Atlantis wrote:What happened in the third world were proxy wars that would have been sideshows to any war in Europe. The center of tension was the East/West divide in Europe. It didn't turn into a hot war because the consequences would have been too devastating for both sides.
The war in Europe never happened and if Germany were neutralized it would have been even less likely to happen in Europe.
I still see no reason that the rest of the Cold War: Cuba, Vietnam, Africa, and so on would not have happened because of a neutral Germany. These things had nothing to do with Germany or Europe.
Atlantis wrote:You remember the Morgenthau plan, which was to turn Germany into an agrarian nation? It was abandoned because the US wanted Germany's industrial strength to rebuild Europe. I think to keep Germany in the Western camp was of great importance to the US.
And the Morgenthau Plan did not happen, because you're right: the US, France, and Britain agreed a stronger Germany was a good idea.
But still, adding Germany's economy to the non-aligned movement probably would not be large. It was a pretty big thing and yet didn't matter in the whole cosmos of the Cold War.