Category: Germany

How prison can help the political warrior

We mustn’t always believe everything we read, and when bad guys with big ideas are released from prison, we should presume that they’ll be causing trouble again soon. Especially if the nice, civilized prison officials are good enough to give them writing implements and paper. Here’s an article from the December 21, 1924 issue of the New York Times. No,...

An amazing charitable campaign for postwar reconciliation

It isn’t sponsored by any government and gets virtually no public attention. But a years-long effort by a volunteer group in Latvia has provided closure for family members of Soviet, Latvian and German soldiers who died and disappeared in battle during World War II, and has helped Latvia close the wounds caused by those who collaborated with the Soviets and...

Disinformation meets economic warfare

Forgeries can be used to influence decisionmaking or undermine an enemy, just as they can be used to defraud for financial purposes. Wartime adversaries have used forgeries throughout the ages, both to finance their military and intelligence efforts, and to damage a target economy. Nazi Germany created some of the most perfect forgeries ever made – the infamous fake British...

Delay NATO expansion – but for the right reason

by J Michael Waller, Wall Street Journal Europe, January 10, 1994 The former Warsaw Pact states are justifiably pursuing the right goal of full NATO membership, but for the wrong reasons. Similarly, the Clinton administration is taking the correct approach by delaying that goal, but for entirely the wrong reasons. Rather than basing his caution on fears of provoking elements in...