Serbia Surrenders to Germany

Serbia Surrenders to Germany

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On Friday, April 19, Serbia finally stopped fighting and surrendered to Germany. It’s hard to blame it. Attacked by its historical allies and demonized in the public press the world over, Serbia had no hope of winning. Rather than defying the rest of the world, it decided to submit to Germany on the best terms it could get. This was the pragmatic path. Now Serbia is on its way to joining the European Union and being welcomed back into the fold of Western democracy.

The negotiations centered on northern Kosovo, which is mostly inhabited by Serbs who refused to submit to the breakaway government of Kosovo. These areas are currently under Serbia’s control, but the agreement reached on Friday turned control of these Serbian regions over to Kosovo. In return, the areas will be given a lot of self-government. For example, their police and judiciary would be made up mostly of ethnic Serbs, although they must still come under Kosovar structures.

The implications, however, reach far beyond Kosovo. As Toby Vogel of the European Voice put it, this “historic” agreement “grants ethnic Serbs sweeping autonomy within Kosovo in exchange for Serbia’s de facto recognition of Kosovo’s independence.” The Associated Press wrote, “In what would be an extraordinary change, the deal appeared to recognize the authority of the Kosovo government over the north of the country, which is inhabited predominantly by ethnic Serbs.”

That’s why this agreement is significant. Serbia has done a deal with Kosovo—or rather, with their backers in Germany and elsewhere—that offers some recognition of Kosovo’s independence. This may be the best deal it could possibly get, but it is still a deal. Serbian leaders are no longer refusing to offer any kind of recognition of Kosovo’s independence as a point of principle.

Many in Serbia, and many Serbs in Kosovo, are completely against this. In northern Kosovo, up to 10,000 took to the streets of Mitrovica on April 22, saying that the Serbs that signed the deal were “traitors.” Thousands more protested in Belgrade. The Serbian Orthodox Church strongly condemned it, calling it a “clear surrender” of “our most important territory.”

But the deal seems likely to be approved by Serbia’s parliament later this week. It has already been approved in Kosovo. The resistance of the Serbs in Kosovo might prevent it from going into effect, but that doesn’t change the fundamental point: The Serbian government is willing to compromise with Germany.

Why sign the deal? Serbia gets nothing from Kosovo—it’s just giving up control of its territory. This concession is only slightly mitigated by the Serbs in Kosovo getting self-government.

The answer lies with Germany and the European Union. The EU channels a lot of money into its poorer eastern members. Even before officially joining, candidate countries get money from the EU to help them get ready for membership. Serbia already gets some money from the EU, but to move further toward EU membership—and the money and help it needs to rebuild its economy—Serbia needs Germany’s approval.

Just a few days earlier, on April 16, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle gave Serbia a blunt ultimatum: “An agreement on starting negotiations on Serbia joining the EU, which it would like to see this summer, will be significantly delayed if it does not reach a deal with Kosovo.” Instead, Westerwelle threatened to allow Kosovo to progress toward EU membership without Serbia. He held Serbia fully responsible for the fact that a deal had not been negotiated already, and gave Kosovo a free pass.

Just three days later, Serbia gave Germany the deal Westerwelle wanted.

Serbia sold out to Germany. It’s hard to blame the Serbian government too much, after all that Serbia’s been through. Serbia was sold out by its former allies, the United States and Great Britain, years before. It may have seemed nobler to take arms against its sea of troubles, but it ultimately would have been a lost cause. Serbia has no hope of regaining Kosovo.

As the Trumpet has written often, Germany was behind nato’s takeover of the Balkans from the very beginning. Germany triggered the break-up of Yugoslavia. In a war like this, both sides do horrible things. Describing the behavior of both the Axis and the Allies, Winston Churchill wrote, “When all was over, torture and cannibalism were the only two expedients that the civilized, scientific, Christian states had been able to deny themselves: and they were of doubtful utility.”

Horrible things did happen in the Balkan wars. But the Western media focused only on the actions of the Serbs. nato bombed Kosovo in 1999, claiming to respond to Serbian genocide. Yet when Serbs were the victims of genocide and ethnic cleansing, the West remained silent. It was the Croats, not the Serbs, who were responsible for the largest ethnic cleansing of the Balkan wars, which occurred in Krajina in 1995. “Krajina,” wrote Charles Krauthammer, “was Kosovo writ large.” (For more on how the media demonized Serbia, see our article “What Really Happened in Bosnia.”)

Germany has won completely in the Balkans. There is no Yugoslavia—no risk of a united power that could challenge Germany in Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. Instead, the area is divided and subject to the EU. Slovenia is already a part of the EU and Croatia is set to join in July. After Serbia bowed to Germany’s will, the European Commission recommended that the EU begin negotiations for Serbia’s membership on April 22. All the parts of what used to be Yugoslavia are on their way to being absorbed into the EU.

Just a few weeks ago, Germany got its way in Cyprus. Now the same thing is happening in Serbia. The means are very different. Their situations are very different. But Germany’s assertiveness and success are constant.

What happened in the Balkans is a powerful warning that Germany is rising. Britain and America need to take note. For more on this warning, read our booklet Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans.

U.S. Arming the Middle East

U.S. Arming the Middle East

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As problems with Iran intensify, Washington is hoping to arm its allies and thereby solve the problem.

A secretive arms deal between the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has come to light at a time when Iran appears closer than ever to obtaining nuclear weapons. The deal, which has yet to be finalized, was announced in Congress April 18.

The deal amounts to $10 billion worth of military sales. The three nations in the Middle East that are set to gain from this deal are all “pro-Western” nations. They are seen as key players in counterbalancing the rise of Iran to the east. It is no secret that the U.S. wants there to be a tangible resistance to the increasingly belligerent Iranians.

Israel is also set to receive $3 billion in military aid this year. It will buy missiles, radars for war planes, KC-135 refueling tanker planes, and V-22 Osprey troop transport aircraft. The uae will buy 26 F-16 warplanes, which will cost a total of $5 billion, and will purchase the air-to-ground missiles to go with them. Saudi Arabia will buy the same missiles to arm its substantial air fleet, which it has already bought from the U.S.

One senior U.S. administration official said the deal was “not just to boost Israel’s capabilities, but also to boost the capabilities of our Persian Gulf partners so they, too, would be able to address the Iranian threat—and also provide a greater network of coordinated assets around the region to handle a range of contingencies.”

The deal, which includes long-range weaponry, sheds light on U.S. weakness. At first glance, it may not seem so. After all, the U.S. has a military so large that $10 billion in arms sales to the Middle East is no big deal. Twenty-six F-16s is a drop in a bucket. But the fact is, the U.S. is unwilling to use its military might in the Middle East. The U.S. is stepping away from the volatile region at a time when Iran is becoming a greater threat.

The latest U.S. strategy to create peace in the Middle East is to arm “pro-Western” nations and hope that they will solve the problem. In one sense, Washington holds the gun, with Iran firmly in its sights, but rather than take the shot, it is giving the weapon to its friends in the Middle East, hoping they will shoot in the right direction.

This is primarily the case with the uae and Saudi Arabia. While they are Sunni-ruled, they are not proactive in stopping Iran. Saudi Arabia gives military support to the rebels in Syria and gives support to the last U.S. troops in the region in the form of air force bases. There are five operational air bases in Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are considered the greatest Arab counterbalance to Iran in the Middle East. But how reliable are they as an American partner in the Middle East?

Saudi Arabia is besieged with problems. There is the war in Syria, and the problem with radicalizing Iraq to the north. When the U.S. pulled out, Iran was quick to move in, tightening the noose on Saudi Arabia. The Iranians are pushing from the east as well. Bahrain still convulses in riots as the Shiite Arabs are stirred up by their Persian neighbors across the Gulf. Bahrain is the stepping stone to Saudi Arabia, and Iran knows it. If it can unsettle Bahrain, it might be able to stir up unrest in eastern Saudi Arabia where the Shiite population is denser. To the south, Yemen is causing its own problems. There is back-and-forth fighting between al Qaeda and the Houthis. Both are unstable and pose a threat to the security of Saudi Arabia’s southern border.

The Saudis are running back and forth swatting at the Iranian proxies on their doorstep. If they get in, Saudi Arabia will be in big trouble. U.S. military aid won’t be used against Iran, it will be used to prevent problems at home. Therefore, current U.S. strategy keeps the Saudis on the back foot while Iran rises.

Relations between the uae and Iran are strained over issues like Bahrain, but neither nation has worked to sever diplomatic ties. The uae cannot be relied on to back U.S. policy with Iran. The uae is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement. That means it is not formally aligned with any major power bloc. That includes the U.S.

The Emirates have shown their willingness to defy U.S. interest in years past. In June 2011, the U.S. charged a number of firms in the uae for supplying Iran with military components without licenses. That same year Iran evaded sanctions by doing deals with uae shipping companies. There were also sanctions leveled against other oil and shipping companies in the uae for trading with Iran.

The U.S. is playing a dangerous game by putting weapons into the hands of a government that is so open to doing deals with the Iranian people.

The third member of the trade deal is Israel. Relations between Israel and Washington have continued to deteriorate despite President Obama’s recent visit to Israel. The long history of military aid to Israel has ensured ties remain intact in spite of Washington’s move away from its long-time ally in the Middle East. Israel needs the military and financial aid of the U.S. to remain the dominant power in the region, even if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “We don’t need anyone to give us the right to prevent a new holocaust.” The U.S. provides, but relations are constantly put under strain by the U.S. policy of inaction concerning Iran.

During his election tour last year, candidate Mitt Romney accused President Obama of being “more afraid that Israel might attack Iran than that Iran will develop a nuclear weapon.” Policies on Iran do seem to lean more on the utopian idea that talks will be more productive than action.

Iran has shown constantly that talks fail. The recent P5+1 meeting held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, came around at the same time Iran opened a heavy-water facility, a critical part of developing plutonium. In January, Iran announced that it would speed up its nuclear weapons program at its Natanz facility by installing more advanced nuclear enrichment centrifuges. Iran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that it would install approximately 3,000 new-generation IR2m centrifuge machines, which are three to five times faster than current models.

There is compelling evidence to suggest that talking to Iran is not slowing anything. Up to this point, Washington has urged restraint from Israel in dealing with Iran. Now it is supplying Israel with refueling planes designed to assist fighter jets in long-range missions. It is giving Israel missiles that are designed to be fired from planes at distance, avoiding anti-air defenses, which Iran has in abundance around its facilities.

This latest armaments deal might be the U.S. sidestepping the fact that it has been wrong about reasoning with Iran. Now it is arming the Middle East to take on the Persians. Mr. Obama was urging restraint in dealing with Iran on his recent visit to Israel, insisting there was still time for diplomacy to work, but U.S. actions speak louder. However, even if this is the first step of a reversal of U.S. policy on Iran, it is still the wrong approach.

The U.S. has the ability, but not the will, to stop Iran now. The first armaments going to Israel may not arrive for two years. It could already be too late. Iran is on the threshold of having weapons-ready nuclear capability. There is no time for the U.S. to sit back and wait for the situation to be resolved.

As Iran races toward obtaining nukes, it is hastening the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Iran is the head of the king of the south, a conglomerate of Islamic nations that will push against the prophesied king of the north in Europe. The U.S. cannot stop the fulfillment of prophecy. When the king of the north and the king of the south clash, there will be specific alliances in place across the Middle East. Psalm 83 explains the nations that will be united together. The nations of Saudi Arabia and the uae will be in the camp of the king of the north. Israel will be in neither.

But there is good news behind these events. Christ has power superior to all nations. He won’t palm off His responsibilities to others. He will come quickly to end the chaotic and violent rule of man. That is what is prophesied, and you have the blessing of knowing in advance. If you want to understand more about this pivotal prophecy, read History and Prophecy of the Middle East.

Why Germany Is Staying in Afghanistan

Why Germany Is Staying in Afghanistan

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The government’s decision to retain a military presence in Afghanistan was entirely predictable.

The liberal German periodical Spiegel headlined an item in its Friday edition, “Germany Commits Troops for Post-2014 Mission.”

This should come as no surprise to our subscribers. We have long maintained that Germany would retain a military presence in Afghanistan as a counter to Iranian influence in the region.

According to Spiegel, the retention of up to 800 Bundeswehr personnel in Afghanistan, post 2014, “Though perhaps bold and symbolic … is also tactical in terms of upcoming elections.”

But it’s more than that. It is a tactical move by German elites to consolidate Germany’s military and intelligence presence on Iran’s eastern border. The continuing German presence in Afghanistan is necessary to maintain the perimeter of defense encircling Iran that Germany has carefully built up over recent years.

If you take a look at German military deployment in the region, you will note that the Bundeswehr, Luftwaffe, Bundesmarine and the German intelligence organization, the bnd, have a combined deployment from the Mediterranean, south to the coast of Lebanon, further south to the Horn of Africa and the Persian Gulf, to the east in Afghanistan and northeast in Uzbekistan. Add to this an increasing detachment of German troops to North Africa, and it is easy to see that, through these toeholds in the region, the German military literally has Iran surrounded.

Realizing this, the Trumpet has—notwithstanding publicity from Germany maintaining the contrary view up to now—always maintained that Germany, having established a presence in Afghanistan, will not leave.

Friday’s announcement confirms this view.

If we step back to gain the broader view, we see that 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 even further to its east and south. It is thus crucial for those nations dependent on Middle Eastern and Caucasus oil supplies to arrest Iran’s 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.

Germany is determined not to let this occur.

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 a move 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 within 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 implicit alliances with Croatia and Albania, both being Germany’s Balkan proxies.

Thirdly—and soon to be most important of all—Germany’s extension of its deployment in Afghanistan guarantees it a prime strategic location from which to press the inevitable forthcoming 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 theaters 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, Nov. 1, 2012).

This all having been said, there is one other vital aspect to Germany’s decision to not leave Afghanistan.

Germany has increasingly felt Islamic extremism, of which Iran is chief sponsor, pushing at its borders. Sooner or later it will have to react to counter this threat to its culture. Bible prophecy predicts that Germany will soon descend on Iran like a whirlwind in a powerful blitzkrieg that will destroy Iranian power (Daniel 11:40). Germany’s positioning of itself in northern Afghanistan provides it with an ideal staging point for such an attack.

Yet there is an even more pertinent reason, prophetically, for Germany’s encirclement of the Middle East. It has to do with the imminent fulfillment of a landmark prophecy in your Bible.

Turn to Luke 21. There in verse 20 you read that the major sign of the imminence of the fulfillment of Bible prophecies that lead to the grand smash climax of Jesus Christ’s return to this Earth is the sign of Jerusalem being surrounded by armies.

It’s a small jump from surrounding the Middle East with armies, such as Germany has carefully achieved, to squeezing the perimeter to encircle Jerusalem. Germany’s military deployment surrounding the Middle East is but one significant move toward this coming reality.

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, the best news that one could ever hope for.

Germany—Research Institute Connects With Nazi Past

Germany—Research Institute Connects With Nazi Past

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New Bavarian research institute to be sited on an old Messerschmitt slave labor compound.

In a surprisingly blatant statement issued this week, the new Bavarian International Aerospace and Security Campus (bicas) announced with a note of pride the historic connection between its chosen site and that site’s Nazi past.

A consortium comprising the Bundeswehr, the armament industry and civil high schools is building a new research institution on the premises of a former military Nazi research institute.

German-Foreign-Policy.com reports that “bicas shall serve for the development of autonomous-acting combat drones, as well as ‘civil security techniques’” (April 22; translation ours).

German-Foreign-Policy.com further reports that bicas’s declared aim is the implementation of results on the basis of research in “market-mature products” for the safeguarding of German “innovation and technology leadership.”

Indications are that the Bundeswehr and German armaments industry are especially keen to recruit “scientific young blood” and to exploit the “higher education of appropriate specialists” (ibid).

Yet of real concern here is the fact that the project’s sponsors have attached importance to the siting of the bicas campus on premises that were previously used by Messerschmitt to house the “Munich Aviation Research Institute” where World War ii airplane engines were developed for use by the Nazi war machine. bicas patrons even refer with a tinge of national pride to the “tradition” of the “worldwide unique” campus location (ibid).

What they neglect to mention is that at the original site, “The necessary construction work had to be executed by prisoners of the concentration camp Dachau—driven by the cruelty (or mistreatment) of the SS guards” (ibid).

It is one thing to reuse an old site for its originally intended purpose—research and development—notwithstanding its Nazi past. It is distinctly distasteful to tout the location’s past with a tinge of pride in its tainted tradition.

This is but one more episode indicating that German elites are more and more prepared to pop out of the woodwork showing no remorse for their nation’s terrible past of 70 years ago. It is a mindset that is increasingly revealing its arrogance as Germany, month by month, feels increasing muscle as the most powerful nation in Europe once again.

Read our booklet Nahum—An End-Time Prophecy for Germany to preview the outcome of Germany’s current rise to power.

Jesuit Priest Communicator of the Year

Jesuit Priest Communicator of the Year

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Yet another Jesuit gains high profile in an award ceremony.

Over recent years we have noted the impact of the Jesuits on the development of the European Union. Last Wednesday, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Federico Lombardi, S.J., was awarded the title Communicator of the Year by the giant German-owned financial services group Allianz.

The significance of this award has triple impact on students of Bible prophecy as it relates to the Rome/Berlin axis, now the dominant alliance within Europe. For the award marries the Vatican, Germany and global finance together in a neat tripartite package that is so symbolic of what we see developing in Europe today.

Allianz Group is represented in over 70 countries serving over 78 million clients globally. That the Vatican’s chief press representative should be awarded this honor above all competition from secular journalists is another first for Rome. Yet it is also indicative of the trend that is increasingly amalgamating Germany and Rome in the financial arena.

It is also interesting to note that Lombardi is a Jesuit. We now have a Jesuit pope, Francis, a Jesuit president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, a Jesuit president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, and fulsome endorsement by the Italian Jesuit technocrat, Mario Monti, for Pope Emeritus Benedict’s blueprint of a new global financial order. And now a Jesuit recognized as Communicator of the Year by one of the largest financial companies (German-owned) on the planet.

Can’t we see the trend here?

One would have to be blind not to.

This is not just coincidence. It is the outcome of the promotion by “Holy Roman” elites of their own storm trooper representatives into positions of influence as they move to put the finishing touches on their grand imperial dream.

Allianz notes that Friar Lombardi “represents the key to understanding and interpreting the Holy See with great refinement and experience.” So why would a German financial giant consider “understanding and interpreting the Holy See with great refinement and experience” as a necessity? Perhaps it recognizes the importance of Rome to the ultimate goal of EU elites of gaining the cooperation of EU nations in yielding to their fiscal vision, something which amid today’s euro crisis remains distasteful to many.

Perhaps it recognizes that the only glue that will eventually bind those nations together in a great economic, financial, political and military union necessary to achieve their imperialist dream is the glue of religion—the religion of Rome!

Keep watching for trends such as Allianz’s endorsement of Rome’s chief press spokesman as EU elites move to increasingly propagandize their Holy Roman vision.

Read Germany and the Holy Roman Empire for a more detailed explanation of that which is accelerating toward fruition in Europe today, and where it is all ultimately leading.

One Man’s Effort to Save the Economy

One Man’s Effort to Save the Economy

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In the midst of economic despair, Tom’s town is the story of a future America.

There is a man from Carpentersville, Illinois, who embodies the character America needs right now if it is to recover from its economic depression. Sadly, he is one of a dying breed—and that has big implications for America.

Tom Roeser is fighting the battle of his life. Tom is the president and co-owner of Otto Engineering, the biggest employer in Carpentersville. Tom is battling to prevent his hometown from turning into a post-industrial slum. It is a tough, frustrating fight. He was handicapped by local laws, uncooperative county and state officials, and aid organizations unwilling to commit to battle.

But Carpentersville was Tom’s town. That meant something to him. He wasn’t about to let it die like Detroit.

Tom’s crusade began in 2005 after a condominium near his factory was hit by a wave of foreclosures. Soon the whole neighborhood was blighted with crime, graffiti, gang activity and vandalism. Property values plunged as unkempt, overgrown, dilapidated properties spread.

“It really was neglected,” said Tom. “I went to the town, the county; I went to Habitat for Humanity; I told them that we needed to do something about this neighborhood. I couldn’t get help from anybody” (cnnMoney, April 2).

So Tom took action himself—despite all the bureaucratic roadblocks, mounds of codes, and over-burdensome regulations that seemed to be stacked against him. He began by buying up the run-down foreclosed condos and fixing them himself. It was a lonely fight against long odds.

Then in 2008, the economic crisis struck and an even bigger flood of foreclosures and abandoned homes hit the market. Carpentersville was one of the hardest-hit cities in the country, with official unemployment spiking to 12.5 percent—and real unemployment closer to 20 percent.

But Tom didn’t quit. Between 2008 and 2009, Tom was the only person to buy property in the 5,000-home neighborhood.

Instead, he expanded his vision to other parts of Carpentersville—and started rehabilitating more homes. Blighted properties destroy property values and lead to other people letting their property run down. And that can lead to migration and other sorts of social problems, he noted.

“We can’t just fix one,” he said. “We have to fix them all.”

It was either an act of faith, or desperation, but where he led, maybe others would follow.

And follow they did. “It’s been quite a catalyst,” according to Village President Ed Ritter. “Every neighborhood in which he has bought and rehabbed homes seems to prosper. Other homeowners see what he has done and improve their own homes.”

“It is the pebble in the pond. If he does 100 houses, then there are five houses around every one of them that starts improving their property,” he said.

So far Tom has purchased around 150 single-family homes and 70 condos. Some he has had to tear down to the studs to rebuild, others he has completely demolished before putting up a new structure.

“We want the home no one else will buy. If someone else will buy it and fix it, it probably is nice,” says Tom. “I want a house that is in horrible condition so we can fix the neighborhood.”

Tom evidently takes pride in his work too. When he fixes or builds a house, he puts up a sign saying Otto Engineering is rehabilitating the home to help retain the value of the neighborhood. He stakes the reputation of his company on the quality of the work being done. He wants people to know that the house they buy or rent from him is built with the same level of quality as the switches and high-precision electrical controls his company is known for.

And he wants residents to understand that they are not alone in their fight. “We want the homeowners to know that there is a future for the homeowner in the town, so that they don’t abandon their home, and so that they can continue to invest,” he says.

Tom obviously isn’t a fan of the “its the government’s job to fix things” socialist philosophy, but his story also dramatically differs from today’s capitalistic America.

Tom didn’t buy the houses for a quick flip to sell to investors from Australia or China. He wasn’t looking to build a rental empire for the profits. He bought those crumbling homes with the purpose of rebuilding his community.

When he sells a remodeled house, he prices it to cover his costs—and no more. He just wants out what he has put in, he says. To veterans, he cuts $10,000 from the listing prices. With the properties he rents, he leases them for around $200 per month below market value.

But Tom’s action isn’t just altruism. There is one important stipulation attached to his transactions. Whoever buys or rents one of his properties must agree to take care of and upkeep the property, especially the exterior that has such a big effect on property values and on how other people maintain their property. He has dozens of people lining up, so he can pick and choose who he wants to put in his houses.

Everyone benefits: realtors, mortgage brokers, property appraisers, framers, roofers, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, local businesses, buyers, homeowners, renters, city tax collections—who all get work and get paid—and yes, Tom Roeser too.

By helping rebuild Carpentersville, not only does Tom deter crime, but he helps insure the existence of a safe, stable and affordable community for his workforce and their families. Additionally, according to Tom, he also ensures that his customers, like Motorola, John Deere and the U.S. military, don’t get turned off by the urban decay when they come to visit.

It really is a win-win situation.

And it is a potential win-win situation that more community leaders and individuals like Tom need to aspire to if America is ever to prosper again.

Sadly, that won’t happen.

As Charles Murray, author of the book Coming Apart, notes: Back in the 1950s and ’60s, America’s elite—the Tom Roesers of society—were much more integrated with everyday society. The doctors, the lawyers, the scientists, the politicians, the PhDs, the ceos, lived in or near the very same communities that their employees and fellow workers did.

Murray gives the example of the Maytag Corporation, which was headquartered in Newton, Iowa. Originally, the owner, ceo and other executive officers lived in Newton, along with their employees. They got paid a bit better, and had slightly larger houses, maybe a swimming pool, but despite their “status” they weren’t really that different from everyone else. They were part of the local clubs, they attended community functions, their children went to the same schools as everyone else’s.

When problems hit their communities, America’s “elite” had a vested interest in finding a solution.

But over the years, corporate America has transformed. America’s elite have segregated themselves into isolated populations divorced from the reality faced by the rest of America.

In Maytag’s case, after the death of F.L. Maytag ii, it wasn’t long before the next generation of executives moved out of Newton and into more cosmopolitan regional centers. Soon thereafter, all the executives lived in far-away big cities.

Then, Maytag was sold, and the new owners shut down the Newton factory and moved it to Mexico.

In so much of America, the links between employee and employer are broken. Today, millions of American workers never see, never meet, never once interact with the executives they are working for. And as far as executives are concerned, their employees are merely a cost item on a balance sheet.

When company towns decay, corporate executives and America’s elite do little—not because they are greedy and callous, and not just because they don’t have the strong emotional and community attachments of previous generations who lived in the communities—but because they often aren’t there at all to notice what is happening in the first place.

Wall Street is divorced from Main Street. Even when a corporate executive may want to help, his first duty is often to his shareholders. Maximizing shareholder profit doesn’t necessarily align with employee welfare.

Despite the fact that America’s elite are wealthier than ever, there just aren’t as many Toms with the ability, the awareness and the desire to help reverse the decay.

That is not a good thing because more and more communities are going the way of Detroit.

I, too, live in a neighborhood that needs people to stand up and take responsibility for their families, community and property. Many people may not have the money backing them that Tom did, but it doesn’t need to take a lot of money to make an impact either.

What it takes is people willing to put in the work to mow the grass, and pull some weeds, to trim some trees and plant some flowers, to splash some paint and some cheer. What it takes are people willing to serve their neighbors, as well as themselves. What it takes are people willing to step out and lead by example—to be catalysts for their neighborhoods and catalysts for their nations.

Where are America’s leaders? Where are the rest of America’s ceo and big business owners? America needs leaders, not mere managers who are only interested in their jobs and concentrating on short-term profits. America needs people willing to not only talk the talk of helping the middle class, but walk the walk.

It’s the time- and energy-consuming walk of putting others ahead of self-interest that is important.

Tom is not quitting. He has found rebuilding Carpentersville so rewarding that he is expanding. He is taking the battle to neighboring East Dundee with a plan to help regenerate storefronts and other commercial buildings.

America needs more fighters like Tom, but the Bible says it won’t find them. As the Prophet Isaiah wrote, because of America’s national sins, the strong leaders have been taken away. To understand what that means for the nation, and the incredible hope beyond America’s current decline, read Lamentations: The Point of No Return by Gerald Flurry.