All this fiasco happening between India and Pakistan these days, got me thinking why do countries even fight when they mutually agree that it is indeed very damaging to both countries. Easy; it has the same answer as to why people bet or gamble or risk they’re lives to achieve a certain goal. There’s always a slight chance that you might leave with more than what you arrived with. But on the other hand we have data worth of thousands of years of wars that show that it is very likely that you will not gain anything from a battle.
So case closed, right? Countries lose a lot of money and not to mention, lives fighting wars… Except that there is a whole new side to this tale… (war profiteering)
Let me tell you a story…
It gives you an idea of how one war can ruin and another boost an economy.
You guys know Hugo Boss right?, the luxury German fashion brand that that has shops in malls and you go in to check it out… You wear the sunglasses and the jacket in the trial room and then just leave because they cost half a kidney… No? Just me?🤭
Well, back in the 1920s they manufactured high quality shirts, jackets, work-cloths, sportswear, raincoats etc.. Then, World War I happened. Germany lost as usual, and they had to pay for the war as usual. The people were taxed inhumanely, and suddenly people didn’t want to buy any luxury clothing, when the family had a bomb-struck roof and could afford lunch. Hugo Boss was driven into bankruptcy.
A few years later, Germany wanted to try their luck again with The World War II. Hugo Boss (the guy) joined the Nazi Party and other major groups. Due to the company’s rich history, quality and his position in the party, Hugo Boss was awarded the contract to supply the Nazi troops for their uniforms and war apparel. Hugo Boss made millions and became a staple in European fashion.
Let me do you one better… Ever wonder why the Swiss Banks are so damn rich?
Switzerland, during WWII was considered neutral. The Swiss Confederation was maintained “Armed Neutrality”. This basically meant that they would stay out of the war, but if anyone attacked them, they would attack back. Switzerland was also in a strategic geographic position. They were literally smack dab in the middle of Europe. They were surrounded by Nazis and Nazi supporting countries on their North (Germany), East (Austria-Hungary) and South (Italy). And France was on their West, being plundered by the Nazis. Switzerland was right in the middle of all this and yet was never invaded by anyone (I’ll tell you why later).
This made Switzerland a place of sanctuary for refugees from all over Europe. This also made a Switzerland the banking head quarters for WWII due to it’s stability and safety.
During the rise of the Nazi Party, they plundered pretty much all of Europe and collected all sorts of valuable goods. These include but not limited to:
- Metals (gold, silver, platinum etc)
- Historic treasure
- Priceless vintage paintings (including some from the Louvre)
- Gold teeth and titanium prosthetics from slaves in the concentration camps
- Property rights and ownership contracts
The Nazis collected all this during their invasions of various countries in Europe. But, they couldn’t just carry all this valuable treasure with them everywhere they went. They needed a safe, secure and secret place to store all these treasures. And Switzerland’s now booming banking industry was the perfect place to store all this. Hitler secretly hired bankers to store this treasure (some of them were Jewish themselves). This is why the Nazis never invaded Switzerland. Adam LeBor wrote an AMAZING book titled, “Hitler’s Secret Bankers” that gives you an excellent view of the role of Swiss bankers during WWII. I quote, “for six days a week, the Swiss banks worked for Germany and on the 7th day they hoped for an allied victory”.
But the Jews didn’t know all this. No one did. In order to protect their money and valuables (Jews were generally rich), they too stored it in the Swiss banks. Besides, a lot of the Swiss bankers were also Jewish. So there was also a sense of trust there (which they took advantage of). On average only about 10% of Jews survived the holocaust. And most of even those people had lost their documentations proving their ownership of the money and valuables.
Germany too was defeated at the end of the war. So their treasure was also now the possession of the Swiss bankers (Hitler’s personal account contained 3.6 billion euros). Although pretty much most of the the Nazi treasure later returned or auctioned off to pay for the war, a lot of the unclaimed money and valuable from both the Nazis and Jewish prisoners are still in the possession of the Swiss banks.
Corruption is in the very veins of Swiss bankers and that’s an understatement. Even today our politicians hide tons of black money in Swiss bank accounts. Massive industrialists and billionaires store “safety” money here and when all things go south, they quickly jump on a plane to Switzerland and live off of this “safety” money for the rest of their lives in exile.
All this is well known and documented and is completely supported by it’s government. Also, Switzerland’s unique status as a neutral country means not even the European Union can say anything about it.
We live in a world where corrupt black money isn’t banned, but, memes and diss tracks are…👊
Years later, the massive Swiss banks today operate on the money that was earned by the death of HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of Jewish people and other innocent Europeans.