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Who was really behind the ‘European Idea’?

Henry Kissinger the shadowy Bildergberger

A FEW days ago it was revealed that Goldman Sachs hired former EU Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso “to advise it on Brexit and other European issues.” The news elicited the usual calls to reform the EU’s revolving-door policy.

But what most commentators missed is that the hiring of Barroso – a champion of EU federalism – should come as no surprise.

According to the Wall Street Journal (11/4/2016): “But faced with the prospect of spending billions of dollars to rejig their operations, banks have been lobbying intensively against Brexit.

“Among those leading the charge is Goldman Sachs. For three years, the bank’s executives have publicly warned about the downsides of leaving the EU. The bank has donated around $700,000 to a group which is lobbying against Brexit, according to a person familiar with the matter.”

In 2014, Barroso had warned Britain that if it chose to leave the EU it would be a “historic mistake.”

Herman Van Rompuy is another one. Switching gears now. In November 2009, the Bilderberg group hosted a dinner meeting at the Château of Val-Duchesse in Brussels outside its annual conference to promote Van Rompuy’s candidacy for President of the European Council.

Bilderberg you say? I can imagine the eyes rolling already. Bear with me a little if you will. The threads shall come together.

In his book, “The True Story of the Bilderberg Group,” independent journalist Daniel Estulin states that in 1954, “the most powerful men in the world met for the first time” in Oosterbeek, Netherlands, “debated the future of the world,” and decided to meet annually in secret.

The Bilderbergers are a “who’s who of world power elites, mostly from America, Canada, and Western Europe with familiar names like David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel, Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, Lloyd Blankfein, George Soros, Donald Rumsfeld, Rupert Murdoch, other heads of state, influential senators, congressmen and parliamentarians, Pentagon and NATO brass, members of European royalty, selected media figures, and invited others – some quietly by some accounts like Barack Obama and many of his top officials.”

And in case you missed it, the Bilderbergers were among the power groups pushing for EU integration.

Reading from Wikipedia (no less): “The first conference was held at the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands, from 29 to 31 May 1954.

“It was initiated by several people, including Polish politician-in-exile Józef Retinger, concerned about the growth of anti-Americanism in Western Europe, who proposed an international conference at which leaders from European countries and the United States would be brought together with the aim of promoting Atlanticism…

“Retinger approached Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands who agreed to promote the idea…Bernhard in turn contacted Walter Bedell Smith, then head of the CIA, who asked Eisenhower adviser Charles Douglas Jackson to deal with the suggestion.”

Who was Prince Bernhard? A Nazi.

Wikipedia again: “While at university, Bernhard joined the Nazi Party. He also enrolled in the Sturmabteilung (SA), which he left in 1934 when he graduated. The Prince later denied that he had belonged to SA, to the Reiter-SS (SS Cavalry Corps), and to the NSKK, but these are well-documented memberships.”

On September 19, 2000, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard of the London Telegraph reported on declassified American government documents showing that the US intelligence community ran a campaign in the 1950s and 1960s to build momentum for a united Europe. It funded and directed the European federalist movement.

The documents were uncovered by Joshua Paul, a researcher at Georgetown University in Washington. They include files released by the US National Archives. Washington’s main tool for shaping the European agenda was the American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE), created in 1948.

“The documents show that the European Union was a creature of the CIA,” comments Paul Craig Roberts, a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury. And he makes the cogent argument that “Washington believes that it is easier to control one government, the EU, than to control many separate European governments.”

The vice-chairman of ACUE was Allen Dulles, the CIA director in the 1950s. “The documents show that ACUE financed the European Movement, the most important federalist organisation in the post-war years. In 1958, for example, it provided 53.5 per cent of the movement’s funds.”

According to Evans-Pritchard, “The leaders of the European Movement – Retinger, the visionary Robert Schuman and the former Belgian prime minister Paul-Henri Spaak – were all treated as hired hands by their American sponsors. The US role was handled as a covert operation. ACUE’s funding came from the Ford and Rockefeller foundations as well as business groups with close ties to the US government.”

Make a mental note of the Rockefellers. They’ll come up again later.

“The State Department also played a role. A memo from the European section, dated June 11, 1965, advises the vice-president of the European Economic Community, Robert Marjolin, to pursue monetary union by stealth. It recommends suppressing debate until the point at which ‘adoption of such proposals would become virtually inescapable’.”

Coming back to Bilberberg, where at their 1992 group meeting, Henry Kissinger said:

“Today, Americans would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow, they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all people of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil….individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by their world government.”

Kissinger being a Rockefeller man through and through.

In his seminal book, ‘Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler’, author Antony C. Sutton established the cosy connections of powerful American industrialists and bankers with the Nazi regime – which did not stop even once World War II was underway.

Sifting through archives, Sutton discovered among others that Standard Oil of New Jersey was “intimately associated” with I.G. Farben’s synthetic rubber.

The transfer of ethyl technology for the Nazi war machine was repeated in the case of synthetic rubber. There is no question that the ability of the German Wehrmacht to fight World War II depended on synthetic rubber – as well as on synthetic petroleum – because Germany has no natural rubber, and war would have been impossible without [I.G.]”

Who owned Standard Oil? The Rockefeller family.

So who was behind the ‘European Idea’? Global bankers and captains of industry who publically extol the virtues of ‘free trade’ while privately pushing cartels. “Competition is a sin,” John D. Rockefeller once said. Throw in the mix some ex-Nazis and the CIA, and maybe you shouldn’t get that warm fuzzy feeling whenever the EU project comes up.

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