Henk RuyssenaarsHitler: An Officer And A Gentleman?Sat Sep 9, 2006 14:26
History's warning regarding a compliant media.
Hitler: An Officer And A Gentleman?
by Henk Ruyssenaars
08/11/03: Foreign Press Foundation -The Netherlands - Aug. 11th-2003 - Until the Russian bullet hit officer Schultz, during the battle at Stalingrad, he really was totally convinced that Adolf Hitler was 'an Officer and a Gentleman', like himself. And he explained why, while we sat at a small round table in the wine cellar of his cozy forest hotel, where he taught us how to drink vodka like the Russians.
One side of his face was paralyzed by the bullet, so he had to pull his lips ajar to get the vodka glass in between. "It was the propaganda" he said, "because in the Army - like in the rest of the Third Reich - no other information than Reichs-propaganda was allowed".
Officer Schultz survived the long march back home, to a destroyed Germany, and started a small family hotel at the Hariksee, just across the border from Holland where my family lived. Ex-officer Schultz was trying to cope with the harsh life he for such a long time had known so little about; a reality very different from the army-propaganda in the newspapers.
The first time I met him, at age 13, on a family holiday in his hotel, was in 1955. The Second World-War just ended ten years ago, and Hitler's bloody horror had been on the front pages all over the world, for just as long.
And I still remember his explanation : " Why do you think nobody - in the by German troops occupied countries - was allowed to have a radio ? The German Supreme Command didn't want any other information than the German newspapers
and broadcasting to reach the people. It was their - and their information alone - which counted. And when I learned upon returning, in what way the facts had been forged by Goebbels* , I understood Hitler's Third Reich was a fake."
"Wir haben es nicht gewusst"
Mr. Schultz was not using the usual "Wir haben es nicht gewusst"-excuse, about 'not knowing it all', but carefully pointed out, that lack of facts and information creates disasters. "You can brainwash many people for a very long time" he said, "but you can only fool them, if you control all the information outlets; rewriting history."
And for the past decades- working abroad as a foreign correspondent - I've seen the same development in the States, but in my own country the Netherlands too. Which was a very open and progressive society before, but where also most journalism now has fallen victim to commerce and politics, and different points of view are not allowed any more.
Like the United States, the Netherlands is mainly run by the military-industrial complex (SHELL-Philips-Unilever-Amro-ING-Akzo-Nobel etc.etc.), having absorbed the politicians and media already earlier. The effect is dishonest and disastrous.
In a poll just published, it is indicated that in Holland, with it's 16 million - badly informed - inhabitants - a whopping fifty-six percent of the people is supporting the US/UK-wars ? Since it's the journalists which write, read and show the selected information - they form the opinion.
There is absolutely no question about it : all those lies, the fakes and the nonexistent evidence of this or that, is put in our ears and eyes by my 'colleagues'; trying to brainwash us. This is not a matter of 'shooting the messengers'; it's just telling them that many of them are traitors, collaborators and liars. They are selling our profession and honor, forgetting they are working for the people, and not the shareholders.
Holland, still a friend of the United States people
In Holland, still a friend of the United States people, nowadays only the people at present holding the reigns, support the Bush/Wolfowitz-junta. Afghanistan and Iraq takes its toll on Dutch-U.S. ties, because the population has a feeling of being constantly misled. Like officer Schultz. And like in the US, England or the Third Reich, the collaborating journalists are to blame.
Their 'effect' is for instance clearly shown in a poll in Germany where journalists and Government are mostly anti-war, and thus do not slide as much 'Newspeak' on the plates of the people they are working for, as is done by the collaborating media in Holland:
"Poll shows : George W. Bush; another big reason Americans not very popular in Germany right now".
By Elisabeth Noelle - Allensbach Institute of Public Opinion Research.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Poll, English: Link
A new survey of German public opinion leaves no doubt that the Iraq war caused serious damage to the German-U.S. relationship. Almost half the respondents in our poll, conducted on behalf of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, said the United States and Europe have grown apart.
Although the Bush Administration made clear its disapproval of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's position on the conflict, this appears to have had little impact in Germany, where 68 percent of respondents backed the chancellor's definitive ?no? to the war and his argument that there was insufficient justification for an American attack on the country."
- And here's the proof for the umpteenth time, of how journalists are 'guilty by association' :
Based upon the information distributed by the journalists, in Germany 68 percent of the people are saying 'No' to the US-wars.
If there's any truth in the Aug. 7th -Dutch poll; 56 (fifty six) percent in Holland is thus saying 'Yes' to the wars ? How come there's absolutely nobody I know, nor my friends know in the rest of the country, who supports the war ? Are all those polls faked ?
When a debate about the legitimacy of the Dutch F-16's bombing in Afghanistan erupted, on the web site of the Netherlands Journalists Association (NVJ), the Forum was closed, four days ago. None of the Dutch mainstream media even mentioned it ! ( http://www.villamedia.nl/ ). And that's a very, very bad sign in itself: the rot sits deep, and like with fishes : "Holland has started rotting at the head".
Mossad 'Headquarters Europe' in Holland ?
The Dutch are paying the second highest taxes in the world - Sweden is nr. ! - and are seeing $-billions disappear in "secret agreements", with mostly the US and Israël. The latter seems to be 'running' Holland's main airport 'Schiphol' close to Amsterdam. Where - according to US-sources - the 'Mossad', Secret Isr. Service has it's European headquarters.
Dutch Attorney General Vrakking testified on Jan. 29, 1999, that the El Al security detachment at Schiphol, was a branch of Mossad. http://www.americanfreepress.net/10_14_02/Jetliner_Crash_/jetliner_crash_.html
Holland, secretly taking part in naval blockade of North Korea.
For the bombing by the Dutch Air Force (up to 2000 missions), there is no UN-mandate, Holland was not attacked nor threatened, so the bombing is a war-crime, legal experts conclude. But also this information may not be discussed, nor is information given about Holland now secretly taking part
in the naval blockade of North Korea, to start a new war there. (The nuclear 'October Surprise?).
This information was published on the web site of the Dutch Journalists Union (NVJ), shortly before it was closed : "On July 23, 2003 a USA Today report indicated that the United States had reached an agreement with Japan, Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, and Spain to intercept North Korean ships suspected of carrying narcotics or weapons materials."
In short : Officer Shultz saw 50 years ago what we see again : as long as many people - under the cover of journalism - collaborate instead of using their own brains, Goebbels-propaganda is triumphing. There is however hope for humanity, and punishment for the warmongers, also among the journalists:
"On December 15, 2002 the International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan (ICTA) convened its first public hearing in Tokyo to try President Bush. Four hundred participants gathered to raise the curtain with an opening declaration of the ?Culture of Peace
against "The Globalization of the Military.
As was seen at the Nurnberg Trial; the tide always turns.
And Goebbels and his collaborators ?
They were hanged.
Story at Information Clearing House - Url.: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4420.htm
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Editor : Henk Ruyssenaars
* GOEBBELS : Background: 1943 had seen Stalingrad, and a general series of reversals for Germany across all battlefields. Nonetheless, Goebbels finds reason for cheer as he looks forward to 1944. Goebbels' basic argument is the same from here to the end of the war: Germany must win because otherwise it will be destroyed.
* The Source: Joseph Goebbels, "Sylvesteransprache Dr. Goebbels am 31 Dezember 1943," Deutschland im Kampf , ed. A. J. Berndt and von Wedel, Nr. 101/104 (Berlin: Verlagsansalt Otto Stollberg, 1944), pp. 135-139. URL : http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/goeb63.htm
The Dutch author worked for many decades for international A/V media as foreign correspondent, of which 10 years - also during Gulf War I - in the Arab World and the Middle East. Seeing that every bullet and every bomb breeds more terrorism !
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