Pope Francis: Europe’s Top Unifier

Pope Francis: Europe’s Top Unifier

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Europe’s prestigious Charlemagne Prize for promoting unity goes to the pope—an important sign of what’s to come.

Pope Francis is to be awarded Europe’s top prize for promoting unity.

That news will come as no surprise to those familiar with theTrumpet.com. For years we have said that the Catholic Church must play a powerful role in European unity.

The European Common Market has “so far … been unable to bring about full political union,” wrote Herbert W. Armstrong in his book The United States and Britain in Prophecy. “This will be made possible by the ‘good offices’ of the Vatican, who alone can be the symbol of unity to which they can look.”

Few see the signs of the Vatican playing this role, so far. Many of Europe’s modern leaders are from Europe’s very secular, multicultural left. But now, as Europe is becoming increasingly desperate for unity—with the euro, the border-free Schengen zone, and even the European Union itself under threat—we’re seeing more signs that it will look to the Vatican.

The International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen will go to Pope Francis, the prize committee announced on December 23. The prize is given to those who perform “exceptional work … in the service of European unity.”

Typically the prize is given in Aachen, the capital city of Charlemagne, Western Europe’s first great Catholic unifier. But in a special departure from tradition, this year it will be given in Rome.

Europe has gone through seven years of “weaknesses, crises and setbacks” causing “a dramatic loss of confidence” wrote the prize committee. “In these times, in which many citizens in Europe seek orientation,” the pope “sends a message of love and encouragement,” it wrote.

The Charlemagne Prize’s website states that the award’s recipients “are the people who most often work toward integration—and who are able to exercise a political influence.”

The prize is a timely reminder of the Catholic Church’s deep, but little noted, ties to the European project. Most of the EU’s “founding fathers” were staunch Catholics. To men such as Jean Monnet, Robert Schuman, Alcide De Gasperi, Otto von Habsburg and Konrad Adenauer, the European project was as much a religious ambition as it was a political ambition.

At the same time, the Catholic Church put its religious and political backing behind the project. In 1962, Topic, a prominent magazine in Britain at the time, wrote: “The Vatican, usually cautious over political changes not of its own inspiration, now considers the Common Market the work of divine providence. Not since the times of Spain’s Charles v has a Roman Catholic political force been so strongly welded. Not since the end of the Holy Roman Empire has the Holy See been offered a Catholic rallying point like the Common Market. If the ‘Pact of Rome,’ which created the Common Market, had been signed within the Vatican walls, it could not have favored the church more.”

The church is in the process today of canonizing both Schuman and De Gasperi. If it goes through, it will be the first time the church has canonized a secular political leader in hundreds of years.

Pope John Paul ii was the first pope to be given the Charlemagne Prize, awarded just before his death in 2004. He is the only person to ever be given the “Charlemagne Prize Extraordinary.” His award focused on his role in defeating communism, allowing Eastern and Western Europe to come together.

Pope Francis has merely continued the policy of many of his predecessors.

The Economist magazine writes that “the selectors are adamant that Pope Francis, more than anybody else, has breathed new life into the construction of Europe at a time when that effort was sagging.”

In their announcement of the pope’s selection, the award committee quoted from statements made by the pope directed at Europe—most heavily his 2014 address to the European Parliament.

Unity was the key focus of that parliamentary address. The pope said that he was there to bring “a message of hope and encouragement to all the citizens of Europe.”

“It is a message of hope, based on the confidence that our problems can become powerful forces for unity in working to overcome all those fears which Europe—together with the entire world—is presently experiencing,” he said.

“How, then, can hope in the future be restored, so that … there can be a rediscovery of that confidence needed to pursue the great ideal of a united and peaceful Europe?” he asked.

“I consider to be fundamental not only the legacy that Christianity has offered in the past … but above all the contribution which it desires to offer today, and in the future, to Europe’s growth,” he said.

While so many of the EU’s founders saw their work through a Catholic lens, many today do not. But at this crucial juncture, with Europe struggling for unity, it is the pope that is singled out as offering hope for the future.

And it is not just the Charlemagne Prize Committee that see this hope.

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation is the think tank for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. In Germany, all the political parties have a think tank affiliated with them to help formulate their policy. In November, the foundation produced a paper called “Microstate and Superpower—The Vatican in International Politics.”

Its conclusion is clear from the title. “At first glance, the Vatican is a microstate without massive resources,” the authors write. “Be that as it may, it does have a great deal of symbolic power, not least thanks to it partially sharing its identity with a world religion, which makes it a superpower after all, religiously, culturally and socially.”

More specifically, though, they note the power of the Catholic Church as a mediator and a unifier.

The Vatican, they write, “has, in fact, been involved in central decision-making and events of world politics for a long time, acting patiently behind the scenes, particularly since the middle of the 20th century.”

The lengthy, but fascinating, paper goes through example after example, from the Cold War right up to the present day where the Catholic Church has established itself as a mediator.

Representing a “third way between liberalism [that’s classical liberalism, rather than what Americans would call liberalism] and Marxism” the Vatican has developed considerable “soft power … based on its reputation as an honest broker, a role whose impact has been increasing since the end of the Cold War.”

Even beyond that, the foundation writes that “there are clear indications of efforts being made under Pope Francis’s leadership to reach out beyond the faith by putting forward ethical-universal arguments rather than Catholic-moral ones. … Consequently, the Holy See is developing into an informal authority on moral standards reaching far beyond the boundaries of Catholicism.” The pope is now reaching out to the world “not just as head of the church and head of state but as a moral authority,” it writes.

As unity is becoming an increasingly desperate need for all of Europe, the think tank for Angela Merkel’s party is considering the Vatican’s track record of bringing such unity.

Europe’s crises are far from over. As times get dark, this hope for unity held out by the Vatican will burn even brighter and gain even more attention.

The historical precedent for this source of unity goes far beyond the EU’s founding fathers. The Charlemagne Prize is certainly an appropriate award for the pope—Charlemagne also used the Catholic Church to bring unity to his empire 1,200 years ago. Charlemagne, or Charles the Great, brought a good chunk of the Continent together as one empire, and he did it through the help of one church.

As the Catholic Encyclopedia noted, Charlemagne’s legacy was “the idea of a Europe welded together out of various races under the spiritual influence of one Catholic faith and one vicar of Christ ….”

This is the heritage the Charlemagne Prize deliberately revives, and it’s one European leaders are very familiar with. History shows them that the road to European unity goes through the Vatican.

That same history can also show us where that road eventually leads. To read about the heritage Europe is drawing on right now, and where this joint venture with the Catholic Church will lead, read our free book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy.

Is Alzheimer’s Disease Fueled by Society’s Lack of Respect for the Elderly?

Is Alzheimer’s Disease Fueled by Society’s Lack of Respect for the Elderly?


A sea change in Western attitudes toward aging would benefit young and old alike.

Listen to the Trumpet Daily radio program that aired on January 1.

The Alzheimer’s pandemic has long been a dark riddle. But a new study says the main cause of the disease may be societies’ absence of respect for elderly people. It basically says that individuals who are conditioned by society to believe that they will lose their mental acuity and health when they grow old most likely will. But the Bible makes clear that viewing aging and the aged negatively is totally contrary to God’s law. The young should honor the aged, and older people should reject society’s negativity about aging and instead wear the gray hair, which the Bible calls the “crown of glory,” proudly! The biblical example of Caleb shows that aging does not have to be synonymous with decline. At age 85, he said he was “still just as strong” as he had been at age 40.

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Satan’s Destructive Battle Plan

Satan’s Destructive Battle Plan

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A fierce invisible force is on the loose in America today. To understand what is happening in this nation, look no further than the recent history of God’s own Church.

“We are living in a dangerous time,” former judge Jeanine Pirro said on December 5 during an opening statement on Fox News. “The jackals are at the door.” She said this in response to the December 2 San Bernardino terrorist attack, during which two radical Islamists massacred 14 people and injured 22 others at a holiday party.

In the wake of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, Pirro offered five points to America surviving and becoming safe. One of them in particular was alarming: “Get a gun. Buy one legally, learn how to shoot, and be primed to use it. I don’t care if you get a long gun, a handgun, a revolver, a semi-automatic.”

In the days following Pirro’s opening statement, it went viral on social media and received over 60 million views. You can be sure that a good number of people who watched the video agree with her. The American populace is alarmed, anxious and fearful. Americans are buying up guns at a record-setting pace.

The problems this nation faces cannot be solved with guns because they are spiritual in nature! A dual prophecy in Daniel 8:12 exposes the hideous spirit being behind America’s decline. There is only one solution.

A Little Horn

“And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land” (Daniel 8:9). Bible authorities agree that the little horn was Antiochus Epiphanes. (For proof, request our free booklet History and Prophecy of the Middle East.)

Antiochus led his Seleucid Empire southeast in 168 b.c. to attack the Ptolemys in Egypt. Before he got there, a Roman ambassador stopped him and said invading Egypt would spark a war against the Roman Empire. Antiochus withdrew his forces to avoid provoking Rome, and instead turned his wrath on the Jews.

The book of the Maccabees states that Antiochus killed 40,000 Jews and sold 40,000 more into slavery—in three days. He also erected a Seleucid stronghold next to the temple, commanded the Jews to worship Zeus, and sacrificed swine on the altars.

“Throughout the turbulent changes of its past history,” Werner Keller writes in The Bible as History, “Israel had been spared none of the horror and ignominy which could befall a nation. But never before, neither under the Assyrians nor under the Babylonians, had it received such a blow as the edict issued by Antiochus Epiphanes by which he hoped to crush and destroy the faith of Israel.”

“And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered” (verses 10-12). The abominations of Antiochus Epiphanes clearly fulfill this prophecy. He was so evil that several diabolical leaders in this end time are named after him!

A Demon Army

The Prophet Daniel addressed his end-time book to spiritual Israel, or the Church, and two nations of Israel: America and Britain. (Request The United States and Britain in Prophecy by Herbert W. Armstrong to learn the identity of biblical Israel.) We must watch for an Antiochus-type in both the Church and the nation today.

Let’s take another look at this pivotal passage in Daniel. “The host of heaven” from Daniel 8:10 is translated “the host of the stars” in the Revised Standard Version. The stars, or the angels of God, help God’s people when they obey. We lose that help when we rebel. A hideous invisible force stamped on God’s own Church “by reason of transgression”—because of the people’s sins! This happened after Mr. Armstrong’s death in 1986. It is happening in America right now. (For more information, request our free booklet America Under Attack.)

The word “host” is a military term. Strong’s Concordance defines it this way: a mass of persons, especially organized for war; and soldiers; army. The expression also means to muster soldiers for warfare. Host can refer to an army of demons, angels or men.

God has an army of angels and saints; Satan has an army of demons and men, in this case sinning saints turning away from God. This is a real war! Spiritual war is more dangerous than any physical war.

Verse 11 should read, “Yea, he magnified himself even against the prince of the host, and by him the daily … was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.” Satan and his army violently confronted the “prince of the host,” or Jesus Christ! Christ explains the meaning of this prophecy to His loyal remnant.

The end-time religious Antiochus subverted God’s Church from within. “And an host was given him against the daily … by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered” (verse 12). “It,” or the demon army, “cast down the truth to the ground.” Antiochus is a physical man swayed by Satan to overthrow the Church. The real power comes from the demon army. For 1,150 days, God gave no new truth to His people. For 1,150 days, Satan suppressed the gospel message (Daniel 8:14; English Standard Version).

Here’s what I wrote in America Under Attack:

The obvious question arises, why would God allow such a terrible thing to happen? The answer is back in Daniel 8:12. That verse describes this satanic spirit army wreaking destruction within God’s Church. And notice: It says it was “by reason of transgression.” The sins of the people gave Satan his opening. Their prayers to God are not being answered. That is why Antiochus can do all of his dirty work: because there’s so much sin going on inside Israel. … The sin within gave the devil his opening. Once Satan got inside, he went right into the sanctuary,working through the leaders at the top, and cast the truth to the ground! That is how Satan destroyed God’s Church.

Communist Infiltration

Something is not right in America. Many Americans will tell you that. Way back in 1956, Herbert W. Armstrong wrote about a new kind of warfare undertaken by Russia against America:

What we fail to grasp, in the struggle with Russia, is this: We are not fighting a single nation in a military war, but a gigantic worldwide, plain-clothes army, masquerading as a political party, seeking to conquer the world with an entirely new kind of warfare. It’s a kind of warfare we don’t understand, or know how to cope with. It uses every diabolical means to weaken us from within, sapping our strength, perverting our morals, sabotaging our educational system, wrecking our social structure, destroying our spiritual and religious life, weakening our industrial and economic power, demoralizing our armed forces, and finally, after such infiltration, overthrowing our government by force and violence! All this, cleverly disguised as a harmless political party! Communism is worldwide psychological warfare!

As I wrote recently, Communists infiltrated the Democratic Party in the 1960s and the 1970s. Just as he did to the Church, Satan is overthrowing America from within. He is using a political Antiochus to destroy the faith of the American people—not their bodies or physical possessions.


Constitutional law professor Louis Michael Seidman made an appalling statement in a 2013 cbs Sunday Morning commentary. “If we are to take back our own country, we have to start making decisions for ourselves, and stop deferring to an ancient and outdated document,” he said, referring to the Constitution. This is the equivalent of a pastor saying the entire Bible is useless! Anti-constitutional reasoning is becoming quite popular today.

“The Constitution is the supreme law of the land—much of it based on biblical principles,” I wrote in America Under Attack. “That means we are descending into deadly, anti-God lawlessness!”

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44). Satan hates truth. He has totally rejected all truth from God. It’s no wonder we see the Constitution under siege in America today.

Faith-filled men wrote the Constitution. This document has its flaws, but it is the greatest writing on law that man has ever produced! Straying from the Constitution means diving headlong into human reasoning, which is “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). Without the Founding Fathers’ guiding hand, America will descend into chaos and anarchy.

The Solution

It is obvious that our main concern should be the invisible evil powers destroying America, not any physical threat. We need much more than guns to solve America’s problems. God says the American people are to blame—not any national leader or political party. Everyone is ensnared in sin. We must face our sins to even begin to turn things around.

God protects His loyal remnant with an angelic army. He leads the people through a physical man. We have the awesome power of God on our side! Satan and his demon army are no match for that. God can easily defeat Him—if we have the faith.

Jesus Christ will soon return and replace the systems of man with the perfect rule of God. Satan knows his time is short, so he is causing as much destruction as possible before God personally stops him (Revelation 12:12). God will bring man the peace and happiness he has always sought, in spite of man’s rebellion. We are being cursed instead of blessed, but that won’t last for long. There is great hope in man’s future.

Saving Ramadi

Saving Ramadi


Losing the nation

An Iraqi flag now flutters over government buildings in the city of Ramadi. After seven months in the hands of the Islamic State, Iraqi troops once again control the city.

But unless the Iraqi government is prepared to make some dramatic changes, the victory will be fleeting. Iraq’s religious and ethnic divides foster instability and create fertile grounds for Islamic State resurgence. Impending decisions by the government—should it seriously wish to destroy the Islamic State—could significantly reshape Iraq’s geopolitical climate in 2016.

One way or another, if the Islamic State is to be eradicated from the nation, the Iraqi government must be prepared to relinquish some power. To drive the Islamic State out, the government must gain the help of the Sunni populace or find some way to replace it.

The Sunni Necessity

Sunnis make up less than 40 percent of the demographic in Iraq. But despite being a minority, they are key players in the war on the Islamic State.

Consider what happened back in June 2014. The predominantly Sunni city of Mosul fell to the terrorists. But as Islamic State terrorists waltzed into Iraq’s second-largest city, they were met with barely any resistance. The population of the city had grown tired of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his pro-Shiite policies. For years the pro-Iranian prime minister had been shunning and ostracizing the Sunni minority across the country.

There is little wonder then that the Sunnis in Mosul didn’t bat an eye as the Iraqi forces were driven over the Tigris River and back to Baghdad.

In an article titled “Bombs Can’t Defeat ISIS, but Iraq’s Sunnis Can” the Independent pointed to the Islamic State gaining strength “from an established web of interpersonal and inter-organizational links.” That web is woven through the Sunni populace.

Islamic State: A Political Partner

That isn’t to say that all Sunnis are cut from an identical ideological cloth as the Islamic State. Not all Sunnis who support the Islamic State do so because of its conduct. In the New York Times bestseller ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, coauthors Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan explain how some Sunnis are motivated by politics more than religion.

Many Sunnis consider themselves hard done by. First they lost power in Iraq when Sunni leader Saddam Hussein was overthrown and Maliki—a Shiite—was installed by the United States. His pro-Shiite, pro-Iranian policies led to deep sectarian rifts and violence.

Jumping forward to today, Iran has troops stationed in Iraq, it has heavy sway in Iraq’s political sphere, and it enjoys burgeoning popularity among Iraq’s Shiite communities.

Further enraging Sunnis, reports of Qassem Suleimani and his heavy-handed brigades are becoming widespread. Sunnis are suffering more and more as Shiite forces “liberate” towns from the Islamic State. The militias take the Sunni population from one subjugation to another.

Over the border in Syria, more atrocities are carried out on Sunnis by Shiite leader Bashar Assad and his pro-Shiite allies.

With little leadership shown by neighboring Sunni nations and the U.S., the Sunnis in Iraq are left with very few options when it comes to countering Iranian hegemony and the surging power of Shia Islam in the Middle East.

As Weiss and Hassan state, “They [the Sunnis] view the struggle in the Middle East as one between Sunnis and an Iranian-led coalition, and they justify ultraviolence as a necessary tool to counterbalance or deter Shia hegemony.”

A Rift Too Wide

When you look at the damage to Sunni-Shiite relations in Iraq, coercing the Sunnis to support Shiite military action in northern Iraq looks improbable. The Shiite government might want to bring the Sunnis on board, but the chasm in relations has been edging larger and larger with every allegation of bias decisions against Sunnis over the last decade.

Creating a remedy for the Sunni population’s many grievances could prove exceedingly difficult, if not impossible. It would mean acquiescing on demands for more Sunni power in the government. This alone would be a bitter pill to swallow for most Iraqi government officials.

Iran wouldn’t look too kindly on handing more power to the Sunnis either. While current Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi doesn’t appear as deep in Iran’s pocket as his predecessor Maliki was, Iran’s sway over the nation cannot be ignored. Abadi owes a great debt to Iran. Tehran has led, funded and trained the Shia militias that now guard the roads to Baghdad. Without them, the Islamic State might well have pushed to the gates of the capital.

Iran doesn’t want to see Iraq fall to the Islamic State. But neither does it want to see years of work infiltrating and manipulating the government undermined if the Iraqi government tries to appease the Sunnis.

Nobody wants to lose power. It is as simple as that. After the recapture of Ramadi, Abadi may decide that victory is achievable without the support of local Sunnis—thereby avoiding the need to kowtow to the Sunnis. This may signal a far more dangerous turn in Iraq for 2016.

If Abadi doesn’t try to gain Sunni support, the sectarian rift may widen further. And there is still the matter of the Islamic State to be dealt with. Without the Sunnis, Abadi must look elsewhere for help.

And who is offering air and ground support, training, armaments and funding? Iran.

Tehran has already been given far more leeway in Iraq than ever should have been allowed. With both Fallujah and Mosul being larger, more densely populated, and better defended than Ramadi, Iraq will be in need of more troops, more tanks, more air cover.

Without the aid of the general population, Abadi will need to use force of arms to keep the Islamic State from returning. Right now Iran looks to be the only likely source.

Keep watching, because the Iraqi government will play a dangerous game in 2016. If it refuses to cooperate with the Sunni population and gain its aid in the fight against the Islamic State, then the government will need to forfeit more sovereignty to a military force willing to step in and help. Iran is ready and waiting.

Daniel 8:12—A Dual Prophecy

Nearly 30 years ago, a dark spiritual force overthrew God’s Church from within. The Prophet Daniel foretold the same outcome in America.

Week in Review: The Charlemagne Prize, Iran’s Missile Program, Russia and China’s Hybrid Warfare, and More

Week in Review: The Charlemagne Prize, Iran’s Missile Program, Russia and China’s Hybrid Warfare, and More

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All you need to know about everything in the news this week

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Germany, migrants and Angela Merkel’s big lie

  • All is not well in Germany: Growing numbers of German people are becoming unhappier, not just with migrants, but also with the current German leadership.
  • Many Germans believe that Angela Merkel and her pro-migrant allies in the government and the media have deliberately lied to them about the migrant crisis in Europe.
  • Trumpet columnist Brad Macdonald wrote that, as a consequence, “Angela Merkel is turning the German people into a ticking time bomb!”
  • Pay attention,” he concluded. “An explosion is coming.”
  • Pope wins Charlemagne Prize

  • The International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen is traditionally awarded to an individual who has performed “exceptional work … in the service of European unity” and “most often work[s] toward integration—and who [is] able to exercise a political influence.”
  • In 2015, the individual chosen was Pope Francis.
  • Europe has gone through seven years of “weakness, crises and setbacks” causing “a dramatic loss of confidence” wrote the prize committee. “In these times, in which many citizens in Europe seek orientation, [Pope Francis] sends a message of love and encouragement.”
  • The legacy of Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, unfortunately, is anything but holy or glorious. You can read about it from any history book. You can also read about it—and more—in our free book The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy.
  • White House delays imposing new sanctions on Iran

  • Iran deserves the punishment of economic sanctions for its ballistic missile program: It conducted at least two ballistic missile tests last year in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
  • The White House announced plans for new sanctions on Iran in this regard. Then it announced an indefinite delay in the imposition of those sanctions.
  • “If the president’s announced sanctions ultimately aren’t executed,” commented Rep. Mike Pompeo, “it would demonstrate a level of fecklessness that even the president hasn’t shown before.”
  • Russia and China’s hybrid warfare

  • In an article titled “Brave New War,” the Atlantic noted that Russia and China were at the forefront of championing a new form of warfare during 2015.
  • “It’s a brave new war without beginning or end, where the borders of peace and war, serviceman and civilian have become utterly blurred—and where you and I are both a target and a weapon.”
  • Losing the Panama Canal

  • December 31 was the 16th anniversary of the United States giving the Panama Canal back to the Panamanians.
  • The Panama Canal—one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World—is a strategic waterway that has greatly contributed to the wealth and success of the United States.
  • For centuries, world powers have coveted the trade opportunities that this gate would open up—from the Holy Roman Empire under Charles v, to Scotland, to Germany and to France. But none succeeded with the building project until the United States did from 1904 to 1914.
  • America’s gain (and loss) of the Panama Canal is an astounding fulfillment of prophecies documented in The United States and Britain in Prophecy and He Was Right.
  • Other news:

  • Up to 80 elementary school-aged children in Britain seek help to change their gender every year. In some of the children, the “transition” begins as early as age 4.
  • For the first time in more than a decade, all categories of crime rose across Los Angeles in 2015. This increase comes after a decade of sharp decreases in crime rates.
  • Muammar Qadhafi had the Green Book. Mao Zedong had the Little Red Book. Adolf Hitler had Mein Kampf. Russian President Vladimir has a book of his own that’s now required reading for his subordinates: Words That Change the World. It’s a book of “prophetic” quotes by the former kgb agent and now Russia’s strongman.
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