WWII Was Not Fought To Save Anyone From Death Camps, by David Swanson

1389.4 Holocaust A

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Sept. 21, 2020
September 24, 2020

Excerpted from Leaving World War II Behind

If you were to listen to people justifying WWII today, and using WWII to justify the subsequent 75 years of wars and war preparations, the first thing you would expect to find in reading about what WWII actually was would be a war motivated by the need to save Jews from mass murder. There would be old photographs of posters with Uncle Sam pointing his finger, saying “I want you to save the Jews!”

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Here Comes the Second Wave, by Andrew Gavin Marshall

Non graffiti, Leake Street (Coronavirus)

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Toronto, Canada
Empire and Economics, May 13, 2020
May 15, 2020

As the pandemic spread across the world, unprecedented lockdowns followed. Now, as many of those countries are in the early weeks of lifting restrictions, we see signs of what may be the start of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. And we cannot rule out a second wave of lockdowns.

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Socialism at Its Finest after Fed’s Bazooka Fails by Ellen Brown

Class War #occupyboston

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog, Mar. 21, 2020
March 22, 2020

In what is being called the worst financial crisis since 1929, the US stock market has lost a third of its value in the space of a month, wiping out all of its gains of the last three years. When the Federal Reserve tried to ride to the rescue, it only succeeded in making matters worse. The government then pulled out all the stops. To our staunchly capitalist leaders, socialism is suddenly looking good.

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Chris Hedges: The Collapse of Democracy in Germany’s Weimar Republic and its Descent into Fascism

Fascism

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 22, 2020

On the show this week Chris Hedges talks to Professor Benjamin Hett about the collapse of democracy in Germany’s Weimar Republic which lead to fascism, and what features of the collapse are applicable to the democratic experiment in America.

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The Gehlen Org + The Powers of Love and War by Gaither Stewart

Bundesnachrichtendienst bnd_sw; berlin_germany

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
January 3, 2020

In February 2019 Germany opened a brand new intelligence complex in the city of Berlin. The new headquarters of the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst or Federal Intelligence Service) occupies a huge space—by the way, much as STASI or State Security Service once did in East Berlin the former German Democratic Republic—and supposedly employs a total of over six thousand persons. The move from its former secret location in the Munich suburb of Pullach reflects both the centralization in Berlin of federal institutions that after World War Two were widely dispersed throughout Germany and importantly, European Union-NATO leader Germany’s efforts to get away from the nation’s Nazi past. The new BND location in Germany’s capital city seems also a giant step away from the former obsessive secrecy of its location in Munich, hidden away in that obscure suburb and operating under a cover name and, above all, until the late 1950s an affiliate of the CIA. The move to Berlin can be interpreted as the BND’s declaration of sovereignty.

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Landslide… To Totalitarianism by Gaither Stewart

Fear Totalitarianism

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
December 16, 2019

I find surprising the detailed manner in which history repeats itself. The result of the landslide described here seems to have been replicated in the USA of our times in ways that all of us witness each day. The Germany of say 1939 seems like the blueprint for the US role in the world of today.

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Chris Hedges and Stephen Kinzer: The CIA’s Quest For Mind Control

2/25/17 - Surfing Planet Mu

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Nov 16, 2019

Chris Hedges talks to author Stephen Kinzer about the CIA’s quest for mind control through its experiments in drug and torture during the 1950s and 1960s, both domestically and internationally. Kinzer’s new book is titled Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control.

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David Swanson: Nukes–What Are They Good For? + Flash Mob Blocks Nuclear Submarine Base!

David Swanson: Nukes--What Are They Good For? + Flash Mob Blocks Nuclear Submarine Base!

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 15, 2019

Ed Mays on Aug 12, 2019

David Swanson gave this keynote address to a gathering of peace activists at the annual Ground Zero Hiroshima/Nagasaki Weekend marking the 74th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombing. The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo WA was established in 1977, just as the Bangor Trident Submarine Base was being built, and sits on land directly adjacent to the base. The actual keynote title was: “The Myths, the Silence, and the Propaganda That Keep Nuclear Weapons in Existence.”

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Words Unspoken by Gaither Stewart

24th Panzer Division in Stalingrad

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
August 7, 2019

Editor’s Note:

Historical fiction is a special and important genre. It can bring history to life, but more importantly it can allow us to put ourselves in the lives of those of another time, another context. There is a strong tendency in the United States toward historical amnesia. This is perhaps one of the biggest character flaws of the country. Floating in a constant now there is a complex, but highly malleable, context that disappears in the moment. This can drain the richness from our lives, set us on paths both personally and societally destructive, and perhaps most importantly, totally erode the concept of free will replacing it with faux will.

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Why Germany Leads in Renewables: It Has Its Own Green Bank by Ellen Brown

Solar Farm, Brockville Ontario 2014

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Updated: Feb. 10, 2019 and Feb. 12, 2019

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
January 27, 2019

The Green New Deal endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and more than 40 other US Representatives has been criticized as imposing a too-heavy burden on the rich and upper-middle-class taxpayers who will have to pay for it, but taxing the rich is not what the Green New Deal resolution proposes. It says funding will come primarily from certain public agencies, including the Federal Reserve and “a new public bank or system of regional and specialized public banks.”

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War and Betrayal: Change and Transformation by Gaither Stewart

24th Panzer Division in Stalingrad

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
January 11, 2019

I have wondered if the German Field-Marshal Friedrich Paulus after his defeat and capture by Russians at Stalingrad in February 1943 really changed when as a prisoner of war in Soviet Russia he joined the National Committee For A Free Germany and the anti-Fascist Union of German Officers. Were his words sincere when he broadcast anti-fascist messages to Germany over Radio Moskau? Did he betray his entire background, his military career and the homeland he had fought for in order to save his life? Was he a traitor to Germany, to his beloved wife and to himself?

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No Man’s Land by Gaither Stewart

Alpen View

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
January 4, 2019

Get out your atlas. You will likely need it when you read farther here about the intriguing but little known story in a lesser known part of Alpine Europe: Italy’s northern territory of Alto Adige, better known as South Tyrol. I used an atlas for geographical details about the borderlands with which this article deals and where I have spent long periods. For it’s the details—often geographical—that will confound you every time. Such details make you aware that military planners of national strategy never spend enough time with their atlases. Over much of my lifetime I have passed through these border territories countless times, from north to south, south to north and yet I still discover new things about them.

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Christmas 1914: When Rank and File Imposed Truce During Imperialist War by Henry Hagins + Balls To War

Christmas 1914: When Rank and File Imposed Truce During Imperialist War by Henry Hagins + Balls To War

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by Henry Hagins
Workers World, Dec. 16, 2014
Originally published Dec. 24, 2015
December 23, 2018

The “Christmas Truce of 1914” was a short-lived, unofficial lull in combat between two antagonistic rival forces, determined to exercise military, political and economic supremacy over each other in Europe and in the colonized world, to which these imperial powers lay arrogant false claim. One of the bloodiest episodes in human history, World War I was largely played out on the battle-scarred lands of France and Belgium, starting in August of 1914.

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Michael Parenti: When you had the Crisis of Capitalism, Fascism is an Attempt at a Final Solution to the Class Struggle

Fascism

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with Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
October 5, 2018

Our Hidden History on Oct 11, 2017

Michael Parenti (http://www.michaelparenti.org/) interviewed by Dave Emory (http://spitfirelist.com/) on the synergies between fascism and capitalism.

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Russiagate is not Pearl Harbor, 9/11 was not Pearl Harbor, and Pearl Harbor was not Pearl Harbor by David Swanson

No More War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 17, 2018

The unproven allegation that the Russian government helped us find out how the DNC was screwing Bernie Sanders with his pants on is not actually a moral, legal, or practical reason to launch a spree of mass-killing of innocents, which is what every war since WWII has been.

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