June 2, 2012
The Washington Post featured an article today titled “Is Bilderberg a conference on world affairs or a powerful global cabal? Depends on who you ask“.
The asserted contradiction in the headline is actually a paradox- a supposed contradiction, while in fact Bilderberg is both of course. Yes, by all accounts it is a conference on world affairs- and yes, its core members form a powerful global cabal. So to suggest it’s either one or the other is ludicrously naive or staggeringly misleading. A common mistake. Either way, the contradiction breaks up as soon as it’s been written down.
The article, obviously put together in a hurry, is riddled with statements that reveal a hand writing its first piece on Bilderberg. The most profound mistake in the article must the following one:
“Over the years, conspiracy buffs have embraced notions such as the group is behind the creation of the euro and meets to select the winners and losers in the U.S. presidential election- or at least endorse the candidate’s vice presidential pick.”
According to the author of this piece, Etienne Davignon- decade-long chairman of the Bilderberg Group- is a conspiracy buff by all counts with his admission to the EUobserver online newspaper in 2009 that Bilderberg helped create the euro in the 1990s.”
It so happens I first reported on this admission by Davignon on April 2, 2009, in which I just quoted the viscount from his own words, namely:
“A meeting in June in Europe of the Bilderberg Group- an informal club of leading politicians, businessmen and thinkers chaired by Mr. Davignon- could also ‘improve understanding’ on future action, in the same way it helped create the Euro in the 1990s, he said.”
To claim that Davignon was drunk, or mad, or misquoted for that matter, would be better than writing down that only “conspiracy buffs” (like Davignon) would think Bilderberg was a decisive force behind the euro.
We know of course that the process toward a single European currency, as well as single European “voice” has been in the minds of Bilderbergs much longer than the 1990s. A leaked transcript from the 1955 Bilderberg meeting (chaired by prince Bernhard of the Netherlands) participants speak of the “pressing need to bring the German people, together with the other peoples of Europe, into a common market”, and the desire is expressed to “arrive in the shortest possible time at the highest degree of integration, beginning with a common European market.”
Already in 1970, Étienne Davignon published a report in which the ministers of Foreign Affairs of six European nations pledged to further the European agenda through mostly informal gatherings.The report, to which the ministers of Foreign Affairs of all major European nations pledged allegiance, admits right out of the gates that the further integration of nations, politically and economically, must follow a gradual, incremental path through the instrument of “successive stages”.
The report, named after the viscount himself, was published in the bulletin of the European Communities in November of 1970 and details how the European power-elite has planned European integration, not by chance- or as wishful thinking on the part of the political and economic elite, but rather through “successive stages and the gradual development of the method and instruments best calculated to allow a common political course of action”, so states the Davignon Report. Here is the quote in full:
“(…) implementation of the common policies being introduced or already in force requires corresponding developments in the specifically political sphere, so as to bring nearer the day when Europe can speak with one voice. Hence the importance of Europe being built by successive stages and the gradual development of the method and instruments best calculated to allow a common political course of action.”
The minsters involved also stated that this common political course can be best achieved by setting an example in foreign policy before it can spread to a common economic calling:
“(…) foreign policy concertation should be the object of the first practical endeavors to demonstrate to all that Europe has a political vocation. The Ministers are, in fact, convinced that progress here would be calculated to promote the development of the Communities and give Europeans a keener awareness of their common responsibility.”
Furthermore, the report stresses that not so much through formal, but rather informal meetings should this incremental push be coordinated. Although the Report attempts to project the illusion of democratic oversight by stating that “Public opinion and its spokesmen must be associated with the construction of the political union”, the Report goes on to say that the “Ministers and the members of the Political Affairs Committee of the European Parliament will hold six monthly meetings to discuss questions which are the subject of consultations in the framework of foreign policy cooperation. These meetings will be informal, to ensure that the parliamentarians and Ministers can express their views freely.”
Informal, in this respect, means outside the reach of journalists- in the same way the annual Bilderberg meetings are described as informal gatherings where transnationalists can share thoughts without some irritating news person nosing around recording their exchanges. Yes, the most significant of “informal” meetings, we have come to learn, has been chaired by none other than Mr. Davignon himself in the last decade.
In an attempt to downplay Bilderberg’s importance in setting policy, Davignon told the BBC in 2005: “It is unavoidable and it doesn’t matter. There will always be people who believe in conspiracies but things happen in a much more incoherent fashion.”
Well, not so according to the Davignon commission which he chaired back in the early 1970s, and the subsequent Davignon report which he co-wrote. In the report, Davignon and his co-conspirators outline that all these informal meetings are anything but “incoherent”.
So, there’s no conspiracy theory here. Just fact. The author of the Washington Post piece would do well reading even the most elementary basics on Bilderberg before she touches the subject.