Germany’s Plan to Control Africa
A bright South Atlantic sky. Deep blue African coastal waters. A low, powerful, omnipresent rumble. The waters agitate, then divide into white furrows against the prow of a gigantic vessel cruising the ocean off Lagos.
The monolithic hull, 166 feet wide, and more than 60 feet high, displaces 77 Olympic swimming pools of seawater every ship-length it travels. And at 987 feet long, there’s room enough to lay the Eiffel Tower down on its deck, a pipe-festooned prairie. The gleaming white superstructure of this $100 million leviathan, six stories above the waterline, momentarily eclipses the sun, before allowing it to reemerge over a fluttering flag at the stern and a frothing, surging wake.
All of this to do one thing: Transport 200,000 tons of African oil.
More than 4,000 of these Goliaths cruise the oceans’ superhighways, carrying billions of tons and trillions of dollars in oil, coal, tin, iron, uranium, nickel and platinum away from Africa’s ports and into the fuel lines of the global economy.
As competition for Africa’s resources heats up, who will end up controlling these treasure ships?
Stuffed African treasure boats sailing for Europe is nothing new. One of the earliest instances of African colonization occurred back when northern Africa was known not as an oilfield but as the “granary of the world,” a land of lush forests, rich soil and exotic animals. Then, Rome came. In its wake, northern Africa became imperial Roman slag.
In the 1800s, Africa again became a frontier for European colonization. France, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Portugal each took a slice of the African continent, ferrying away its contents to help industrialize Europe. Otto von Bismarck’s Germany secured the third-largest African empire, covering 1 million square miles in Togoland, the Cameroons, Tanganyika and Namibia—a sore spot, since German colonial tactics there included mass killings.
Although Britain dominated the African and global colonial scene with an unmatched navy, secure trade routes, comparatively masterful administration and comparatively minimal brute force, Berlin’s master plan called for a German Mittel-Afrika empire to contest Britain’s position in Africa and beyond.
Then came World War i. Kaiser Wilhelm’s aggressive foreign policy ultimately backfired. Africa’s supply ships continued to sail under the benign umbrella of Pax Britannia.
Then came Adolf Hitler. But Germany lost World War round two, and the gun smoke cleared on a new age: Pax Americana.
During the high-water mark for American and British greatness, billions of tons of raw materials floated from Africa and other nations to the United States and the United Kingdom. These nations also mined 150 percent more coal than the rest of the world, manufactured 75 percent of the world’s steel, and possessed 80 percent of world aluminum, 75 percent of zinc, 66 percent of rubber, and dominated chromite, copper, lead, tin and bauxite production. They owned most of the gold in the world and produced 60 percent of the world’s petroleum, not including vast foreign investments.
But Germany didn’t scrap its master plan. Even before World War ii ended, the Nazis implemented a plan to go underground. Six years later, Nazis in Madrid documented a plan for round three of Germany as master and Africa as storehouse, calling for “the unification of Europe as quickly as possible,” initially via economic means. “Political propaganda must be carried out cleverly, and the unification of Europe must not appear as an enterprise holding out particular attraction for German interests” (1951 Nazi document).
The Plain Truth analyzed this captured document in May 1961: “For its industrial development, Germany requires—much more than in the past—raw materials, sources of energy and a market with strong purchasing power. All this it can attain only in a unified Europe and through the simultaneous development of Africa in a common European undertaking.” The magazine forecasted that Germany would succeed, unifying Europe under its rule and taking control of Africa’s rich and desperately needed resources.
Today, Africa is a continent brimming with poverty, disease, starvation, crime, corruption, war, misery—and diamonds, uranium, manganese, chromium, nickel, bauxite, cobalt, platinum and gold. Africa also contains 100 billion barrels of black gold—8 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves.
Perhaps the essential resource for empire, oil is indispensable not only for gasoline and motor oil in cars, but also for hundreds of millions of other engines in trucks, fleet vehicles, public transportation, heavy equipment and industrial applications. Still, less than half of each barrel of crude oil is used for gasoline. The rest becomes materials for telephones, cameras, appliances, computers, cds, dvds, furniture, clothes, radios, photographs, containers, bags, tents, bandages, mesh, shingles, fertilizer, paint, contact lenses, aspirin and a host of other products that help define your life. And these consumer retail products don’t even include business, industrial, scientific, medical or military applications.
Empires need oil. And crisis-riddled Africa’s tankerfuls are up for grabs.
Meanwhile, America and Britain’s influence over world resources is sinking. British colonies are, literally, history. America is officially in recession. Oil production and mining, not to mention manufacturing and shipbuilding, are now riding low in the water or submerged altogether. And the crucial sea gates once controlled by London and Washington—Panama, Suez, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malta, South Africa—have almost all fallen into enemy or independent hands.
Meanwhile, China has become Africa’s newest and most enthusiastic colonizer, with wave after surging wave of investments, capital infusions, construction projects and bilateral agreements doubling Sino-African trade year after year after year and making cash-rich China Africa’s third-most important trading partner.
As China makes its big red splash and America and Britain’s colors fade, the black, red and gold is resuscitating its African ambition. Germany imports 97 percent of its oil from foreign sources, and the European Union, over 80 percent. Much of that oil comes from Russia and the Middle East, so Germany is looking south to its old colonial turf for oil that’s easier to come by. Those colossal tankers from Africa are less likely to turn off the tap or blow up.
Germany’s would-be quarry also holds 30 percent of world mineral reserves, producing over 60 metal and mineral products. One of the world’s largest economies and its greatest exporter, Germany is stringing together a chain of diplomatic and business initiatives designed to finally turn its African foothold into a wide-open garage door.
“When the EU thinks of energy security, it looks not only east but also south,” the commissioner for external relations said in an October press release. “We are determined to expand our network of energy partners by building on bilateral partnerships and regional initiatives.” This time around, Berlin (with the help of Brussels) is more sophisticated in its infiltration of Africa to get what it needs.
Germany itself has more bilateral African investment treaties than any nation in Europe. Berlin has stretched its tentacles of influence south through the Balkans and Malta into Africa—not with rampaging Wehrmacht troops, but behind the smoke-screen of the EU and via diplomacy and trade. Germany stepped up its corporate colonization of South African markets in 1999, and held the first Africa-Europe summit in 2000, producing an action plan for economic, human rights, terrorism, health, education and environment issues—and industrial development of African resources. The same year, former European Commission President Romano Prodi revealed Europe’s intentions: “The plight of Africa is essentially Europe’s problem, not that of the U.S. or other powers, because of past links and proximity ….” Europe and Africa have “deep roots,” he said, “and we should return to them” (Financial Times, April 4, 2000). Some Namibians might beg to differ. In October 2005, the European Commission advanced Europe’s vision for Africa further with its “EU Strategy for Africa,” which defined a framework for a strategic partnership for security and development between the EU and Africa. A year later, Brussels held the first EU-Africa business forum. And the EU currently provides Africa with billions of euros of aid each year, more than it receives from any other source.
At the same time, the European Commission challenged China to change its policy in Africa. Among other demands, the Oct. 24, 2006, report urged China to make its aid and investment policies more transparent. That threat, though subtle, was not empty. Berlin and Beijing are at odds in Nigeria, Angola, Sudan and Congo, as they compete for resources, and both have big ambitions for Africa as a whole.
In 2007, the corporate German energy and engineering juggernauts, including Siemens and Ruhrgas, secured a strategic partnership with Nigeria—an important source of coal, tin, iron ore, lead, zinc, limestone and niobium. Nigeria is the world’s eighth-largest oil exporter and possesses the 10th-largest proven oil reserves. Last November, German President Horst Köhler added his weight to the German-African Forum in Abuja to help lock in Nigeria as a German port of call.
The grand EU/Africa strategic framework includes an agreement made last September between the EU and the African Union to enhance electricity and gas pipeline interconnections between African countries and between Africa and the EU—worth €1 billion over two years—plus a whole barrelful of other development and security initiatives. “Development” ultimately means African treasure boats charting their courses for Europe. “Security” ultimately means providing the firepower necessary to keep it that way.
To that end, Germany has not shied away from breaking out its military from World War ii mothballs. The Bundeswehr engaged in African missions in 1994, 2002 and 2006, and is currently participating in naval patrols off the Horn of Africa. In December, Germany dispatched gunboats to the Horn as part of EU Operation Atalanta to combat piracy.
This is in addition to Germany’s behind-the-scenes puppeteering in Ghana, Sudan, Rwanda (where it signed four financial cooperation pacts last year) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo—which is currently experiencing what is perhaps the bloodiest, nastiest humanitarian crisis in the entire world. Germany is also looking to “return to its roots” in Namibia, pouring investment and attention into its former colony, which happens to be home to the strategic deep-water port of Walvis Bay.
Another interesting note about all these corporate and military deployments: There have been almost zero German withdrawals.
What happens next? Today’s rising empires need treasure. Who will get Africa’s? Who will control the people of that continent?
How can we know? Only with the Bible. The same book that forecasted ancient world empires, the rise and decline of Britain and America, the emergence of Iran, Germany’s reunification and even the formation of the European Union tells us what lies in Africa’s immediate future. Without the Bible, we cannot be sure. But with it, we can know. Bible prophecy reveals that Africa’s stream of metals, minerals and oil will flow significantly to Germany.
Germany will become the master of Africa. Its current strategy will succeed, and it will extract billions of tons of natural wealth to construct and fuel its gigantic, jaw-dropping, world-dominating empire. Its current economic and political woes are preparing the way for a Bismarck-style strongman to take the helm in Berlin and revolutionize Germany once again into a strong, unified, aggressive world power that, among other things, consumes Africa by the boatload.
Even today we can see Berlin strategically placing its military and corporate forces in Africa. Daniel 8 describes symbols of a modern empire that will extend south and east toward Jerusalem (verse 9). You can find additional information about this same empire in Ezekiel 27, which discusses its imperial trade connections. Verse 15 refers to Dedan, the forerunner and denotation of Africa, a place endowed with both ivory and ebony—among other natural resources.
But Revelation 18 affords the most detailed description of this imperial “king of the north.” The Bible is not silent about this empire’s corporate African blitzkrieg. Verse 3 introduces “the merchants of the earth,” the corporate boiler room that will help drive this ship of church and state to political and religious dominance over “all nations.” Verses 12-19 detail the level of wealth this future empire will acquire in the same way that the Nazis reaped payloads of gold, silver, precious metals, brass, iron, flour, wheat, livestock, slaves and “souls of men.”
In the short-term future, Germany will absolutely get what it wants out of Africa. Request a free copy of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire to find out why. But the good news is that this iron-fisted empire, projected to be exorbitantly wealthy—and cruel—is also prophesied to fall, with the skippers and sailors on its treasure ships coming abeam and standing afar off, marveling at the destruction of this wicked power and “the smoke of her burning,” lamenting “that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea” (verses 18-19).
But this is merely the short-term future. Beyond the next few years in prophecy, a new revolution will sweep Africa, Germany and the whole world. Under this new world system, the world’s abundant resources will no longer be swindled, stolen or splashed with blood. The dishonest and selfish nature that all nations and all people have will be replaced with an outgoing concern for others. To read about the happy, abundant world this will produce, request a free copy of The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like.