CHAPTER 15As the media played a huge role in propaganda, it is perhaps a good idea to see where this started and how it has come to pass that the media in the U.S. almost in its entirety is now a fully controlled, propaganda organ. The period prior to the First World War was a classic series of events in which personalities were manipulated, the worst offenders being the British and American newspapers.
As in all wars, someone has to be demonized to get the public involved. In 1913 it was Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany who was demonized before, during and after that terrible war. One of the principle creators of propaganda of that period was Lord Nortcliffe, the noted press baron, a relative of the Rothschilds and a hater of Germany. Northcliffe ran Wellington House as a major center for anti-German propaganda and he harbored a particular hatred of Wilhelm II, who was a cousin of Queen Victoria of the notorious Black Guelph dynasty of Venice.
Northcliffe abused Wilhelm II on every possible occasion especially on the occasions when the Kaiser talked about Germany's military might and prowess. Wilhelm was given to childish boasting and most European governments knew him as a man who liked to "play soldiers", and dressing in outlandishly decorated uniforms. Wilhelm was very distinctly not a military man. As a Rothschild, this irked Northcliffe who began "warning" that "Germany's place in the sun" as the Kaiser liked to call it, was a danger to the rest of Europe. That this claim was without the slightest foundation did not seem to bother Northcliffe who maximized it to the extent where it was marvelous to behold.
The truth is that Germany was not a threat at that time and nor was the Kaiser a mighty warrior waiting to strike, but rather, a man prone to nervous breakdowns of which he had three in five years and a near useless withered arm, which did not project a martial man at all. The nearest one can say that Wilhelm got to being martial, was his love of dressing up in extravagantly bedecked uniforms. In truth Wilhelm II had little if any control over the German military, a fact that Northcliffe was well aware of and yet chose to ignore.
In this the Kaiser was on the same level as the British monarch, King George V who had no control of the British Expeditionary Force. That didn't stop Northcliffe of launching a blistering attack on Queen Victoria's German cousin, blaming him for being responsible for a whole list of atrocities allegedly carried out by the German Army driving through Belgium. Of course, the German High Command did wrong in invading neutral Belgium, but they were only in transit with no plans to occupy the country.
It was all part of a tactical plan to march on Paris taking a "short cut" through Belgium to outflank the French Army. There would have been nothing to gain by deliberately killing civilians, a fact the German High Command has stressed. Northcliffe called the Kaiser a "megalomaniac" with a "hunger to rule the world" which in any case was quite beyond the capabilities of any European power.
In 1940 Churchill accused Hitler of having the same desire to 'rule the world" knowing it to be false. Churchill also declared Hitler "a madman" knowing his characterization of the chancellor to be false.
But not to be discouraged, Northcliffe had his media outlets constantly refer to Wilhelm II as "the mad dog of Europe."
Wellington House engaged the services of a cartoonist who regularly depicted Wilhelm II as a slavering mad dog, an ape-like creature. The cheap cartoons were made up into book form, and quickly granted a status by the press that was absolute nonsense. The cartoons were in poor taste and even poorer execution. The book was what the English used to call "a penny horrible."
Showing the power of the press, Northcliffe got the media to give rave revues about the book. Lord Asquith, the Prime Minister, was persuaded to write a forward to what was essentially an absolute farce. President Wilson invited the "artist," a Dutchman by the name of Raemakers, to the White House when he was on a book-selling tour of the U.S. As was expected, Wilson lionized the cartoonist and gave his blessing to the book.
Even the legendary "Punch" magazine joined in the campaign to depict Wilhelm in the most unfavorable light. It seemed that no journal escaped having to print the torrent of sewage that poured forth from Wellington House. It was propaganda in its rawest form.
It was not long thereafter that the effect rubbed off on the people who began insisting that the Kaiser "be hanged" and one minister of religion went as far as to say that he would forgive Germany as long as all Germans were shot. Hollywood soon joined in the act of condemning the Kaiser, of whom it knew nothing. First off was the movie My Four Years in Germany adapted from a book written by U.S. ambassador to Berlin, James W. Gerard. The movie was depicted as a factual account of the Kaiser preparing for war. Wilhelm was given the IQ of a paranoid six-year old child and depicted as a man riding a hobbyhorse. Scathing descriptions of his disability were repeated hundreds of times.
Worse was to come with the Hollywood version of history entitled The Beast of Berlin that portrayed the Kaiser gloating over slaughtered Belgian civilians and chuckling in mirth over torpedoed ships. None of which was true, but it served its purpose, generating a fierce hate against Germans and all things German that spread across the U.S. with astonishing rapidity.
It was the basis of the worst type of propaganda ever seen and it was carried out in a relentless fashion by the British Government, not only at home, but also where it counted the most, in the United States. Wellington House was counting on the United States to defeat Germany on the field of battle.
In the late 1990's it was but a very short step for the mass of the American people to believe the same of the Taliban and of President Hussein of Iraq with who the Taliban was not connected. (In fact they hated each other.)
The fundamental question: "Were the Taliban as a whole, and the people of Afghanistan, separate from the Taliban, responsible for the dastardly bombing of the WTC?" Does the Taliban actually exist? Or is Osama bin Laden just another Kaiser Wilhelm II? Perhaps, fifty years hence we might find out the truth. In the meantime the Tavistock Institute played the propaganda card to the limit, and once again, it succeeded.
After the end of the war the myth of Kaiser Wilhelm II persisted. In fact the same propaganda machine that had demonized him before and during the war, did not give way until July 13, 1959, the 100th anniversary of Kaiser Wilhelm II birthday, which was celebrated by the BBC in the form of a documentary about the much abused former German leader.
It explained how the British people were terrorized by bloodcurdling accounts of the Kaiser slashing arms off Belgian children with his sword while columns of German soldiers raped women in the Belgian villages they passed through, none of the accounts bearing even a faint resemblance to the truth.
Even intelligent members of the British Parliament were taken in by the relentless storm of hatred stirred up by Northcliffe and his crew that included the Americans Lippmann and Bernays. However, as good as it was, the BBC documentary made no effort to explain how the myth of a monstrous Kaiser Wilhelm could suddenly arise as if from nowhere, to take up the headlines in the newspapers?
In the same way no one has explained to my satisfaction how Osama bin Laden suddenly appeared on the scene, and how he became the villain in the manner of the Kaiser in an amazingly short period of time. How did this happen?
It is an historical fact, that President Wilson rushed the bill to establish the Federal Reserve banks to the House, just in time for the start of WWI period. Without paper dollars, printed at will, it is doubtful, that the war would have occurred.
How could the Kaiser have suddenly come alive from the cartoon character staring out of thousands of newspapers, magazines and billboards? We know now that he was the product of the vast British War Office's propaganda machine, which remained secret as it still remains a big secret organization to this very day. The machinery remains as covert today as it was in 1913, although some of us have managed to tear away some of its shrouding.
One thing we unearthed through research is that the Tavistock Institute was the birthplace of some of the most preposterous lies ever to be manufactured and held up as truth.