and Jewish machinations to gain power over our nation. Mr. Freedman was personally acquainted with Bernard Baruch, Samuel Untermyer, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy, and many more movers and shakers of our times.

This speech was given before a patriotic audience in 1961 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Conde McGinley's patriotic newspaper of that time, Common Sense.  Though in some minor ways this wide-ranging and extemporaneous speech has become dated, Mr. Freedman's essential message to us -- his warning to the West -- is more urgent than ever before. -- K.A.S. ---


"And what is the reason?  The reason is that here in the United States, the Zionists and their co-religionists have complete control of our government.  For many reasons too many and too complex to go into here at this -- time I'll be glad to answer questions, however, to support that statement -- the Zionists and their co-religionists rule this United States as though they were the absolute monarchs of this country.  

 Now, you say, 'well, that's a very broad statement to make', but let me show what happened while you were -- I don't want to wear that out --- let me show what happened while WE were all asleep.  I'm including myself with you. We were all asleep.  What happened? 

     World War I broke out in the summer of 1914.  Nineteen-hundred and fourteen was the year in which World War One broke out.  There are few people here my age who remember that. Now that war was waged on one side by Great Britain, France, and Russia; and on the other side by Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey. What happened?

     Within two years Germany had won that war:  not alone won it nominally, but won it actually. The German submarines, which were a surprise to the world, had swept all the convoys from the Atlantic Ocean, and Great Britain stood there without ammunition for her soldiers, stood there with one week's food supply  facing her -- and after that, starvation.  

     At that time, the French army had mutinied.  They lost 600,000 of the flower of French youth in the defense of Verdun on the Somme.  The Russian army was defecting.  They were picking up their toys and going home, they didn't want to play war anymore, they didn't like the Czar.  And the Italian army had collapsed.

     Now Germany -- not a shot had been fired on the German soil.  Not an enemy soldier had crossed the border into Germany.  And yet, here was Germany offering England peace terms.  They offered England a negotiated peace on what the lawyers call a status quo ante basis.  That means: “Let's call the war off, and let everything be as it was before the war started.”   

    Well, England, in the summer of 1916 was considering that. Seriously!   They had no choice.  It was either accepting this negotiated peace that Germany was magnanimously offering them, or going on with the war and being totally defeated.

    While that was going on, the Zionists in Germany, who represented the Zionists from Eastern Europe, went to the British War Cabinet and -- I am going to be brief because this is a long story, but I have all the documents to prove any statement that I make  if anyone here is curious, or doesn't believe what I'm saying is at all possible -- the Zionists in London went to the British war cabinet and they said: “Look here.  You can yet win this war.  You don't have to give up.  You don't have to accept the negotiated peace offered to you now by Germany.  You can win this war if the United States will come in as your ally.”

The United States was not in the war at that time.  We were fresh; we were young; we were rich; we were powerful.  They [Zionists] told England: “We will guarantee to bring the United States into the war as your ally, to fight with you on your side, if you will promise us Palestine after you win the war.”

     In other words, they made this deal:  “We will get the United States into this war as your ally. The price you must pay us  is Palestine after you have won the war and defeated Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey.”

     Now England had as much right to promise Palestine to anybody, as the United States would have to promise Japan to Ireland for any reason whatsoever.   It's absolutely absurd that Great Britain -- that never had any connection or any interest or any right in what is known as Palestine -- should offer it as coin of the realm to pay the Zionists for bringing the United States into the war.

      However, they made that promise, in October of 1916.   October, nineteen hundred and sixteen. And shortly after that -- I don't know how many here remember it -- the United States, which was almost totally pro-German -- totally pro-German -- because the newspapers here were controlled by Jews, the bankers were Jews, all the media of mass communications in this country were controlled by Jews, and they were pro-German because their people, in the majority of cases came from Germany, and they wanted to see Germany lick the Czar.

       The Jews didn't like the Czar, and they didn't want Russia to win this war.  So the German bankers -- the German-Jews -- Kuhn Loeb and the other big banking firms in the United States refused to finance France or England to the extent of one dollar.   They stood aside and they said: “As long as France and England are tied up with Russia, not one cent!”  But they poured money into Germany, they fought with Germany against Russia, trying to lick the Czarist regime.

     Now those same Jews, when they saw the possibility of getting Palestine, they went to England and they made this deal.  At that time, everything changed, like the traffic light that changes from red to green.  Where the newspapers had been all pro-German, where they'd been telling the people of the difficulties that Germany was having fighting Great Britain commercially and in other respects, all of a sudden the Germans were no good.   They were villains.   They were Huns. They were shooting Red Cross nurses.  They were cutting off babies' hands.  And they were no good.

     Well, shortly after that, Mr. Wilson declared war on Germany.

    The Zionists in London sent these cables to the United States, to Justice Brandeis: “Go to work on President Wilson.  We're getting from England what we want.  Now you go to work, and you go to work on President Wilson and get the United States into the war."  And that did happen. That's how the United States got into the war.  We had no more interest in it; we had no more right to be in it than we have to be on the moon tonight instead of in this room.

     Now the war -- World War One -- in which the United States participated had absolutely no reason to be our war. We went in there -- we were railroaded into it -- if I can be vulgar, we were suckered into -- that war merely so that the Zionists of the world could obtain Palestine.   Now, that is something that the people  in the United States have never been told. They never knew why we went into World War One. Now, what happened?

    After we got into the war, the Zionists went to Great Britain and they said: “Well, we performed our part of the agreement.  Let's have something in writing that shows that you are going to keep your bargain and give us Palestine after you win the war.”   Because they didn't know whether the war would last another year or another ten years.   So they started to work out a receipt.   The receipt took the form of a letter, and it was worded in very cryptic language so that the world at large wouldn't know what it was all about.   And that was called the Balfour Declaration.

    The Balfour Declaration was merely Great Britain's promise to pay the Zionists what they had agreed upon as a consideration for getting the United States into the war.   So this great Balfour Declaration, that you hear so much about, is just as phony as a three dollar bill.   And I don't think I could make it more emphatic than that.

     Now, that is where all the trouble started.  The United States went in the war.  The United States crushed Germany.  We went in there, and it's history. You know what happened.  Now, when the war was ended, and the Germans went to Paris, to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, there were 117 Jews there, as a delegation representing the Jews, headed by Bernard Baruch.  I was there: I ought to know. Now what happened?  

    The Jews at that peace conference, when they were cutting up Germany and parceling out Europe to all these nations that claimed a right to a certain part of European territory, the Jews said, “How about Palestine for us?”  And they produced, for the first time to the knowledge of the Germans, this Balfour Declaration.   So the Germans, for the first time realized, “Oh, that was the game!  That's why the United States came into the war.”  And the Germans for the first time realized that they were defeated, they suffered this terrific reparation that was slapped onto them, because the Zionists wanted Palestine and they were determined to get it at any cost.

     Now, that brings us to another very interesting point.  When the Germans realized this, they naturally resented it.  Up to that time, the Jews had never been better off in any country in the world than they had been in Germany.

     You had Mr. Rathenau there, who was maybe 100 times as important in industry and finance as is Bernard Baruch in this country.   You had Mr. Balin, who owned the two big steamship lines, the North German Lloyd's and the Hamburg-American Lines. You had Mr. Bleichroder, who was the banker for the Hohenzollern family.  You had the Warburgs in Hamburg, who were the big merchant bankers -- the biggest in the world.  The Jews were doing very well in Germany. No question about that.  Now, the Germans felt: “Well, that was quite a sellout.”

    It was a sellout that I can best compare -- suppose the United States was at war today with the Soviet Union.  And we were winning.  And we told the Soviet Union: “Well, let's quit.  We offer you peace terms.  Let's forget the whole thing.” And all of a sudden Red China came into the war as an ally of the Soviet Union.  And throwing them into the war brought about our defeat.  A crushing defeat, with reparations the likes of which man's imagination cannot encompass.

     Imagine, then, after that defeat, if we found out that it was the Chinese in this country, our Chinese citizens, who all the time we thought they were loyal citizens working with us, were selling us out to the Soviet Union and that it was through them that Red China was brought into the war against us. How would we feel, in the United States against Chinese?  I don't think that one of them would dare show his face on any street.  There wouldn't be lampposts enough, convenient, to take care of them. Imagine how we would feel.

     Well, that's how the Germans felt towards these Jews.  "We've been so nice to them"; and from 1905 on, when the first Communist revolution in Russia failed, and the Jews had to scramble out of Russia, they all went to Germany.  And Germany gave them refuge.  And they were treated very nicely.  And here they sold Germany down the river for no reason at all other than they wanted Palestine as a so-called “Jewish commonwealth.”


algol_dog's picture

Yes, I suppose the "good Germans" were seeking peace and making the world a better place, with their U boat sinking of the Lusitania, and other unarmed ships, and American cargo boats. 

laomei's picture

Lusitania and others were carrying arms and ammunition and were legitimate targets.