Ode of Broken Promises

Ode of Broken Promises

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A generation fades from the scene, and the English-speaking nations repeat the mistakes of the past—in a nuclear age!

Does this mostly forgotten verse evoke any memories? They went with songs to the battle, they were young. Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

There was a time when most English-speaking people, especially in the British Commonwealth, would recognize this in a heartbeat. But today, few do; even fewer people are aware of the outpouring of national emotion that accompanied the poem’s first publication in September 1914—as tens of thousands of Allied soldiers died defending Paris during the Battle of the Marne.

In, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada and other parts of the Commonwealth, the poem is read on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month each year. Oftentimes, “lest we forget” is added to the last verse, followed by repeating “we will remember them.” Throughout the Commonwealth, November 11 is known as Remembrance Day. In the United States, November 11 is called Veterans Day.

The poem “Ode of Remembrance” was used to commemorate the first “war to end all wars.” Then came the second, greater war. It is still read today in many national ceremonies, but its oft-unrecognized prose is testament to the fact that we as a people are forgetting again.

On Feb. 4, 2012, Florence Green, Great Britain’s last soldier witness to that great and unnecessary war, died. He was 110. Australia’s last World War i veteran died in 2009. Canada’s in 2010. New Zealand’s last survivor died in 2005. South Africa’s have all died. The United States’ last soldier, Frank Woodruff Buckles, died last year at 108.

Of the 65 million who fought, all now are dead. That whole generation has almost completely vanished. Only memories are left—or are they?

Those of the World War ii generation are fast disappearing too.

Three years ago, Charles Donald Albury, copilot of the plane that ended World War ii by dropping the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, died. He was 88. The pilot, Maj. Charles Sweeney, died in 2004. Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr., commander and pilot of the Enola Gay, died in 2007, his copilot in 1983. Those who knew why we dropped the bomb are also fading from the scene.

Time has now taken more witnesses than the bullets and bombs. Who in the Anglo-American nations now gives testament to the horror of war and the evil that mankind are capable of inflicting on each other? Who is left to tell of the many acts of providence—small and large—that protected and sustained our nations during that time of great need? Who will stand down politically correct revisionists and radical historians who are mutilating our national sense of history and identity?

And who, then, will there be to stand to remind us that evil must always be confronted?

On April 5 of 2009, President Barack Obama essentially apologized to Japan for using atomic bombs. The Wall Street Journal said that Obama’s Prague speech came “close to a mea culpa for America’s use of atomic bombs against Japan.” Yes, it was terrible that 200,000 Japanese died from the explosion and subsequent radiation exposure. But Mr. Obama evidently doesn’t know that at the time the bombs were dropped, the U.S. Army was preparing for 500,000 U.S. casualties in a land invasion that would have cost literally millions of lives, including Japanese soldiers and Japanese civilians, many of whom were prepared to fight to the death.

Mr. Obama has evidently forgotten the Bataan death march, the rape of Nanking, and the Japanese death camps.

Mr. Albury knew why the bomb was dropped. And he pulled no punches. In 1982, he told the Miami Herald that he deplored war, but he would readily do what he did again. He said dropping the bomb prevented what was certain to be a vastly greater loss of life—on both sides—in an Allied invasion of Japan.

But Japan isn’t the only World War ii theater to grow foggy in the mists of time. Exactly two months later, the highest office-holder in the U.S. visited Dresden, Germany, on June 5. By visiting the city of Dresden immediately after making a pilgrimage to the Buchenwald concentration camp, President Obama essentially apologized to Germany for America’s supposed sins during the war.

Dresden was the German manufacturing center that Allied bombers leveled during World War ii. Today the bombing is a rallying point for neo-Nazis and revisionist historians who claim that the U.S. and Britain should be prosecuted for war crimes for unnecessary deaths that occurred there.

By choosing to visit Dresden—of all German cities—on the same day as he visited the starvation stockades where tens of thousands of people were systematically exterminated, Mr. Obama specifically equated two entirely disparate events as if they were somehow on the same level. The Wall Street Journal called the visit “an unfortunate gesture” that suggested a “sort of moral equivalence between industrialized genocide and the bombings of German cities—bombings, remember, that were designed to bring an end to the genocidal regime” (emphasis added). In truth, America and Britain bombing an industrial center in time of war and Germany ethnically “cleansing” a defenseless population have nothing in common.

A big reason these presidential apologies are so dangerous is that they destroy the rationale necessary to condemn what these nations have done in the past, and it limits our ability to warn them about repeating those things again in the future.

Sadly, historical ignorance is reflected at the highest levels.

Three years ago on June 6, the leaders of France, Canada, the UK and the U.S. descended on Normandy to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Hitler’s Europe. Gordon Brown, Stephen Harper, Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama were not even born during World War ii, yet somehow they were the stars of the show. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth ii, the one head of state who was actually a survivor and veteran of World War ii, was not even invited! What does that say about our leaders today? (Read Brad Macdonald’s column “Britain’s Forgotten Veteran” for the full significance of this event.)

Back in the States, the National D-Day Memorial, located in Bedford, Virginia, is on the brink of financial ruin. Not enough visitors go there, and administrators do not have enough money to keep it up. America doesn’t even have a national World War i monument.

But who cares about history these days? Little value is placed upon teaching it to our children. A whopping 71 percent of high school and university students failed a recent general test of history and political and economic institutions conducted by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. College graduates scored an average of 57 percent.

The English-speaking people’s disregard for history will come back to bite them—just like it always has.

In ancient Israel, God warned the people to not forget their history (Deuteronomy 4:9), but they did—with disastrous consequences. The record of history was to be a continuous reminder of their heritage, that God was the source of all their national blessings. That God was their provider and protector. And that God was to be their leader. Thus, armed with the knowledge of their history, and stirred with the vision of prophecy as outlined by the prophets, Israel could have been perpetually secure in the knowledge of where it fit into unfolding events over time.

But ancient Israel did not remember the past, and consequently could not foresee the future. Once the elders died, the people of Israel would forget their history and turn away from God and to the traditions of the peoples around them. Consequently, God would remove His blessings and send the nation into captivity until its people cried out to Him in repentance.

Herein lies the great lesson we must draw from the example of ancient Israel. If we neglect our history and turn from God, then we will never prosper.

As in the days of ancient Israel, war will result. The American empire, like its aging veterans, is losing its strength fast. Britain is already a third-rate power. Other nations are rising. New powers are on the scene and are increasingly asserting their power. Nuclear proliferation is rampant.

The English-speaking peoples have forgotten their history. We are forgetting the reason so many soldiers gave their lives. But more importantly, we are forgetting why those soldiers were forced to give their lives in the first place. We have forgotten where our blessings came from. And we have forgotten who really saved us during World Wars i and ii. “Ode to Remembrance” is but a broken promise.

History—and biblical prophecy—says world war is coming again. The difference this time is that it will be nuclear.

New Archbishop of Canterbury: The Man to Bring Anglicans to Rome?

New Archbishop of Canterbury: The Man to Bring Anglicans to Rome?

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The bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, will be the next archbishop of Canterbury, it was announced November 9. The archbishop has strong links with the Catholic Church, and as leader of the Anglican Communion, he could bring that church closer to Rome.

All Church of England clergy have a spiritual director. But Welby’s director is Catholic. A person will usually stick with the same spiritual director for years, meaning Welby’s religious thinking will have been heavily shaped by the Catholic Church.

During his press conference after the announcement of his appointment, Welby singled out the Catholic Church, mentioning no other groups. “Learning from other traditions than the one into which I came as a Christian has led me into the riches of Benedictine and Ignatian spirituality, the treasures of contemplative prayer and adoration, and confronted me with the rich and challenging social teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.”

Welby said the greatest influence over his moral thinking was Rerum Novarum—a letter by Pope Leo xiii.

Underscoring the close ties already in place between the Church of England and the Church of Rome, the announcement of Welby’s appointment was delayed so both the Queen and the pope could be notified.

The two churches have already come much closer under Archbishop Rowan Williams. Last month, he was the first archbishop of Canterbury to address a synod of Catholic bishops.

But Welby isn’t completely Rome’s man. He supports the ordination of women bishops and is reexamining his thinking on homosexuality.

The Trumpet has long forecast that Rome would woo back her protesting daughters. But, as editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in 2007, “biblical prophecy indicates that full unity will not be achieved purely voluntarily. At a certain point, the mother church will abandon its efforts to woo her daughters back by flatteries and instead revert to the age-old method of preserving ‘Christian’ unity by exerting physical force.”

Whether Welby’s strong links to the Catholic Church will mean that the bulk of the Anglican Church is returned to Rome peacefully, or if Rome will need to apply force, remains to be seen. But eventually the Anglican Church will be returned to Rome.

Israel Under Fire From Gaza and Syria

Is it a worrying preview of much more to come?

Tensions along Israel’s borders are running high. Hamas has fired more than 140 rockets from Gaza into southern Israel over the weekend, and on Saturday four Israeli soldiers were injured after militants from Gaza hit their patrol jeep with an anti-tank missile. Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “The world must understand that Israel will not sit idly in the face of attempts to attack us …. We are prepared to intensify the response.”

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.

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