Willy Brandt Airport: Harbinger of German National Socialism?

Willy Brandt Airport: Harbinger of German National Socialism?

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Scandalous delays recall Guillaume Stasi spy affair, fall of the chancellor and rise of a strong man.

Has Europe’s most modern airport become a symbol of German pride and prejudice?

The national transport minister’s recent admission that he cannot rule out additional delays of the opening of Berlin’s new airport is adding insult to injury for one of the country’s highest-profile projects.

Delays have gone beyond a predicted grand opening in 2011-2012 with construction costs doubling to €4.4 billion, putting the city in the position of proposing opening day somewhere in late October this year.

The new airport will substitute for the cramped, aging Tegel in the west and Schoenefeld in the east, which facilitated air travel during the split of the country during the Cold War.

After unification, robust economic growth, and the subsequent cementing of Germany as undisputed leader of European fortunes, the fact that the name of Willy Brandt now adorns this most spectacular and modern airport invites a historical review.

Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm was born on Dec. 18, 1913, in Lübeck, Germany. In 1929 he joined the Socialist Youth and a year later the Social Democratic Party (sdp). He fled Germany for the safety of Norway in 1933 amid the surge to power of the National Socialist Party. There he changed his name to Willy Brandt. His fear of the Nazis continued as he assumed the name Gunnar Gaasland in 1936, posing as a Norwegian student for a trip to Germany. Under his new identity, he worked in Spain as a member of the press, and by 1938 was applying for full citizenship in Norway, thus completing his disguise. After German occupation of the country, he was eventually taken into custody. However, his altered identity prevailed, and he soon was on the run again fleeing to Sweden.

After the war, in 1946, following the death of many of those who had remained to oppose Hitler, he returned to Germany as an employee of the Norwegian administration. Two years later he re-naturalized himself as a citizen of the country he had fled 15 years earlier.

Within a decade, and by the time of construction of the wall, he had risen to become mayor of West Berlin. He remained at that post from 1957 to 1966, during which time he was appointed head of the sdp.

During his time as mayor, he said, “It was as inevitable as the sunrise that the German people would seek their national identity …. We say 20 years is enough” (Plain Truth, June 1966).

Brandt also said, “None of the democratic parties in the Federal Republic can shirk the responsibility. If they fail to meet it, if they fail to grasp and respond to the spirit of national identity, if they abandon the cause of self-determination, then, and only then, will it be possible for someone to pick up the banner they have dropped and use a national sense of frustration and disappointment to brew the poison of radicalism” (Look, Dec. 14, 1965).

Brandt’s design for power went beyond Berlin. He twice ran for the chancellery, coming up short against the Christian Democratic Union’s (cdu’s) Konrad Adenauer and Ludwig Erhard. He didn’t have to wait long for an official post, though, as the government faltered and what was known as a “grand coalition” formed in 1966 between the sdp and Christian Social Union. Brandt was handed the elite posts of foreign minister and vice chancellor.

As his popularity grew, the elections of three years later swung his way under a coalition government of the sdp and the Free Democratic Party (fdp), with Brandt as chancellor effective October 1969. That December, Herbert W. Armstrong directed that Brandt’s image appear on the cover of the Plain Truth, which contained a feature article titled “The Power Switch in Bonn.”

“One false step and Herr Brandt could be catapulted out of the chancellor’s chair,” the Plain Truth wrote. “There are those in German politics today who cannot stand the thought of seeing a German chancellor possessed of a ‘lack of toughness and decisiveness.’” This reporting would prove to be an insightful appraisal of Brandt’s political fortunes.

Brandt was credited with the creation of Ostpolitik, which was an effort to open the doors of trade and relations with the Soviet-controlled East. For these efforts he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971.

As the Plain Truth foresaw, Ostpolitik was seen as weakness and not well received by many in Germany’s West. In 1972, with Brandt’s support fraying, the Bundestag’s very first no-confidence vote ensued in an effort to elect a new chancellor. Brandt’s miraculous political survival was later revealed to be due to corruption, with revelations that two members of the cdu were bribed by the Socialist East’s security ministry, the Stasi, in an effort to keep him in power.

Within a year, the political walls were closing in on Brandt. In 1973, West German security was told that one of his personal assistants, Günter Guillaume, was a Stasi spy. In late April 1974, Guillaume was arrested. The chancellor resigned in May.

Brandt remained head of the sdp, a role he would not relinquish for 23 years—until 1987. He went on to lead Socialist International from 1976 to 1992 in a program of enlargement. He was an active member of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1983, notably supporting the democratic independence of both Portugal and Spain. From 1987 to 1992 he was honorary chairman of the sdp. In early October 1992, at the age of 78, Willy Brandt—and Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm and Gunnar Gaasland—died.

It is ironic that Angela Merkel’s rise to power necessitated a grand coalition of her cdu with the sdp in 2005 and yet another in 2009 with the fdp. The controversy over construction of Germany’s new airport is reminiscent of its namesake’s tenure in office. The same fears that existed then amid weakness in the chancellery—possibly precipitating a strong nationalist leader arising to lead the country—are once again front and center.

Merkel’s party base has been decimated in regional elections ahead of the general election later this year. The intervening period of her grand coalitions have enabled Germany to consolidate and dominate Europe.

As Brandt noted while mayor, “It was as inevitable as the sunrise that the German people would seek their national identity.” Yet again, after two world wars that it initiated, Germany has risen again to master of continental fortune.

By the time Willy Brandt Airport officially opens, will we see his fear become reality: that someone would enter the political scene and “use a national sense of frustration and disappointment to brew the poison of radicalism”?

In Daniel 8, a leader is prophesied to flatter his way to the chancellery. The ancient prophet described this leader as fierce in physical appearance and devious in dark political lobbying. He appears one way to German and Europe’s citizens, only to be just the opposite: a crafty wolf in sheep’s clothing, leaving devastation in his wake via a deceptively crafted policy of peace to which the political left, center and right will look.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has long warned readers, “The Daniel 8 man is going to change the German landscape—economically, politically and militarily. Germany needs a man for emergencies. What we see developing now is just such an emergency, and Germany is about to bring that man to power. This is what’s just ahead of us!”

Again, we remind you as Herbert W. Armstrong did in the first issue of the Plain Truth,a world dictator is about to appear! A strong man in Europe is about to arise!

Germany’s Indonesia Connection

Germany’s Indonesia Connection

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Germany continues to forge links with Pacific powers in forming its Asia-Pacific hegemonic strategy.

Having recently strengthened its strategic alliance with Australia, Germany is now intent on building regional cooperation with Indonesia.

German-Foreign-Policy.com recently reported: “Jakarta offers itself as a partner for Berlin in Southeast Asia, says an analysis by the Foundation for Science and Politics [Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (swp)]; it is politically as well as economically on the rise, and in the region considered as a ‘leading power,’ and additionally, controls the ‘Strait of Malacca,’ one of the ‘world’s most important seaways,’ with great importance for China” (February 7; translation ours).

As is the case now with Germany’s expanding alliances with Arabian peninsula governments, the export of German weaponry to Indonesia is an important contributor to the developing relationship between the two.

“The military can be considered a sustaining pillar of cooperation: Indonesia’s armed forces acquire their weapons to a not insignificant degree from Germany. This is of special significance, since to influence the battle for influence in Southeast Asia, it is always about seeking a strategic front-line position against the People’s Republic of China” (ibid).

As the prophecy of Isaiah 23 indicates, at this particular juncture in history, China and the German-led European Union are mutually dependent for their continuing commercial development on the sea trade that they have built up with each other over recent decades. Yet this market interdependency does not obviate the need to ensure that each is secure from the other defensively. Each has the power potential to become the world’s next superpower and is hence wary of the other’s ultimate intentions.

In fact, as the prophecies for our day declare, each, in turn, does become a singular superpower in its own right—first the German-led EU (Revelation 13, 17), then a China-led Eastern bloc (Ezekiel 38).

Germany’s increasingly aggressive strategic moves in Australia and Indonesia are but strong indications of the fulfillment of the prophecies of Isaiah 23.

Our booklet Daniel Unlocks Revelation gives a detailed account of where the fulfillment of these prophecies is headed. The outcome is predicted to affect every man, woman and child on the planet in a manner that will so shock the world as to powerfully work to prepare the way for the elimination of all competition between nations—forever!

Only when that situation occurs will it be possible to fulfill man’s desire of the ages—a world at peace, with all humanity living in harmony with each other.

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China Refutes Japan’s Claim of Weapons Radar Use

China has denied that its navy locked its radar against Japanese forces last month. Japan alleges that Chinese vessels locked their radars onto a Japanese destroyer and helicopter in two instances in the East China Sea. But China’s Foreign Ministry rejected that accusation at a news briefing in Beijing on Friday, saying “Japan has been deliberately spreading false information” against China.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned China on February 7 for what he described as “one-sided provocative action” by its military.

The U.S. State Department expressed concern over the alleged incident, saying such actions “escalate tensions” and could “undermine peace, stability and economic growth” in the region.

China and Japan are involved in a territorial dispute over a cluster of tiny, uninhabited islands called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. The islands are controlled by Japan, but also claimed by both China and Taiwan.

Although the United States admits these islands are Japanese-controlled, Washington has not taken a stance on their sovereignty.

As Japan’s long-time ally, the U.S. is obliged to defend Japanese interests. However, Bible prophecy says America has lost the will to use its military power. This incident could be one way for China to put America’s shattered will on display. For more information on this subject read, “Will China Call America’s Military Bluff?

Pope Benedict XVI Has Resigned, Now What?

Pope Benedict XVI Has Resigned, Now What?

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There’s a lot we don’t know about the next pope. Here are two things we do know.

After only eight years on the papal throne, Pope Benedict xvi resigned his post as the head of the Catholic Church earlier today.

The resignation, the first by a pope in nearly 600 years, caught the world by surprise and set off a frenzied international debate about why exactly the pope resigned, why the Vatican and even Benedict’s closest aides were left in the dark about the impending resignation, and who the next pope will be.

The Trumpet doesn’t have specific answers to these questions. We can, however—thanks to what the Apostle Peter termed the “more sure word of prophecy”—set the pope’s resignation in a broader context. Here are two key expectations from the next pope and from the Vatican in the weeks and months ahead.

First, expect the next pope to be conservative, and probably even more conservative, than Pope Benedict xvi.

Under Benedict, the Vatican experienced a renaissance of Catholic tradition and conservatism. Benedict’s Vatican, as many have noted, has a special affection for medieval doctrine and practices, and has emerged as perhaps the most notable defender of tradition, including marriage only occurring between a man and woman. Together, Benedict and the Vatican have waged war on moral relativism, compromise and secularism. Nothing will change under the next administration. In fact, the next pope may be even more conservative, and forceful in his implementation of Catholic doctrine and tradition.

How do we know? Because the next pope will be installed by a Vatican infrastructure created entirely by Pope Benedict xvi and his predecessor, the similarly conservative Pope John Paul ii.

As Trumpet columnist Ron Fraser has explained extensively, over the last few decades Pope John Paul ii and Joseph Ratzinger (now Benedict xvi) have craftily and viciously rooted out liberalism of the Vatican. Together, these men have banished numerous liberal cardinals and officials and replaced them with conservatives cut from the same cloth as John Paul and Benedict. John Paul and Benedict have ensured that the leadership of the Catholic Church—especially those in key positions inside the Vatican—share their own staunch affection for conservative Catholic dogma.

You’ve probably heard that a college of cardinals will be responsible for electing the next pope, apparently before the end of March. Get this: Every last cardinal in this select group was installed by either Pope John Paul ii or Pope Benedict xvi.

Benedictxvi alone is responsible for installing more than 50 percent of the Cardinals that will vote for the next pope!

It’s also interesting that the latest batch of cardinals, hand-picked by Pope Benedict, takes office next week—just days before Pope Benedict xvi resigns.

Did Pope Benedict make this last-minute tweak to secure control and thereby ensure the speedy installment of a specific individual as his replacement? Someone, no doubt, who will continue Benedict’s campaign to create a conservative, traditional Vatican?

Second, expect the next pope to be a staunch advocate of a world-dominating, Catholic united states of Europe. This means he will more than likely be European, and most likely Italian or German.

The financial crisis has left Europe in disarray. Germany leads, but is not loved. Europe knows it needs to unite, but there just isn’t the glue to bring it together. Only the Vatican, as Herbert W. Armstrong explained for years, has the power to weld this divided, cantankerous group together. It’s exactly as Mr. Armstrong described in the August 1978 Good News (emphasis his): “Europeans want their own united military power! … They have made a real effort toward union in the Common Market. … But they well know there is but one possibility of union in Europe—and that is through the Vatican.

Two years later, Mr. Armstrong delivered a similar prophecy in the June 1980 Worldwide News, one that describes Europe’s current condition perfectly: “World conditions [like a global financial crisis] may force European nations … to unite, bringing to pass the revived ‘Holy Roman Empire’ …. [European nations] have wanted to unite politically, with a common currency and common military force, for some time—but have been unable. It can be accomplished only through the Vatican.”

Pope Benedict xvi was a devoted Europhile and did his part in laying the groundwork for the Vatican to intervene in European affairs. We should expect the next pope to be a much more ardent and energetic advocate of European unification behind Germany! He will also more than likely be a close friend of Germany, and almost assuredly have healthy relationships with German leaders and officials.

Consider one last quote from Mr. Armstrong: “Bible prophecy says this European unification will be also a union of church and state (Revelation 17). Many European political leaders do not want religious domination, or even participation. But they are coming to realize they cannot be welded together into one great European supernation without the unifying power of the Catholic Church” (Nov. 22, 1982). Again, whoever the next pope is, expect him to emerge as a vocal and powerful force in European politics!

In the coming days and weeks, speculation will abound about who the next pope will be and what the Vatican will look like under his stewardship. Although we don’t yet know who this man will be, we do know that he will be conservative, and that he will be a powerful advocate of European integration. We also know, thanks to Bible prophecy, that this man and the Vatican will play a key role in instigating events that will culminate in the greatest event in human history: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ!

Mystery of Benedict’s Resignation

Mystery of Benedict’s Resignation

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Why did the pope resign, and why now?

It has shocked the world. The reason for it is unclear. Reuters reported that the reason was not because of illness nor to external pressures that Pope Benedict xvi suddenly decided to resign. The pope gave February 28, four days following the Italian elections, as the operative date for stepping down from office.

“Pope Benedict has no specific illness and his decision to resign was taken with no outside pressure, the Vatican spokesman said on Monday after the pontiff’s shock announcement that he would step down at the end of this month. Father Federico Lombardi said the 85-year-old pope’s decision was not due to an illness, but to a progressive decline in his strength, which was normal in a man of his age” (Reuters, February 11).

Yet, previous popes have ruled from their deathbed, as was the case with his predecessor, John Paul ii.

The very suddenness and the timing, within days of the Italian elections, and only months away from federal elections in his home country, Germany, is most intriguing. Also, coming so early within his launching the Vatican’s great crusading Year of Faith, adds to the apparent illogic of the timing.

So what is really behind Josef Ratzinger’s resignation?

As Stratfor opined, “The selection of the next pope, especially at a time when the power of the Catholic Church has stalled in Europe but has increased elsewhere, will determine the geopolitical relevance of Benedict xvi’s resignation” (February 11).

Reviewing the 21st century geopolitical relevance of the Vatican, it is most evident that, as Herbert Armstrong declared, John Paul ii prepared the way for the final unification of Europe—East and West. His work in office prepared for Rome’s final act of ideologically fusing its fractious member states into the 10-nation combine at the peak of the prophesied seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire.

It did seem that the ascendancy of a Bavarian pope to the throne in the wake of John Paul’s death would bring that final act of Rome to fruition. That, it now appears, is not the case.

So what role did Pope Benedict xvi play in the grand scheme of rapidly unfolding events prophesied for Europe and the world, in these end times?

We shall have to wait till the mystery of Benedict’s resignation is exposed and his successor appointed to comment more on that. In the meantime, rest assured that Bible prophecy marches on to its inevitable consummation with the return of the Savior of all mankind!