30 Years On: Germany Turns Against Its Liberator
Rapid city—Thirty years ago, Germany officially reunified on October 3. It was a day of great rejoicing for millions of Germans and many more around the world. The event was seen as a triumph for democracy and the liberal West. The United States had fought for decades to make it possible.
The Memorial Park at the center of Rapid City, South Dakota, features one of America’s largest Berlin Wall exhibits. The signs at the memorial speak of the American–German alliance and remind visitors of the sacrifice it took to liberate Germany. One reads: “The Berlin Wall Memorial—Given to Rapid City by Generous Citizens Mindful of the Price of Freedom.”
It is particularly moving when one considers how the liberated Germany now views its liberator with disdain.
“To anyone who lived during the Cold War, the Berlin Wall was an indelible symbol of the 40-plus-year conflict between freedom and totalitarianism,” the Rapid City Journal noted in 2009.
In the Cold War era, Berlin, located in East Germany, was surrounded by territory occupied by the Soviet Union. But Western powers were determined to divide Berlin—like the rest of Germany—into four zones: the three in the west controlled by the Allies and forming West Berlin; the fourth, East Berlin, was the Soviet sector. Berlin thus became the stage of a showdown between the West and Soviet Russia.
While Russia was determined to suppress Germany, the U.S. fought to liberate the country and establish a democracy in the heart of Europe. Among their heroic efforts were the unforgettable Rosinenbomber—the Raisin Bombers, also known as Candy Bombers: the American and British aircraft that, during the Soviet Berlin Blockade in 1948–49, brought supplies to West Berlin to prevent a forced starvation.
Pieces of the shattered Berlin Wall were installed in Rapid City in 1996 to memorialize this history. When one reads the signs on this memorial today, it is sobering to consider how quickly Germany turned from exhibiting gratitude toward the U.S. to contempt.
In “The Biggest Problem With Trump Is His Voters,” Spiegel Online columnist Henrik Müller noted, “It is a scandal that Donald Trump can still win the presidential election—despite all the wrongdoings and atrocities. How can that be? The answer is not good.” He continued:
In fact, the U.S. presidential election should have been decided long ago. And completely regardless of which side you are on in individual political questions. It’s no longer about that. The main thing is now. Those who take the rule of law and democracy seriously cannot actually vote for this incumbent.
A recent Spiegel cover story portrayed President Trump as a dictator in the making.
A large part of democracy is having the freedom to vote. Just a generation ago, millions of Germans did not enjoy this freedom. It was largely due to the U.S. that democracy spread in Europe, saving Germany from more than one dictatorship.
President Trump promotes democracy and combats many socialist policies increasingly being endorsed by the radical left in America. He upholds the free market economy. President Trump has also sanctioned the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that connects Germany with Russian gas and poses a serious threat to many East European countries. (To learn more about Nord Stream 2, click here.)
The German media are increasingly stirring hatred not only against President Trump, but also against his millions of supporters. Vigilant observers should be alarmed.
America and Britain invested heavily in rebuilding West Germany after the war; they fought to stop the spread of communism and to liberate and empower Germany against Soviet Russia. Anyone looking at Germany today should ask the same question Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry did in 2000: “Have we now created—with American and British money—a second Frankenstein monster that will turn on us?”
We are seeing more and more evidence that Germany is not just upset with one U.S. president. In discrediting American leadership, Germany is helping to fuel a search for an alternative leader of the free world. Already one of the most talked about alternatives is Germany.
On May 9, 1945, Herbert W. Armstrong said, “The war is over, in Europe—or is it? We need to wake up and realize that right now is the most dangerous moment in United States national history, instead of assuming we now have peace!”
America has not heeded Mr. Armstrong’s warning; it has instead trusted Germany to help secure global peace. Under President Trump many on the left even within America are encouraging Germany to lead the world. The Bible warns emphatically that such peace will not come unless His people turn in repentance to Him and lead the world to peace. Every attempt at peace ends in failure unless God is behind it.
Isaiah 59:8 reads: “The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.”
Because mankind has failed to learn God’s way of peace, animosities and hatred between nations grow. They are destined to culminate in another world war. The Bible also reveals that Germany will start this coming war—like it has started both world wars (request a free copy of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire).
Many believed that the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989, and the reunification of Germany and its alliance with the West were a sure sign of democracy’s spread throughout the world. But ever since 1990, the Trumpet has warned, based on numerous Bible prophecies, that Germany will once again betray Britain and America. We are now nearing the fulfillment of this prophecy. To learn more request a free copy of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire. In this booklet, Mr. Flurry explains in detail why men’s efforts for peace have always failed and will indeed lead to such great devastation that God Himself has to intervene. This booklet also contains powerful proof that the world events of today were foretold by your Bible—that an all-powerful Creator is controlling the events of today. That crucial dimension to world news contains a powerful hope—world events all unfolding according to God’s plan—and He has a great future in mind for America, Germany and all the nations of the world.