The Putrid Stench of Hypocrisy Emanating from the Fourth Reich in Berlin

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Empty Zyklon B canisters used by the Nazi's at Auschwitz, Poland. Courtesy: Pawel Ulatowski

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 31 January 2015

On the 13 January 1993 the Helmut Kohl regime of Germany was one of over 60 nation states who were the first to sign the international Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC): an arms control treaty that prohibits the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and their precursor agents. The CWC treaty eventually came into force on the 29 April 1997 after its ratification by 65 of the signatory states and, as of October 2013, there were 190 parties to the treaty with Syria being the latest addition.

Germany, being one of the first group of nations to sign and ratify the CWC treaty, was viewed positively at the time: its early accession to the treaty signalled to the international community that a fully rehabilitated post WWII Germany was further distancing itself from its abhorrent past in perpetrating the Holocaust, an act of genocide carried out by the German Third Reich from 1941-45.

However, nothing could be further from the truth.

During the recent decommissioning of Syria's chemical weapons in 2013, a task supervised and monitored by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), documents were found confirming the involvement of German companies in the supply of material support for the production of chemical weapons. The principal companies involved were:

Heraeus (Chemical & Technical Supplies)
Karl Kolb (Scientific & Technical Supplies)
Merck (Pharmaceutical Supplies)
Riedel-de Haën (subsumed by Sigma Aldrich in 1999) (Chemical Supplies)
Schott (Glass Manufacturer)
van Delden (Protective Equipment Supplies)

The documents, part of a cache dating back to the early 1980's, were immediately classified as secret by the Merkel regime who said their disclosure could have a severe impact on its foreign relations and that the release of commercial-in-confidence material would also violate the German constitution.

Of course, successive German regimes, Kohl's, Schröder's and now Merkel's (aka. the Fourth Reich), have all supplied the materials and equipment required to manufacture chemical weapons, not only to Syria but also to Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, amongst others.

Thus the Fourth Reich became the Middle East's principal supplier of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

So what is going on here?

Dual Use

One of the arguments used throughout the 1970's, 80's and 90's was that the materials and equipment supplied by these companies was for the production of pesticides. They would state that although it was possible to configure the chemical plants they had constructed for their clients throughout the Middle East to produce toxic products, i.e. sulphur mustard and nerve agent gasses, they did not do this.

Evidence from Libya, Iraq and Syria refutes the 'Dual Use' notion because the plants were invariably located in remote, unserviced areas where the layout and type of construction favoured the production of toxic substances.

Economics & Incompetence

Two key arguments that have been used by successive German regimes for their failure to bring the practice under control during this period was the Economic Ministry's predisposition in facilitating companies to export their goods and the failure of government officials to stop the process when the regime could no longer ignore it. The notion that the Economic Ministry's remit did not include introducing regulatory hurdles in the path of export anxious companies keen to burnish their 'Made in Germany' credentials is patently false. Similarly, even when notice of these companies activities were being relayed to the regime of the day and the informants called for immediate action: the Reich blamed the failure on officials who had uncharacteristically become incompetent in fulfilling their duties.

Both the Economic Ministry and incompetent officials arguments are vacuous. None of the companies involved employed masses of people nor were they, either individually or collectively, a major component of the export economy. The fact is the Ministry were instructed not to act. As for incompetent officials: Germany is noted for it efficiency and competence, their inaction is by choice not by chance.

The Fourth Reich

It is no coincidence that the majority of supplies, equipment and chemical plants exported to the Middle East originated in Germany: all of the nations supplied are either adjacent or near to Israel where the dichotomy between Judaism and Islamism is at its peak. This eternal conflict of religious and ideological differences presented the Fourth Reich with an opportunity: a chance to finish the task the Third Reich had failed to complete in 1945 in resolving the Jewish Question.

Therefore, under the guise of material support that has the capacity for dual use, by repeatedly rebuffing calls from Israel, and others, to halt the deadly trade and the intentional failure of government officials to either regulate or legislate the exports as illegal, the Fourth Reich advanced one of its key objectives: to mount a proxy war. Nonetheless, their promotion of conflict between Judaism and Islamism has not delivered the results they were hoping for, not least because of the willingness of some Muslim nations to use the Weapons of Mass Destruction against their fellow countrymen in internecine warfare and the Israeli's acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Clearly Merkel's implicit claim to a higher standard of behaviour on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp at Auschwitz is utterly duplicitous:

Today the word 'Auschwitz' is a synonym for a mechanism of mass persecution and murder used by the national-socialists.

That Merkel's regime have no intention of releasing the documents they acquired from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is patently obvious.

The putrid stench of hypocrisy emanating from the Fourth Reich in Berlin is suffocating.

Democracy cannot survive in a dark vacuum, it needs air to breathe and light to illuminate its path.
Ann-Marie de Veer