Afghanistan—Guess Who’s Not Leaving?

Afghanistan—Guess Who’s Not Leaving?

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Germany has powerful strategic reasons for retaining a presence in Afghanistan.

Much publicity is being given to the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. As to the strength of commitment to and the true nature of the drawdown, we shall have to wait to see what U.S. plan will emerge in the wake of the recent U.S. presidential elections.

Yet we ought to remember that there are other nations that have also committed troops to Afghanistan out of strategic interests of their own. Take Germany, for instance, the third-largest contributor of troops to the Afghanistan war.

As our editor in chief explained in a recent Key of David television presentation, Germany has been busy for some time building an alliance with the less militant Arab states on Iran’s western flank. From the Mediterranean to the Gulf, an alliance is being cemented by Germany to counteract the further spread of its influence over key oil states.

Gerald Flurry explains this is powerfully prophetic, being the fulfillment of the alliance between Germany and certain Arab states that is prophesied in Psalm 83. The initial revelation of that prophecy is unique to him.

With this bastion of resistance to Iran’s westward spread of its influence in the region now consolidating, the other area that needs shoring up by those who seek to contain Iran’s hegemonic initiatives is its eastern flank. This is where the outcome of the Afghanistan war becomes crucial.

U.S. withdrawal from Iraq has left that benighted nation at the mercy of Iran. To all intents and purposes, Iraq is speedily becoming a vassal state to Iran. This leaves Afghanistan as the only outpost remaining between Iran’s eastward expansion and its linkage with Islamic states to its east and south. It is thus crucial for those nations dependent on Middle Eastern and Caucasus oil supplies to arrest Iran’s eastward expansionist goals at its eastern flank.

America’s progressive withdrawal from Afghanistan risks a repeat of the Iraqi episode, with that Eurasian nation falling under Iranian imperialist dominance.

Enter Germany.

Supplying the third-largest contingent of troops in the Afghan war, Germany has a most vital interest in restraining Iranian moves to secure vital oil supplies on which the EU nations are dependent in order to diversify supply away from the singular risky source of Russia. It is for this reason that we have consistently maintained that Germany cannot afford to leave Afghanistan in the wake of American drawdown.

A quick review of Germany’s strategic commitments in the region reveals that it has become increasingly situated to fill the gap created by U.S. withdrawal from this region. In fact, the militarily strategic deployment of the Bundeswehr to the Middle East and the Eurasian periphery is an indication of just how vital such deployment is to Germany’s imperialist goals.

Via its quiet engagement in encircling the oil golden triangle in the Middle East—the German Navy being deployed in the Mediterranean, thus securing Suez, and patrolling off the coast of Lebanon securing the Levant, the German military in Sudan, the navy off the Somalian and Yemeni coastlines securing the Persian Gulf, and the military active in Afghanistan—Germany is in a prime position to present itself in the role of an in-area peacekeeper in this hottest spot on the planet.

Germany also, via strategic deployment in these localities, retains a prime bargaining position for access to Mideast oil as an offset to dependence on Russia. At the same time, it maintains an actively deployed strategic readiness to secure future Middle East oil assets and guarantee safe passage to the black gold via Suez and the Adriatic Sea—the one protected by German naval deployment securing the Mediterranean, the other by virtue of an implicit alliance with Albania, one of Germany’s Balkan proxies.

Thirdly, and soon to be most important of all, Germany’s deployment in Afghanistan gives it a prime strategic location from which to press the inevitable attack on the one nation that threatens the overall stability of the Middle East and, through its terror-sponsoring activities, the rest of the world—Iran!

Germany’s ambivalence to any moral standard in the conduct of its activities in Afghanistan, let alone any other theater vital to its national interest, is readily shown in the strategy it has adopted in the Hindu Kush. In this situation, as in the Balkan Peninsula wars of the 1990s, it is not the moral argument so much as the strategic imperialist/military reason that dominates.

“To vanquish its enemy, Germany has regularly cooperated with forces, which were powerful enough to win wars, but whose social qualities are diametrically opposed to a humane development in the region targeted by German interventions. This had been the case in Afghanistan in the 1980s when, within the framework of the Western alliance, the Federal Republic of Germany helped support the Afghan Mujahedeen fighting pro-Soviet forces in Kabul and the Soviet Army. The consequences are well known. … A similar outcome can be expected from Berlin’s current cooperation with Afghan warlords to maintain control at the Hindu Kush …. This brutalization of social relations corresponds to the logic of warfare, in as much as, not the most humane, but the most barbaric forces are the more promising allies, who, in the long run, become the most influential forces shaping the future” (German-Foreign-Policy.com, November 1).

Keep watching for Germany to strengthen its encirclement of Iran, the biblical king of the south, and to close in on Jerusalem, surrounding it with armies (Luke 21:20). This is a most powerful sign of the imminence of Jesus Christ’s return!

Election Reflections

Election Reflections

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Amid all the commentary and analyses on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, one prophetic overtone escapes all the pundits.

The demographers have concluded that women, youth and voters of foreign birth were instrumental in swinging the vote toward the reelection of Barack Obama to the U.S. presidency. President Obama won 55 percent of women’s votes, 60 percent of voters aged between 18 and 24, and 71 percent of the Hispanic vote.

An end-time prophecy for the Anglo-Saxon nations came immediately to mind when I heard that analysis: Women and children shall rule over them (Isaiah 3:4, 12), and “The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low” (Deuteronomy 28:43).

America was a nation carved out by the courage, tenacity, inventiveness and sheer hard work of the Anglo-Saxon peoples. The heaviest ethnic component of this stalwart group of pioneers were the Manassites, an expansionary Israelite tribe (read The United States and Britain in Prophecy for proof of this).

The nation’s Founding Fathers authored a Constitution for the establishment of the nation based on biblical guidelines. The guiding force for its moral base was the book we call the Holy Bible. The language was that of mother England, the law modeled largely on British precedents based on British Crown Law.

The nation thus built became the greatest economic, industrial and military force in the world, bringing its might to bear on the victorious outcome to two great world wars against tyranny.

Sadly, America’s great economic success encouraged a culture of hedonism at home following World War ii which, over ensuing decades, succeeded in breaking apart the very foundational building block of any decent society—the nuclear family.

The result was that youthful rebellion against parents became entrenched in American society, the child being permitted disproportionate influence over the parents, and being kow-towed to by fashion, music and entertainment, their perverse likes and dislikes even having bearing on the forms of education offered them.

In tandem with the shock of the youth culture, feminism raised its ugly head. Women began to assert themselves over an increasingly weakened male population, depleted of much of its strength by two world wars.

Then came the later phenomenon of the immigration of incompatible ethnic groups into America.

Unlike earlier movements of Shemite migrants from Britain and Europe—groups prepared to integrate with the dominant Manassite population—the later migration of ethnic peoples, unwilling to speak the native tongue, be educated in the U.S. heritage, nor accept its religion and culture, began to dislocate the nation from its founding principles.

America ceased to exist as “one nation under God” in practice.

The upshot was that the once mighty U.S., lacking collective commitment to an overriding positive vision of its destiny, stopped winning its wars, increasingly withdrew from battle and ceased to even supply adequate and timely protection for its diplomatic forces in the field.

With its infrastructure fraying beyond fixing in the wake of increasing curses of storm, wind and fire, its commerce largely stolen by those who once were the beneficiaries of its economy, its financial base teetering on the brink of massive collapse, the U.S. is today a sad and increasingly sorry witness to the results of mass rebellion against the source of its once manifold blessings—the great Creator God.

Thus it is that the outcome of the elections for its national leader are now vested largely not in the hands of strong, masculine leadership, but rather decided by the feminized vote, the inexperience of youth and the self-interest of the stranger who dwells amid its gates.

The outcome is a continuing reinforcing of the phenomenon of degradation of national leadership, even as the prophecy loudly declares, “O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths” (Isaiah 3:12).

Study our booklet No Freedom Without Law for deeper insight into the reasons for the state of today’s society, and the solution to it.

Russia’s Stranglehold on European Energy

Russia’s Stranglehold on European Energy

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Meet Rosneft—Russia’s third-largest oil conglomerate that is about to buy out tnk-bp. This strategic move will not only propel Rosneft to the top of Russia’s oil industry, but it will also make both of the nation’s largest oil and gas companies state owned.

tnk-bp is currently co-owned by British oil firm BP and a Russian group of billionaire investors called aar. According to Marin Katusa of Casey Research, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s oil company Rosneft is about to purchase BP’s 50 percent stake in tnk-bp. The move will cost Rosneft approximately $27 billion in cash and stock. At the same time, Rosneft is trying to purchase the other 50 percent stake from aar, although this deal is yet to be finalized. In the end, according to Reuters, the deal as a whole will be worth $55 billion.

If the deal succeeds, it will be the largest purchase since Exxon bought out Mobil over a decade ago.

Even though the terms of the agreement dictate that BP will retain a 19.75 percent share in Rosneft, it is clear that Putin is seeking to nationalize Russia’s oil production through this acquisition. Rosneft is already Russia’s largest oil producer. With this merge, Putin will have even more influence over Europe’s energy needs. According to Katusa, “If Rosneft does buy tnk-bp, the state oil giant will pump almost half of the barrels of oil produced in Russia.”

Leaving a small percentage to BP will also allow Rosneft to maintain a choke hold on its oil supply to Europe. Europe’s reliance on Russia for oil and gas may prove to further the influence of Rosneft and Russia as a whole in the near future.

As of October 2012, Russia is the number one oil producer in the world, just ahead of Saudi Arabia. Russia currently supplies 34 percent of Europe’s gas needs through its other state-owned gas giant, Gazprom. With Putin at the helm of both Gazprom and Rosneft, it is easy to see how Russia could soon wield its power and withhold its supplies of oil and gas at will.

Watch for Putin to continue to work behind the scenes to build up his nation into an energy-rich superpower through the privatization of its major exports and industries.

To better understand the future role Russia will play on the world scene, read “The Key to Understanding Russia,” and request our free booklet Russia and China in Prophecy.

Petraeus Resigns as Questions Remain About Benghazi

It’s been two months since the terrorist attack in Benghazi and still many questions remain unanswered. The big news this weekend has been the sudden and shocking resignation of cia director David Petraeus because of marital infidelity. According to some reports, fbi agents are furious that the decision to remove General Petraeus was delayed until after the U.S. presidential election. Many others are also wondering why the resignation happened just one week before Petraeus was scheduled to testify before Congress about the Benghazi cover-up.

Election Day and the Timing of Hurricane Sandy

One of the most interesting things about Hurricane Sandy was the timing of the storm. After the hurricane hit, it was the president—not Mitt Romney—who made headlines, particularly after his response to the hurricane received high praise from a Republican governor. Romney lost to the president by about 3 million votes overall. And according to exit polls from the election, 42 percent of voters said the president’s response to the hurricane played an important role in their decision.

Can the New Coptic Pope Save Egypt’s Christians?

Can the New Coptic Pope Save Egypt’s Christians?

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As violence against Christians intensifies in Egypt, many Coptic Christians will start looking for a new type of Pope to protect them!

As the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood makes demands for Sharia law, the Coptic Christian community is growing fearful about its future. Already opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi are being crucified on trees and Christians are being denied permits to build new churches. It is in this environment that thousands of Copts met last Sunday to name a Pope charged with protecting the largest Christian community in the Middle East.

At an elaborate ceremony in Cairo’s St Mark’s Cathedral, a blindfolded boy pulled a ballot out of a crystal chalice revealing that Bishop Tawadros, 60, will now lead the flock of approximately 10 million Egyptian Coptic Christians.

A former pharmacist, Tawadros has a reputation for being open, organized and in favor of integrating Egypt’s Christian minority into public life. The Muslim Brotherhood dominated government, however, has already proposed a new constitution that would subject not only the Muslim majority but also non-Muslim minorities to Islamic law.

As such, Bishop Tawadros is set to have a much harder time guaranteeing the rights of Coptic Christians than his predecessor. The previous Coptic Pope, Shenouda III, who died last March, managed a delicate balancing act by strongly supporting former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in exchange for government protection. Now that the Muslim Brotherhood has come to power, however, many Egyptian Islamists are eager to break with the traditions of Mubarak and exclude Christians from having a role in the government.

According to the Financial Times, 26 Christian demonstrators were killed by army bullets or crushed to death by military vehicles last year when they protested against the destruction of a local church by Muslims extremists.

As such violence intensifies, many Egyptian Christians are bound to start looking to another type of Pope for protection. Just after Pope Shenouda died last March, Pope Benedict XVI of Rome offered up prayers for him and spoke warmly of the closeness he felt with the Coptic Church. The Roman Pontiff has also recently condemned attacks on unarmed Christians in Egypt and called on the new Egyptian government to do more to guarantee the rights of minorities.

The Prophet Isaiah wrote of time when a great, false church would wield supreme power, boasting that she will not know “the loss of children,” or daughter churches. This prophecy prompted Herbert W. Armstrong to state, with absolute certaintyand more than 40 years ago—that the Protestant churches would gravitate toward unification with mother Rome. For a further description of this prophecy, please read our June 2005 Trumpet article, Returning to the Fold.

As Islamist governments take root across the Middle East, the regions Christians will soon turn in mass, not to God, but to Rome and the European countries dominated by the Vatican!