Wednesday, April 23, 2014

German public figures support Putin


In a remarkable document published in Neue Rheinische Zeitung, 23 April 2014, 300 leading German intellectuals openly support Russian President Vladimir Putin's line on the current crisis in Ukraine and his general line on relations between Russia and Europe for the future in direct opposition to the German government and the EU acting as lapdogs for Washington's warmongering agenda. The letter coincided with the visit to Kiev by US Vice-President Joe Biden who praised the illegal Kiev Junta and promised more financial and political support to the Junta in it's continued bombastic pretense to be the Government of Ukraine.

Here is the English translation:

Dear Mr. President !

In your speech to the State Duma you asked for understanding from the Germans.

We are German citizens who have experienced the post-war majority in the western half of Germany. When the Cold War ended in 1990 and our country was re-united, a sigh of relief went through the world, because the ever- looming danger of a nuclear military conflict which would have engulfed the entire globe seemed to have been avoided. Germany would have been wiped out.

The Soviet Union made unparalleled sacrifices in its decisive contribution to the liberation of Europe from Nazism. Nevertheless, in 1990 it was ready to support German reunification in 1991, to dissolve the Warsaw Pact and accept NATO membership of the reunified Germany. This was not honored by the West. The then US Ambassador in Moscow (1987 to 1991), Jack Matlock, confirmed a few days ago in the Washington Post that President Bush had agreed not to take advantage of the generosity of President Gorbachev. The expansion of NATO into former Soviet republics, the establishment of military bases in former Warsaw Pact states and the establishment of a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe with a unilateral termination of the ABM Treaty by the United States are not only blatant breaches of good faith. These measures are understood by us as a Western claim to power directed against the Russian state and the economic consolidation of your country after you took office in 2000. Moreover, Keir A Lieber and Daryl G Press in their 2006 Foreign Affairs article “The Rise of U.S. Nuclear Primacy” convincingly showed that the purpose of the missile defense shield is to facilitate a first strike nuclear neutralisation of Russia.

This history, in concise form, reflects the background against which we judge the events in Ukraine since November 2013. It is now well documented that the U.S. has exploited the legitimate protests of the Ukrainian people for their own purposes. The pattern is evident from other countries: Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine in 2004, Egypt, Syria, Libya, and Venezuela.

Within twelve hours of the negotiated agreement with the European Union and OSCE, announced by the foreign ministers of the Weimar Triangle and involving a peaceful transition of power, it was summararily abrogated with the help of fascist forces. Those behind the current coup government in Kiev are shown on the website of the Open Ukraine Foundation of the incumbent Prime Minister.

The intra – and international – legal issues surrounding secession of the Crimea are a separate issue. We do not address the legal, but purely political events here. Against the background of developments in Europe since 1990, the deployment of some 1,000 U.S. military bases around the world, the control of the Straits by the U.S. and the re-focussing of the perpetrators of the Maidan threat to the Russian Black Sea fleet, we see the secession of the Crimea as a defensive measure with a simultaneous message: this far and no further! The crucial difference with Kosovo’s independence declaration is that the latter was only made possible by illegal NATO bombing, unfortunately with the participation of Germany, which created the conditions for independence.

Dear Mr. President, you have called for an economic community from Lisbon to Vladivostok for almost four years. It would be the economic basis for the“common European home”. Ukraine could make a perfect bridge for future cooperation between your intended Eurasian Union and the European Union, not least in cultural terms. We are persuaded the the purpose of the massive influence of the USA is to prevent the Ukraine from becoming such a bridge. The forces which have prevailed in the European Commission are supporting the policy of the United States against Russia. The speech of the Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service, Pierre Vimont, on 14 March this year is so far unique (EurActiv, “EU shunned from US-Russia meeting on Ukraine”).

Dear Mr. President, we trust that your historic speech in 2001 will continue to form the basis for your actions against the EU and Germany in the German Bundestag. The latest polls show that the majority of Germans do not want any confrontation with the Russian Federation and understand Russia’s reaction to the events in Ukraine. We do not underestimate the difficulties faced by the Federal Republic of Germany as a member of the EU and NATO concerning Russia, these are also known to you. However, at least we expect the Federal Government to operate the old Roman legal principle audiatur et altera pars (“hear the other side too”). This was however omitted in connection with the neighborhood policy of the EU in the case of Ukraine.

Even during the Cold War Russia has not made use of the argument that 27 millions of its citizens died during WWII for political gain against Germany. This figure alone gives a special quality in the relations between our countries. The people of Germany have a keen sense of to this: when “The Group of Soviet forces in Germany” in 1994 takes leave of Germany with a performance of its music corps on the square before the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, there were moving scenes between the numerous spectators and musicians. In this context, when we see the present news reporting and commentaries in the German media we can only say that we find them disgusting.

Dear Mr. President, with our modest means as simple citizens, we will help to ensure that the intended division of Europe does not succeed, but the ideas of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz be brought back to life. We are convinced that if the states and peoples of the Eurasian continent regulate their affairs peacefully with each other, respectfully, cooperatively, on the basis of law and without outside interference, this will also radiate to the rest of the world. We see you in this sense as an ally.

For your present, and hopefully next term, we wish you strength, stamina, intelligence and skill.

With utmost respect,

Mit vorzüglicher Hochachtung

Jochen Scholz, Oberstleutnant a.D.

Volker Bräutigam, Journalist

Wolf Gauer, Filmemacher/Journalist

Andreas Hauß, Historiker, Publizist

Regine Naeckel, Redakteurin

Dr. Ludwig Watzal, Journalist und Redakteur, Bonn

Stefan Siegert, Zeichner, Autor

Peter Kleinert, Journalist, Dokumentarfilmer, Herausgeber der Neue Rheinische Zeitung (PK)

Günter Schupp, Rentner 

Ulrich Sander, Journalist, Bundessprecher der Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes/Bund der Antifaschisten

Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, Publizistin und Autorin

Benjamin Hecht

Peter Lommes, Immobilienkfm.

Wilfried Rühe, Rentner, Hauptmann a.D. der NVA, Vorsitzender der Gemeinschaft der 13er e.V.

Claudia Karas, Aktionsbündnis für einen gerechten Frieden in Palästina, Friedensaktivistin

Peter M. Richter, Jurist

Antje Richter, Diplombibliothekarin

Tilo Schönberg, Herausgeber des Informationsportals

Hartmut Barth-Engelbart, Schriftsteller, Kabarettist, Liedermacher, Historiker

Günter Schenk, membre du Collectif Judéo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine, Strasbourg

Wolfgang Jung, Herausgeber der LUFTPOST

Ulrich Gellermann, Herausgeber der Rationalgalerie

Tim Bräutigam, Kundenbetreuer

Rainer Rupp, Journalist

Winfried Belz, Dipl.-Theologe, Klinikseelsorger i.R.

Friedrich Gentzsch, Dipl.-Ing. Architekt

Birgit Gentzsch, Lehrerin i.R GEW

Harri Grünberg, Vorsitzender des Netzwerkes Cuba, Mitglied des Bundesausschusses der Partei Die Linke  

Dr. Werner Bollendorf, Historiker, selbst. Kaufmann i.R.

Thomas Immanuel Steinberg, Rentner

Fritz Reichert, Physiker

Dr. Manfred Lotze, Arzt

Annette Klepzig, MTA im Ruhestand, Mitglied bei Pax Christi

Dr. Dieter Weber, Historiker und Archivar

Dr. med. Jens Wagner, Assistenzarzt, IPPNW

Johannes Klier, Musiker

Ingrid Hacker-Klier, Übersetzerin

Norbert Bragoner, Rentner

Dr. Albrecht Jebens, Chefredakteur, Lektor und Autor

Samy Yildirim, Dipl. Phys.

Maria Pauli, Kunsthandwerkerin

Kurt Wirth, Dipl.-Kfm./Rentner

Elisabeth Woeckel, Theologin, Dozentin i. Brasilien, Syrien, Sri Lanka, i. R.

Dr. Dirk-M. Harmsen, Physiker, Leitungskreis Forum Friedensethik (FFE) in der Evangelischen Landeskirche in Baden

Flora Erler, Rentnerin

Irma Dillmann, Rentnerin

Jürgen Rose, Oberstleutnant a. D., Vorstandsmitglied des Arbeitskreises Darmstädter Signal

Karl-Heinz Walloch, Dokumentarfilmer

René Pauli, Polizeibeamter

Esther Thomsen, Diplom-Theologin

Prof. Dr. Werner Ruf, Politikwissenschaftler

Wolfgang Reinicke-Abel, M.A. phil.päd., Kulturmanager

Christine Reinicke, M.A. , Schulleiterin

Dr. phil. Tatjana Weber, Diplomlehrerin für Russisch und Geschichte

Erasmus Schöfer, 'Schriftsteller, Köln

Peter Bautsch, Rentner

Gudrun Rafeld, Rentnerin

Dr. Izzeddin Musa, Diplomgeologe i.R., Vorsitzender der Gesellschaft zur Humanitären Unterstützung der Palästinenser e.V.

Dr.-Ing. Dietrich Schulze, Beiratsmitglied NaturwissenschaftlerInnen-Friedensinitiative

Tobias Ganietz, Zimmerer

Hans Christange, Diplom-Jurist, Rentner, Partei DIE LINKE

Prof. Dr. Frank-Rainer Schurich, Publizist

Dr. Hassan Swelim, Physiker

Alexander Bese, Krankenpfleger

Olga Bese Betriebswirtin

Frank Skischus, Bundesausschuss Friedensratschlag, Kassel

Renate Schoof, Schriftstellerin

Ursula Schleier, Ärztin i.R.

Thomas Gotterbarm, Med. Dokumentar/Übersetzer

Rudolf Reddig, Historiker

Wolfgang Behr, Kartograf

Dr. George Alfred Kouchakji , Retired Medical Microbiologist

Frank Skischus, Bundesausschuss Friedensratschlag, Kassel

Maria von Choltitz, Oberstudienrätin a.D., Bündnis90/Die Grünen,Tochter des Eroberers der Krim und des Retters von Paris vor der Zerstörung durch Hitler

Dr. Wolfgang Bittner, Schriftsteller

Dietrich Schulze,

Dr. Almuth Benzel,

Karin Hamacher,

Volker O´Barden,

Tobias Gdanietz-Zimmerer,

Dr. Bernd Bornemann

Gerhard Duemchen, Pfr. i.r.

Ole Chmilewski

Heinz Brüggemann

Günther Wilke, Journalist

Marianne Wilke

Erica Warncke

Marlen Goischke, Rentner

Maaten Slooves, Rentner

Wolfram Jasker

Irmgard Jasker

Helga Meyer

Brigitte v. Winterfeld, Rentnerin

Rainer Mehl, Rentner

Gesa Metzger

Inge Lüers

Valentin Bese, Bürokaufmann

Jochen Vogler, Rentner, Landessprecher der VVN-BdA NRW

Edgar Fries, Dipl.Ing. Stadtplaner/Rentner

Karl Schmidt, Pfarrer i.R.

Helmut Jaskolski, Lehrer i.R., Mitglied Pax Christi

Hanna Jaskolski

Michael Poost, Texter und Programmierer

Dr. Peter Kern, Professor a.D.

Andreas Winterhalder, Lehrer

Frithjof Newiak, Absolvent Staatliche Universität Charkow /Ukraine

Sonja Newiak, ehemals Studierende in Charkow/Ukraine

Hans-Günther Schramm

Christoph, Paschke, EDV-Leiter

Mario Schweizer, technischer Betriebswirt

Susanne Wiesinger, Übersetzerin

Jochen Adolff, Grafikdesigner

Carsten Wölk, Rentner

Jessica Mayer, Mutter und Hausfrau

Dr. Rudolph Bauer, Prof. em.

Dipl.-Psych. Marianne Sörensen-Bauer, Psychotherapeutin

Florian Finke, angehender Student

Wolfgang Ney

Willy Wahl, Herausgeber d. Internet-Blogs

Margot Wahl

Klaus H. Jann, Roter Reporter

Dr. Bernd Bornemann, Kunsthistoriker, Kulturschaffender

Dipl.Ing. Ernst Dokter, VDI

Hans-Ulrich Bünger, Dipl.-Sozialwirt, Rentner

Michael Poost; Journalist

Sybille Maggraf, Literaturpädagogin

Holger Platta, Autor und Wissenschaftsjournalist

Edgar Fries

Anita Binz (Schweiz)

Ursula Schleier

Dr. theol. Holger Müller, Pfarrer, Beauftragter der Evangelischen Landeskirche in Baden fürs Konstanzer Konzil-Jubiläum

Angelika Wolfrum-Daub, Physiotherapeutin

Peter G. Spengler, Redaktion Studien von Zeitfragen

Professor Dr. Hans-Christian Günther, Universität Freiburg

Ulrike Schramm, Kinderkrankenschwester

Werner Schramm, Erziehungswissenschaftler

Manfred Hausherr - Willmann, Selbständiger

Heinz A. Schammert, Erziehungsberater

Brigitte Brecht, Opernregisseurin

Katharina Bachmann, Vors. Die NaturFreunde OG Schopfheim e. V.

Stefan Pertschi, Dessinateur

Udo Stampa, Richter am Landessozialgericht

Werner Heinlein, Justizbeamter i.R

Hans Christange

Inge Baumgart, Rentnerin

Christa Willich-Klein, Dipl.-Psychologin

Christine Ehrlenspiel, Oberstudienrätin i.R.

Dieter Anschütz, Oberstudienrat i.R.

Dr. Theresia Sauter-Bailliet, Rentnerin

Dr. med. Frank Baum, Facharzt f. Allgemeinmedizin, Klin. Geriatrie (IPPNW, Verein demokr. Ärztinnen u. Ärzte, ver.di)

Michael Schoof, Rentner

Dr. Jürgen Koch

Uta Koch

Rainer Kluckhuhn, Lehrer a.D.

Dipl.-Biol. Doris Grunert, Fachärztin für Humangenetik, Universität Bremen

Albert Haller

Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Herzig, Oberst a.D.

Helmut Rössler, Rentner

Jens Loewe, Unternehmer, Fa. Bormann & Loewe GbR

Gerhard Zwerenz, Schriftsteller

Ingrid Zwerenz, Autorin

Doris Schilling, Unternehmerin

Sebastian Zachow-Vierrath

Elke Minx Senior Mitglied der Linken
Eva Maria Müller, Diplom-Jurist

Udo Meurer, Industriemechaniker

Dr. Vera Hartlapp, Psychiaterin i.R.

Brigitte Rauscher

Peter Rauscher, Rentner

PD Dr. Hamid Reza Yousefi, Universität Trier

Günter Schroth, Erwachsenenbildner i.R.

CLAUDE GREGOIRE, Luxemburger Staatsbürger

Christa Oppermann, Rentnerin

Dietrich Hyprath, Dipl.-Ing. i.R.

Josef Gottschlich, Lehrer und Referent für Grundschule im IRP Freiburg

Klaus-Dieter Mudra

Jörg Spannbauer, selbständiger Filmtheater Betreiber

Ernst Albers-Buttstaedt, Fachpfleger für Sozialpsychiatrie i.R.

Stefan Buttstaedt, Verwaltungsangestellter i.R.

Dr. med. BG John Heinzow, Arzt/Umweltmedizin

Wolfgang Eschenbacher, Makroökonom

Andreas Gaube, Grafiker

Dipl. Ing. Dusan, Radakovic, Rentner

Peter Bäß, Pfarrer i.R.

Tatjana Heß, private Seniorenbereuerin

Gudrun Fenten, Chemotechnikerin i.R.

Klaus Fenten, Architekt i.R.

Anke Wetekamp, Lehrerin

Walter Mayer, Bibliothekar i.R.

Prof. Hermann Kendel,

Dipl.-Kfm. Christan Ottens, kaufm. Angestellter

Christine Green-Ottens, Diplom Sozialpädagogin

Dr. Christian Fischer, Beratender Ingenieur, öffentlich bestellter und vereidigter Sachverständiger

 Original article in German here:

German media are being deluged with readers and viewers complaints about the one-sided anti-Russian propaganda being spouted on a daily basis:

On 19 March the editorial office of the Berliner Zeitung was forced to admit: “German newspapers and radio stations have received bags of letters and readers’ comments complaining about one-sided reporting. Russia’s intervention in the Crimea has been met with a great deal of understanding. The German media, on the other hand, is accused of conducting an anti-Russian campaign.”

The conservative Berliner Tagesspiegel noted that 80 percent of the 12,000 readers who took part in an on-line survey regarded official criticism of Moscow as “hypocritical”. A mere 4 percent favored “military intervention by NATO,” or Russia’s exclusion from the G8.

A poll by the ARD television channel, released in early March, found that 82 percent of respondents were against the use of military force against Russia. Two-thirds rejected economic sanctions against Russia.

In letters and comments to editorial offices, many readers and radio listeners refer to the active role played by the US, EU and Berlin on Independence Square, which led to the coup against the elected government in Kiev and the establishment of the illegal Junta regime.

A reader of the Münchener Merkur comments: “In my opinion, the demonstrations in Kiev, with Klitschko to the fore, are controlled logistically and financially by the West (i.e. US and Europe) – the former Treasury Secretary of US President Reagan referred to $5 billion. Since the reintroduction of capitalism in Eastern Europe the US has sought to weaken and isolate Russia, and eliminate it as a superpower.”

The comment continues: “The US and EU have now brought the Baltic States and almost all of the countries of the former Eastern Bloc into NATO and the EU (contrary to agreements with the former Soviet Union in 1990). Now they are going to move ahead with the proposed admission of Ukraine, up to the western border of Russia, and provoke the Russian Black Sea Fleet.”

Many readers complain of the trivialisation of the role of the fascist Svoboda party, and the assertion that the events in Kiev’s Independence Square had something to do with democracy. A number of reports and YouTube videos available on the Internet clearly reveal the role played by ultra-violent fascist forces.

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