MEET THE MAN WHO REALLY CAUSED WORLD WAR II
FRANCO, MUSSOLINI & HITLER 1936 MILITARY COUP in SPAIN was the FIRST BATTLE OF WWII.
A SINGLE Texas OIL MAN Torkild Rieber , CEO OF TEXACO, supported the three European tyrants who would shortly start WWII, HITLER, MUSSOLINI & FRANCO, sending the FASCISTS ALL THE OIL THEY NEEDED TO GRAB SPAIN. His assistance to FRANCO, MUSSOLINI AND HITLER not only killed 750 of the 2800 American volunteers who'd gone to SPAIN to put Franco's military Coup down, but this single ugly man caused a million Spaniards to die in that conflict. Franco's coup against a legitimate, democratic government formed in 1931 would have been SMASHED in a week had FRANCO NOT been able to bathe in AMERICAN OIL which poured out of Texas arriving in huge Atlantic ocean-crossing tankers. Thanks to RIEBER, the Spanish CIVIL WAR was WON by the fascists, Mussolini, Franco and HITLER, which opened the door for them to kill sixty million more to die in WWII 1939-1945.
If TEXACO OIL'S CEO/ CHAIRMAN HAD NOT BROKEN THE LAWS of NEUTRALITY and SENT OIL to the fascists, ---Franco, Hitler and Mussolini would have lost in SPAIN and they'd never have ATTEMPTED a second, bigger LAND GRAB in WWII.
TEXACO CEO RIEBER, (without telling his Board, at the cost of his corporation's revenues and never letting the Stockholders know, not telling FDR, not even telling his TANKER CAPTAINS until they opened secret orders out at sea that the OIL was to go to Spain, ONE MAN made one decision that CREATED not only WWII but THE GUERNICA HORROR of mass, Civilian genocide by Hitler's bombers, in Catalonia SPAIN.
TORKILD RIEBER was able to bomb any oil going to the legitimate Spanish government as he also ran his own CIA. He USED his THOUSANDS OF OFFICE employees and contacts in SEAPORTS ACROSS EUROPE to secure INTELLIGENCE on SPAIN'S populist Republic government. He'd find out WHO WAS SENDING THE government OIL, when and where their tanker was in the ocean, and HE WOULD PERSONALLY INFORM FRANCO, HITLER & MUSSOLINI so that these DICTATORS COULD STOP THOSE SHIPMENTS... bombing them from the air or with U-2 submarines.
2800 AMERICANS fought Franco coup and 750 of them died thanks to this one man.
THOSE PATRIOTIC AMERICANS and the people of Spain WOULD HAVE TURNED THE TIDE and KEPT the legitimate populist, democratic government alive --(the Republic of SPAIN.) They would have FOILED THE FASCISTS! WOULDA COULDA SHOULDA
Orwell and Hemingway were on the ground there & would have convinced Britain and FDR to take a position, abandon their neutrality. FRANCO WOULD HAVE BEEN BEAT TO SHIT and HUNG by his nuts, HITLER AND MUSSOLINI WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GO ON to "GIVE US" WWII with its horrific death tally of SIXTY MILLION.
LESSON FOR TODAY? YOU CANNOT LET a single FASCIST SPORE START anywhere, on a Corporate board, on a newspaper, in a candidate or in office like Chamberlain did in ENGLAND letting HITLER freely invade Czechs and Poles. And you need to NOSE AROUND to find that ONE MAN who has done that ONE THING....that causes a WORLD WAR. The right whistle blower woulda stopped TORVALD.
Stay sharp, activist. You will be lucky if you can identify a FUTURE FASCIST from his WAR RANTS. This TEXACO CEO would have challenged even the most astute scene-follower as he was silent and deadly, a powerful enemy of democracy working behind the scenes to destroy Spain by sending the head of the coup all the oil he needed. NOT JUST TO MAKE MONEY. BUT BECAUSE HE LOVED TYRANTS WHO COULD ENSLAVE THEIR OWN WORKERS AND SELL SLAVES, FACTORY, LAWS, COPS BACK TO THE FUNDER.
JOURNALIST, HISTORIAN ADAM HOCHSCHILD, founder of MOTHER JONES, just wrote "SPAIN IN OUR HEARTS" and Brian Lamb interviewed him for an hour which you can view on CSPAN's BOOK CHANNEL. The TV INTERVIEW IMPRESSES GREATLY and will help you to permanently recognize FASCISM. Also READ HOMAGE TO CATALONIA by GEORGE ORWELL, first person narration of what HE SAW, free online. Just click a LINE UP, "HOMAGE" Hemingway's FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS was set there. Read it.
GOOGLE many titles using search term: Spanish + "civil war" + titles.
These titles will HELP YOU train savvy, young democrats, liberals, progressives and future activists to NOT MAKE the same, big mistake --- BACKING THE WRONG regime. Letting FASCISTS go UNFICHED in CORPORATIVE AMERICA.
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