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The transformation of the Austrian corporal with a loud voice and a Charlie Chaplin moustache into the most monstrous embodiment of world reaction depended upon certain objective prerequisites‹namely, the immense resources of German industry. Hitler was the leader of an aggressive imperialist power that sought to achieve the hegemony of German capitalism in all of Europe. Before Hitler's bloody offensive was halted, German domination stretched from the English Channel to the Caucasus Mountains, embracing the Balkans, including Yugoslavia. Hitler's military ambitions reflected the economic appetites of Siemens, Krupp, I. G. Farben, Daimler-Benz, Deutsche Bank and the other great German conglomerates.

At the opening of this century, Rosa Luxemburg noted that capitalism is the first mode of
production to have mass propaganda as a weapon at its disposal. ³Humanitarianism² was, at
the time of her comment just as today, a cover for taking by force that which was desired
from the weaker countries. The ³civilizing missions² of the US, England, France, Belgium,
and Holland had the actual purpose of securing valuable raw materials, markets and
geopolitical advantage over their major rivals. 


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