Germany’s Balkan Coup

Unrest in Macedonia is the final piece of the puzzle. Here’s how German-led Europe conquered the Balkans in just a decade.
From the May 2001 Trumpet Print Edition

“It is our inflexible purpose to destroy German militarism and Nazism and to ensure Germany will never again be able to disturb the peace of the world,” wrote Winston Churchill in a signed document with Franklin Roosevelt after World War ii (emphasis mine here and throughout). The past decade of Balkan destabilization sadly proves this noble three-pronged goal an abject failure. Why?

First: German militarism is being encouraged by the involvement of German combat forces in the Balkans and German leadership of the developing European Union rapid reaction force.

Second: Nazism is back. This time it’s disguised in the form of the political “Third Way,” the socialist-fascist doctrine cloaked in business suits extant in globalist strategy boardrooms and enmeshed in mile-long treaties. Hitler’s Reich is replaced by the European Union, the long-desired revival of the ancient Holy Roman Empire.

Third: Germany is once again disturbing the peace of the world, unified now for a decade and emboldened by its role as the supreme European power. In 1991 it, with strong Vatican support, pressured the United Nations, United States and European Union member nations into recognizing the breakaway Yugoslav states of Slovenia and Croatia. In an effort to humble Serbia, its most ardent enemy in Europe, it plunged the region into its greatest conflict since World War ii, fracturing all six states of Yugoslavia in the process. It caused the destruction of the capital, Belgrade, causing the greatest European refugee crisis in 50 years and laying the groundwork for a German-led peace enforcement initiative to secure the Balkans as the EU’s first colonial extension.

Recent local violence and diplomatic posturing by the EU in the former Yugoslav state of Macedonia represents the final piece of the Balkan puzzle falling into place for the Germans. In just ten years they will shortly have achieved their goal of Balkan domination. All that they await now is for the U.S. to withdraw its troops and peacemaking responsibilities to be handed over to the EU.

Prescription for Chaos

The Balkan region has long been known for its ethnic rivalries. But after World War ii it enjoyed relative stability under Marshall Tito. His death heralded a new era of leadership. Initially, during Slobodan Milosevic’s rise to power, aided by Communist backing, the region remained stable. It even hosted the Winter Olympics in 1984 in the city of Sarajevo. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union soon after, Yugoslavia was left to largely fend for itself.

A reunited Germany saw the crack in the Balkan door and proceeded carefully and methodically to enact a strategy at which they are expert: Create a crisis and then pose a solution to solve that crisis in terms which benefit their own national interests. As in World Wars i and ii, German strategists knew that to successfully control both Eastern and Western Europe it had to neutralize the Balkan region by fracturing it and crushing its longtime Slavic enemy, Serbia. As Paul Kennedy wrote in his bestseller, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, Germany has historically been acutely aware of “the importance of eastern Europe and the Balkans within the continental balance of power” (p. 319).

In June of 1991, it appeared that the Catholic Yugoslav state of Slovenia would break away and declare independence. James Baker, then U.S. secretary of state, flew to Belgrade for a meeting with leaders of Yugoslavia’s six republics. His message was simple: Yugoslavia must remain united. The last person he met with that day was the federal prime minister, Ante Markovic.

Days later, Slovenia seized federal customs posts along Italian and Austrian borders. The Yugoslav prime minister then ordered the federal army into Slovenia. Armed with German-supplied handheld anti-tank missiles, the Slovenes resisted and succeeded in killing 37 federal soldiers and destroying a number of tanks. Mr. Markovic, fearing more bloodshed, ordered the federal army to retreat. When the forces withdrew into Croatia, they came under fire from Croatian military, who were also armed with German weaponry.

James Bissett, then Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania, witnessed the events unfold. “The ‘Slovene War’ marked a turning point in the attitude adopted by Western governments toward the possible disintegration of Yugoslavia,” he wrote.

“Prior to the Slovene unilateral action, the European Union and the United States were in agreement that the nation must remain united. This policy soon changed, and it became evident that Germany and Austria were pressing for the recognition of Slovene and Croatian independence. It is now known that as early as 1990 Croatian and Slovene leaders held meetings with senior politicians from both of these countries [Germany and Austria] urging support for independence. During this time the Vatican was openly lobbying for independence and had particular influence on German politicians in Bavaria” (History of Western Interference in the Balkans, p. 7).

Opposed by the United Nations, the United States and the European Community (now the European Union), Germany still went ahead with its prescription for chaos and recognized the breakaway states of Slovenia and Croatia.

Jack-Boot Politics

The New York Times reported on Germany’s bombshell thus: “The incident underscored Germany’s growing political power within the 12-nation European Community, diplomats said. Some added that it marked the single most visible demonstration of that power since reunification of the two Germanys more than a year ago [in 1990].

“Moreover, in its unusual assertiveness in moving ahead with a plan to extend diplomatic recognition to the breakaway Yugoslav republics of Croatia and Slovenia, Germany has stirred troubling historical associations…. Nazi Germany dominated the two Yugoslav regions during World War ii, absorbing Slovenia into the Third Reich and creating a puppet regime in Croatia” (Dec. 16, 1991).

Just a short look back over the past ten years reveals powerfully that Germany has worked (behind the scenes) to dominate and dictate Balkan foreign policy. How could one nation so pressure the rest of the world into recognizing two small breakaway states, thereby plunging Europe into a ten-year Balkan war? By using as a battering ram the support of the Vatican. This powerful illustration of German-Vatican cooperation trumping the rest of the world revealed where events in Europe were leading.

This perhaps was one of the West’s best opportunities to enforce the Churchill-Roosevelt doctrine and “ensure Germany will never again be able to disturb the peace of the world.” But they failed, and consequently rolled out the red carpet to German-Vatican, Holy Roman, European ambitions.

Fact: Germany, with support from Austria and the Vatican, willfully initiated the Balkan war. Fact: The UN, nato and the U.S. all allowed themselves to be drawn into the Balkan quagmire supporting the Vatican-German initiative. Fact: Forced by Germany and the Vatican to lead in the resolution of the conflict, they collectively mismanaged the entire operation. This neatly diverted attention from the German-lit spark that started the Balkan dissolution, putting the focus instead on the inept management by the UN, nato, U.S. and British combine of the conflagration that ensued.

Recognizing this last fact, George Friedman, chairman of Texas-based Stratfor Intelligence Systems, stated in an interview with the Trumpet on April 8, 1999, “I think one of the consequences of this crisis is that so many Europeans are appalled at American leadership that they are going to step up to the plate. One of the things that’s happening, this very minute as we speak, is a great maneuvering going on within nato for how to end the war. The Germans are under the table, if you will, playing an extremely aggressive role in this…. The quiet news in this whole war is, when it’s time to make the peace, the Germans are going to be the ones to make it.”

That’s right! Do you understand that all along there has been a methodical plan to events unfolding in the Balkans? Those who forced the Balkan war on the world will be the very ones to initiate its peace enforcement!

U.S. broadcaster Herbert W. Armstrong understood these German traits. In a radio broadcast given May 9, 1945, he warned, “We don’t understand German thoroughness. From the very start of World War ii, they have considered the possibility of losing this second round, as they did the first—and they have carefully, methodically planned….”

Luring NATO

As part of this planning, the German-led EU knows that it must build an influential link with nato before its rapid reaction force (rrf) will be permitted to assume peacemaking responsibilities in the Balkans.

“Politically, the EU began building the link to nato with the wise appointment of former nato Secretary General Javier Solana as the EU’s first high representative for common foreign and security policy” (Current HistoryEurope, p. 133). This consultancy link of a former nato secretary general will work to well please the U.S. and pave the way for the Bush administration to approve the delegation of Balkan peace enforcement to the rrf under the auspices of nato. Many European officers already hold top military positions in nato’s Balkan peacekeeping force, kfor.

The EU’s rrf will link communication systems with nato and share sensitive intelligence and military hardware. Not surprisingly, the EU announced that German General Klaus Schuwirth, son of a World War ii Nazi officer who taught at the Hitler war academy, would lead the rrf forces. With a fully functional headquarters and support system, the rrf will select battle troops from its soldier “catalogue” of 15 member nations for specific missions. Aside from this newly created rrf, the EU already has a collective military force of over 2 million personnel in uniform within its member countries.

In a November 28, 2000, interview with the Trumpet, prominent British political economist Rodney Atkinson provided his view of the rrf. “It’s the beneficiary, this idea…of Germany, through its secret service, undermining and destroying Yugoslavia. That led to a crisis. Then they say, Okay, we’ve got a crisis; we’ve got to have an army to deal with it. We can’t rely on the Americans to come and help us. And that rapid reaction force is, and is meant to be, an embryo European army.”

The entire Balkan crisis has, as intended, provided the Bundeswehr the convenient “humanitarian” excuse to breathe new life into its combat forces.

Predicting this German-led European political, economic and military expansion, Herbert Armstrong, with unique prophetic insight, declared 20 years ago, “You may be sure the West European leaders are conferring hurriedly and secretly about how and how soon they may unite and provide a united European military force so they can defend themselves!… And who will they blame for their humiliation and their necessity now to have a united Europe, with a united government, a common currency and a common military force as great or greater than either the USSR or the U.S.? They will blame the United States!” (Plain Truth, April 1980).

Scratch My Back…

Europe’s boldness in the Balkan region reveals three distinct global indicators worth noting. First, a weak-willed, U.S.-led nato; second, a strong German-led Europe; and, finally, a suspicious yet cautious Russia trying to play each side against the other.

One of the main goals of the German-Vatican destabilization of the Balkan region was the removal of Russian influence and herding of the embattled peninsula into the waiting arms of the EU. This strategy was designed to consolidate this important European crossroads under EU power, giving it control over the land, air, river and pipeline routes for the movement of goods, services and oil, and to open up warm-water access for the EU to the Mediterranean via the Adriatic.

The EU sees Russia now seeking to drag as much of its ex-Soviet territory into a reassembled empire as it possibly can. This is spurring the EU on to developing its own standing army and increasing the pace of EU integration of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria in the East. The German-Vatican led crisis in the Balkans was also methodically designed and planned to parallel EU eastward expansion. With the northern frontier secured and Malta and Cyprus both on board, Yugoslavia is left as the vital link in the EU equation to enable successful eastward hegemony in 2003-2004. In January 2000, before the fall of Slobodan Milosevic, the Trumpet forecast, “It’s only a matter of time before a government ‘acceptable’ to the EU is installed in power, by hook or by crook, and the EU takeover of the Balkans completed.”

Today, we see a Serbian government working in cooperation with the EU. President Kostunica has offered the EU commitments to promote regional stability, which gained Yugoslavia (now just Serbia and Montenegro) entry to the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe. Also, the implementation of a security agreement between kfor and the Yugoslav government paves the way for Serbian deployment in Kosovo under UN auspices. The last-minute detainment of Milosevic during the final hours of the month of March, coinciding with a U.S. congressional deadline for review of $50 million dollars worth of aid to Yugoslavia, revealed that Kostunica is doing just enough to appease his taskmasters.

Eager to see Kosovo formalized as an Albanian enclave, angered by the EU and nato making eyes at Belgrade, Albanians have taken matters into their own hands. Former Kosovo Liberation Army rebels, backed by money generated by a flourishing drug and prostitution racket, already well armed with German and American weapons, are antagonizing their former allies in a bid to achieve their objectives. Thus, Albania the ally has become Albania the enemy.

And where is Russia in all of this? Communist Albania, as a former Russian satellite, once looked to Moscow for leadership—not so today. Make no mistake: There is a definite reason for Russia’s present silence over the recent Macedonian violence and the EU’s Balkan bravado. After a recent flurry of diplomatic shuttling between Berlin and Moscow by such notable figures as Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev and German counterpart Rudolf Scharping, events point to a behind-the-scenes deal between the Germans and the Russians. It’s as simple as the old adage of “Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”: While Russia looks the other way as the EU secures the Balkans, Europe ignores Russia’s rebuilding of its former dominions. It appears the two have settled on the Ukraine as the buffer zone between each other. Thus, while Russia’s silence over the recent conflict in Macedonia becomes deafening, we see EU diplomats lobbying hard to bring Macedonia, the final piece of the Balkan puzzle, into the European family.

Rod of Mine Anger

Surprising as it may seem, Germany’s Balkan coup will soon directly affect your personal life. “O Assyrian [the modern Germans], the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation” (Isa. 10:5). God is about to use Germany to correct the United States, Israel, Britain and its former commonwealth nations and specific countries making up the northwest democracies of Europe (for more information request a free copy of our booklet The United States and Britain in Prophecy). These nations are referred to as Israel in your Bible. They are rotting at their moral core. God has repeatedly given these nations the opportunity to repent and turn to Him, and they have impudently turned their national faces from Him. However, God will soon get the attention of these nations through a punishing tribulation (Matt. 24:21-22).

God says, “I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets” (Isa. 10:6). Germany’s current rise to power (driving the EU) is God’s doing! Events presently unfolding within Europe are working to fulfill God’s master plan.

The sinning nations of Israel have had a history with God. He wanted them to set the example for the world and they have failed Him. Thus, God is miraculously raising up again the fearsome Germans to correct them. The vanquished will soon conquer their vanquishers.

This rapidly developing Eurobeast will soon inflict stinging suffering. Whole cities will be destroyed by nuclear destruction (Dan. 8:24). It must be remembered that the European Union currently has in its possession 710 nuclear weapons, with an additional 150-200 bombs courtesy of the United States. As the nuclear doomsday clock ticks towards midnight, America and Britain sleep while European military aspirations quickly reawaken. Very soon you will need a place of protection from this coming storm.

Events unfolding in Europe’s Balkan Peninsula are a major sign of how close Germany is to achieving its worldwide goals. These events are not some biblical fantasy; they are living, breathing prophecy being fulfilled before your very eyes! Time is running out for you to respond to this message.

All readers of this magazine would do well to ponder and heed the serious warning delivered by our editor in chief in our May 1999 issue: “The American and British peoples are without excuse. And so are you. Only God can save you from a disastrous future. Now is the time for every wise person to heed this message. There is so little time left to respond.”