WWI – Is it still going on, with almost the same players?


A Hundred Years Later

… by  Uri Avnery,  with  Gush Shalom


All do not suffer equally

All do not suffer equally

[ Editors note:  I have been doing pre-writing research from my extensive WWI books and files for the obvious threats and dot connecting work we want to refresh people’s memories concerning the Geo-political Twilight Zone we have entered now.

But there have been interruptions and distractions galore, and the missing Malaysian plane has absorbed much of our attention out of concern that it was going to be used in a major terror attack.

A major article on that is pending with another publisher, which you will see here soon. But Uri beat me to the WWI tie-in punch, and we are not information hogs here at VT. He has made a good start on this historical area, on which we are going to be writing over the next few months.

WWI saw the introduction of propaganda on steroids. Things were not just slanted and exaggerated, they were invented out of whole cloth. And when the war was over the propaganda did not stop. It continued on into the books that were published, and the ones that were not.

A modern person would like to think, with the huge public investment in education and media, that we have advanced way beyond the days when rural populations with limited educations could be easily snookered. But I am afraid we cannot give ourselves credit for that on a macro basis.

Many of us, especially at VT, which includes our audience, can smell a rat as soon as it enters the house. Yes, the public is certainly more “educated,” but the tools used against us have been refined and honed into those like a razor, where when you are sliced you don’t quite know from the feeling what exactly has happened to you.

The WWI battlefields continue to surrender their buried artifacts

The WWI battlefields continue to surrender their buried artifacts

It did not take long for the uber-spinmeisters to grasp that if they worked well on the enemy, they could be used against their own populations to herd them when and where government and non-governmental actors wanted.

An added twist of the knife in all this was that the intended victims were also tasked with having to pay for it all.

So what we have is literally a war going on against the people by not only their respective governments, but a whole host of private and foreign actors, where many are bifurcated.

The plague of the Washington, D.C., phony think-tank spying bullpens is probably the most recognized example of the breadth and depth of this never-ending assault.

You soon will be reading Gordon’s new piece on the missing Flight 370, which is an Olympic gold medal contender in the history of pysops. We know the plane was tracked after it “disappeared,” and where it was at every step of the journey.

A large number of security people in a good number of countries, plus veteran media people, know the current search theater is a hoax, but no one has asked the obvious questions.

But, today Uri Avnery gets the WWI stage because he got the job done first. It is a very long story, one that is still with us today, and over the next year, you are going to learn a great deal more about it here at VT…Jim W. Dean ]


–  First published  March 22, 2014  –


Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it

Those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it

There is an old Chinese curse that says: “May you live in historic times!” If there isn’t, there should be. This week was an historic time. The Crimea seceded from Ukraine. Russia annexed it. A dangerous situation. No one knows how it will develop.

After my last article about the Ukrainian crisis, I was flooded with passionate e-mail messages. Some were outraged by one or two sentences that could be construed as justifying Russian actions.

How could I excuse the former KGB apparatchik, the new Hitler, the leader who was building a new Soviet empire by destroying and subjugating neighboring countries?

Others were outraged, with the same passion, by my supposed support for the fascist gangs which have come to power in Kiev, the anti-Semites in Nazi uniforms, and the American imperialists who use them for their own sinister purposes.

I am a bit bewildered by the strength of feeling on both sides. The Cold War, it seems, is not over. It just took a nap. Yesterday’s warriors are again rallying to their flags, ready to do battle.

Sorry, I can’t get passionate about this side or that. Both, it seems to me, have some justice on their side. Many of the battle cries are bogus.

Those who rage against the annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation and compare it to Hitler’s “Anschluss” of Austria may be right in some sense. I remember the newsreels of ecstatic Austrians welcoming the soldiers of the Führer, who was, after all, an Austrian himself. There can be no doubt that most Austrians welcomed the “return to the fatherland.”

That seems to be the case now in the Crimea. For a long time the peninsula had been a part of Russia. Then, in 1954, the leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, a Ukrainian himself, presented the Crimea as a gift to Ukraine. It was mostly a symbolic gesture, since both Russia and Ukraine belonged to the same Soviet state and were subject to the same oppression.

Citizens and Russian troops in Balaklava

Citizens and Russian troops in Balaklava

But the main point is that the people of the Crimea were not consulted. There was no referendum. The majority of the population is Russian, and undoubtedly wishes now to return to Russia.

It expressed this wish in a referendum that, on the whole, seems to be quite authentic. So the annexation may be justified.

Vladimir Putin himself brought up the precedent of Kosovo, which seceded from Serbia not so long ago. This may be a bit cynical, since Russia strenuously objected to this secession at the time. All the Russian arguments then are now contradicted by Putin himself.

If we leave out cynicism, hypocrisy and great power politics for a moment, and stick to simple moral principles, then what is good for the goose is good for the gander. A sizable national minority, living in its homeland, has a right to secede from a state it does not like.

For this reason I supported the independence of Kosovo and believe that the same principle applies now to Catalonia and Scotland, Tibet and Chechnya.

There is always a way to prevent secession without using brute force: to create conditions that make the minority want to stay in the majority state. Generous economic, political and cultural policies can achieve this. But for that you need the wisdom of farsighted leaders, and that is a rare commodity everywhere.

By the same token, Ukrainians can be understood when they kick out a president who wants to bring them into the Russian orbit against their will. His golden bathroom appliances are beside the point.

Will the real Neo-Nazis please stand up?

Will the real Neo-Nazis please stand up?

Another question is what role the fascists play in the process. There are contradictory reports, but Israeli reporters on the scene testify to their conspicuous presence in the center of Kiev.

The problem has confronted us since the Tunisian Spring: in many of the “spring” countries the uprisings bring to the fore elements that are worse than the tyrants they want to displace.

The revolutions are started by idealists who are unable to unite and set up an effective regime, and then are taken over by intolerant fanatics, who are better fighters and better organizers.

That is the secret of the survival of the abominable Bashar al-Assad. Few people want Syria to fall into the hands of a Taliban-like Islamic tyranny.

That is also the fate of Egypt: the liberal democrats started the revolution but lost the democratic elections to a religious party, which was in a haste to impose its creed on the people. They were overthrown by a military dictatorship that is worse than the regime which the original revolution overthrew.

Which side of WHICH WINDOW are you on?

Which side of WHICH WINDOW are you on?

The emergence of the neo-Nazis in Kiev is worrying, even if Putin uses their presence for his own purposes. If they are supported by the West, overtly or covertly, that is disturbing.Equally worrying is the uncertainty about Putin’s intentions.

In many of the countries surrounding Russia there live large numbers of Russians, who went to live there in Soviet times. Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Moldova, Kazakhstan and other countries have large Russian minorities, and even majorities, who yearn to be annexed to the motherland.

No one really knows Putin. How far will he go? Can he control his ambitions?Will he be carried away by his successes and the lack of wise policies in Western capitals?

Addressing his parliament about the annexation of the Crimea, he seemed restrained, but there was no mistaking the imperial trimmings of the event. He would not be the first leader in history who overestimated his successes and underrated the power of his opponents.

And on the other side – is there enough wisdom in Washington and the other Western capitals to produce the right mixture of firmness and restraint to prevent an uncontrollable slide into war?

In three months the world will “celebrate” the hundredth anniversary of the shot in Sarajevo – the shot that ignited a worldwide conflagration.

It may be helpful to recount again the chain of events that caused one of the most destructive wars in human history — a war that consumed millions upon millions of human lives and destroyed an entire way of life.

Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand launched the events leading to World War I.

Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand launched the events leading to World War I.

The shot that started it all was quite accidental. The assassin, a Serb nationalist, failed in his first attempt to kill a quite insignificant Austrian archduke.

But after he had already given up, he came across his intended victim again, by chance, and shot him dead.

The incompetent Austrian politicians and their senile emperor saw an easy opportunity to demonstrate the prowess of their country and presented little Serbia with an ultimatum. What could they lose?

Except that Serbia was the protégé of Russia. In order to deter the Austrians, the Czar and his equally incompetent ministers and generals ordered a general mobilization of their vast army. They were quite unaware of the fact that this made war unavoidable, because…

The German Reich, which had come into being only 43 years earlier, lived in deadly fear of a “war on two fronts”. Located in the middle of Europe, squeezed between two great military powers, France and Russia, it drew up a plan to forestall this eventuality.

The plan changed every year in the wake of military exercises, but in essence it was based on the premise that one enemy had to be crushed before the other enemy had time to join the battle.

The plan in place in 1914 was to crush France before the cumbersome Russian mobilization could be completed. So when the Czar announced his mobilization, the German army invaded Belgium and reached the outskirts of Paris in a few weeks. They almost succeeded in defeating France before the Russians were ready. Twenty-five years later, Hitler solved the same problem in a different way. He signed a sham treaty with Stalin, finished France off and then attacked Russia.

In 1914, Great Britain, shocked by the invasion of Belgium, hastened to the aid of its French ally. Italy, Japan, and others joined the fray. So did the Ottoman Empire, which ruled Palestine. World War I was underway.

When will they ever learn

When will they ever learn

Who wanted this terrible war? Nobody. Who took a cool-headed decision to start it? Nobody. Of course, many national and international interests were involved, but none so important as to justify such a catastrophe.

No, it was a war nobody wanted or even envisioned. The flower of European youth was destroyed by the sheer stupidity of the contemporary politicians, followed by the colossal stupidity of the generals.

And in the end, a peace treaty was concocted that made another world war practically inevitable. Only after another awful world war did the politicians come to their senses and make another fratricidal war in Western Europe unthinkable.

A hundred years after it all started, it is well to remember.

Can anything like this happen again?  Can an unintended chain of foolish acts lead to another catastrophe?

Can one thing lead to another in a way that incompetent leaders are unable to stop? I hope not. After all, during these hundred years, some lessons have been learned and absorbed. Or not?

Editing:  Jim W. Dean and Erica P. Wissinger

A gem here folks - the actual carrier piegon message from the Lost Battalion

A gem here folks – the actual carrier pigeon message from the Lost Battalion


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31 Responses to "WWI – Is it still going on, with almost the same players?"

  1. matthewmccauley  March 24, 2014 at 6:37 am

    The second sentence in this piece begins

    “The Crimea seceded from Ukraine. Russia annexed it.”

    A more accurate statement would be that Crimea voted by 95% to join Russia. I may or may not read the rest of the piece, but the author should remember not to sound like MSM.

  2. wiggins  March 23, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I’m sure an analysis of the build up to WWII can be found in the pages of this tome………..
    http //jrbooksonline.com/HTML-docs/Jewish%20War%20of%20Survival.htm

  3. mcfadden  March 22, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Right. Listen to Benjamin Freedman (jootube) or read Eustace Mullins’ “The World Order”.

  4. Huliganthropus  March 22, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    They call the Hungarian folk collective sinners always yet. The diktat of Trianon is in validity today. The Hungarian nation middle wants to get back his country cut up in Europe, which you reject in 1920,. They attached Hungarian areas to Ukraine. The only country we are, what is bordering on himself only.


    A magyar népet még mindig kollektív bűnösöknek mondják. A trianoni diktátum ma is érvényben van. A magyar nemzet vissza akarja kapni szétdarabolt országát közép Európában, amit 1920.-ban elvettek. Ukrajnához is csatoltak magyar területeket. Az egyetlen ország vagyunk, ami csak önmagával határos.

    http //s2.images.www.tvn.hu/2008/02/08/14/41/www.tvn.hu_87d3afe93c1ca3c8ce4c7c03e2b9f84b.jpg

  5. JS  March 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Mr. Dean,
    I’ve read Gordon’s new article about Flight 370, and the team’s preliminary findings. he said something confusing, though “What we found was astounding. To put this in context, we looked back at 9/11 when CNN, at the scene of the Pentagon “whatever” was unable to find any proof an airplane had been there at all. See.”

    Is he insinuating that Flight 370 never existed at all, like the non-existent flights of 9/11? That’s certainly food for thought!

  6. ProtectUSA1st  March 22, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    ——Thank you. An Excellent “War Analysts & Unlearned Lessons by the Corrupt World Leaders”

    “Repubblica Veneta” – in English the Republic of Veneto

    “Activists say that the latest polling shows that 65 per cent of voters in the Veneto region, which includes historic cities such as Treviso, Vicenza and Verona, are in favour of cutting ties with Rome.”

    “La Serenissima” – or the Most Serene Republic of Venice – was an independent trading power for a millennium before the last doge, or leader, was deposed by Napoleon in 1797.

    The republic encompassed not just Venice but what is now the surrounding region of Veneto and it is there that the vote will take place from Sunday until Friday.

  7. Curmudgeon  March 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Mr. Avnery,
    The problem with past events, is that everyone sees them in their own context.
    There is no doubt that Princip was a nationalist, but who was behind the Black Hand. I would speculate that it is the same group that has been behind the assassinations or executions of virtually every monarchy in Europe.
    In WWI, Germany invaded Belgium, because Belgium agreed to give France free passage, but would not to Germany. That could only mean one thing France was going to attack Germany. Germany beat France to the punch. Kaiser Wilhelm would have been happy if the Serbian Government would have apologized and conducted a serious investigation. King George V, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Czar Nicholas were all first cousins. George hated Wilhelm, because Wilhelm was Grandma Victoria’s favourite. No one knows why Nicholas didn’t like Wilhelm. After the Communist Revolution, George’s wife Mary of Teck, objected to giving asylum to Nicholas and his family. Benjamin Freedman, who attended Versaille with the bankers, stated that they dictated the terms of the Treaty. Bankers do not plan retrospectively.

    In WWII, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands were invaded in response to British attacks. Denmark was invaded to get to Norway, which had been invaded by Britain, which was mining Norwegian harbours. Britain also invaded Iceland. “Evil Adolf”, according to A.J.P. Taylor expanded the war in response to British aggression, not in advance of it. As for the pact with Stalin, “Evil Adolf” understood that internationalist Stalin wanted Europe.

    • benweihrich  March 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Quote “In WWII, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands were invaded in response to British attacks.” According to my history Germany attacked first The Empire of Japan aimed to dominate East Asia and was already at war with the Republic of China in 1937, but the world war is generally said to have begun on 1 September 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Germany and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France and the United Kingdom. Nowhere have I read that GB attack 1st, pls explain

      Source http //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II

    • Curmudgeon  March 23, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Poland and Hungary invaded areas of Czechoslovakia before Germany signed the Munich Agreement guaranteeing Czechoslovakia’s borders, and retaking the Sudatenland illegally severed by Versaille. Polish attacks on ethic Germans and the German border took place for months prior to September 1, 1939. The attacks were in the region illegally severed by Versaille, and given to Poland. WWII began when the UK declared war on September 3, 1939. Until that time, no 3rd party was involved.
      Stalin and Churchill agreed to carve up Scandinavia, BEFORE Churchill was Prime Minister.
      Belgium, France and Holland were invaded in May 1940, after the UK had invaded Norway and mined harbours.

  8. Jack Heart  March 22, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Great introduction Mr. Dean. You have a better grip on this war (yes its one war!!!)than 99.99% of the people trying to write about it. Their skewered and myopic attempts would be laughable if the consequences for their ignorance were not so tragic. I would love to read an account of the twentieth century by a keen and objective observer, it would parallel our own attempts to bring coherence to what the Merchants of Chaos have been marketing for the last hundred years.

  9. Bente  March 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Looking over history “briefly” does not look like people learn… empires come and go, never stay for1000’s of years… there is a cycle life goes through ”start, change, stop”, or ”start, grow, decay and die” goes for all life including nations and civilizations – – Sovjet did the cycle and fast now we have a Russia only 20 years old and we have China also quite young both are growing and strong and then we have US and EU both old – wicked and dying – – Looks like US will die soon. But of course will get ‘born again’ and will grow and be strong …. by then probably Russia and China will be getting old and wicked again – – EU seems to have more than 9 lives, if they manage to change their stupid ways they might have a few more left … or we could say “EU” breaks up and so does NATO… and out of that comes a new Europe… But for now I am all for the young ones, who seems to behave with more sanity for the moment.

  10. Ann  March 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    There were several attempts on the Archduke before the idiot criminal pawn Princip lit the fuse.

    http //www.johndclare.net/causes_WWI3_Sarajevo.htm

  11. Detlef Reimers  March 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    The murder of the archduke Ferdinand was not accidentially, it was foreseen in european aritrocracy full 2 years ahead.

    “Nobody wanted this WWI?” I can’t believe, that Uri really means what he writes here.

    Too much to say about this nonsensical article. I know he can do a lot better, but his feeling about Germany seems to be too overwhelming to get nearer to the historic truth.

    He forgot to mention the complete jewish banker meeting, and this time well adviced by Warburgs at both sides (Banker/Intel as usual). He also forgot to mention the barbaric hunger blockade, forced upon the german people and Wilsons betrayal. As I said, too much to mention here.

    • dirtus napus  March 22, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Hear ya. When I was 6, I stayed at a friends house overnight. His family was German as well. The grandfather watched us at breakfast. He became disgusted that we little kids would not eat this black banana that was in the middle of the table. He grabbed it from my friends sister and said “When I was in the trenches in the great war, I would have killed a man to have this!” And proceeded to peal and eat a very black banana. That started me off on military history and well, a pretty eff’d up life actually. But, that was a life changing moment, and I’m glad it happened. I agree with what you said above. Too much to even mention here.

      Funny how you see things, especially when you had a great uncle that served in the Wermacht, raised your father, and taught you the way history really happened. The other side of the family? Grandfather……Pathfinder, captured in a tree after oh so many jumps. Told us only one story. Hair just stood up on my arm remembering it. His brother? Omaha beach.

      Yes, they all knew each other briefly in the states and liked each other. Sickens me to see it repeating, and willfully.

  12. adil  March 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    ww1 scenario described is propaganda. it was not generals or politicians. it were bankers. and it is same today.

  13. Brian  March 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Well I’m intrigued by alternative theories, some people suggest the banksters in order to start WWI, ordered the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand to destroy the Old Order consisting of five major empires Russian, British, German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman to build a new empire based on centralized banking controlled by the banksters.

    If so did the banksters take advantage of all the pacts which forced countries to engage in WWI or behind the scenes did they create the pacts?

    I’m still researching to see if the Banskters were actually Amish. -)

  14. williammartin  March 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Additionally…. Disputing WWII War Propaganda.

    Question Why was Hitler Time Magazines MAN OF THE YEAR?
    *****http //www.wmara.com/videos/Germany1933_1945_480x360.html
    Dropping the World Bank, Germany Prospered. The US refuses to drop the privet central bank when their own Constitution says they can print their own currency free from Interest (National Debt) to a Privet Central Banking system who creates money out of THIN AIR. Enslaving US and our Children for LIFE!!

  15. williammartin  March 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I might also mention I have GIG’s of WWII movies. Mostly used as Propaganda. I guess American’s don’t remember that in WWII both Russia and China were ALLIES. Today our Senators openly call them Communist’s and the slur of Commies, KGB etc.

    When Hitler dropped the world bank his problems began. Just as Russia, China, Syria and Iran all have their privet banks. Looking at Wesley Clarks 7 countries in 5 years and the Banking.. Well you’ll see the real intent is Invade, sell oil in US Petro-Dollars and install dictators to keep it that way. When they depart from this its WAR!

    America destroyed its own commerce for Big Business or Corporate America. Hitler put millions to work rebuilding Germany after WWI and his system worked. The US today faced with Immigration’s problem or Undocumented Workers (Changed from Illegal Aliens) i.e. TERM Collateral Damage uses?

    The US has 3 Exports. Our Job’s, Wars and Arms for those Wars. As a Nation we have be DE-industrialized and our Children are training costing tens of thousands to work at Mc Donald’s to repay them loans. DEBT SLAVES. Slaves to a PRIVET CENTRAL BANK where Article 1 Section 8 has been tossed. The Banks Control America and its Military.

  16. williammartin  March 22, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Mr. Dean….
    I find your notes comprise the crux of the matter as a whole. Yet I still see there are those who don’t see what that “Evil Hitler” was really doing. Faced with a massive immigration problem a depression and tied to a world banking system that did finance his being brought to power. Add US and French arms that armed his Waffen SS and Gestapo.

    Hitler didn’t ROLL across Europe. As all film shows not only were the German’s greeted in most cases with flowers but upon Hitler’s arrival he openly stood standing in a open vehicle among many armed with his secret service facing “HIM” not the crowds of thousands. I’d like to see Obama/Bush do that in Iraq, Libya or Afghanistan. (Chuckle) I also see this was the same of Gaddafi, Saddam, Assad all who walked/drove freely amidst their peoples who were armed to the teeth.

    Back to square 1. US whines about Crimea yet is silent on Israel/Palestine and since we are mentioning Flight 370 what about Diego Garcia’s Base and how it came into play. How the Brit’s stole that piece of heaven of the indigenous tribe. Conquest of Empire is always OK when your doing it but not when the other side does.

    I stand with Putin on this one. Far more a leader then my Cousin Obama.

    • maria  March 23, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      They were not greeted every where with flowers.
      The Dutch were surprised when the tanks rolled in, the bombing of Rotterdam, where my ex father in law was taken prisoner of war and put on a train to a camp in Germany.
      Ask my 96 old mother how angry she was.
      My grandparents lost later their house.
      Don’t make Hitler out like a nice guy.
      I can remember sitting in the cellar when the bombs dropped, not by the Germans bu allied forces who were bombing the bridges, most bombs fell in the cities instead of the bridges. It is so nice when your house and family become collateral damage,pfffft.

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