Mali—Excuse to Boost German Military Strength

Mali—Excuse to Boost German Military Strength

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Using participation in the Mali fracas as the reason, German military elites push for a stronger defense force—and more.

There are no surprises here.

The increasing deployment of the Bundeswehr in foreign theaters of conflict was always going to inevitably lead to an expansion of Germany’s military forces. Now the German High Command is calling for just such an initiative from the government.

Germany’s return from abject defeat and complete removal of all military power following World War ii, to its current position of a world power possessing significant military clout, has been very carefully managed—managed in a manner so as not to stir memories of the nation’s traditional militancy and its past effects on the world.

The careful diplomacy that has accompanied the regeneration of German militancy has taken place over decades. This has been done with the full endorsement and encouragement of the Allied powers that defeated that nation 70 years ago and vowed that they would never let it ever pose a threat to humankind again.

The Balkan wars of the 1990s, stimulated by Germany and Rome bilaterally recognizing Croatia and Slovenia as sovereign nations separate from greater Yugoslavia, opened up Germany’s gateway to the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa. This is the region where German troops have increasingly deployed over the past 12 years. It is so consistent with the prediction of end-time prophecy that a northern power would stretch its imperial focus and presence south and east and eventually into Jerusalem (Daniel 8:9).

The turmoil in northern Africa is spurring German elites on in their urgent efforts to expand their nation’s military power.

The latest catalyst is Mali. “After the start of the German mission in the war in Mali, prominent politicians from the government parties and opposition demand the enhancement of German military activities” (German-Foreign-Policy.com, January 21; translation ours throughout).

Norbert Lammert, president of the Bundestag, has stated that the deployment of German transport planes to aid in the French mission in Mali could be at best “a first demonstrative signal” of a stronger military presence to be yet offered by Germany. Both the opposition Social Democratic Party and the Greens have also stated that the federal government must do “significantly more.”

Noting that observers warn that France, with regard to its handling of the war, possibly got caught “in a conflict that is a size too big” for them, Germany-Foreign-Policy.com says that Berlin is trying to use the war to strengthen its own influence in the West African countries dominated by France (ibid).

The public statements by both government representatives and opposition members are entirely consistent with a recent report by German-Foreign-Policy.com indicating that “the Bundeswehr has recently focused the orientation of its history and social scientific research on the immediate needs of warfare” (January 18).

German-Foreign-Policy.com cites that “the most recent expression of this development is the fusion of the Military Historical Research Office (mgfa) with the Social Scientific Institute of German Armed Forces (SoWi) and the furnishing of the new body with a specific ‘Departmental Mission’” (ibid). The body will be called the “Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr” (ZMSBw).

Of the deepest concern is the declared mission of this body, in reality a top-brass German military intelligence unit. Its stated mission is to “occupy itself with the transformation of the German Army into a global acting intervention and occupying force and develop strategies for combat in zones where rebel action is extant. It will—as part of the espionage and propaganda apparatus of the armed forces—evaluate ‘missions and war experience’ with regard to future force operations” (ibid).

But the ZMSBw has also an additional vital propaganda role.

It is tasked with a brief to build a bridge and perform a mediating function between science, the armed forces and the public. The stated reason for this is that “the social conflict on ‘war and battle’ in Germany, after and before the National Socialist [Nazi] history stamped a ‘reflex-like fear of a militarization in German politics’” (ibid). The time has come, in the eyes of German elites, to change that public mindset.

Following decades of using the European Union as a cloak to hide their imperialist ambitions, German elites are now activating the apparatus that—using the North African conflicts as the excuse—will not only expand their military role in combat. They are ready to fine tune the public mind to the need to support Germany to once again demonstrate its military prowess.

For the third time in a century, we are observing the rise of German militarism. That the results, third time around, will be even more horrific than the previous two occasions, must be taken as a given.

That we will need an even greater vision of hope than we had amid the past two global conflicts to emerge sane and sound from its effects ought to be obvious to any student of history and especially of Bible prophecy for our times.

There is such a vision available to you which will carry you through every diversity, if only you will yield your life to your Maker, in complete submission to Him in every aspect of your life. We call it the key of David vision. It’s freely available to you in booklet form under that title. Why not accept the challenge and read it for yourself?

In a very short period of time this world will be crying out for such a vision. What is happening in Germany today is a giant harbinger of that.

Italy’s Deadly Mussolini Myth

Italy’s Deadly Mussolini Myth

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Mussolini’s popularity in Italy gives a powerful warning about the future of Europe.

Imagine if Hitler made a comeback in Germany. His merchandise started flying off the shelves. His birthplace in Braunau am Inn suddenly became a top tourist destination. A senior businessman declared that a major airport should be renamed “Hitler Airport.”

The world would be outraged, and perhaps even fearful.

But something similar is going on in Italy.

Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini never disappeared the way Hitler did. Hitler became the symbol of evil while Mussolini somehow escaped the same treatment. Praising Hitler is rightly anathema, but loving Mussolini is mainstream in Italy. And it’s growing.

Mussolini calendars appear every new year. A businessman proposed renaming Forli Airport “Mussolini Airport.” A headmaster tried to hang his portrait in his school. Predappio—Mussolini’s place of birth and burial—is a popular tourist destination. Hundreds of thousands visit Predappio every year, where they can buy all kinds of merchandise bearing Mussolini’s picture.

What’s more worrying is that Mussolini’s fan base is growing.

Demand for the Mussolini calendars is on the increase. “We are selling more than we did 10 years ago,” the head of a printer in Rome, Renato Circi, told the Guardian. “I didn’t think it was still a phenomenon, but young people are now buying them too.”

Last year, a town south of Rome unveiled a €127,000 memorial to one of Mussolini’s chief generals—Field Marshal Rodolfo Graziani. A memorial to Hermann Göring or Heinrich Himmler would have generated outrage across the world, and in Germany. But the response to Graziani? “Widespread indifference,” according to the Guardian. The Vatican sent a representative to the opening ceremony.

As this incident demonstrates, Mussolini’s fans come from all walks of life. Most of them “do not vote for far-right parties,” wrote Spiegel Online. “They check the box for Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom Party (PdL), for the Christian Democrats or center-left parties.”

That thousands of mainstream Italians revere the memory of this dictator should be deeply worrying. While these people would rightly oppose a new Hitler, this implies they would be open to the rise of a “good” dictator—a new Mussolini, as they would see it.

Italy has tragically failed to learn the history of World War ii.Spiegel writes, “The most successful of the Mussolini souvenir sellers … puts it this way: ‘Hitler was a criminal, but Mussolini was a man of honor.’”

Hitler souvenirs are available alongside some of the Mussolini ones. But the Italians don’t buy them. They don’t like Hitler. But Mussolini was different—they think.

“The general Italian public knows relatively little about this chapter of Italian history, trading mostly in myths and half-truths,” writes Spiegel.

Italy has long covered up its history—with the help of Britain and America. In Germany, ex-Nazis got off lightly as the Allies tried to build Germany up as an enemy to Russia. In Italy it was even worse. The Allies were worried that Italy would fall to communism, and so did almost nothing to punish those who worked under Mussolini. The war crimes were swept under the carpet.

The Vatican, which worked closely with Mussolini, was also keen to have this history forgotten.

“Of more than 1,200 Italians sought for war crimes in Africa and the Balkans, not one has faced justice,” wrote Rory Carroll in the Guardian over a decade ago. “Webs of denial spun by the state, academe and the media have reinvented Italy as a victim, gulling the rest of the world into acclaiming the Good Italian long before Captain Corelli strummed a mandolin.”

“In reality Benito Mussolini’s invading soldiers murdered many thousands of civilians, bombed the Red Cross, dropped poison gas, starved infants in concentration camps and tried to annihilate cultures deemed inferior,” he continued.

But Carroll had hope. Thanks to the work of a few good historians, “a tentative reappraisal may be under way,” he wrote. He was wrong about that. Ten years on, the Mussolini myth is as strong as ever.

This myth is not harmless nostalgia. Europe is in the early stages of a revolution. Unemployment in several countries has reached levels that threaten the stability of the state. Neo-Nazis are rising in Greece.

A new Mussolini, who can put people back to work, make the trains run on time and restore Europe’s prestige, is becoming an increasingly attractive proposition. An “honorable” dictator would seem the perfect solution to many.

Far-right parties aren’t on the point of being voted into office. But Mussolini’s fans don’t necessarily vote far right. This kind of dictator would appeal even to the mainstream.

It is often said that those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Italy hasn’t learned the lessons from its last disastrous dalliance with a dictator. It will be tempted to try it again.

The Trumpet has long warned of a coming strongman in Europe. But he won’t be a new Hitler. “The next political leader will be much more suave and sophisticated than Hitler was,” wrote Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in his booklet Daniel Unlocks Revelation. “Otherwise other nations would not be so easily deceived—even those that are members of the EU.”

Europe’s danger is not a new Hitler, but a new Mussolini. Not Mussolini as he really was, but as he has been idealized and idolized. A man thought of as honorable, endorsed by the pope, requesting more powers so he can fix Europe’s unemployment and fight terror, could receive widespread support.

Mussolini’s popularity proves there is plenty of room for a new “suave and sophisticated” dictator in Europe. For more information on this danger, see our article “A Deadly Secret Plot Has Been Uncovered.”

Is This What Victory Feels Like?

Is This What Victory Feels Like?

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More blood being spilled in Afghanistan after 11 years of conflict.

Explosions and shots echoed through the streets of Kabul on January 21 as terrorists attacked the headquarters of the city traffic police. The attack follows on the heels of a terrorist attack against a government office in the Afghan capital.

The most recent attack came when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the gate of the traffic police compound. In the confusion that followed, more terrorists stormed the facility. They were armed with machine guns and more explosives. The Wall Street Journal cites a police official saying that at least 11 people have been injured and one killed so far in the ongoing violence.

The guards for the city traffic police facility were unarmed, making them a prime target for the Taliban. The facility also looked down on a number of other government facilities. From there, the Taliban forces fired on soldiers arriving at the scene.

This violence is going on in the middle of the capital city of a nation that has been supported by the world’s lone superpower for over a decade. Despite billions of dollars, and thousands of lives lost, the fighting continues.

The nato combat mission in Afghanistan officially ends in 2014, and security will be given over completely to the local authorities. But the war is by no means over. If conditions continue as they are, the national security forces of Afghanistan will be facing a strong and determined foe in the Taliban, and will not have nato forces to back them up.

The latest attack further demonstrates that the Taliban is growing in power. The armies of the United States have failed to destroy the will and power of the rebel forces in Afghanistan, which have repeatedly shown that they are capable of carrying out terrorist attacks within the most heavily guarded parts of the country. In contrast, the Taliban forces highlight the broken will of nato, which is incapable of stopping the increasingly aggressive rebels.

Read about what’s ahead for Afghanistan in “Afghanistan—Endgame?” and order your free copy of History and Prophecy of the Middle East for more.

Opportunity Rover Still Looking for Answers

Opportunity Rover Still Looking for Answers

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After nine years, NASA rover Opportunity is still scouring the surface of Mars.

It has been a long tour of duty for the small, oddly shaped buggy named Opportunity. For nine years it has trundled across the surface of Mars. It has diligently photographed, filmed, drilled, dug, sampled and sifted its way through a number of craters on the red planet. But so far, it has failed to answer some of science’s most crucial questions. Is there life on Mars? Has there ever been life there? Is the planet capable of sustaining life?

Opportunity touched down on Jan. 24, 2004, in Eagle Crater. There it began its study of the planet. It was not entirely alone in the mission. Another rover was sent with it. This one was named Spirit. Both were sent to work for three months. During 2010, Spirit bogged down in Martian sand and from that time on, Opportunity worked alone on the planet.

When Opportunity landed, it was quick to make important discoveries. It came across minerals that only form in the presence of water. This was seen as a sign that Mars was once far warmer and wetter than the cold desert we see today.

Then in 2011, nasa sent Curiosity. Equipped with even more gizmos, Curiosity is set to shed more light on the planet that has remained cloaked in mystery for so long. Curiosity landed five months ago and has already set to work sampling the soil and rock of the planet surface.

Such discoveries don’t come cheaply. Opportunity and Spirit cost around $1 billion to build and operate. Curiosity cost more than $2.5 billion. Such is the price scientists are willing to pay to try to understand Mars, and answer the age-old question, “Are we alone in the universe?” Despite toiling for 10 years, Opportunity has not overturned a single rock that could answer this question. Curiosity has failed on that score too.

My Oxford wide-margin King James Bible set me back about $170. It was money well spent. That means scientists could have saved taxpayers almost $3.5 billion—if they would just read and believe what God reveals in the Bible.

As scientists explore planets to find the answers, they ignore the fact that God reveals all these mysteries. With the aid of our Creator and His revelation, we can understand the purpose of the vast and expanding universe; why it was created; mankind’s destiny in space; and why, outside of Earth, it is currently void of life. If you wish to know the answers to life’s most important questions, without paying $3.5 billion, request a free copy of Mystery of the Ages today! It will make your Bible come alive.

Fatah and Hamas Set to Reconcile

Fatah and Hamas Set to Reconcile

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Is a ‘Hamastan’ government about to be formed?

Delegations from Hamas and Fatah met in Cairo to discuss forming a unity government on January 17. The meeting saw the implementation of agreements signed between the two parties that set a timetable for Palestinian unity. They expressed a wish to have the unity government idea revived by the end of January. The groundwork was laid for reconciliation back in 2011, but negotiations broke down.

There has been friction between the two parties ever since Hamas ousted the ruling Fatah faction from Gaza in 2007. As the dust from the fighting began to settle, Hamas was throwing Fatah members off rooftops, and Fatah was carrying out reprisals in the West Bank. So when talks of unity between the two factions began, much of the world reacted with doubt.

However, since 2007, things have changed. On November 29 last year, the Palestinian Authority managed to secure its “observer status” in its ongoing quest for statehood. The end of 2012 also saw international sympathy for Gaza spike dramatically during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense.

Now the conditions for an alliance appear to be in place. Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah leader and Palestinian National Authority president, may hope to glean some of that international sympathy in forming a transitional government with Hamas. And since Hamas has been significantly crippled by the Israeli strikes on its government and military infrastructure, an alliance with the Palestinian Authority would bolster its ailing government. A shared hatred of Israel also lends itself to the formation of a unified government.

During the Cairo talks, there were agreements made to discuss the release of prisoners, resume registering voters in Gaza, and stop attacking one another through the media. These are all significant first steps in mending the relationship between the divided factions.

If Hamas and Fatah resolve their differences, Israel will feel the Islamic noose around its neck tighten. This threat is something Israel can’t afford to ignore. Whether a Palestinian unity government forms in the immediate future or not, the unifying of the two factions is one more step toward the fall of East Jerusalem to the Palestinians. To understand this impending conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, read Jerusalem in Prophecy.

Europe—Defining How the World Works

Europe—Defining How the World Works

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Of all the key regions of the world, it is Europe that is set to dominate the developing global order in 2013.

“Taken as a single geographic entity, Europe has the largest economy in the world. Should it choose to do so, it could become a military rival to the United States. Europe is one of the pillars of the global system, and what happens to Europe is going to define how the world works. I would argue that in 2013 we will begin to get clarity on the future of Europe.”

So states George Friedman, ceo of respected think tank Stratfor (January 3).

The tendency for Bible prophecy for our times to be so rapidly coming to fulfillment, daily, at present, would seem to support Dr. Friedman’s contention “that in 2013 we will begin to get clarity on the future of Europe.”

Three elections will be held in nations that play a key role in end-time prophecy this year—Israel on January 22, Italy in February and Germany in September. The leaders elected will find themselves enmeshed in the rapid-fire consummation of many of the Bible prophecies for our time, each of these nation’s political machinations impacting the other. The key political role influencing the geopolitics of each of the others will be played by Germany.

Israeli elections will see that country’s leader elected for a four-year term, though given the volatility of Israeli politics few prime ministers hold the job for that term before another election is forced upon them.

It would seem that incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to win the January 22 vote. Thus we should expect little change in the foreign-policy direction of this nation in the immediate term. The result will be continuing strain with the American administration and an increased tendency to look to Europe for the support traditionally given to this benighted nation by the United States. This will particularly be the case as EU foreign policy (read Germany) centers on the Middle East and North Africa in 2013.

Elections for an Italian prime minister will be held in February. Already the pope has endorsed Jesuit-educated technocrat Mario Monti as his choice. If Monti succeeds, look for a strengthened alliance between him, central banker Mario Draghi and EU President Herman Van Rompuy in relation to the endorsement of further centralization of the EU economies at the expense of the loss of the national sovereignty of eurozone nations.

In September, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s sputtering political career as Germany’s chancellor shall probably end at the German federal elections. With the mood turning ugly both within Germany and in Europe about the current nature of the German psyche, the time is rapidly developing for the rise of a populist leader in that nation (Spiegel, Dec. 13, 2012).

Of all three of the vital national elections being held this year, it is the German election which has the most potential to impact international relations over the next few years. This is especially the case as German and Italian politics will tend to merge in supporting the vision of Europe’s imperialist elites under increasing influence from Rome.

Put this together with George Friedman’s claim that Europe could—should it choose to do so—as “the largest economy in the world,” become also “a military rival to the United States,” and it becomes a worrisome prospect that with Europe “as one of the pillars of the global system,” it will be in a powerful position, given the right leadership, “to define how the world works” (op. cit.).

All those statements are in direct alignment with Bible prophecy for our times!

For over 70 years we have trumpeted—first under Herbert Armstrong, and latterly under our current editor in chief, Gerald Flurry—the rise of a powerful European combine, under the leadership of Rome and Berlin, which would dominate the globe economically, financially, commercially and militarily. This is in exact accordance with the prophecies for our time as revealed in Revelation 13 and 17, and Daniel 8 and 11.

The fact that one of the brightest geopolitical minds on the scene today recognizes much of this potential is worthy of taking note. What is so much to the point in considering the direction of Europe from here on is the statement by Friedman that “If, however, Europe does emerge with a plan that has general support and momentum behind it, then we might say that Europe is beginning to emerge from its crisis, and that, in turn, would be the single most important thing that happens in 2013” (ibid).

Yet it is hard to see that such a plan would have any prospect of coming to fruition unless Europe has the quality of leadership in place to not only endorse it but to strong-arm it into reality. This is why we propose that such an event may have to wait till the outcome of this year’s federal elections in Europe’s leading nation—Germany.

All the prophetic indications lead to the conclusion that it will be a powerful Germanic leader that causes the final configuration of a militarily dominant European entity to coalesce into 10 separate regional groupings all rendering their support to a single overarching leader (Revelation 13, 17). Ultimately, this will be the “plan that has general support and momentum behind it,” to quote Stratfor.

So, what to watch for in 2013?

Watch January 23 for the outcome of the previous day’s elections in Israel, and watch the reaction of extremist Islamist groups to that result place Israel under huge pressure to seek out an alliance with the EU—especially its leading nation, Germany—to replace its ailing relationship with the U.S.

Watch the outcome of the Italian elections on February 24 and 25. If Monti—the pope’s man—gains office, then the linkage between the Vatican and the leader of old Chaldea will be strengthened significantly. This, in turn, will give a powerful boost to the confidence of imperialist Catholic European elites—especially in Germany—who are the real movers and shakers behind the scenes in Europe.

The upshot could well have significant effect on the outcome of the German elections in September.

As we have consistently declared, Europe is now ruled by a Rome/Berlin axis. France has been rapidly diminished in political stature in Europe since the Hollande liberal-socialist regime was voted into office.

These vital elections take place amid a Europe in crisis. As George Friedman writes (ibid):

People are not being asked to die on a battlefield for the European Union but to live lives of misery and disappointment. In many ways that is harder than being brave. And since the core promise of the European Union was prosperity, the failure to deliver that prosperity—and the delivery of poverty instead, unevenly distributed—is not sustainable. If Europe is in crisis, the world’s largest economy is in crisis, political as well as financial. And that matters to the world perhaps more than anything else.

The reason it matters to the world is the history of what such crises tend to produce in Europe. History reveals that crises of this nature have huge potential for dislocating the whole global system.

The rapidly escalating conflicts in North Africa are bound to enmesh Europe—especially Germany, which has been deeply entrenched in that continent for many a decade—to take on a more assertive role in their resolution. At stake is the guarantee of continuing reliable oil supplies to the EU.

For the second time in less than a century, Europe is on the brink of unleashing the effects of a deep crisis on the rest of the world. The results, in the short term, will be catastrophic beyond imagination. Yet the wonder of it all is that this is but the major harbinger of the replacement of the whole global system by a future system of global peace and order such as man has longed for since creation.

For the deepest insight into the causes and effects of this whole European scenario, read our booklets Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans and Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.