Oxford University, England
Tranquil gardens, flowing streams and age-old architectural design of 39 colleges fill the landscape of the world’s most prestigious seat of learning. Oxford is a unique and historic institution. As the oldest English-speaking university in the world, it lays claim to eight centuries of continuous existence.
Passing by the Oxford Union building, I was reminded of a 1933 debate at which the majority of undergraduates approved the motion, “That this House refuses in any circumstances to fight for king and country.”
Winston Churchill’s response to this motion was swift: “My mind turns across the narrow waters of channel and the North Sea, where great nations stand determined to defend their national glories or national existence with their lives….
“One can almost feel the curl of contempt upon the lips of the manhood of all these peoples when they read this message sent out by Oxford University in the name of young England” (The Prophet of Truth, vol. 5 of Winston S. Churchill).
It was only 67 years ago that on these very grounds here at Oxford, Winston Churchill was laughed to scorn as he warned students and faculty that Britain desperately needed to re-arm or face the menacing power of the Nazi war machine.
Betrayal of Czechoslovakia
At the time, Oxford and most British folk did not listen to Churchill’s passionate warnings. Politicians in both America and Britain pursued a policy of appeasement toward the provocative Nazi regime. Hitler had already re-armed Germany, violating the Versailles Treaty of 1919. On March 7, 1936, German troops occupied the demilitarized zone of the Rhineland. Still, the West did nothing. As the West gave an inch, Hitler took a mile.
Despite giving assurances that they were not preparing for an invasion, German troops amassed on the Austrian border for “training exercises” on March 12, 1938. Later that night, Hitler ordered his storm troopers to cross into Austria.
In spite of this Teutonic taunting, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain believed that through negotiation and good will, sanity would prevail. He engaged in an open-ended dialogue with the Führer.
Unmoved, Hitler began looking further east, into Czechoslovakia and the mountainous Sudetenland that separated Germany from the Czechoslovaks.
In September, while speaking in parliament, Chamberlain received an invitation from Hitler to attend a four-power conference in Munich. Chamberlain broke off his speech and excitedly announced the news. Loud applause erupted as he told the House of Commons that he would accept Hitler’s invitation. All in the house, save Churchill and three others, were on their feet enthusiastically cheering this “victory.” Churchill knew Czechoslovakia was in peril: Britain was about to betray a true ally.
On September 29, 1938, the Munich Pact (which relinquished Czechoslovakia’s Sudeten territory to Germany) was signed by Germany, France, Italy and Britain. Hitler had “officially” gotten his way. Sadly, the Czech government was not even consulted or invited to the Munich talks. Landlocked, abandoned by the West and in fear of Hitler’s Nazi henchmen, Czechoslovak President Benes was left with no choice but to agree to the terms of the pact and allow the Germans to pilfer the resource-rich Sudetenland.
As he returned from Munich with the agreement in hand, Chamberlain was met by cheering crowds at the airport. It was here that he claimed victory and prophesied “I believe it is peace for our time” to the British people, recommending to them, “Go home and sleep quietly in your beds.”
While the country slumbered, Churchill was awake and vigilant. He gravely warned Parliament on October 5, 1938, in his speech titled “A Total and Unmitigated Defeat,” “This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup.” On January 7, 1939, with the Munich Pact in full effect, Churchill reminded the British political elite that “War is horrible, but slavery is worse.”
Too proud to admit wrong, the pin-striped politicians supported continued appeasement.
Then, again, despite assurances to the contrary, Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia and was overnighting at the president’s palace in Prague by March 1939. Czechoslovakia was under the control of the German jackboot—and Western appeasement had allowed it.
The Führer had referred to Czechoslovakia as the “dagger aimed at the heart of Germany,” and he took immediate action to ensure that the point was blunted: He promptly split the country in two. The Czechs became part of the Reich, while Slovakia declared independence and became a Nazi puppet state ruled by the “appointed” Catholic priest Jozef Tiso.
Finally, after Germany invaded Poland, the West declared war. But it was only after Chamberlain resigned that Churchill took office and re-armed Britain. Later America entered the war in support of Britain to fend off the establishment of Hitler’s Third Reich and squelch his aspirations of resurrecting the “Holy” Roman Empire in the tradition of Charlemagne. Fifty million lives were extinguished in this, the world’s worst war.
In the weak spirit of the 1933 Oxford undergraduates, the West is again pursuing a policy of appeasement toward German-led European expansionism. As a result, since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany has, under the flag of the European Union and the cross of the Catholic Church, achieved more than Adolf Hitler had at his zenith in World War ii.
Today, Czechs and Slovaks are again in Czechmate!
The means to achieving their goals have changed. But as this issue of the Trumpet has shown, the appetite for growth exhibited by the European Union and the Vatican has remained unchanged from the days of World War ii. Their policy on Czechoslovakia is no exception.
Pope John Paul ii has worked hard to bring Czechoslovaks into the Holy Roman family. Just six months after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, on his first visit to Eastern Europe since the fall of communism, he visited the Czech and Slovak republics. He knew the importance of securing central Europe spiritually, before what he termed “the eastern and western lungs” of the empire could be fully secured.
Communism had taken a toll, reducing the Catholic population to just 30 percent of Czechs and 60 percent of Slovaks. But this was about to change.
Using St. Adalbert, the first bishop of Prague, as the prime spiritual connection, he embarked on a systematic program of reviving the Holy Roman roots of both Czechs and Slovaks. Eight years after his historic April 1990 visit, speaking from the burial place of St. Adalbert in his second Special Assembly for Europe, the pope made this emphatic plea: “There will be no European unity until it is based on unity of the spirit.
“Here, from this place, I repeat the cry which I made at the beginning of my pontificate: Open the doors to Christ! In the name of respect for human rights, in the name of liberty, equality and fraternity, in the name of solidarity among mankind and in the name of love, I cry out: Do not be afraid! Open the doors to Christ!”
After the Velvet Divorce in 1992 when Czechs and Slovaks split into separate republics (they had reunited after World War ii), the pope again made sure he visited both. He told the Slovaks, “Now is the time of spiritual rebirth,” and encouraged the Czechs to follow Holy Roman Emperor Charles iv’s example and “gain a deeper understanding of the religious and civic history of your homeland.” In addition, he asked both republics to return property seized from Catholics by the Communist government.
Today, Catholicism is the state religion for both republics. Through consistent papal pressure, the eyes of 15 million believers from this region once again look to Rome for spiritual guidance.
With both republics having already made their formal applications for inclusion into the EU family, the Czechoslovak spiritual foundation of “Europe’s state religion” has already been laid. This fulfills the pope’s priority that “there will be no European unity until it is based on unity of the spirit.”
Working hand-in-glove with the Holy See, German corporate giants have continued on their road of European economic domination.
After 1945, Germany lay in rubble and the corporate giants that fed the furnaces of Hitler’s Reich were aborted or managed by the Western allies.
Werner Meyer-Larsen, former editor of Der Spiegel, reveals in his latest book that these were the years when “Lufthansa and Deutsche Bank didn’t exist at all and in which VW was owned by the British occupation forces.
“The companies’ names, however, didn’t disappear; they returned, or were resurrected, for well-considered reasons….
The larger and more important they were then, the more it is assumed they were involved in the corporate system of the Nazi regime….
“Now, more than half a century later, it is essentially the same companies that form the inner circle of Deutschland AG” (Germany Inc., p. 20).
Germany has risen from the ashes of World War ii and rebuilt through the power of its “inner circle” banking system, with an infrastructure of managerial power under the sons of the Nazis, to emerge today as a corporate steamroller. The small, powerless, comparatively corporately inept Czechs and Slovaks are easy pickings for the modern globalist EU, with its dark shadows of the past.
It should then come as no surprise to find that the Czech Republic’s main trade partner is Germany, which consumes 38 percent of its exports and 34 percent of its imports. Germany has worked closely with the Czech government to privatize and modernize its economy. From 1990-1996, the EU provided 3.3 billion euros in financial assistance to the Czech Republic.
In like manner, Slovakia’s main trade partner is also Germany, which accounts for 50 percent of its total transactions. From 1993-1996, EU exports to Slovakia jumped 50 percent per year, as the EU worked to place the Slovaks in a better economic position prior to granting EU membership status. EU financial grants to Slovakia from 1990-1998 totalled around 1.5 billion euros.
Czechoslovaks have always feared Germany and throughout history been reluctant servants of their larger, more powerful neighbor.
In 1938 Hitler gained (through Western weakness) the Munich Pact, giving him the vital border area of the Czechoslovak Sudetenland. Today, again under the sleepy eyes of the West, Germany, under cover of the EU, has gained total economic control of this vital border area.
Under the guise of the EU Cross Border Cooperation (cbc) agreement, Germany has total access to border areas of north, west and south Bohemia for the Czech-German cbc program and of south Bohemia and Moravia for the Czech-Austrian cbc program. Eurunion.org reports the annual financial allocation to the vital Czech-German cbc program at 25 million euros and only 9 million for the Austrian-German cbc program. The EU has a similar agreement with Slovakia into which they annually pump 9 million euros.
Thus, not only is Germany the chief trading partner for both republics, it also has total unrestricted border access from the heart of Europe to the Ukrainian border. The Czech statistical office recently reported that 41 percent of all Czech travelers in 1999 used their border with Germany.
In blind faith, the Czechs in 1992 and Slovaks in 1993 signed the “Europe Agreement,” which provides a framework for their gradual integration into the EU. The agreement covers a broad range of portfolios from privatization and restructuring to agriculture, investment, banking, finance, health, labor and education.
Since Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Divorce, the EU has lost no time capitalizing upon the weak, ineffectual leadership of Czech President Vlacav Havel and Slovakia’s Mikulas Dzurinda. Though the populations of both republics have dragged their feet in this process of change, because of continued ultimatums from EU Commissioner Romano Prodi and Enlargement Commissioner Gunter Verheugen, both governments have embarked upon fast-track programs of privatization and modernization necessary for their inclusion in the EU.
One Man of Truth
Herbert W. Armstrong warned that Germany would unite and work under the guise of this Eurounion to revive both the eastern and western legs of a resurrected Holy Roman Empire. He said the Vatican State would impregnate every member nation of this union and ride atop it, exerting powerful spiritual influence.
Winston Churchill loved the history, culture and fighting spirit of the Czechoslovak peoples; he fought with all his might to defend their sovereign freedom in Europe and wept when political appeasement led them into the grip of the clenched Nazi fist. He proclaimed that “there was a great purpose being worked out here below” and that Great Britain needed to be stirred to “fight for king and country” and preserve that purpose as the defender of freedom in Europe during the dark days of World War ii.
Today’s prevailing conditions in America, Britain and Europe are frighteningly reminiscent of those preceding both the world wars.
Today, one man of truth continues in the tradition of Herbert Armstrong and Winston Churchill to warn, as an end-time watchman, of the marauding Holy Roman Eurobeast devouring its prey (Amos 3:7-8).
It is through the one voice of this magazine, crying out in a wilderness of journalistic confusion, that you may understand and comprehend and act upon today’s changing world events (Rev. 10:11). You have the opportunity to turn to the one unseen hand of mercy that will pluck you from this world held captive and set you free as a begotten son in a family government currently being prepared to usher in the return of one who will put down the Holy Roman Empire and restore peace and prosperity for all.