Germany Continues Takeover of European Militaries

If you closely follow Europe politics, you will have heard about cooling relations between Germany and Poland.

This was especially true after Mr Trump’s visit to Europe. Just look at the warm reception he received in Poland, and the frosty reception in Germany.

There are significant differences between the two. But behind those headlines, these 2 are moving closer in very important ways.

Between July 9 and 11 significant leaders of the Polish and German armies to discuss enhanced cooperation.

It was an important step in a plan that began back in 2014, where the two sides agreed they would swap battalions.

The German 411th panzer grenadier battalion will service the Polish 34th armoured cavalry brigade, and the Polish 1st panzer battalion will serve in the German 41st panzer grenadier brigade.

That’s a significant level of cooperation. Not as large as the Dutch-German cooperation, where the majority of the Dutch army is now under German command. But it’s still a big deal, with hundreds of Polish troops servicing the German army and vice versa. It’s going to bring them much closer together.

As I mentioned, this started in 2014. In October 2015 there was an election in Poland and a new party, the Law and Justice Party came to power. They are traditionally not at all friendly to Germany.

The cooperation paused. But did not stop. And it has started up again, and as this meeting shows, it is gaining momentum. The units are now training together, getting ready to be integrated with the army from the other country.

At this meeting between the Inspector-General of the German Army and a Polish Brigadier-General both agreed for more cooperation, more exchanges, more projects. The two militaries will coordinate their training together and hold regular meetings.

This isn’t the only cooperation between the two. The Polish army relies on the German Leopard 2 tank and over the past couple of years have signed significant contracts to have German companies upgrade them.

Last year the two began working together to form a joint Submarine Operating Authority. Poland is setting up its submarines so they can link into the German management system. And Germany plays a major role in NATO’s Multinational Corps Northeast, responsible for defending Poland and the Baltic states, and stationed on Polish soil.

All this shows that despite some of the political differences between Poland and Germany right now, they’re still moving forward in very concrete and practical ways. Poland hasn’t invested all of its eggs in the American basket. It is still looking to get German help, especially when it comes to the military.

It’s also an important signal of where Poland would stand on European military cooperation right now. Some are saying that Poland would be against a European army right now, because of this distrust of Germany. There is certainly distrust there. But again, look at the facts on the ground. Poland does not want to slam the door on German military help, and are actually moving closer to Germany when it comes to military cooperation.

It is also another example of Germany drawing in other countries to its military. It already commands most of the Dutch army. It has made, major agreements with the Czech republic and Romanian, bringing their brigades into the German army. They’re talking about creating a multinational panzer division under German command. Be sure to continue to watch Germany building up a European army this way.

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Members of the Iraqi forces celebrate in the Old City of Mosul on July 10, after the government announced the liberation of the embattled city from the Islamic State.

Iran’s Deep Infiltration Into Iraq Was Prophesied

After decades of struggling for Iraq, the big winner that has emerged is the Iranian regime.

After three years of Islamic State control, Iraqi forces were finally able to regain control of Mosul, prompting Iraq’s United States-backed prime minister to declare victory last week. Eradicating the Islamic State from Iraq’s second-largest city certainly is a victory—but not for Iraq, or the U.S.

Iran is “shaping up to be one of the biggest winners in the struggle with Washington for influence in Baghdad and across the region,” the Wall Street Journal wrote on July 10.

“Authorities in Tehran have been quick to hail the battle against the Sunni extremists in Mosul as a triumph for them and their regional allies,” the article continued. Mosul is a critical strategic gain for Iran as it makes it easier for their militias to “ship weapons through northern Iraq and neighboring Syria to the Hezbollah militia Iran supports in Lebanon.”

And Mosul is not even the half of it, as Tim Arango noted recently in the New York Times. In a front-page feature on July 16, Arango fully exposed just how deep and diverse the Iranian infiltration into all aspects of Iraqi society has been—militarily, politically, culturally and economically:

Walk into almost any market in Iraq and the shelves are filled with goods from Iran—milk, yogurt, chicken. Turn on the television and channel after channel broadcasts programs sympathetic to Iran.

A new building goes up? It is likely that the cement and bricks came from Iran. …

Across the country, Iranian-sponsored militias are hard at work establishing a corridor to move men and guns to proxy forces in Syria and Lebanon. And in the halls of power in Baghdad, even the most senior Iraqi cabinet officials have been blessed, or bounced out, by Iran’s leadership.

The headline of that Times piece reads like something you may have read at 10 or 15 years ago: “Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. Opened Door.” The website version of that headline was even more Trumpet-esque: “Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over’(emphasis added throughout).

“When the United States invaded Iraq 14 years ago to topple Saddam Hussein, it saw Iraq as a potential cornerstone of a democratic and Western-facing Middle East,” the Times wrote. “From Day 1, Iran saw something else: a chance to make a client state of Iraq. … In that contest, Iran won, and the United States lost.”

As early as 1992, my father indicated the possibility of Iran gaining control of Iraq. Then, in 1994, he asked in this bold headline, “Is Iraq About to Fall to Iran?” Iran is the most powerful nation in the Middle East, he wrote more than two decades ago. “Can you imagine the power they would have if they gained control of Iraq, the second-largest oil producing country in the world?” He went on to say that the main reason America left Saddam Hussein in power after the first Gulf War was to prevent Iran from taking over!

Fast-forward to 2003—the year the United States knocked out Saddam and his brutal regime. In June of that same year, my father wrote another article underneath this headline: “Is Iraq About to Fall to Iran?” He wrote:

Now the U.S. has taken [Saddam Hussein] out of the way. But does America have the will or strength to guard the spoils of war? Prophecy states that it does not.

Have we now cleared the way for Shiite Iran to rule over Shiite Iraq? …

Now that Iraq has been taken out of the picture, Iran is even closer to becoming the reigning king of the Middle East. It may seem shocking, given the U.S. presence in the region right now, but prophecy indicates that, in pursuit of its goal, Iran will probably take over Iraq.

Today’s headlines reveal just how prescient the Trumpet’s forecast was 15 or 20 years ago. Even as the U.S. was overpowering Saddam’s regime, my father was pointing out signs of American weakness. He said even though President George W. Bush’s administration vowed to prevent an Iranian-style theocracy from taking over Iraq, “there are also signs in the way it is rebuilding the country that show a fundamental lack of political will to see this pledge through. Perhaps it will not be during the term of the current president, but the Bible shows that America will fail to contain Iran the way it hopes to.”

How true that last statement turned out to be! “Already, it is clear that Iran is eyeing the situation for opportunities,” my father wrote in 2003. “It would like nothing more than to extend its influence over the majority Shiite population in Iraq and assume control over its massive oil wealth.”

In that recent New York Times piece, Tim Arango quoted one outspoken critic of Iran as saying that the Iranians had outsmarted the Americans. She said, “America didn’t protect Iraq. They just toppled the regime and handed the country over to Iran.”

Now go back and read my father’s June 2003 article from the Trumpet magazine. Really, this entire issue is pertinent, but this article in particular. Also study my father’s booklet The King of the South, originally written in 1996 and updated after America toppled Saddam’s regime in 2003. My father wrote, “The U.S.’s removal of Saddam Hussein in 2003 opened the way for Iran to heavily infiltrate Iraq, providing armaments, financing and training to Shiite militias, sending thousands of operatives into the country, and establishing economic ties with it. Moreover, the most powerful political party in Iraq is allied with Tehran. This could be a decisive factor causing Iraq to fall under Iran’s control.”

In 2017, you can find a lot of headlines that say Iraq has fallen to Iran. In 1994, you could find the same news—23 years in advance from the Trumpet.

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Stark analysis from a former defense chief

“The luck we had over the 20th century will not prevail in the life of my grandchildren.”

When it comes to understanding the national security threats facing Australia, it would be hard to find anyone more qualified than the chief of defense. From 1998 to 2002, that man was Adm. Chris Barrie. He made the above comment during a July 14 interview for The Link.

While the discussion was intended to focus on the North Korean threat, Barrie’s chilling commentary expounded on a wide variety of dangers arrayed against the “lucky country.”

The reputable warning is similar in many ways to those the Trumpet has sounded for more than two decades. As late Trumpet columnist Ron Fraser wrote in the booklet Australia—Where to Now?, “Australia is a non-nuclear-armed minnow floating on the southern rim of a rapidly expanding nuclear-enabled East Asian bloc.”

The Trumpet has repeatedly warned that Australia, along with the entire world stands on the brink of the next world war. Barrie’s predictions offer a glimpse into the similar thinking of Australia’s top brass.

End of the Golden Years

Barrie spoke at length about how events are mirroring those preceding both world wars. He lamented the fact that his grandchildren would not have it as good as he did.

As Barrie noted, aside from the few men and women deployed to the Middle East in recent decades, Australia has not been touched by battle. He fears that those days are now over and that Australia must come to terms with nation-versus-nation warfare in our lifetime.

The admiral is convinced that Australia will not be able to avoid such total war. He also believes that his progeny will not only face an increasingly hostile world, they will also lack the capacity to deal with it.

During the Cold War, there were open channels between the likes of Moscow and Washington. Today, radical dictators hidden behind bamboo curtains threaten to hit the big red button at a moment’s notice. The lack of dialogue means “the risk of miscalculation is much higher.” We lack the capacity to contain such irrational dictators. Nationalism and one-man rule are just two of the factors that have convinced Barrie that war is near at hand.

“In my view, there is an unacceptably high risk that there will be a general war in the next 50 years. … All the signs are pointing the wrong direction,” he said. He referenced American isolation as well as the British Empire not being around to provide leadership. Without powerful allies, Australia is dangerously exposed.

Today’s politicians dither on military buildup and squabble over defense contracts. Meanwhile, China is on track to have the largest naval fleet in the world by 2030 with 415 warships.

China has already won in the South China Sea. Man-made islands in the region now extend China’s military reach deep into Australasia. Warplanes have already been sighted on the new island runways.

As Trumpet writer Jeremiah Jacques wrote, “China has learned that, partly thanks to North Korea’s distracting belligerence, the South China Sea now essentially belongs to Beijing.” Be sure to read his full article “Congratulations, Beijing. The South China Sea Is Now Yours.


Now this is where the progressives will certainly burst into raucous laughter. “Invasion?” they scoff. “In our day and age?” To suggest Australia could get embroiled in a total war is one thing, but for a foreign power to invade seems a little more like something out of a John Marsden novel.

Yet that is exactly what Barrie warned of.

He bases his concerns on Australia’s sparse landscape. “How Australia is going to look in 2050 with 46 million people in a region of 7 billion people is beyond my imagination,” he said.

The interviewer responded, “This means that in your grandchildren’s lives, they could lose this country!”

“Correct. … Prepare for the second invasion of Australia because a lot of those people are going to come here,” Barrie responded.

Remember this isn’t coming from any old Joe Bloggs. This is a former defense chief! And he is telling us to prepare for invasion.

Do you think this interview made front-page news?


The reality for Australia is this: It isn’t just the leadership that is sleepwalking to war—it is the whole nation. There may be a few members of the public roused from sleep, but they are the exception, not the rule. People are more interested in a State of Origin rugby match than they are the sovereignty of their homeland.

Australia truly is sleepwalking to war. Our isolation from conflict looks set to be our undoing. War could never reach our pristine beaches and green hinterland, right? Wrong.

In a May interview with the Australian, Barrie stated, “All those [prewar] conditions exist now. But we … have forgotten what happens when nations go to war and lots of people lose their lives. We have lost a lot of that memory since 1945.”

We wrote on this Aussie trait in an article titled “The Australian Diet of Avocados and Ignorance.”

Differing Outcome

Here is where Barrie and the Trumpet part ways. The admiral believes that Australia has time to pull up its bootstraps and get to work. In his eyes, with skillful diplomacy and a reinvigorated defense force, Australia will survive the oncoming calamity.

The Trumpet predicts a different outcome—one based not on our own speculation but on the Word of God. Over a third of the Bible is prophecy—news in advance. And of that prophecy, the vast majority is for our time right now. Barrie believes we need strong leadership—perhaps a modern-day Winston Churchill. But read Isaiah 3 and how it speaks of the leadership void afflicting our society today. Our article “The Death of Churchillian Leadership” explains this curse in detail. Isaiah 3 is just one of thousands of prophesies about our day today!

During his interview, Barrie said, “When that first shot gets fired, you do not know where this is going to end up.” But you can know! When you look at Bible prophecy and understand the God-inspired content, you can absolutely see where this is going to end up!

If you want to know how fulfilled prophecy applies to you personally, one of the best places to start is by reading Herbert W. Armstrong’s free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy. Through Bible prophecy, God offers you insight that analysts long for—the ability to know what is coming before it comes!

Now don’t just nod and rejoin the sleepwalkers. Approach God’s prophecies with open eyes and an open mind and you will prove His Word to be accurate.

Australia—and much of the world—is sleepwalking toward war. You don’t have to join the ranks.

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