Today I woke up to videos on the BBC showing bombs by the Russian army exploding in Ukraine. Since writing about Germany becoming neutral a month ago I have of course questioned myself. Would this be the correct approach? I cannot tell the mood of an entire country but it seemed like just another day on the streets of Munich and WeWork. An article (link below) in the Süddeutsche Zeitung today said the German government just approved last week the production of more tanks to be delivered in 2029. A little too late for this conflict I would say. Germany's momentum to fight, both in arms and mentality, still rests at nearly zero. 

I am going to still advocate for what I have suggested here, not out of stubbornness but still because of what I see as reality. I will add though that American, UK and French forces need to all move entirely east to Poland and now the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 

The idea of Germany getting to be neutral and not raise a large army still does not see fair. What price will they pay? Well for one its citizens will have higher energy costs, which has been a coming reality since it decided to phase out its nuclear energy sources. But my estimation is that these events will be an accelerant to make Germany energy independent and within five years they will be in an ideal situation. For the environmentalist, this could be a blessing in disguise. 

But Americans will likely face increased energy costs and other challenging economic affects so these cost of living impacts don't seem to fit the bill. What other way can Germany pay? I selfishly offer up this fresh idea: Americans can have nearly unfettered access to Germany in the form of a timeless visa stamp and ability to work here. (This creates some Schengen area issues but let's not get bogged down in those matters yet.) 

Additionally, the hurdles to dual citizenship in Germany will be drastically lowered for Americans. The security of Germany has been and will continue to rest on the shoulders of America. At this moment that weight on America has primarily been money and the strains that a society bears for maintaining a large armed forces (i.e. the challenges families face with having loved ones deployed). But if, and God help us—if, American and NATO blood is spilled over this current crisis with Russia, then the ultimate price will have been paid. 

Allowing Americans who have given so much to Germany this past century, a simple right to live, work and enjoy this country seems like an appropriate thank you.


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The real trick will be to get the US to go along with a shift like this because, as you mention, we have become too powerful and that kind of power makes it hard not to always be the arbiter of truth or peace or war. Hopefully, it is resolved without invasion or war, but the west cannot also allow "appeasement" policies into the fray because history would tell us that only leads to the worst conclusion.

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