International Bankers and WW I

17 Apr, 2012

Syed Mujahid Kamran[1]

In his book A Century of War William Engdahl writes: "By 1920, Morgan partner Thomas W. Lamont noted with obvious satisfaction that, as a result of four years of war and global devastation, 'the national debts of the world have increased by $210,000,000,000 or about 475% in the last six years, and as a natural consequence, the variety of government bonds and the number of investors in them have been greatly multiplied...These results have made themselves manifest in all the investment markets of the world but nowhere, perhaps, in greater measure than in the United States.'"[2] It may be noted that in 1913 the US government budget was a mere $714,000,000 (714 million dollars)[3] while the Rockefeller empire was worth 950 million dollars in 1913. The Rockefeller and Morgan empires were built through financing by the Rothschild banking family.

In his book Diplomacy by Deception former MI6 agent Dr John Coleman cites historian Alan Brugar as having pointed out that for every soldier who died in battle the international bankers made a profit of 10,000 dollars![4] This was almost a century ago when the dollar carried much more value than today. It were the bankers who manipulated the horrific World War I. This bloodletting was not just to make profits - this was also carried out to exhaust countries by bleeding them and enhance the control of bankers over governments with the objective of setting up the NWO. It was not a coincidence that was during the era of the great stooge of the bankers, Woodrow Wilson, that the New World Order (NWO) was mentioned for the first time officially.

A set of banking families, tied by blood and intermarriages, control the globe - the set includes the Rothschilds, the Warburgs, the Schiffs, the Rockefellers, the Morgans, etc. Variously called merchant bankers, international bankers, the Elite, the High Cabal and so on, these families have the deepest knowledge about financial manipulation and financial fraud, are masters of deception and their ruthlessness is simply beyond human imagination. Their strength lies in usury, unity, ruthlessness, cunning, anonymity, an utter lack of fidelity to any nation, continuity, assassinations of effective opponents, and long range planning.

It was Mayer A Rothschild, founder of the Rothschild dynasty who said: "It takes a great deal of boldness, mixed with a vast deal of caution to acquire a great fortune, and then it takes ten times as much wit to keep it after you have got it, as it took to make it."[5] The One World Government, the New World Order is all about acquiring unlimited wealth and keeping it by setting up a worldwide dictatorship of the banking families banking for all times to come. The route to this dictatorship is paved by manipulated strife, instability, chaos, confusion, perpetual bloodshed at an increasing and horrific scale, world wars, depressions, homelessness, famine, devastation of countries and their "rebuilding", bondage of debt, spying and the end of personal privacy as well as free thought. Thought control, debt bondage and disregard for human life is integral to this set up.[6]

As Engdhal notes: "Towards the final decade of the nineteenth century, British banking and political elites had begun to express first signs of alarm over two specific aspects of the impressive industrial development in Germany".[7] The two factors were the emergence of superior German naval and merchant fleets and the ambitious Berlin-Baghdad railway line which would have taken Germany to the source of oil by land, without any threat from the British navy. The realization that ships powered by petrol are far more efficient, lighter and faster than the conventional coal driven vessels, and the invention by Daimler, in 1885, of the first petroleum driven motor, made oil the most sought after commodity by military strategists who comprehended its significance. The military importance of oil was not really known outside tiny strategic circles at that time. But that started the oil grab and more than a century of ongoing warfare for oil.

The British money line was controlled by none other than the Rothschilds.[8] So the real element behind this "concern" was the British component of the Rothschild family. Their brethren were entrenched in France, in Germany, in Austria and in Italy for almost a century at that time. Germany needed money for the railway line and requested British co-financing and participation. The British government, controlled by the bankers, never refused the Germans but allowed the negotiations to linger on until the bankers were able to impose WW I to destroy Germany, whose money line they did not control.[9] In fact Engdahl makes a very important observation: "One of the better kept secrets of the 1914-1918 world war was that on the eve of August 1914, when Britain declared war against the German Reich, the British Treasury and the finances of the British Empire were in effect bankrupt."[10] The bankers had all the money and could dictate, whatever they wished, to the British Government. So complete was the hold of the bankers on the British government that British intelligence was headed by bankers in general, or their stooges. The same model is followed by the CIA which developed out of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) set up by Roosevelt in 1942 on the advice of the British intelligence.

Eustace Mullins has cited a very important comment from the April 1887 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics: "A detailed revue of the public debts of Europe shows interest and sinking fund payments of $5,543 million annually (five and one third billion)... The finances of Europe are so involved that the governments may ask whether war, with all its terrible chances, is not preferable to the maintenance of such a precarious and costly peace. If the military preparations of Europe do not end in war, they may well end in the bankruptcy of the States. Or, if such follies lead neither to war nor to ruin, then they assuredly point to industrial and economic revolution."[11] One must never forget that the international bankers are one integrated brotherhood, tied by intermarriages and working through secret and overt societies, with a long range target of setting a one world government. War is their main instrument for bringing governments and nations under their increasing control.

The bankers wanted to have their money and to keep governments in bondage of debt. While we are taught about the "British" policy of maintaining a balance of power on the continent we are never taught in standard textbooks as to who was behind the successful attempt to destroy a Franco-German patch up in the 1890s. The Dreyfus affair, in which a French military officer was falsely charged with spying for Germany, erupted suddenly in French Press, and led to a breakdown in the developing Franco-German cordiality. Although Dreyfus was later acquitted, the damage had been done. It turned out that the person responsible for planting false evidence against Dreyfus was in the pay of the Rothschild banking family - his name was Count Fedinand Walsin-Esterhazy. [12] With Germany and France divided the bankers could proceed with their plan.

In the USA the bankers set up tax-exempt Foundations. They retained control of the Foundations but managed passage of legislation whereby only the Congress could order any investigation of the tax-exempt Foundations. In the minutes of the a Carnegie Foundation meeting of 1908, which emerged to light after Congress ordered an investigation into the "un-American" activities of tax-exempt Foundations in 1953, it is clearly stated that in order to take US into the next war the State Department must be filled with the agents of the banking families - "our men" as recorded. Further in 1913 the bankers managed to have an Act passed that set up and handed over a central bank, the Federal Reserve, to these banking families. In 1908 there was no public or media talk of a great war but they were already getting ready to take US into this preplanned and manipulated war. The owners included the Rothschilds, Rockefeller, the Morgans, the Warburgs, etc. This meant that the money supply of the US could now be controlled by these families.

In the year 1913 a small group, that expanded formally into the Tavistock Institute by 1921, was entrusted with the task of moulding British public opinion in favour of war with Germany.[13] Money came from Lord Rothschild and the Rockefellers. The group included Toynbee, Walter Lippmann and Bernays , a nephew of Sigmund Freud. Later Lord Northcliffe, a relative of the Rothschilds, also provided funding. This seemingly impossible task was achieved through the technique of "consent engineering" or simply mass brainwashing. [14],[15] Consent Engineering has come to play an increasingly important role in the elite control of the USA, in particular during past 100 years or so.

We are taught that the murder of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria by a Serb led to the start of hostilities. The murderer and his accomplices were Freemasons but this is never revealed.[16] Author Charles Callan Tansill writes in his book America Goes To War: "Even before the actual clash of arms the French firm of Rothschild Freres cabled to Morgan and Company in New York suggesting the floatation of a loan of $100 million, a substantial part of which was to be left in the United States to pay for French purchases of American goods." The Morgans were also chosen as the sole agent for purchase of goods for Britain during the war. It is important to note that the Morgan banking family was built by the Rothschilds.[17] In fact George Peabody, the celibate owner of the original George Peabody and Co, used to host parties in London on behalf of Baron Rothschild from the 1830s onwards. Baron Rothschild paid the expenses for the parties secretly and could not afford to reveal his name as the real host because in those days the Jews were not accepted in upper class English circles. Peabody selected Junius Morgan, father of J .P. Morgan, as his young associate, and then, on retirement, passed on his business to Junius Morgan in 1864. The firm was then renamed as Junius S Morgan Company and continued the same front role in hosting parties for the Rothschilds as did George Peabody.

The Morgan family, an arm and ally of the Rothschilds, had backup plans with the Rothschilds to get US into the war, in case Germany appeared to be winning. According to Congressional records of 1917[18]: "In March 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests ... got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and the sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press...They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers."

The control of US media was bought to mould public opinion against Germany and in favour of American entry into the war. Had Germany won, the bankers would not have been able to recover their loans. Interestingly Woodrow Wilson was re-elected in 1916 on the slogan that he had kept, and would keep, US out of the war. This was a lie. He had, eight months before the election, authorized his handler Col. House to sign a secret agreement to take US into war on the Allied side. The text of this agreement was leaked after the war but the US public did not seem to react to this bombshell.

The entry of US in WWI was preplanned and totally manipulated by the bankers. They simply told Wilson to obey - a delegation was sent to him that told him that unless the US went to war the loans given by the Morgan bank to the British and French could not be recovered. In his small book War is a Racket, first published in 1935 and reprinted in 2003, Brig. Gen. Smedley D Butler writes: "An Allied Commission, it may be recalled, came over shortly before the war declaration and called on the President. The President summoned a group of advisers. The head of the commission spoke. Stripped f its diplomatic language, this is what he told the President and his group:[19]

There is no use kidding ourselves any longer. The cause of the allies is lost. We now owe you (American bankers, American munitions makers, American manufacturers, American speculators, American exporters) five or six billion dollars.

If we lose (and without the help of the United States we must lose) we, England, France and Italy, cannot pay back this money... and Germany won't.


Wilson, it must be remembered, was brought to power by the bankers. The story of how this was achieved is described in many places, for instance, in Eustace Mullin's book Secrets of the Federal Reserve - The London Connection. No American President, with the exception of JFK, has defied the bankers in the last 100 years. His fate will serve as a lesson for US Presidents for a long time to come. It is also important to note the observation of an anonymously written article The History of Money Part 3, posted at "The Germans borrowed money from the German Rothschilds, the British from the British Rothschilds bank, and the French from the French Rothschilds." So it should be quite clear as to whose message was conveyed by the Allied Commission to Wilson. The Rothschilds and Morgans and the Warburgs are all one well knit brotherhood and the real control lay with the Rothschilds.

In order to provoke public sentiment against Germany in USA, the infamous Lusitania affair was planned and enacted. Ammunition was loaded on a passenger ship Lusitania that was to sail to Europe. The Germans had announced that they will sink any ship carrying ammunition to its enemies. They got to know of the plan and the German Embassy in US sent an advertisement to 50 US papers advising civilians not to travel on Lusitania. Jim Marrs writes in his book Rule by Secrecy: "Of the fifty papers slated to carry this notice, only the Des Moines Register ran it on the date requested. The other papers pulled the ad because of intervention by the US State Department. Government officials cowed the editors by claiming that, due to possibility of libel suits, they should first obtain approval by State department lawyers."

The penetration of the banking families into the power fabric of nations can be gauged from the astonishing fact that during WWI German intelligence was headed by the banker Max Warburg, brother of a naturalized US citizen Paul Warburg. Paul Warburg authored the diabolical Federal Reserve scheme. The Warburgs were among the owners of the Federal Reserve. Both represented their respective "countries" in the "delegations" that met at the "peace" negotiations at Versailles after WWI in which Germany was ripped off completely. [20]

When Germany, short of food supplies in 1915, was willing to end the war the bankers wanted to prolong it. The bankers set up a Belgian Relief Commission which was a cover for supplying food to the German army. A British nurse Edith Cavell found out and wrote a letter that appeared in the Nursing Mirror on April 15, 1915pointing out that all supplies under "Belgian Relief" were being sent to Germany. Eustace Mullins writes in his book The Secrets of the Federal Reserve [21]: "William Wiseman, head of British Intelligence, and partner of Kuhn-Loeb[22] Company feared that the continuance of the war was at stake and secretly notified the Germans that Miss Cavell must be executed." She was arrested and charged with aiding prisoners to escape, and even though this crime carried a punishment of a three month imprisonment she was executed in accordance with the desire of the bankers. This helped prolong the war for another three years.

In his article "Bankers Extended WWW I by Three Years", Henry Makow Ph D points out that in order to prolong the war the bankers also ensured that Germany kept receiving supplies of much needed chemicals and minerals needed for armaments through "neutral" states such as Switzerland, Holland, Denmark, Belgium and Sweden. He cites from The Triumph of Unarmed Forces, published in 1923 by British Rear Admiral M. W.W. Consett, the British naval attaché in Scandinavia. These supplies, including the much needed glycerin for manufacturing explosives, reached Germany through the "neutral" states and kept the German army going. Consett believed that WWI would have ended by 1915 had the authorities stopped such "trade". He did not know that Cecil Rhodes, the Minister for blockade was working for the banking cabal through his membership of the Round Table.[23]

During WWI, instigated, fanned and prolonged by the bankers, over 66 million men of 21 countries went to the battlefield. There were over 37 million casualties, including 7 million dead. The international bankers made fabulous profits out of it. The Rothschild dictum reigns supreme in the evil world of international bankers: "Buy while the blood is still flowing in the streets." The banking families thrive on bloodshed and war and the greater the bloodshed the greater the monetary and political gains. A global dictatorship under their control, the NWO, is their goal.


[1] A much shorter version of this article appeared in Daily The Nation on Friday 13.4.2012. The web reference is The detailed version was completed during the early hours of April 17, 2012

[2] William Engdahl: A Century of War - Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order; p 54; Pluto Press 2004


[4] Dr. John Coleman: Diplomacy by Deception - An Account of the Treasonous Conduct of the Governments of Britain and the United States; Bridger House Publications 1993

[5] Deanna Spingola: The Ruling Elite - A Study in Imperialism, Genocide and Emancipation; Trafford Publishing, 2011; (on p 8 of her book she has cited this quote from Elbert Hubbard's book Little Journeys into the Homes of Great Businessmen published in 1909).

[6] In fact James P Warburg, son of Paul Warburg, the real author of the Federal Reserve Act, openly asserted in the US Senate on February 17, 1950: "We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent." Senate Report (Senate Foreign Relations Committee) (1950). Revision of the United Nations Charter: Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Foreign Relations, Eighty-First Congress. United States Government Printing Office. p. 494. The testimony is available at

[7] William Engdahl: A Century of War - Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order;
p 11; Pluto Press 2004

[8] Many authors have quoted Baron Nathan de Mayer Rothschild as having boasted: "I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the Empire on which the sun never sets. The man that controls Britain's money supply controls the British Empire, and I control the British money supply". See .e.g. Eustace Mullins: The Secrets of the Federal Reserve - The London Connection. First published in 1952, the 1991 edition has been published by Bridger House Publishers. The quote appears on p 59 of the 1991 edition.

[9] Even now the bankers do not have complete control of Germany's money supply. The German government floated 10 year bonds recently but failed to sell 35% of its offerings despite the fact that Germany has no debt to repay. It is speculated by writers that the international bankers and the US authorities were behind the manipulation of this failure (see Paul Craig Roberts: Bankers have seized Europe: Goldman Sachs Has Taken Over The resignation of the German President Christian Wulff on 16 February 2012 as a result of scandals that appeared in the media may well have been the tactic of bankers to send a message that anyone who resists them will not stay in power. Blackmail is an old tactic of international bankers.

[10] William Engdahl: A Century of War - Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order;
p 35; Pluto Press 2004

[11] Eustace Mullins: The Secrets of the Federal Reserve - The London Connection. First published in 1952, the 1991 edition having been published by Bridger House Publishers. The quote appears on p 82 of the 1991 edition.

[12] William Engdahl: A Century of War - Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order;
p 31; Pluto Press 2004

[13] Dr. John Coleman: The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations: Shaping the Moral, Spiritual, Cultural, Political and Economic Decline of the United States of America; Omni Publications 1999

[14] E.L. Bernays and Howard Walden Cutler: The Engineering of Consent, University of Oklahoma Press 1969

[15] E.L. Bernays In article titled The Engineering of Consent published in Annals of American Academy and available at Bernays admitted indirectly: "During World War I and the immediate postwar years a new profession developed in response to the demand for trained, skilled specialists to advise others on the technique of engineering public consent, a profession providing counsel on public relations." This confirms Dr. David Coleman's claim that a small team including Edward Bernays was hired by the bankers to mould British, and later US public opinion in favour of war against Germany.

[16] Jim Marrs writes in his book Rule by Secrecy: "According to a 1952 Masonic publication, Ferdinand's assassin, the Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princep, and others were Freemasons." Very few people know that the Freemasons have their own publication setup and books published by this setup are available only to Freemasons. I have personally seen several such books e.g. Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia by Henry Wilson Coil 33o, published by Macoy Publishing & Masonic Supply Company Incorporated, New York. It was edited by three individuals whose names appear as Dr. William Moseley Brown, 33o, Dr. William L. Cummings, 33o and Harold Van Buren Voorhis, 33o.

[17] For example one may see pages 48-54 of Eustace Mullins' book Secrets of the Federal Reserve, the London Connection Bridger House Publishers, 1991

[18] Cited by Jim Marrs in his book "Rule by Secrecy".

[19] Italics in original. Brigadier General Smedley G Butler War is Racket, Feral House 2003

[20] Benjamin H. Freedman, a Jewish American businessman, stated in a talk before an American audience (the talk An American Warns His Countrymen, can be located on and other websites): "That is where all the trouble started. The United States got in the war. The United States crushed Germany. You know what happened. When the war ended, and the Germans went to Paris for the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 there were 117 Jews there, as a delegation representing the Jews, headed by Bernard Baruch. I was there: I ought to know."

[21] P 72, 73

[22] The Kuhn- Loeb Co was owned by the Schiff family.

[23] The Round Table Group, known by various names as the Group, as the Society of the Elect, Chatham crowd, Milner's Kindergarten, etc. was a secret group set up in 1891 by three men - Cecil Rhodes (a close associate of Rothschild), William T Stead and R. B. Brett (later Lord Esher) a confidante of Queen Victoria, King Edward V and King George V. Alfred Milner was also included soon afterwards. Its objective was nothing short of setting up a global empire. It represented the interests of the banking cabal, disguised and sold as a global empire based on the English way of life!

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