Germany Outlines New Strategy for a European Army

Germany Outlines New Strategy for a European Army

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German plans include forming a combined air force with the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

Rather than create a European army all at once, Germany should focus on building it bit by bit, according to a paper published this month by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (kaf). Germany should develop “islands of cooperation”—small groups of countries whose militaries work together—that can be used as “building blocks” of a pan-European military power, it wrote.

To dedicated Trumpet readers, this should sound very familiar. It is exactly what we described Germany doing in the August print edition of the Trumpet. Now you can read it in black and white, from a think tank that describes itself as “closely associated with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (cdu)”the party of Angela Merkel.

As noted in the August article, persuading all 28 nations of the EU to sign over their sovereignty and merge their armies into one force has been taking far too long. Germany wants results now.

The kaf’s paper laments the fact that progress toward substantial military cooperation had stalled “mainly due to the lack of political and various different reservations of the European countries.” To get around this obstacle, it suggested encouraging smaller groups of nations to make their own agreements “as a gradual approach to the long-term goal of complete defense integration.” Rather than give up control of their military to the EU, nations could instead share aspects of the military with two or three neighboring nations, gradually getting accustomed to the loss of sovereignty until they later give it over to a larger European entity.

The kaf sees the “islands of cooperation” approach as “only the second-best solution” compared with a combined European military. Germany still wants build a combined military if it can; the “islands” approach is simply more practical right now.

The report made several specific recommendations, the most striking being that Germany should act as the “lead nation of a common air force with the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.” It also suggested working with France and Poland to buy two joint support ships, as well as working with the Netherlands and Denmark to upgrade some frigates.

The report clearly demonstrates the enthusiasm for a combined European army from some of Germany’s most influential strategic thinkers. But there is also much enthusiasm for the idea within the United States.

The kaf listed three reasons why Europe should work together to improve its military. One of them is, “The upheavals in the Middle East, North Africa and the developments in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and the Caucasus.” The other two revolve around America.

The paper noted the “decreasing willingness of the United States … to resolve military conflicts … in the European environment, forcing the Europeans to take on more responsibility … for the stabilization of their neighborhood.” It also warned of America’s “discontent” that Europe is not doing more within nato.

America is pushing Europe to develop this common military.

nato’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is constantly demanding that Europe do more. Just last month, in a speech in Brussels, he said, “I believe that European nations can, and should, do more, to match America’s commitment.”

The kaf produced this paper ahead of a European Council Summit in 2013 that will focus on Common Security and Defense Policies (csdp) for the first time since 2003. It could be a very important summit. Think tanks, governments and multinational institutions have all been producing papers and statements in anticipation of the meeting. Several EU nations want fast progress on defense cooperation. Events in North Africa and the Middle East, along with the retreat of America, have given this summit an urgency that all previous meetings lacked.

Of course several nations, most notably Britain, are dead-set against a European army. But even Britain’s opposition is softening. Courcy’s Intelligence Service recently drew attention to a speech by a government spokesman for Britain’s Foreign Office, William Wallace, given at Kings College London, September 19.

“Today there is in London a genuine desire and commitment to making csdp as effective as possible in supporting international security and protecting Britain’s and Europe’s borders from potential threats,” said Wallace. “We are now increasingly aware of the helpful role the EU can play in bringing to bear the common will of 28 of the world’s most advanced economies.”

What Britain wants still falls far short of the ambitions of Germany. But it signals that the UK may be more willing to compromise.

Nonetheless, the EU has a long track record of fruitless meetings, and the December summit could still follow in this pattern. But what the kaf’s paper demonstrates is that even if the summit is a waste of time, Germany is determined to move on toward a European army regardless.

For more information on Germany’s efforts to build this army and the progress it has made so far, read our August article “Under Construction.”

North Korea Threatens U.S. … Again

North Korea Threatens U.S. … Again

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Why North Korea’s actions matter.

North Korea said it is placing its military on high alert on Tuesday. It warned the United States of “disastrous consequences” it would face for having sent an aircraft carrier and other warships into a South Korean port.

“[T]he units of all services and army corps level of the [North Korean army] received an emergency order from its supreme command to … keep themselves fully ready to promptly launch operations anytime … The U.S. will be wholly accountable for the unexpected horrible disaster to be met by its imperialist aggression forces’ nuclear strike means,” a spokesman for the army wrote on North Korea’s state-run news agency website.

This is only the latest in a string of threats North Korea has issued against the United States and South Korea.

Back in March, Pyongyang declared that it had nullified the 1953 truce that ended the Korean War, saying, “The U.S. has reduced the armistice agreement to a dead paper” by holding joint military drills with South Korea.

The North has repeatedly defied international laws banning development of its long-range and nuclear missiles, and experts believe the North now has the capacity to build as many as 10 nuclear bombs.

After the death of Kim Jong-il in December 2011, his son Kim Jong-un took up the reins of North Korea. Many analysts thought the transition would trigger a reversal in the country’s rogue behavior. After all, the young Kim Jong-un had received a Western education, and was an outspoken fan of Michael Jordan and James Bond films. Optimistic westerners said that what little information was available about Jong-un suggested that he might abandon the internal oppression and external belligerency that had marked the reigns of his father and grandfather.

But Jong-un is desperate to prove himself worthy to his nation’s hard-line military, and it is now clear that, under his rule, nuclear North Korea is more aggressive, more unpredictable and more dangerous than ever.

In February, Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear weapons test, prompting the United Nations to impose new sanctions on it. The North responded by threatening preemptive nuclear attacks on South Korea and the U.S.

“If we push the button, they will blast off and their barrage will turn Washington, the stronghold of American imperialists and the nest of evil … into a sea of fire,” Vice Defense Minister Kang Pyo-yang said.

But would the North actually attempt any attacks with its relatively primitive weaponry?

After the threat, Congressman Mike Rogers said the threats are not empty bluster: “They certainly have a ballistic missile that can reach U.S. shores. You have a 28-year-old leader who is trying to prove himself to the military, and the military is eager to have a saber-rattling for their own self-interest, and the combination of that is proving to be very, very deadly.”

Recent history has also taught the North that, shy of sanctions, there is no reason not to provoke U.S. allies. In 2010, a North Korean submarine sunk a South Korean vessel, killing 46 sailors. Later that year, troops from the North killed four South Koreans with an artillery barrage. Pyongyang was only slapped on the wrist for those incidents. It’s no surprise that its leaders believe they can antagonize again without retaliation from the U.S.

Although North Korean threats rarely materialize into action, they show the world that the U.S. is a broken-willed nation that can be threatened and antagonized without consequence. America’s tolerance of Pyongyang’s provocative bluster may signal to Iran, Russia and other enemies of the West that they too can get away with aggression and provocations.

Asia’s rising tensions point to dark times on the horizon. To understand more, read Russia and China in Prophecy.

Netanyahu Pleads With Europe for Help

Netanyahu Pleads With Europe for Help

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Israel wants Europe to help confront Iran.

“Stop it now while you are in a strong position to do so.” Those were the words issued by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of interviews with European news stations on October 10.

The interviews were conducted with news stations from some of the European heavyweights; Germany, France and the United Kingdom. To long-time readers of the Trumpet, the thought of Israel going to Europe for help—particularly Germany—should set off some prophetic alarm bells.

For many years the Trumpet has warned that a German-led EU is set to take on a destructive role in the Middle East as explained in Daniel 11:40. Our booklets Germany and the Holy Roman Empire and The King of the South give a thorough explanation of the identities of the kings of the north and south. They are the aforementioned German-led EU and a radical Islamic conglomeration, headed by Iran.

Israel is now calling on Europe to do more to stop the Iranians obtaining the nuclear bomb. The interviews came only days after Netanyahu addressed the United Nations on the same issue. As powerful as that speech was, Netanyahu was trying to convince a crowd that is already being fooled by Rowhani’s “moderate cloak.”

Although it might be difficult to convince the U.S. of the immediate danger of a nuclear-armed Iran, it may be far easier to convince the Europeans, who can be reached by Iran’s longer-ranging missiles such as the Shahab-4.

Mr. Netanyahu was quick to explain the stark realities that would come from Iran having the bomb. “If [the Iranian regime] is not stopped immediately, there won’t be just two bombs pointed toward you [the Europeans], but 200.”

Netanyahu’s plea to Europe is the latest example of Israel’s stepped-up focus on convincing European nations to intervene. On March 12, Israeli President Shimon Peres stood before the European parliament and begged for more European involvement in the region. It was the first time an Israeli leader has addressed the body in almost 30 years. President Peres focused on two specific issues: the importance of the European Union branding Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, and taking action against Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

During Netanyahu’s interviews, the Israeli prime minister told Europe to “be strict, be strong, be consistent.” Of course, this is exactly how Bible prophecy says Europe will act! The European mindset has been evident over the course of history. As Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote, “Germany has been at the heart of several resurrections of the “Holy” Roman Empire spanning more than 1,500 years. It thinks in terms of the Reich, which means empire.”

Netanyahu told the reporters that he keeps two photos on his desk. One is of Theodor Herzl, the founder of the Zionist movement, and the other is of Winston Churchill. The Israeli prime minister said we can all learn a lesson from Winston Churchill, because he stated, “Don’t let the Nazis arm. Don’t give immense power to an inflexible, extremist regime.” Netanyahu is trying to relate the Nazi rise to that of Iran, but he is missing the far greater danger!

In his article titled “A Whirlwind Prophecy,” Gerald Flurry wrote:

The Allies never rooted out that deep feeling after World Wars i and ii. After the Second World War, the Allies said, “It is our inflexible purpose to destroy German militarism and Nazism and to ensure that Germany will never again be able to disturb the peace of the world.” But look at the map and you can see who is really preparing for war! Just as in 1870, 1914 and 1939, German militarism is about to again disturb the peace!

The German people are prophesied to defeat the Iranian led king of the south, but that doesn’t mean the world will be a better place. At that point, there will be a great double-cross.

Read on in verse 41 of Daniel 11. It speaks of how the German-led European power will enter into the “glorious land.” Mr. Flurry continues:

It certainly seems that something would have to happen to cause the Jews to want Europe to march its armies into Israel to protect them.Yet study the rest of these prophecies! They show that this is when the world will witness the most devastating double-cross in history!”And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh,” Jesus warned (Luke 21:20).

When Netanyahu goes to Germany and Europe for help, he doesn’t realize what he is asking. A lack of understanding of the whirlwind prophecy and the double-cross to follow it are set to take Israel down a path that will lead to its own demise.

The good news behind this—for Israel, Germany and the whole world—is that as we see these things happening it is a sign further that the return of Christ is imminent. “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. … [W]hen ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand” (Luke 21:28, 31).

The Prince of the Power of the Air

The recent mass murderer in Washington, D.C. who killed thirteen people including himself, said that he was hearing voices. He also said he was led to do it by radio waves. There is one scripture in the New Testament that really does focus on understanding what the motive was in this mass shooting.

Daniel 11:42-23

Daniel 11:42-43 mention specific countries that will be deeply involved in fulfilling end-time prophecies. Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia factor heavily into these prophecies in Daniel. Current events in the Middle East are leading to the return of Jesus Christ!

How the U.S. Government Shutdown Is Affecting Asia

How the U.S. Government Shutdown Is Affecting Asia

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President Obama has canceled his trips to the East. China couldn’t be more pleased.

We Americans tend not to see past our own noses. Right now, the government shutdown is big news. Naturally, coverage is focused on domestic concerns, such as the completely unnecessary park closures that expose the childishness and vindictive spirit of this administration.

However, there are larger ripple effects of this closure—even global ramifications—we need to pay attention to.

After all, if Washington is internally paralyzed with inaction, how can it fulfill its international obligations as the world’s leading power? This is a question many leaders around the world are asking—some with concern, others with glee.

As Stratfor’s George Friedman wrote, if the nation “is both losing its internal cohesion and the capacity to govern … it would mean the United States would not be able to act in global affairs, and that in turn would mean that the international system would undergo a profound change” (October 8).

Consider what the shutdown means for Asia, particularly China.

For years the balance of power in Asia has been shifting. American influence has faded; China’s has blossomed. America’s nervous Asian allies are increasingly reevaluating their dependence on the U.S. and looking for alternatives.

China is doing all it can to step into that gap. It is positioning itself, quite successfully, as the powerhouse of Asia. And it views Washington’s childish infighting as a golden opportunity.

Because of the government stoppage, President Obama has canceled visits with four Asian countries and missed two regional summits. In addition, an American-Japanese military exercise scheduled for later this month in Japan was nixed. (A spokesman for Japan’s defense ministry said, “If cancellations continue on other events, the impact would be substantial.”)

This all plays beautifully into China’s hands.

It validates the concerns of those who fear America’s shrinking power, particularly within Asia. As Joseph de Courcy, reporting on this trend, wrote, “The credibility of the U.S.’s pivot to Asia, like the credibility of its Middle East policies, is being openly questioned. Even the economic element of the U.S.’s Asia pivot is looking unconvincing” (Courcy’s Intelligence Brief, October 9).

As American dependability looks shakier, China looks like the picture of stability. After President Obama dropped out from the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (apec) summit and the East Asia Summit, Carl Thayer, professor at the Australian Defense Force Academy, said, “For countries not closely allied with the U.S., Obama’s no-show will reinforce their policy of bandwagoning with China.”

The timing of these events was even more damaging for having occurred alongside another stunning demonstration of America’s weakness: its desperate acceptance of Russia’s highly dubious and calculated offer to take care of Syria’s chemical weapons. Here the United States deferred to another Asian power in order to avoid having to take action internationally.

Meanwhile, as President Obama conspicuously canceled his trip to Asia, China was active in his absence.

As Courcy reported, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, announced $30 billion worth of deals with Indonesia. He declared a “comprehensive strategic partnership” with Malaysia, including enhanced military ties. The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, publicly noted the success of the “golden decade” of China’s partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (asean)—during which bilateral trade has increased fivefold, from $80 billion to $400 billion. He announced that China’s aim was to increase that number to $1 trillion by 2020.

Then, for good measure, Beijing took a warning shot at the U.S. On Tuesday, China’s vice foreign minister, Zhu Guangyao, said flatly that “the clock is ticking,” and the U.S. had better resolve its political disputes in order to prevent a debt default. Why? It’s America’s responsibility “to ensure the safety of Chinese investments in the United States,” he said. Remember, China is America’s biggest creditor—it is estimated to hold at least $1.3 trillion in U.S. bonds. It possesses substantially more leverage over the U.S. than the other way around. And now the U.S. is simply handing China more reasons to gloat.

From its position of weakness, America’s strategy to contain China is essentially built around its alliance with Japan. More and more, the U.S. is encouraging Japan to break from the pacifist constitution—the constitution that America and its allies created. To the consternation of neighboring nations that still remember Japan’s brutal warmaking in World War ii (and which the U.S. has apparently long forgotten), Washington views a rearmed Japan—possessing first-strike capacity—as its best shot at keeping China in check.

This is a fundamentally flawed strategy. In the medium-to-long term, it will do nothing to suppress China’s rise. Ultimately it will actually serve to increase the power of what is soon to emerge as a heavily militarized, united Asian superpower.

The shift of power away from the U.S. and toward China isn’t merely an outgrowth of the recent U.S. government closure—this trend has been unfolding for years. The shutdown has simply highlighted it and, to a degree yet to be seen, exacerbated it.

Now, the culmination of this trend—an Asia that operates independently of America’s influence, and is likely dominated by China (and Russia)—looks increasingly inevitable. It appears America has been checkmated.

This is exactly as biblical prophecy said it would be, and which the Trumpet and its forerunner, the Plain Truth, has proclaimed for several decades. You can read our booklet Russia and China in Prophecy for proof.

The implications of that fact—that these events are taking place in precise accordance with divine proclamation—are truly worth investigating. These biblically prophesied events are hugely important—and they’re happening right in front of our noses.