Estonia Appreciates Fritz Kraemer's Iron Will and Inner Independence
The candlelight dinner at the event held by the World Security Network (WSN) in honor of Pentagon strategist Dr. Fritz Kraemer at the Telegraaf Hotel in the heart of Tallinn, capital of EU and NATO member state Estonia, was attended by a unique combination of people.
Among them were Estonia's figure of independence, and member of the European Parliament, Tunne Kelam, who serves on the WSN Advisory Board and his charming wife Mari-Ann, the Ambassador of Russia, Yury N. Merzlyakov, the German Ambassador, Christian Schlager, Ivi Anna Masso, as Advisor to the President, members of Parliament, Imre Sooäär and Margus Tshkna, a successful businessman, Hans Luik, as well as Thomas Schneider, a representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and a member of the WSN Advisory Board.
They were joined by Ambassador Umberto Vattani, now the President of Venice International University, and Prof. Anton Giulio de'Robertis, Vice President of the Italian Atlantic Treaty Association.
My fellow student Heilika Leinus and myself, as Editors of WSN Estonia, were honored to join the WSN dinner as representatives of the next generation, which is looking for the 'values of Europe', ideas from older generations and integrated, attractive perspectives, for the Estonia of the future.
MEP Tunne Kelam praised the new book of WSN President Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann, who contributed to an independent Estonia as Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Eesti Comitee in 1992: "The book, True Keeper of the Holy Flame. The Legacy of Pentagon Strategist and Mentor Dr. Fritz Kraemer, is a broad vision and source of information which is innovative and would be adaptable enough that one can apply it to the situations of 2013."
Dr. Hoffmann spoke about the background of his 25 year mentor, and Kraemer's world of moral values, which need to be emphasized in our times as well. He is promoting an innovative approach to foreign policy through World 3.0, as described in the last chapter of his book. It is a concept for social responsibility on a global scale to the people living in one global village.
The book emphasizes the necessity for an elite, so that the social public process will have effective impact. The book also points out that the current approach towards foreign policy needs more creativity, like Albert Einstein demanded ("Imagination is more important than knowledge"). There also needs to be integrated and balanced planning, flexible cost-control mechanisms and an individual spirit behind administrations, like the EU, as man is not always rational.
"Foreign policy is an art. The colors for the painting available are given us by the needs of the local population, their feelings and wishes as well," argues Hubertus Hoffmann. Therefore deep perspectives for an integrated global and politico-psychological picture are needed. Military commanders should consider the psychology of the observed nations, as was proclaimed by Fritz Kraemer in a speech at the Pentagon in 1948. The departments are pure machines which must be animated by engaged men. Foreign affairs needs a soul as well, he demanded; this is something Estonians understand very well, who by a "Singing Revolution" cracked the iron fist of a brutal and inhumane dictatorship. Therefore Estonia appreciated Fritz Kraemer's iron will and inner independence as a fighter of freedom in the Pentagon.