August 30, 2014 - No. 30
75th Anniversary of the Nazi
Invasion of Poland
NATO Out of Poland! Dismantle NATO!
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany's
of Poland and the start of World War II. The brutal Hitlerite invasion
Poland brings to mind the terrible suffering the Nazis caused the
Poland, all of Europe, Asia, Africa and the other countries of the
became involved in World War II and the sacrifice required to hold the
Nazis in check.
We pay homage to all those
who died at the hands of the
and militarists in the Second World War and all the resistance fighters
communists who sacrificed their lives to defend freedom, democracy and
peace. As we do so, most worrisome of all is the fact that today, once
Poland is being filled with military bases and war materiel and rapid
deployment bases, this time by the U.S. imperialists and their partners
who comprise the aggressive NATO military alliance.
In late July in consultation with the Pentagon, NATO's
European commander General Philip Breedlove had already called for
"stockpiling a base in Poland with enough weapons, ammunition and other
supplies to support a rapid deployment of thousands of troops against
Russia." According to General Breedlove, NATO needs
"pre-positioned supplies, pre-positioned capabilities and a basing area
ready to rapidly accept follow-on forces."
The Times of London
wrote that Breedlove plans to recommend placing supplies, "weapons,
ammunition and ration packs" at the headquarters to enable a sudden
influx of thousands of NATO troops."
"Breedlove's 'Blitzkrieg scenario' which could escalate
into a World War III scenario is part of NATO's summit agenda in Wales
next week," Professor Michel Chossudovsky points out in a commentary on
the upcoming NATO Summit in Wales. "In substance it is a 'copy and
paste' of the draft Russian
Aggression Prevention Act (RAPA) (in the
U.S. Senate) which directs President Obama to initiate the
militarization of Eastern Europe with a view to confronting Russia,"
Professor Chossudovsky writes.
NATO has been an aggressive military alliance since its
inception. It was
established to destroy the former Soviet Union and make sure Western
did not "fall to communism." It has long since expanded its role beyond
borders of the North Atlantic to fulfil the U.S. striving for world
after the bi-polar division of the world ended. NATO has not only
in invasions but also participated in causing the pretexts for those
as it is doing today using the Ukraine to push its mission.
Ukraine, June, 17, 2008: Anti-NATO protest against then-NATO
Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer's visit and Ukraine's efforts
to join NATO.
As was done by the Hitlerites and their appeasers at the
time they mired
the world in World War II, so too today, the imperialist striving for
domination is covered up with pretexts, false flag operations, lies and
disinformation to deprive the peoples of the world of their cohesion
capacity to organize effectively to make sure the crimes of the past
repeated in the present.
Today, the most important aim the peoples of the world
can set about
fulfilling is putting in place the arrangements they require so that
an organized resistance to the crimes the Hitlerites of today are
committing. TML Weekly hails the peoples everywhere who are
their resistance struggle against the most murderous assaults, such as
the Israeli Zionists against the Palestinian people in Gaza and
the NATO Summit gets underway in Newport, Wales from September 4-5, we
salute the peoples of Wales and England, Ireland, Scotland and other
who are protesting this Summit and its nefarious warmongering to
attacks on Russia and increase NATO's rapid deployment capabilities to
wherever the U.S. and its allies see fit at a moment's notice.
Our deepest respects go to the people of Poland on this
of invasion by the Nazis and our desire that together the peoples of
make sure it cannot happen again. NATO out of Poland and all other
countries! Dismantle NATO!
1. RT, July 24, 2014.
2. Times of London, August 22, 2014.
3. Global Research, August 29, 2014.
Canada Needs an Anti-War Government
Defeat Harper! Canada Out of NATO! Dismantle NATO!
As the NATO Summit takes
place behind a "Ring of Steel" in Newport,
Wales and the peoples of Poland and all of Europe and the world mark
horrendous anniversary of Hitler's invasion of Poland, the awareness
that the world faces terrible dangers all over again.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently concluded a trip
to the Arctic to
witness Canada's war exercises, codenamed Nanook, and engage in other
activities which are preparing Canada's Arctic for military occupation.
used the occasion to step up his warmongering diatribe against Russia.
On August 21, Harper was in Fort Smith, Northwest
Territories, where he
is said to have announced initiatives to promote fresh food production
region. In one breath he went from admitting that Russia is doing
to sort out border disputes with Canada and other countries in the
through international mechanisms and the rule of law, to ratcheting up
warmongering. "...we haven't seen, obviously, the kind of aggressive
in the Arctic that we have seen in eastern Europe by the Russians,"
said. "In fact, we have actually seen the Russian government ...
operating within international rules.
"However, I don't think -- because of what's happening
because of what's happened for many years now -- we should be
The monopoly-owned media assisted Harper by covering up
Harper government is doing in the Arctic and the lies about Russia's
to events in the Ukraine. The media permitted Harper to suggest that it
Russia which is militarizing, while Canada is defending peace. "Russia
rebuilding former Soviet-era military bases in its north, and has a
nuclear-powered submarines and icebreakers patrolling its waters.
planes have also tested the boundaries of Canadian airspace," the National Post
quotes Harper as saying.
"I just think we should not be complacent, because we
have seen over the
period that President Putin has been in power just a gradual growing in
aggressiveness of his government toward neighbours and the gradual
assertiveness of that country, and I just think it's something we
be too at ease about," he said. In fact, since Harper has been in
have witnessed increased spending on the military integration with the
armed forces, increased presence of U.S. armed forces within Canada and
militarization of culture and civilian life. But none of this is
mentioned and it
is all about Russia.
"In Europe, we see the imperial ambitions of Vladimir
Putin, who seems
determined that, for Russia's neighbours, there shall be no peace...,"
"And because Russia is also Canada's neighbour, we must
complacent here at home."
It shows that the need to oppose the U.S. imperialist
today is as great as it was to oppose the Nazi disinformation of
is part of opposing the reactionary thesis that humanity has reached
the end of
history. This end of history outlook deprives the peoples of the world
consciousness they need to open society's path to progress today.
The warmongering is accompanied by the attacks of the
ruling circles in
Canada and elsewhere on the workers and peoples fighting for their
against the neoliberal anti-social offensive. It must not pass!
These crimes include the genocide against the
especially in Gaza. They include the actions of the U.S. and its allies
NATO forces to commit invasions, proxy wars and mass killings in
countries to bring about regime change and to consolidate their
vast regions of the world. They resort to torture, blatant violation of
drone flights over civilian areas and through commercial airspace to
and spy on the people, firing their deadly rockets in targeted
mass killings, interference in their internal affairs and armed
special ops and mercenaries use chemical weapons, other banned weapons
commit criminal acts indiscriminately, and then blame their enemies
for regime change for the crimes and chaos for which the big
powers are responsible. The anarchy, violence and crimes become
justify invasions and yet more atrocities. This is what the U.S.
their partners such as Canada, Britain and other NATO members are doing
the NATO Summit. The peoples of the world are sure to reject this.
If left unopposed, the lies and current warmongering
spread deep anxiety
as a result of feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and humiliation
ruling circles are getting away with such terrible crimes that the
left feeling powerless. To avert this they must step up their
and defeat the ability of the rulers to do as they wish.
Our Future Lies in the
Fight for the Rights of All! Let us take the
necessary measures to defeat the activities of the anti-people forces
fronts. Let us start by saying No! to the falsification of past history
today's unfolding events, which aims to render us passive today, just
attempted when the invasion of Poland took place 75 years ago. Never
means to take a stand against imperialism and its war crimes now, to
the falsification of the crimes of the Nazi aggressors of yesterday,
honour the heroism and resistance of the peoples of the world. In World
Two the resistance struggle was waged under communist leadership and so
today Communist Parties are required which are capable of providing the
strategy and tactics which defeat the U.S. imperialist striving for
domination which is plunging Canada to commit war crimes and
to plunge the world into another cataclysmic war for the redivision of
territories and strategic areas of influence, raw materials and cheap
zones for the export of capital.
Out to Defeat Harper and Establish an Anti-War Government!
Canada Out of NATO! Dismantle NATO!
Canadian Military Exercises in the Arctic
From August 20 to 25, prior to departing for the NATO
Summit to be held in
Wales on September
4-5, Prime Minister Harper went on his extensive annual Arctic tour.
other things, he participated in the military exercises codenamed
These exercises started on August 20 and ran until August 29.
Mixed messages came from the military and the Harper
regarding the purpose of the military exercises. According to the
are practising various scenarios to develop an ability to respond to
situations like the grounding of a cruise ship in Arctic waters. The
Conservatives on the other hand have declared that a Canadian military
presence in the Arctic is important to assert "Canadian sovereignty"
what they call "Russia's military expansion in the Arctic."
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told the Berlingske
newspaper. "Obviously -- obviously,
concerned. We obviously want to see -- you know, we want to protect and
promote Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic. It's a strategic priority
With respect to the militarization, we'd prefer to de-escalate it, but
sovereignty, it's very important that -- that we protect and promote
Meanwhile, Harper made threatening remarks against
to destabilizing the region and raising the possibility of the use of
"Peace and stability in Europe are being threatened in a
way the world has
not seen since the Cold War. Canada remains united with our NATO Allies
and close international partners in calling on Russia to immediately
military aggression and provocative action, stop the flow of weapons
militants into Ukraine, and persuade insurgents to lay down their
renounce violence. Inaction on the part of President Putin will only
further political and economic isolation."
Documents recently obtained by the Ottawa Citizen
extent of the expansion of the Canadian Forces in the Arctic. The
government is developing a network of sites to stockpile equipment and
troops and gear quickly into the region. It puts everything in place to
needs of the "emergency preparedness" program being discussed at the
Summit in Wales. The military hopes to have the sites in place by 2018.
locations of the main hubs are to be Iqaluit, Yellowknife, Resolute Bay
Map of current military
northern Canada -- click to enlarge. (Canadian Forces)
"The planned Northern Operations Hubs are, by design,
arrangements to facilitate the movement of people, materiel, equipment
supplies into areas of operations for the Canadian Armed Forces,"
spokesperson Capt. Melina Archambault said. She noted that the concept
would be tested in a table-top exercise during Operation Nanook.
NATO plays a big role in making the Arctic territory the
subject of a
military dispute. In 2009 at a conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, NATO
declared the Arctic a "strategically important region." The U.S.,
NATO make no secret about why they need a military group deployed in
Arctic region. U.S. and some Canadian icebreakers are deploying to
what are called the national interests of those members of the alliance
claim their right to the natural wealth of this part of the planet
studies show regarding ownership of the sea bed. The Arctic contains
billion barrels of unexplored crude and enormous reserves of natural
which could be comparable to those of Russia making up about 30 per
global gas reserves. Experts say that by 2030 Russia will be using many
Arctic gas deposits to extract about 50 per cent of its natural gas.
the Shtokman deposit in the Barents Sea contains 4 trillion cubic
Russia's marine doctrine, which was signed during
presidency, singles out the Arctic territory as one of the major
directions of the
country's naval policy. Russia's Security Council is to unveil a new
of Arctic development at the end of January. Moscow also wants to
considerably intensify the freight traffic activity along the Northern
during the upcoming years and plans to build for this purpose six new
powerful nuclear icebreakers before 2020.
It is more important now than ever to reaffirm what the
whole world has
learned at great cost... that border disputes and other differences
settled through peaceful discussion and not through military aggression.
1. "The Arctic in NATO's Cross-Hairs," David
Brian, Voice of
Russia, January 26, 2009.
NATO Summit in Wales
NATO Establishes Infrastructure to
Mass anti-war actions
begin in Newport, Wales, August 30, 2014, ahead of the NATO Summit.
The NATO Summit to be held in Newport, Wales on
September 4-5 is the
first the aggressive alliance has held since its 2012 summit in Chicago
first in the UK since 1990 when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister.
report indicate that some 150 heads of state and ministers will attend,
along with their delegations and support staff will comprise some
suppress the opposition of the world's peoples to the Anglo-American
NATO dictate of might makes right and NATO's war crimes, a security
fence 2.7 metres (9 feet) tall and 20 kilometres long called the "Ring
Steel" has been built and 10,000
police are mobilized from 43 UK police forces. British authorities say
Summit is a target of "terror threats."
British Prime Minister David Cameron, in a letter to
leaders of NATO
countries, outlined the priorities for the summit, including aggression
Russia, all of which he mendaciously couched in terms of "collective
In fact, it is an aggressive plan to contain and attack Russia if the
sees fit. All of it is warmongering to justify putting the NATO
and more on a war footing. It must not pass!
"In 2014, the world is more unpredictable than ever and
we meet at
another pivotal moment in the history of the alliance. In Afghanistan,
combat mission is coming to an end. To the East, Russia has ripped up
rulebook with its illegal annexation of Crimea and aggressive
of Ukraine. To the South, an arc of instability spreads from North
the Sahel, to Syria, Iraq and the wider Middle East. So we must use the
summit to agree how NATO should adapt to respond to and deter such
and to ensure the continued collective defence of all its members. We
have 5 goals.
"First, 6 months into the Russia-Ukraine crisis we must
agree on long-term
measures to strengthen our ability to respond quickly to any threat, to
those allies who fear for their own country's security and to deter any
aggression. All NATO allies have already contributed to the alliance's
to this crisis and we should agree how we can sustain a robust presence
Eastern Europe, consistent with the NATO
Act, to make
to Russia that neither NATO nor its members will be intimidated. We
agree specific actions including: a new exercise schedule adapted to
security environment; the necessary infrastructure; pre-positioning of
equipment and supplies; and an enhanced NATO Response Force. This
be part of a broader action plan that enables us to respond more
quickly to any
threat against any member of the alliance, including when we have
"We must also review our long term relationship with
NATO has only ever sought to be a partner to Russia, not a threat, it
that Russia views NATO as an adversary. We must accept that the
co-operation of recent years is not currently possible because of
illegal actions in NATO's neighbourhood and revisit the principles that
our relationship with Russia.
"Second, as the ISAF mission in Afghanistan draws to an
end, we must
consider how to support the Afghan government in the years ahead,
they maintain the progress we have made together and stop the country
once again becoming a safe haven for terrorists. We should review plans
NATO's new mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security
from the start of next year. And we should discuss the future financial
sustainment of the Afghan troops as we work towards the long-term goal
Afghanistan being able to sustain its own forces.
"Third, we must agree how NATO will address the risks
from an unstable world of failed states, regional conflicts, terrorism
and cyber-attacks. We must ensure that NATO has the capabilities it
changing threats. That requires investment. The UK is already one of 4
members of the alliance to meet the target of spending 2% of our GDP on
defence and I would urge other allies to make the strongest possible
commitment to increase their defence spending, and to devote at least
of it to equipment and research. As our economies start to recover,
the decline in defence spending and investing in our defence
strengthen alliance cohesion and signal that NATO means business.
"While we invest in our forces at home, we should also
do more to
provide practical support to other countries that need to strengthen
security. [...] In Wales, I would like us to agree on new defence
building missions to other parts of the world, for example Georgia or
"Fourth, as the world's broadest security network with
over 40 countries and organisations on 5 continents, we should
clear commitment to working with others who share our values and to
maintaining an international rules-based order that promotes freedom,
democracy and the rule of law. I support the proposed interoperability
initiative with 24 of our partners to sustain these skills and
I would like our defence ministers to meet with a smaller group to
enhanced opportunities for working together.
"Fifth, and finally, we should recognise the sacrifices
made by our armed
forces. In the UK, we have enshrined an Armed Forces Covenant in law to
ensure that our armed forces get the respect and support they deserve.
'North Atlantic Armed Forces Charter,' signed by us all, would
commitment to treating our armed forces and their families fairly and
providing them with the necessary support and care when they retire or
wounded or killed. [...]"
Condemn the Warmongering NATO Summit!
Britain out of NATO!
Newport, Wales, August 30,
Opposition is mounting to the warmongering North
Organisation (NATO) summit being held at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales
from 4-5 September. The government has been forced to erect a 12-mile
of steel" around the summit, and garrison 10,000 police in Wales in
secure the warmongers' protection from the justifiable anger of the
to attempt to prevent the people's opposition and create a climate of
The government must be condemned for its continued
membership of such
a criminal organisation and for hosting its summit, the first in two
which is expected to attract over 150 heads of state and ministers from
60 countries, including US President Barack Obama. The summit, said to
the largest ever gathering of political leaders in Britain's history,
is being held
at a time when the criminal military intervention carried out by NATO
Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere has plunged the world into a
unprecedented instability and turmoil. NATO's criminal activity, in
with its rivals, has caused the loss of millions of lives, and created
devastation, violence and anarchy in some regions that seem likely to
the world in new wars, a situation used as the pretext for further NATO
example of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia 15 years ago, of which Tony
Blair was an enthusiastic champion, demonstrates the aggressive
NATO and its use as tool of domination. It is a huge irony that Blair
described this aggression as necessary to avert what would otherwise
been "a humanitarian disaster". The warning of the nature of NATO plans
Ukraine is very clear.
As if to highlight the warmongering aims of the
aggressive US-led NATO
alliance, ahead of the summit the organisation has held emergency
to discuss what further pressure it can bring to bear on Russia,
tendentious allegations that Russian armed forces have "invaded" the
Ukraine and are responsible for the current conflict there. President
threateningly reiterated that NATO will provide "unwavering" support
its members, that the summit will discuss how it can prepare itself for
challenge from Russia, and that NATO will strengthen its so-called
"co-operation" and "working together" with the Ukraine. NATO Secretary
Anders Fogh Rasmussen went even further claiming that NATO's "response
force" was in readiness, that NATO was assisting with the modernisation
Ukraine's army and that is was seeking additional bases in Eastern
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Prime Minister has provocatively announced
government will seek to end the country's "non-bloc" status and seek
membership of NATO.
NATO expansion in Eastern Europe, which is already being
by the government of Poland, is in direct contravention of the 1997
Russia Act. Prime Minister Cameron has already called for a "review" of
NATO's relationship with Russia and it appears that this NATO summit,
the pretext of the Ukraine crisis, may well be used to overcome
within NATO, particularly from Germany, and alter the facts on the
Successive British governments have demonstrated their
slavish support for
the US-dominated NATO and in this regard Cameron's government is no
different. The current government should be condemned for its
in regard to Russia and warmongering demands for NATO expansion in
Eastern Europe. The government is also intending to use the summit to
demand increased funding for NATO, for a commitment to maintain NATO
intervention in Afghanistan so as to consolidate the creation of a
there, as well as in Georgia and elsewhere. Indeed Cameron is urging a
strengthening of NATO's global partnerships in order to further the
interventionist aims of Britain, the US and their allies.
Far from being a factor for global peace and stability
or a basis for
economic growth, NATO remains an alliance for war and instability, an
unnecessary drain on the economies of Britain and other countries in
majority of people have no decision-making powers.
The aim of the United States in consolidating NATO is
clearly to secure
its domination, not only through Eastern Europe to Asia, but also to
not least in the whole of North America itself. The big powers of
their part, have been themselves concentrating power in the Europe of
monopolies, and see their participation in NATO also from this
Altogether, the aim of the participants in NATO is to build that force
is moulded to carry out aggression as required on a co-ordinated and
basis anywhere in the world. However, the incoherence of the plans and
contention between Europe and the US present problems. As the briefing
the British government says, it is an "unpredictable world". When the
of "building stability" in this world, then the issue for NATO is to
impose neo-liberalism and fascism through force of arms. This scenario
cheap, and it is evident that one of the main emphases in the summit is
to be that the US is urging the European participants to shoulder more
bill. As the US National Security Advisor Susan Rice is quoted as
"Europe needs to take defence spending seriously and meet NATO's
The times cry out for mounting opposition to the
Britain's membership must be ended. The working class and people should
also be vigilant about what the British state is planning at home as a
to the summit, bearing in mind that in 2005 when the G8 leaders met in
Gleneagles, Scotland, the 7/7 bombings were carried out in London, with
the hallmarks of a state-organised outrage to deflect attention from
opposition to these leaders of the capitalist world.
All peace-loving people must step up their efforts to
stay the hands of the
warmongers in Ukraine, to end Britain's intervention throughout the
create the conditions for establishing an anti-war government.
Down with the warmongering NATO alliance! Britain Out of
Fight for an Anti-War Government!
Peace Camp, Newport, Wales
Important Questions of War and Peace
Nazi Germany's Invasion of Poland
Pictured here in
Polish partisans, members of the Polish People's Army (Armia Ludowa),
who bravely and with great sacrifice fought together with the Soviet
Army to liberate their country and defeat Nazi fascism in Europe. (Polish
At 4:15 am on September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded
Poland in a
massive assault. Hitler's Wehrmacht of 1,850,000 troops, 3,200 tanks,
combat aircraft and 11 warships -- over two-thirds of Germany's entire
force -- destroyed the Polish state and massacred the Polish people.
Behind the Wehrmacht followed Himmler's SS
squads specializing in mass murder.
Against Poland, the Nazis perpetrated one of the worst
crimes history has
ever known. Poland suffered the largest number of casualties per capita
European country. A total of about six million people were killed.
extermination by mass murder, death camps and other means took some
1,750,000 Polish lives. In addition, the state forces of Nazi Germany
exterminated 2,700,000 Polish Jews, 2,000,000 Polish children and
more than 50,000 Roma, some 12,000 people deemed mentally handicapped,
and thousands of Polish prisoners of war, soldiers, and officers who
systematically shot. The German Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS) shot some
Polish intellectuals, political personalities and other leaders within
the first six
weeks of the Nazi occupation. Prior to the invasion, beginning in May
the Nazi OperationTannenberg, which was part of Hitler's Generalplan
(Masterplan East), had already identified and listed more than 61,000
activists, intelligentsia, scholars, former officers and others, who
were to be
interned or shot, mainly by the SS. The murder of 5,000-6,000 Poles in
Fordon, Bydgoszcz in October-November 1939 is just one example of the
many executions the SS and the Wehrmacht carried out. Other examples
include the murder of 4,143 Polish officers found buried in Katyn
which the Nazis and their collaborators blamed the communists and
to blame the communists so as to exonerate their massive crimes and
who were the liberators and who were the criminals.
through Warsaw following the invasion of Poland, September 28-30, 1939.
The Polish people were greatly outnumbered but fought
back bravely. The
state leaders of Poland fled to Romania on September 17, but the Polish
people's spirit of resistance remained strong. Many Poles fought
in the communist-led underground Resistance. Poles formed their own
divisions and fought alongside the Red Army against the Nazis all the
Despite the facts, the Hitlerites blame the Soviets for
what happened to the
Polish people, claiming that Stalin signed a pact with Hitler to let it
and Stalin invaded Poland. In fact, the Soviet Army entered the
Poland on September 17, only after the Polish state had collapsed, the
army had disintegrated, the government had ceased to function and its
had fled. The part of Poland the Soviet Union occupied was the
territory of the
Ukraine and Byelorussia that Poland had forcibly annexed from the
Union during the Polish-Russian War of 1919-20. At that time, Poland
one of the 14 invading imperialist countries that attempted but failed
strangle the newborn Soviet Socialist Republic.
Only about eight per
of the people in the Ukraine and Byelorussia were of Polish origin.
expulsions in the Zamosc region of Poland, December 1942. (Wikipedia)
"As a result of the Soviet Union's timely entry into
what had been
territories of the Polish state, Hitler was forced to accept a line of
between his troops and the Red Army, a long way west of the then
Polish-Russian frontier." The Red
Army saved millions of people
Poles inhabiting the Ukraine and Byelorussia from a similar fate that
was at that time wreaking upon the Polish people. Even the virulently
communist Winston Churchill publicly justified the Soviet march into
Today, the modern-day Hitlerites, masquerading as
democrats, continue to
spread the vicious lies that "Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union
conspired to divide Poland between them." Those lies, meant to equate
Soviet Union with Nazi Germany and discredit and split the anti-fascist
led by the communists, were first put forth by Hitler himself in a
declaring war on the Soviet Union, when he referred to "secret
divide Poland. Then after their defeat, some Nazi war criminals being
Nuremberg resurrected the"secret protocols" in a bid to escape
the Presidium threw them out as a forgery. It was only when the U.S.
the mantle of Hitlerism during the Cold War and became the modern day
master of Goebbels' big lie technique that Hitler's concoction about
protocols" became a so-called historical fact.
This has now become
Canadian propaganda as well.
The real historical facts clarify why Hitler attacked
Poland. In 1939 Poland
was an imperialist country formed from the disaster of the First World
Britain and France through the 1918 Versailles Treaty. "One of its
was to add the rich agricultural regions of the Ukraine to Polish
extend Polish territory 'from sea to sea,' from the Baltic Sea to the
Sea.[...]The Polish landlords and bourgeoisie dreamed of restoring the
empire of medieval times."
Financed and armed by the British and
monopolies who wanted to regain their lost profits and privileges
seized by the
workers and peasants' revolutionary forces,
the Polish rulers
Soviet Union in 1918, occupying large parts of the Ukraine,
Lithuania. During the following 18 years of semi-fascist Polish rule,
landlords and industrialists viciously exploited the workers and
punishment for opposing the Nazi occupation took the form of public
hangings, mass executions and other crimes against the Polish
As inter-imperialist war clouds loomed over Europe, the
circles refused to see the world as it presented itself, especially the
Nazi imperialists who made no secret of their desire to conquer Europe
to conquer the world, and their racist contempt of the Polish people.
Polish elite considered Britain and France to be their allies and the
Union their avowed enemy. The Anglo-American and French imperialists
wanted to ensure their own leading roles in world domination. They
a policy of appeasing Hitler and egging him eastward to attack the
Union, rather than organizing collective security with the Soviet Union
the avowed eastward expansionism of Nazi Germany into industrial, oil
bearing and rich agricultural regions, hoping that it would become
down in a protracted war rather than grow fat from robbing the Soviet
of its wealth.
For its part, Poland hoped that Hitler would somehow go
East and attack
the Soviet Union without seizing Poland first, and that from the spoils
Poland could also capture Soviet territory. Poland refused to settle
border questions thus keeping the Soviet defence line against the Nazis
east as possible. The Polish state refused the Soviets permission to
Poland to stop the impending Nazi advance and make it more difficult.
of taking all measures necessary to defend the people against the
an obvious Nazi invasion, the Polish rulers, harbouring deep illusions
Hitler's intentions and blinded by anti-communism, preferred instead to
in fanciful manoeuvres for advantages favouring their private interests.
In attacking Poland, Hitler was both taking up the
of going East and implementing his own plan outlined in Mein Kampf , to
increase Germany's "living space" ( lebensraum ) by taking over the
as part of his plan to enslave the entire world. Hitler made his
intentions toward Poland very clear. Only ten days before the attack,
his Obersalzburg speech instructed his generals to "send to death
and without compassion men, women, and children of Polish derivation
language. Only thus shall we gain the living space[l ebensraum ]which
need." Tragically, in the end,
Poland paid very dearly for its
leaders' imperialist ambitions, anti-communism and rejection of Soviet
The Nazis had a
longstanding plan to annihilate Warsaw as part of destroying and
remaking the entirety of Poland. This photo from
January 1945 shows that 85 per cent
of the city was destroyed. This campaign of destruction was also meant
to "teach a lesson" to the partisans of Warsaw who fought so valiantly
to the end, so that their example would not be followed by others. (Wikipedia)
Today, the Harper government
and reactionary Polish
continue to spread the same lies that the Nazis did, and try to throw
the wartime exploits of the Soviet Union so as to accuse the communists
crimes against humanity. On September 1, 2009, Polish President Lech
Kaczynski called for "glory to all the soldiers who fought in World War
against German Nazism and Bolshevik totalitarianism." Soon after the
10, 2010 crash of a Polish airliner near Smolensk, in which Kaczynski
others died, the Polish rulers and others around the world used the
resurrect the old lie that the Soviet Union and not the Nazis committed
wartime Katyn Forest Massacre. Such deliberate disinformation ignores
fact that it was the Nazis who killed six million Poles and that it was
Army together with an allied Polish Army that finally liberated Poland
the Nazi occupiers.
Monument to Polish
partisans and German anti-fascist fighters in Berlin. The relief at
right depicts a Soviet soldier, a soldier of the Armia Ludowa
(Polish People's Army) and a German anti-Fascist. (Wikipedia;
1. Much of the German military
equipment used in the
invasion was built
by U.S.-owned companies such as Ford, General Motors and Focke Wulfe
2. An estimated seven million Russian
men, women and
killed during the 1918 invasion.
3. Hardial Bains, Causes and Lessons
of the Second World
MELS Institute, 1990).
4. Poland had concluded a
non-aggression pact with
Germany in January
1934, the first state to form such an alliance with the Nazi
5. Hardial Bains, Ibid.
6. These included oil giant Royal
Dutch Shell, the
trust, and the big banking houses such as Baring, Hambros and Credit
Lyonnais. Soon-to-be U.S. President Herbert Hoover also had large
investments in Czarist Russia.
7. E.L. Woodward & Rohan Riftlep
on British Foreign
Policy: 1919-1939, 3rd series (London: HMSO, 7:258- 260, 1954).
Historical Account of Start of World War II
TML Weekly is
posting below an extract from Chapter 22
book The Great Conspiracy by
Michael Sayers and Albert E. Kahn,
"The Second World War."
The Second World War
On September 1, 1939, Nazi mechanized divisions invaded
Poland at seven
points. Two days later, Great Britain and France declared war on
Within two weeks, the Polish regime, which under the influence of the
anti-Soviet "Colonels' clique" had allied itself with Nazism, refused
and opposed collective security, fell to pieces, and the Nazis were
the scattered remnants of their former ally.
On September 17, as the Nazi columns raced across Poland
and the Polish
Government fled in panic, the Red Army crossed the prewar Polish
border and occupied Byelorussia, the western Ukraine and Galicia before
Nazi Panzers could get there. Moving swiftly westward, the Red Army
occupied all the territory which Poland had annexed from Soviet Russia
"That the Russian armies should stand on this line was
for the safety of Russia against the Nazi menace," declared Winston
in a radio broadcast on October 1. "An Eastern Front has been created
Nazi Germany does not dare assail. When Herr von Ribbentrop was
to Moscow last week it was to learn the fact, and accept the fact, that
designs upon the Baltic states and upon the Ukraine must come to a dead
The advance of the Red Army to the west was the first of
a series of
moves by the Soviet Union counterbalancing the spread of Nazism and
designed to strengthen Soviet defenses in preparation for the
showdown with the Third Reich....
During the last week in September and the first days in
October, the Soviet
Government signed mutual assistance pacts with Estonia, Latvia and
These agreements specified that Red Army garrisons and Soviet airports
naval bases were to be established in the Baltic States.
There began immediately a wholesale deportation of the
Column in the Baltic area. Within a few days 50,000 Germans had been
deported from Lithuania, 53,000 from Latvia and 12,000 from Estonia.
Overnight, the Baltic Fifth Columns so laboriously built up by Alfred
Rosenberg suffered a devastating blow, and the German High Command lost
some of its most strategic bases for the contemplated attack on the
But to the north, Finland remained as a potential
military ally of the Third
The most intimate working relationship existed between
the German and
the Finnish High Commands. The Finnish military leader, Baron Karl
von Mannerheim, was in close and constant communication with the German
High Command. There were frequent joint staff talks, and German
periodically supervised Finnish army maneuvers. The Finnish Chief of
General Karl Oesch, had received his military training in Germany, as
chief aide, General Hugo Ostermann, who served in the German Army
the First World War. In 1939, the Government of the Third Reich
upon General Oesch one of its highest military decorations ....
Political relations between Finland and Nazi Germany
were also close. The
Socialist Premier Risto Ryti regarded Hitler as a "genius"; Per
wealthy Germanophile who had been awarded the German Iron Cross, was
most powerful behind-the-scenes figure in Finnish politics.
With the aid of German officers and engineers, Finland
had been converted
into a powerful fortress to serve as a base for the invasion of the
Twenty-three military airports had been constructed on Finnish soil,
of accommodating ten times as many airplanes as there were in the
Force. Nazi technicians had supervised the construction of the
Line, a series of intricate, splendidly equipped fortifications running
miles deep along the Soviet border and having heavy guns at one point
twenty-one miles from Leningrad. Unlike the Maginot Line, the
Line had been designed not only for defensive purposes but also for
garrisoning a major offensive force. As the Mannerheim Line neared
completion in the summer of 1939, Hitler's Chief of Staff, General
arrived from Germany and gave the massive fortifications a final
During the first week of October, 1939, while still
negotiating its new
treaties with the Baltic States, the Soviet Government proposed a
assistance pact with Finland. Moscow offered to cede several thousand
miles of Soviet territory on central Karelia in exchange for some
Finnish islands near Leningrad, a portion of the Karelian Isthmus and a
thirty-year lease on the port of Hango for the construction of a Soviet
base. The Soviet leaders regarded these latter territories as essential
defense of the Red naval base at Kronstadt and the city of Leningrad.
The Mannerheim line
December 1939) is shown by the purple dotted line, with Finland to the
north. The red bars show Finnish fortifications. The
dotted line. (www.northfort.ru)
The negotiations between the Soviet Union and Finland
dragged on into
the middle of November without results. In order to reach some
Soviet Government made a number of compromises. "Stalin tried to teach
the wisdom of Finnish as well as Soviet interest in compromise,"
Finnish negotiator, Juho Passikivi, upon his return to Helsinki. But
pro-Nazi clique dominating the Finnish Government refused to make any
concessions and broke off the negotiations.
By the end of November, the Soviet Union and Finland
were at war. "The
Finnish nation," declared the Finnish Government, "is fighting for
independence, liberty and honor.... As the outpost of Western
nation has the right to expect help from other civilized nations."
The anti-Soviet elements in England and France believed
long-awaited holy war was at hand. The strangely inactive war in the
against Nazi Germany was the "wrong war." The real war lay to the east.
England, France and the United States, an intense anti-Soviet campaign
under the slogan of "Aid to Finland."
Prime Minister Chamberlain, who only a short time before
had asserted his
country lacked adequate arms for fighting the Nazis, quickly arranged
to Finland 144 British airplanes, 114 heavy guns, 185,000 shells,
grenades, 15,700 aerial bombs, 100,000 greatcoats and 48 ambulances. At
time when the French Army was in desperate need of every piece of
equipment to hold the inevitable Nazi offensive, the French Government
over to the Finnish Army 179 airplanes, 472 guns, 795,000 shells, 5100
machine guns and 200,000 hand grenades.
While the lull continued on the Western Front, the
British High Command,
still dominated by anti-Soviet militarists like General Ironside, drew
for sending 100,000 troops across Scandinavia into Finland, and the
High Command made preparations for a simultaneous attack on the
under the leadership of General Weygand, who openly stated that French
bombers in the Near East were ready to strike at the Baku oil fields.
Day after day the British, French and American
sweeping Finnish victories and catastrophic Soviet defeats. But after
months of fighting in extraordinarily difficult terrain and under
severe weather conditions, with the temperature frequently falling to
seventy degrees below zero, the Red Army had smashed the "impregnable"
Mannerheim Line and routed the Finnish Army.
Hostilities between Finland and the Soviet Union ended
on March 13,
1940. According to the peace terms, Finland ceded to Russia the
Isthmus, the western and northern shores of Lake Lagoda, a number of
strategic islands in the Gulf of Finland essential to the defense of
The Soviet Government restored to Finland the port of Petsamo, which
been occupied by the Red Army, and took a thirty-year lease on the
peninsula for an annual rental of 8,000,000 Finnish marks.
Addressing the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R. on March
The Soviet Union, having smashed the Finnish Army
every opportunity of occupying the whole of Finland, did not do so and
demand any indemnities for its expenditures in the war as any other
would have done, but confined its desires to a minimum ... We pursued
other objects in the peace treaty than that of safeguarding Murmansk
Murmansk railroad ....
The undeclared war of Nazi Germany against Soviet Russia
On the day that Finnish-Soviet hostilities ceased,
declared in a proclamation to the Finnish Army that "the sacred mission
army is to be an outpost of Western civilization in the east." Shortly
afterwards, the Finnish Government began to construct new
the revised frontier. Nazi technicians came from Germany to supervise
work. Large armament orders were placed with Sweden and Germany. German
troops began arriving in considerable numbers in Finland. The Finnish
German commands set LP joint headquarters and held joint army
Scores of Nazi agents swelled the staffs of the German Embassy at
and the eleven consulates around the country....
The lull in the west came to a sudden end in the spring
of 1940. On April
9 German troops invaded Denmark and Norway. Denmark was occupied in a
single day without resistance. By the end of the month the Nazis had
organized Norwegian resistance, and the British troops, which had come
the Norwegians, were abandoning their few precarious footholds. A
Nazi regime was set up in Oslo under Major Vidkun Quisling.
The Nazi warship
Admiral Hipper lands troops in
Norway in 1940. (Wikipedia)
On May 10, Chamberlain tendered his resignation as Prime
having brought his country to possibly the most desperate situation in
history. That same day, as the King asked Winston Churchill to form a
cabinet, the German Army invaded Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg. By
May 21, the Germans had smashed their way through crumbling opposition,
reached the Channel and cut off the Allies in Flanders.
Panic swept through France. Everywhere, the Fifth Column
was at work.
French troops were deserted by their officers. Whole divisions found
themselves without military supplies. Paul Reymud told the Senate that
Army chiefs had committed "unbelievable errors." He denounced
defeatists and cowards." Dozens of top-ranking French officers were
arrested. But the arrests came too late. The Fifth Column was already
control of France.
The former French Minister of Aviation, Pierre Cot,
later wrote in Triumph of Treason:
... the Fascists had their own way in the country at
large and in the
Army. The anti-Communist agitation was a smoke screen behind which was
being prepared the great political conspiracy that was to paralyze
facilitate Hitler's work .... The most efficient instruments of the
.... were Weygand, Pétain and Laval. At the Council of Ministers
held at Cangé, near Tours, on June 12, 1940, General Weygand
government to end the war. His principal argument was that a Communist
revolution had broken out in Paris. He stated that Maurice Thorez,
Secretary of the Communist Party, was already installed in the
Palace. Georges Mandel, Minister of the Interior, immediately
the Prefect of Police in Paris, who denied Weygand's statements; there
no disturbance in the city, the population was quiet .... As soon as
seized power amid the confusion of the collapse, Pétain and
Weygand, with the
help of Laval and Darlan, hastened to suppress all political liberties,
people, and set up a Fascist regime.
With every hour, confusion mounted and the debacle grew,
as the French
soldiers fought on desperately, hopelessly, and the world watched the
of a nation on a scale never witnessed before ....
Mass evacuation of Allied
troops from Dunkirk, France as the country fell to the Nazis.
From May 29 through June 4, the British Army evacuated
its troops from
Dunkirk, heroically rescuing 335,000 men.
On June 10, Fascist Italy declared war on France and
On June 14, Paris fell, and Pétain, Weygand,
Laval and the Trotskyite
Doriot became the Nazi puppet rulers of France.
On June 22, an armistice between Germany and France was
signed in the
Compiègne Forest in the very same railroad car in which Marshal
dictated the terms of surrender to the defeated Germans twenty-two
As France crumbled, the Red Army again moved swiftly to
defenses of the Soviet Union.
In the middle of June, forestalling an imminent Nazi
Putsch in the Baltic
States, Soviet armored divisions occupied Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
On June 27, the Red Army moved into Bessarabia and
which Rumania had snatched from the Russians after the Revolution.
The Soviet Union and Nazi Germany now faced one another
future battle lines.
Toward the end of July, the Nazis launched mass air
raids over London
and other English cities, pouring down tons of explosives upon the
population. The raids, which increased in ferocity throughout the next
were intended to terrify and paralyze the whole nation, and swiftly
already gravely weakened England to her knees.
But with Churchill as Prime Minister profound changes
were taking place
within Great Britain. The confusion and division which had resulted
Chamberlain's leadership had given way to determination and growing
unity. Across the narrow Channel the British people saw the workings of
Fifth Column. Churchill's Government acted swiftly and with resolution.
Scotland Yard and British Intelligence swooped down on Nazi agents,
Fascists and leaders of secret Fifth Column intrigues. In a sudden raid
London headquarters of the British Union of Fascists, the authorities
important documents and arrested many Fifth Columnists. The leader of
British Fascist Party, Sir Oswald Mosley, was arrested in his own
Sensational arrests followed. John Beckett, a former Member of
founder of the anti-Soviet and pro-Nazi People's Party; Captain A. H.
Tory Member of Parliament for Peebles; Edward Dudley Elan, an official
the Ministry of Health, his wife Mrs. Dacre Fox, and other prominent
Pro-Nazis and Fascists were arrested. A Treachery Bill was passed,
the death penalty for traitors.
Showing that it had learned well the lesson of France
and of the Moscow
Trials, the British Government in July 1940 announced the arrest of
Sir Barry Domvile, former Director of Naval intelligence. Domvile, a
of Alfred Rosenberg and of the late General Max Hoffmann, had been
involved in most of the anti- Soviet conspiracies since 1918. At the
time of his
arrest, Domvile was the head of a secret pro-Nazi society in England
The Link which was organized with the aid of Heinrich Himmler, Chief of
Assured against treachery from
within, the British
people faced the ordeal
of the Nazi air blitz without flinching, and defended themselves. On
day of September 17, 1940, the RAF downed no less than 185 German
The Nazis' Blitz of
London, September 7, 1940.
Meeting such fierce and unexpected resistance, and
mindful of the Red
Army on his eastern borders, Hitler paused at the Channel. He did not
the British Isles ....
The year was 1941. An air of tense expectancy hung over
the whole of
Europe as Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany, the two greatest military
in the world, prepared to lock in battle.
On March 1, the Germans entered Sofia, and Bulgaria
became a Nazi
On April 6, after a popular revolt had overthrown Regent
Yugoslavian regime and Nazi agents were forced to flee the country, the
Soviet Government signed a non-aggression pact with the new Yugoslavian
Government. That same day, Nazi Germany declared war on Yugoslavia and
On May 5, Stalin became Premier of the U.S.S.R.
At four o'clock on the morning of June 22, 1941, without
of war, Hitler's tanks, air force, mobile artillery, motorized units
were hurled across the borders of the Soviet Union on a stupendous
stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea.
Later that morning Goebbels broadcast Hitler's war
proclamation. It read
German people! At this moment a march is taking
place that, as
regards extent, compares with the greatest the world has hitherto seen.
with their Finnish comrades, the fighters of the victory of Narvik are
in the Northern Arctic. German divisions commanded by the conqueror of
Norway, in co-operation with the heroes of Finnish freedom, under their
marshal, are protecting Finnish soil. Formations of the German eastern
extend from East Prussia to the Carpathians. German and Rumanian
are united under Chief of State Antonescu from the banks of the Pruth
the lower reaches of the Danube to the shores of the Black Sea. The
this front, therefore, no longer is the protection of single countries,
safeguarding of Europe and thereby the salvation of all.
Italy, Rumania, Hungary and Finland joined the Nazi war
Russia. Special Fascist contingents were raised in France and Spain.
united armies of a counterrevolutionary Europe had launched a Holy War
against the Soviets. The Plan of General Max Hoffmann was being tested
On November 11, 1941, the American Undersecretary of
Welles, said in a speech at Washington:
Twenty-three years ago today, Woodrow Wilson
Congress of the United States in order to inform the representatives of
American people of the terms of the Armistice which signalized the
conclusion of the First World War .... Less than five years later,
the cerements of apparent defeat, his shattered body was placed in the
beside which we are now gathered ....
The heart-searching question which every American
citizen must ask
himself on this day of commemoration is whether the world in which we
to live would have come to this desperate pass had the United States
willing in those years which followed 1919 to play its full part in
bring about a new world order based on justice and on "a steadfast
for peace." ... A cycle in human events is about to come to an end ....
American people ... have entered the Valley of Decision.
On December 7, 1941, without warning, Japanese bombing
battleships attacked the United States of America. Nazi Germany and
Italy declared war on the United States ....
On December 9, in an address to the American people,
The course that Japan has followed for the past ten
years in Asia
has paralleled the course of Hitler and Mussolini in Europe and Africa.
it has become far more than a parallel. It is collaboration so well
that all the continents of the world, and all the oceans, are now
the Axis strategists as one gigantic battlefield.
In 1931, Japan invaded Manchukuo -- without warning.
Italy invaded Ethiopia -- without warning.
In 1938, Hitler occupied Austria -- without warning.
In 1939, Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia -- without
warning. Later in 1939,
Hitler invaded Poland -- without warning. In 1940, Hitler invaded
Denmark, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg - - without warning.
In 1940, Italy attacked France and later Greece --
In 1941, Hitler invaded Russia -- without warning.
And now Japan has attacked Malaya and Thailand --
and the United
States -- without warning.
It is all of one pattern.
The masks were off. The secret war of the Axis
Soviet Russia had merged with the world war against all free peoples.
On December 15, 1941, in a Message to Congress,
In 1936 the Government of Japan openly associated
Germany by entering the anti-Comintern Pact. This pact, as we all know,
nominally directed against the Soviet Union; but its real purpose was
a league of fascism against the free world, particularly against Great
France and the United States.
The Second World War had entered its final decisive
phase as a global
conflict between the forces of international Fascism and the united
Joseph Stalin, Franklin
D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill at the Tehran Conference, a strategy
meeting held by the Allied powers. The main outcome of the conference
was the agreement to open a second front against Nazi Germany. (U.S.
3. In June 1940 the Institute for
Propaganda Analysis in
New York City
reported: "The American press told less truth and retailed more fancy
about the Finnish war than about any recent conflict."
4. At 10:30 P.M. on the night of
Saturday, May 10, 1941,
Messerschmitt plane plummeted earthward over Lanarkshire, Scotland, and
buried its nose in a field near Dungavel Castle, property of the young
of Hamilton. A former employee on the Duke's estate saw the flare of
fallen plane and then the slow, white plume of a descending parachute.
with a pitchfork he ran out to find a man lying on the ground with a
ankle. The man was Rudolph Hess, Adolf Hitler's Deputy.
"Take me to the Duke of Hamilton," said Hess, speaking
in English."l have
come to save humanity!"
Hess hoped through Hamilton and his friends to gain
British Tory backing
for the Nazi attack on Soviet Russia.
Sir Patrick Dollan, Lord Provost of Glasgow, Scotland,
said on June 11,
1941: "Hess came here ... in the belief that he could remain in
days, discuss his peace proposals with a certain group and be given a
of petrol and maps to enable him to return to Germany and tell them the
results of his conversation."
Referring to the Hess Mission in his speech of November
6, 1941, Stalin
declared: "The Germans knew that their policy of playing upon the
contradictions between the classes in separate states, and the
between these states and the Soviet Union, had already produced results
France, the rulers of which had allowed themselves to be intimidated by
spectre of revolution, had refused to resist, and terror-stricken had
native land under the heel of Hitler. The German-fascist strategists
same thing would occur with Great Britain and the United States of
The notorious Hess was sent to Britain by the German fascists for this
purpose, in order to persuade the British politicians to join the
campaign against the U.S.S.R. But the Germans gravely miscalculated.
Rudolph Hess became a prisoner of the British Government."(The
Conspiracy, Michael Sayers and Albert E. Kahn,Chapter 22: The
World War, 1946)
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