Just to get all the facts straight....
Bilderberg, the beginning (if i get something wrong please correct me!!)
Early 1950's there was a good relation growing between Europe and America. The second world war had just ended and the reconstruction of Europe had
begon. Europe and America were working together like never before through the Marshall-help and the creation of NATO.
But non the less there were cracks in the relationship and certainly after the Korean war started in June 1950. The western-world were fighting under
the UN-flag but it were especially American soldiers who were fighting against the thread of communism.
From European point of view it was more important that Korea could start to rebuild it's country.
Old Europe started to grumble about the American role in this war. They were the liberators of nazi-thread but most nations found them arrogant,
meddlesom and militant. Especially the English and the French had enough of their ally's influence and big mouth. A common fear grew that America's
disposition towards communism would lead to a new war which nobody was waiting for after 5 years of oppression by nazi Germany.
therefore a lot of countries in Europe pleaded for a moderate attitude towards communism and Russia in the hope of avoiding a armed confrontation on
On top of that Europe was getting fed up with the limitations America was putting on their trading. They wanted to get rid of an "America"
controlling the prizes of gold, rubber, tin and that dictates when they could or could not trade with communist countries.
On the other side there were frustrations also. Especially the waiting attitude that Europe showed concerning communism and the fact that communist
political parties could advance uninterrupted within France and Italy. Moreover it annoyed the US that Europe had such a nationalistic view of things
and they hammered time on time again upon the fact that Europe should act more jointly concerning military and political.
It was around this time, early 1951, that the in London living polish Joseph Retinger decided to convert his worries about the Atlantic treaty into an
initiative. He saw that the initiatives for a united Europe were stagnating and for him this was the only way Poland would have a change of a
peacefull future.. The growing gorge with America was endangering the objective of a untited Europe and so Retinger deceided to appeal to his
high-placed friends all over Europe, whom he had met in London during WWII.
He certainly knew who he had to speak to because all of the men he adressed were men who shared his hatred towards communism and the idea that a good
realtion between Europe and America was crucial for the existence and growth of a free Europe.
Last but not least Retinger's little group of men each possessed a considerable list of influential people whom they could use for their objective.
It was because of this this that Paul van Zeeland (ex prime minister of Belgium), Paul Rijkens and Prins Bernhard got together with Retinger to
elaborate on their plans: A private summit meeting between influential Europeans and Americans to restore relations.
On the 25th of September 1952 Retinger's secretary and 11 men met in a Paris appartment on the Rue de L'Assumption. Along with Prins Bernhard,
Retinger and Van Zeeland joined british labor leader Gaitskell, General Gubbins, danish ex-minister of foreign affairs Kraft, France socialst leader
Guy Mollet, german lawer Muller, french ex-prime minister Pinay and greek Pipinelis.
This is why they held the meeting in secret..if people would know for instance that Mollet (socialist) and Pinay (conservative) were holding a meeting
which lasted a couple of hours, questions would rise.
Prins Bernhard was asked to be chairman. They also deceided that future meetings should be in the form of an unofficial discussion group were
everybody could speak out freely, on personal title without having to fear political consequences without the presence of the press. Even the list of
people attending the meeting would the kept secret.
furthermore the participants of this secret summit would have to be incorruptible, of international weight, influential, broad-minded and not have
"People with an open mind" that's how Retinger describes his ideal guests according to his secretary John Pomian. The meeting was purly intended
for the exchange of ideas and not to make decisions.
The most important conclusion in Paris was that Europe was going to continue with these meetings. Now it was only a matter of convincing America.
Retinger send a letter to american general Drexel Briddle about his plans. Briddle had a very prudence attitude towards these plans and general
consent in America was that it was very un-democratic to from a secret society with secret meetings. But Prins Bernhard didn't give up and flew to
the US in 1952 to convince republicans and democrats about the importnace of these conferences. Even a meeting with president Eisenhower didn't have
Only after Prins Bernhard wrote to head of CIA Walter Bedell, whom he knew for his years in the rusian embassy in Moskow (1946 -1949) and as staff
officer under Eisenhower during the second world war, did he get some response.
Bedell passed Bernhard request on to C.D.Jackson ,coordinator psychological warfare under Eisenhower. Who had the task of making the russians look bad
in every possible way.
Jackson and Bernhard must have known each other because Jackson was stationed, during the war, in London at the allied headquaters with the task of
stirring up the population against the germans.
Because of America not liking the idea of a secret meeting under a democracy they agreed to holding these meeting but politicians were prohibited from
attending. Large industrials did take the opportunity to join the club. Banker David Rockefeller also joined.
TO BE CONTINUED......
Pfff...i'm gonna take a break but there is more. The reason for this writting is the fact that i like to give everybody a common ground to start from
when attacking "the Bilderberg group".
If i have made any historical errors ,please feel free to correct me. If i have made any spelling errors.....i will not be suprised but correct me on
those also if you feel the need. I apologize in advance for my crappy english but in my defence....i just finished a bottle of Chivas Regal and
watched the sun rise. Shoot me!!!!
(again a night without sleep...d*mn you ATS
For my own personal opinion on the Bilderberg-scum : In the light of why this group was formed i think it's their good right to brainstorm amongst
eachother about current affairs but i tend to stick to the american attitude about it being not very democratic.....
[edit on 28/3/2009 by operation mindcrime]