NATO-EU war alliance is gambling away Europe’s future
by Karl-Jürgen Müller
The NATO-EU alliance is pursuing a policy of war escalation. This is also served by the propaganda with its blatant accusations against Russian warfare. This deepens the „enmity“ against Russia and risks an even bigger war. This hate propaganda contributes to the brutalization of the war. Ultimately, it also shatters coexistence in our societies. „Ghosts“ are awakened that the NATO-EU alliance will no longer be able to control.
Every war involves human sacrifice, human suffering and enormous destruction. Every day that a war ends earlier is a gain for humanity. The ideal would be a world without war. Today, no one needs to explain all this. Nevertheless, not all warfare is the same. To give two extreme examples: The Swiss Sonderbund War in 1847, a year before the founding of the Swiss federal state, was a different war from the war of extermination waged by Nazi Germany against the Soviet Union (1941-1945) – and not only because of the difference in duration of the two wars. While the former war deliberately did not aim at humiliating the „enemy“, inflicting as many casualties as possible or even „annihilating“ it altogether and destroying the „enemy’s“ country in a „total war“, the other war did exactly that.
Every war involves human sacrifice, human suffering and enormous destruction. Every day that a war ends earlier is a gain for humanity. The ideal would be a world without war.
Different war strategies …
One reason for this are the respective military strategies. The military strategy of the USA, for example, deliberately aims at destroying the civilian infrastructure of the „enemy“ right at the beginning of a war. Civilian casualties are not only accepted, but aimed for. According to all that is known and what can be read in Russia’s official documents – including on the current war – this is different for Russian warfare. Accessible Russian briefings emphasize respect for international humanitarian law at every report and give many indications of how Russian troops are trying to ensure this as well. This cannot be seriously verified at this time. However, even independent experts such as the Swiss Jaques Baud conclude that „the Russian army is trying […] to keep civilian casualties as low as possible“.1
… and hate propaganda
Another reason is the way warfare is emotionally charged by the politicians, by the command posts and by the media of the warring parties. There is no warfare without emotions and „enemy image.“ But the targeting of emotions and enemy images can be very different. Warfare that is built on hatred and contempt for the „enemy,“ that knows only „good“ and „evil,“ and that hypocritically imagines itself to be on the side of the „good guys“ is the worst quagmire for brutalizing war. The „enemy“ is demonized and dehumanized, he becomes an „inhuman,“ a „subhuman,“ a „vermin.
Western and Russian media
Anyone who has compared the accessible German-language mainstream media in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with those from Russia in recent weeks and months, especially since February 24, but also in the weeks before, must have noticed that the former have used and continue to use hate slogans on an almost daily basis. This propaganda aims at demonization and dehumanization. Unchecked, atrocities are attributed to the „enemy“, corresponding visual material is presented in large formats. These „reports“ are not only intended to put pressure on political decision-makers to continue and escalate the (hybrid) war against Russia2 – especially at the expense of the people in Ukraine. This also includes the fervor with which German politicians like Annalena Baerbock have abandoned the well-considered basic line of former German foreign policy of not supplying weapons to war zones and now even want to supply heavy weapons.
The „reports“ of our media also aim at a mass public, at all of us and our feelings. The mind is to be switched off, blind hatred is to be generated. The methods of hate propaganda have been described and analyzed very precisely for more than 100 years. And still they work for very many until today.
I cannot judge for sure what is true and what is not true in the German-language Russian media accessible to me – but they do not show the hate propaganda that has become unbearable in our media.
An attack on coexistence
But this hate propaganda of our media not only destroys all bridges to the „enemy“ Russia. It is also an attack on coexistence in our countries – with devastating after-effects. Because this propaganda destroys interpersonal trust and does violence to the social nature of man. We will feel the consequences.
Karin Leukefeld in her article „Signposts in Times of War“ (Zeit-Fragen No. 8, April 5, 2022) asked the question, „What is to be done?“ She wrote of a „courageous heart“ and actually listed self-evident things: „Look and don’t be misled. Question the media reports that want us to know what is happening in Ukraine, what Russia is allegedly planning, seek other sources. Talk to family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues about what you have found out about what is happening in Ukraine, as well as other theaters of war and injustice. Refuse to become an enemy and hold on to the friendship with Russia and its people that has been worked for decades.“
The hate propaganda of our media is designed to prevent just that. It is meant to prevent us from living our humanity. It is meant to turn thinking and compassionate individuals into bent mass people with violent affects who inwardly obey hate propaganda. It is to lead us to war. Yes, there is something fascist about it.
The Germans who participated in the Second World War remember not only the victims and the destruction of the war, but also the mental disruption of a whole people by the National Socialist hate propaganda. Once again, sorcerer’s apprentices are at work. –
1 „European countries – first and foremost Switzerland – should try to smooth the waters instead of pouring oil on the fire“; interview with Jacques Baud in Zeitgeschehen im Fokus No. 6, 5.4.2022; https://zeitgeschehen-im-fokus.ch/de/newspaper-ausgabe/nr-6-vom-5-april-2022.html#article_1332
2 For example, the website http://www.german-foreign-policy.com (https://www.german-foreign-policy.com/news/detail/8891) reported on 4/6/2022 that the British government had warned against a too-quick ceasefire after an initial rapprochement between the Russian and Ukrainian negotiating delegations in Istanbul. Ukraine must first be „in the strongest possible position militarily,“ it said.
1 «Die europäischen Länder – allen voran die Schweiz – sollten versuchen, die Wogen zu glätten, anstatt Öl ins Feuer zu giessen»; Interview mit Jacques Baud in Zeitgeschehen im Fokus Nr. 6 vom 5.4.2022; https://zeitgeschehen-im-fokus.ch/de/newspaper-ausgabe/nr-6-vom-5-april-2022.html#article_1332
2 So berichtete die Internetseite http://www.german-foreign-policy.com (https://www.german-foreign-policy.com/news/detail/8891) am 6.4.2022, die britische Regierung habe nach einer ersten Annäherung zwischen der russischen und der ukrainischen Verhandlungsdelegation in Istanbul vor einer zu schnellen Waffenruhe gewarnt. Die Ukraine müsse zuerst «militärisch in der stärkstmöglichen Position» sein.