What Is the Future of the Transatlantic Partnership?

What Is the Future of the Transatlantic Partnership?

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Amid global power shifts and new security threats, “The Obama administration must begin to think anew about the European Union,” wrote Spiegel Online last week.

“The new American administration would be well served to rethink the United States’ relationship to Europe: It should move toward a strategic partnership of equals with the European Union,” wrote Spiegel Online. “In the long-term, a close, respectful working relationship with the European Union would enhance America’s own security and enable it to engage much more effectively in a multipolar world.”

nato “no longer meets the needs of today’s world,” Spiegel continued. “The last decade has witnessed a striking displacement of power, away from the United States but also away from the West as a whole. The current implosion of the Western-led financial system has only expedited this shift.”

Dutch political scientist Peter van Ham says that “nato’s instruments have become blunt and outdated in the light of today’s non-traditional security challenges and techniques. … Whereas not too long ago the main question was how the European Union could use nato’s military tools … the debate is now how should nato draw upon the resources of the European Union ….”

America itself has facilitated much of this power shift in favor of a stronger Europe. The article states:

For years Washington had opposed―and actively blocked―European efforts to strengthen its military defense components on the grounds that it undermined nato. But this attitude seems to have softened in the past decade. At the nato summit in Bucharest last year both nato and U.S. officials publicly encouraged the Europeans to pick up the pace of defense planning, a request that implied the United States is no longer willing to provide security for Europeans in a world order with so many other priorities.

This could indicate “that Washington is ready for Europeans to play a greater role in maintaining international security, a first step in a new partnership,” Spiegel Online wrote. “Europe could and should be America’s closest partner in world affairs.”

America has already heightened its courtship of the EU. Spiegel Online wrote that “When the ongoing financial crisis peaked this fall, President Bush’s first call of help abroad was to the European Union.” The EU has made overtures toward the U.S. as well. Among other initiatives, “EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso has called for a Strategic Energy Dialogue between Europe and America. He has underlined the potential for increased EU-U.S. energy collaboration across the globe ….”

As theTrumpet.com has outlined previously, the progression of EU-U.S. relations has sped up considerably with the induction of the new administration in America. Sensing a more compliant U.S. leadership, Germany in particular has sought to influence Washington’s foreign policy. President Barack Obama and his team have made no secret of the fact that they welcome—and will even push for—greater European military involvement in places like Afghanistan and the Middle East. “In these respects,” columnist Ron Fraser wrote last month, “Mr. Obama’s foreign-policy inclinations mesh neatly with those of Germany.” He went on to point out that Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in particular “is pushing hard to take advantage of the new U.S. administration to gain across-the-board support for the development of a new transatlantic agenda.”

Spiegel Online wrote that the Euro-Atlantic relationship has to be based on “a partnership of equals, with the United States making important concessions to the Europeans and the Europeans finally stepping up to take care of their own security requirements.”

This is precisely what the Trumpet—looking to Bible prophecyhas been watching out for. We have also repeatedly warned of the outcome of America’s relationship with the EU. The Bible clearly describes an end-time flowering of German-U.S. relations, such as we are seeing today. But this unity immediately precedes a tragic backstabbing by a united German-led European union of nations.

Notice this striking prophecy in Ezekiel 23:9: “Wherefore I have delivered her [discussing America primarily] into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians [end-time Germany], upon whom she doted.” If you study this passage, it shows a perverse relationship between these two nations that ends with Germany, after gaining America’s trust and support, fatally betraying the U.S. in a tragic double-cross.

For more, read the section in our booklet Nahum—An End-Time Prophecy for Germany titled “The German Double-Cross.”

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Europe ready to take on a greater security role, and the U.S. is happy about it. Plus, China gets edgy about its investment in U.S. debt.

Muslim extremists on the streets of England are taunting British troops returning from Iraq with messages such as: “British soldiers … murderers … rapists … not heroes,” the Telegraph.co.uk reported yesterday. A Muslim preacher staged a demonstration in Luton as returning soldiers paraded through the British town after serving an exhausting tour of duty in Iraq. When locals reacted to the taunting by the Muslim group—which carried signs such as “Butchers of Basra,” “murderers” and “baby-killers”—police cordoned off the protesters—for their own protection. Moreover, since that demonstration, Muslim preachers have continued to spout their vilification of Britain’s soldiers on the streets of Luton. No effort, apparently, has been made on the part of authorities to stop them.

The Sunday Telegraph spoke to the protestors and reported that some

were born in the UK to parents who came from countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ghana. Others moved to the UK when they were babies or toddlers.They were brought up and educated in England but, although many live on benefits, they admit their loyalty is not to this country but to Islam. They want the UK to be an Islamic state, with sharia law and women in burkas.Abu Abdullah, 30, an IT consultant who came to Britain when he was 7, said he left school at 12 and began “Islamic studies.”He said: “I live here not as a British citizen but as a Muslim living in Britain. I pay tax and I have the right to speak out, to argue for an alternative way of life.” …The fundamentalists claim not to be part of an organized group but it is widely accepted they are the successors to Al-Muhajiroun and Al Ghurabaa, extremist organizations banned in Britain under anti-terrorism laws.The protesters admitted freely that they shared many values with Al-Muhajiroun whose leader, Omar Bakri Muhammad, was banned from Britain in 2005 and now lives in Lebanon.

While these events highlight the situation in just one British town, it is a microcosm of the state of the country as a whole. Read Joel Hilliker’s recent articles “Britain’s Secret Afghan Force” and “Want to Know What a Former Superpower Looks Like?” to see how Britain’s multicultural policies have allowed the rise of Islamic extremism—one of the factors tearing the country apart.

Rethinking the Transatlantic Partnership?

Amid global power shifts and new security threats, “the Obama administration needs to think anew about the European Union,” wrote Spiegel Online last week.

“The new American administration would be well served to rethink the United States’ relationship to Europe: It should move toward a strategic partnership of equals with the European Union,” wrote Spiegel Online. “In the long-term, a close, respectful working relationship with the European Union would enhance America’s own security and enable it to engage much more effectively in a multipolar world.”

nato “no longer meets the needs of today’s world,” Spiegel Online continued. “The last decade has witnessed a striking displacement of power, away from the United States but also away from the West as a whole. The current implosion of the Western-led financial system has only expedited this shift.”

Dutch political scientist Peter van Ham said, “nato’s instruments have become blunt and outdated in the light of today’s non-traditional security challenges and techniques. … Whereas not too long ago the main question was how the European Union could use nato’s military tools … the debate is now how should nato draw upon the resources of the European Union ….”

America itself has facilitated much of this power shift in favor of a stronger Europe. The article states:

For years Washington had opposed―and actively blocked―European efforts to strengthen its military defense components on the grounds that it undermined nato. But this attitude seems to have softened in the past decade. At the nato summit in Bucharest last year both nato and U.S. officials publicly encouraged the Europeans to pick up the pace of defense planning, a request that implied the United States is no longer willing to provide security for Europeans in a world order with so many other priorities.

This could indicate “that Washington is ready for Europeans to play a greater role in maintaining international security, a first step in a new partnership,” Spiegel Online wrote. “Europe could and should be America’s closest partner in world affairs.”

America has already heightened its courtship of the EU. Spiegel Online wrote that “When the ongoing financial crisis peaked this fall, President Bush’s first call of help abroad was to the European Union.” The EU has made overtures toward the U.S. as well. Among other initiatives, “EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso has called for a Strategic Energy Dialogue between Europe and America. He has underlined the potential for increased EU-U.S. energy collaboration across the globe.”

As theTrumpet.com has outlined previously, the progression of European relations with the U.S. has sped up considerably with the induction of the new administration in America. Sensing a more compliant U.S. leadership, Germany in particular has sought to influence Washington’s foreign policy. President Barack Obama and his team have made no secret of the fact that they welcome—and will even push for—greater European military involvement in places like Afghanistan and the Middle East. “In these respects,” columnist Ron Fraser wrote last month, “Mr. Obama’s foreign-policy inclinations mesh neatly with those of Germany.” He went on to point out that Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in particular “is pushing hard to take advantage of the new U.S. administration to gain across-the-board support for the development of a new transatlantic agenda.”

Spiegel Online wrote that the Euro-Atlantic relationship has to be based on “a partnership of equals, with the United States making important concessions to the Europeans and the Europeans finally stepping up to take care of their own security requirements.”

The Trumpet has repeatedly warned about the future of America’s relationship with the EU:

The Bible clearly describes an end-time flowering of German-U.S. relations, such as we are seeing today. But it presents it within a blood-curdling context: This unity immediately precedes a tragic backstabbing by a united German-led European union of nations.Notice this striking prophecy in Ezekiel 23:9: “Wherefore I have delivered her [discussing America primarily] into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians [end-time Germany], upon whom she doted.” If you study this passage, it shows a perverse relationship between these two nations that ends with Germany, after gaining America’s trust and support, fatally betraying the U.S. in a tragic double-cross.

See also our article “Former Superpower Seeks Foreign Lovers.”

China Worried About U.S. Assets

At a news conference on Friday, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said he was “worried” about the safety of China’s $1 trillion investment in American treasury bonds and other government debt. He asked for assurances from the Obama administration that China’s investments would retain their value, wrote the New York Times.

“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets,” said Mr. Wen, “To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” He called on the United States to “maintain its good credit, to honor its promises and to guarantee the safety of China’s assets.”

According to the article, “China has the world’s largest reserves of foreign exchange, estimated at $2 trillion, the product of years of double-digit growth. Economists say half of that money has been invested in United States treasury notes and other government-backed debt.”

China has reason for concern. “Economists have cited several possible threats, led by the prospect that the dollar’s value will depreciate over time, lowering the value of China’s holdings. … [S]ome believe that China’s investment in American debt is now so vast that, should it need foreign exchange in some emergency, it would be unable to sell its treasury securities without flooding the market and driving down their price.”

Despite this potential threat, Mr. Wen noted that China’s economy is relatively healthy―especially compared to the United States and Europe. The New York Times wrote, “The confident performance underscored the growing financial and geopolitical importance of China, one of the few countries to retain massive spending power despite slowing growth.”

As we wrote recently, China is getting fed up with paying for U.S. debt and is starting to look elsewhere to invest its money―to the peril of the U.S. See our articles “China to Stop Buying U.S. Debt?” and “China Can’t Afford More U.S. Debt.”

German Economy Worst Since World War II

The German economy is worse than at any time since the end of World War ii, Angela Merkel said in an interview last Wednesday. “Such a recession, one which is taking place in all countries around the world, hasn’t been seen since World War ii,” she said.

“The chancellor’s warning comes after yet another flood of bad news for the economy,” wrote Spiegel Online. “On Tuesday, the Federal Statistical Office announced that German exports, the motor behind the country’s traditionally strong economy, have shrunk rapidly. Numbers for January show that, compared with the same month a year ago, exports are down by 20.7 percent. The drop is the steepest seen in 16 years.”

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said that Merkel herself is partially to blame. He said Germany, not Europe, should do more to alleviate the current financial crisis. Germany has been a major hindrance to this point, he said, pinning the bulk of the blame on Merkel and Finance Minister Peter Steinbrück.

Yet, as theTrumpet.com has written about previously, Germany is carefully using this current economic crisis to its advantage and—as Stratfor outlined earlier this month—is set to come out on top.

While the recession is indeed hitting Germany hard, its economy is holding up far better than most. As Stratfor wrote March 6, “The Germans face no housing bubble, have one of the world’s soundest financial systems, an export suite that should place it at the vanguard of the recovery, and limited exposure to the countries in the most dire straits. Put simply, the Germans face more opportunities than threats from the global recession.”

The primary reason Germany is not rushing to bail out the rest of Europe is simply self-interest. Since German gross domestic product accounts for nearly 20 percent of EU gdp, Berlin would foot the largest part of the bill compared to any other state in any Europe-wide initiative. Stratfor also noted that bilateral deals give Germany greater control over the terms of any economic assistance it provides.

“Rather than pushing for transnational stimulus or bailouts,” Stratfor wrote,

Germany is forcing the European Union into a common position on financial regulation. A look back over the past six months shows how Merkel has managed to turn every meeting and summit on the financial crisis into a brainstorming session on financial regulation. … Put another way, instead of mitigating the ongoing recession, Germany is attempting to extend its own financial system, writ large, over all of Europe. … Germany is also in a geographic and trade position to dominate whatever emerges from the wreckage of this recession. …To achieve security for itself, Germany either must defeat its neighbors or become indispensable to them. Nazi Germany failed at the first. But with this recession, Germany is on the verge of becoming the indispensable player geographically, financially and economically. It may not be acquiring lebensraum in the strict sense, but to Germany’s neighbors, Berlin’s gains are going to feel disturbingly close.

The events unfolding in Europe as a result of the economic crisis are incredibly prophetic. Herbert W. Armstrong warned for decades that Germany would emerge as the leader of Europe. For more, read “The Unseen Danger in Europe’s Economic Crisis.”

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President Barack Obama’s response to every national security test so far, writes Oliver North on Human Events.com, is to ask why we can’t “just get along”—and it’s not working. For example, since Obama announced his deadline for pulling troops out of Iraq, violence there has increased. Since he offered direct dialogue to Tehran, the Islamic Republic has launched its own satellite and begun testing its Bushehr nuclear reactor. Pakistan’s response to the U.S. administration’s overtures has been to release notorious nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan to continue his work—which had previously included nuclear weapons proliferation. A promise of $1 billion in aid to Gaza has been met with continued Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. Syrian leader Bashar Assad responded to U.S. offers of rapprochement with a demand that such talks would have to include the terrorist group Hezbollah. And so on—same story with Russia and China. This “Can’t we just get along?” approach will always fail. Read Brad Macdonald’s column “What You Don’t Know About Diplomacy” for the reason why.

In Pakistan, the political situation is becoming increasingly unstable, with a senior government minister resigning yesterday. The standoff continues between President Asif Ali Zardari’s government and opposition leaders and the country’s lawyers over the removal of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s party from power in the province of Punjab and the refusal to reinstate the chief justice, who had been sacked by former leader Pervez Musharraf. “The Interior Ministry chief, Rehman Malik, a close Zardari aide, meanwhile claimed that troops battling Taliban militants on the frontier had been redeployed to deal with the political crisis,” the Telegraph.co.uk reports. “The claim, which was intended as a shot across the bows of Washington and London, was denied by the military. However, an army spokesman, Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, said the government had put the army on notice in case troops might be needed to protect ‘sensitive areas’ in the capital and elsewhere.” Political infighting is causing Islamabad to be even more distracted from its half-hearted efforts to counter the rise of the Islamists in the country. Political, terrorist and economic problems are pushing Pakistan further and further toward being a failed—a dangerous, nuclear-armed—failed state.

The Week in Review

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Pakistan at the edge of the Islamist abyss, Taliban “moderation” under debate, and religion disappears in America.

Middle East

Pakistan’s most influential Islamist political party is allying itself with the most popular politician in Islamabad. On Monday, the leader of Jamaat-e-Islami announced the party would join former Premier Nawaz Sharif’s protest march against a court ban on his candidacy. A court decision last week upheld an earlier court verdict that banned Sharif from any parliamentary post. “Sharif has asked the nation to stand up to the pro-Western government of President Asif Ali Zardari,” reported Deutsche Presse Agentur on March 2. It is feasible that Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz could mobilize street rallies powerful enough to deliver a deathblow to the current coalition government in Islamabad.

On March 10, the Taliban rejected U.S. President Obama’s proposal of working with so-called moderate Taliban to end the insurgency in Afghanistan. A spokesman for Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar labeled the idea as “illogical,” saying he did not know what the term “moderate Taliban” meant. While this response reflects a certain amount of posturing on the part of the Taliban, the message to Washington could not be much clearer. Any successful negotiation—indeed, any negotiation at all—will only be achieved through much compromise on the part of the U.S., which would in fact constitute a defeat for Washington against terrorism.

The highest-level warning that Iran has achieved independent nuclear capability came from Israel’s top military intelligence officer on Sunday, the Associated Press reports. At a cabinet meeting, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin said Iran is now capable of producing atomic weapons. Iran has “crossed the threshold,” Yadlin said, and has the expertise and materials needed for an atomic bomb. Yadlin warned that Tehran wishes to exploit the Obama administration’s desire for negotiations as a cover for its nuclear weapons program. The same day, Iranian media reported that Tehran has test-fired a new air-to-surface missile. The Fars News Agency claimed the plane-to-ship missile has a range of 70 miles.

On March 10, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, considered a pragmatic conservative, was reelected as the chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, the nation’s most powerful state body. Among other powers, the assembly chooses Iran’s supreme leaders, who hold ultimate authority in the Islamic Republic. Stratfor reports that it appears Rafsanjani has consolidated his grip on Iran’s political establishment (March 10). While Rafsanjani is not as hardline as Iran’s President Ahmadinejad, as theTrumpet.com has detailed before, his goals for Iran are the same: domination of the Middle East, development of nuclear power, and the downfall of America. Read “The Return of Rafsanjani” from our March 2007 Trumpet for more.

Since the conclusion of the Israeli counterstrike on Gaza in January, the popularity of Hamas has soared among Palestinians. According to a poll conducted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would beat Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas by 2 percent if elections were held today. Three months ago, Abbas would have beat Haniyeh by a margin of 10 percent. Hamas’s overall popularity now stands at 33 percent—5 percent higher than before the Israeli counterstrike commenced.

Europe

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden once again asked Europe for help in Afghanistan on Tuesday. This time, he emphasized the need for civilian assistance more than troops. “I know the people of Europe, like the people of my country, are tired of war, and they are tired of this war,” said Biden during a press conference after his meeting with nato ambassadors. “But we know that it was from the space that joins Afghanistan and Pakistan that the attacks of 9/11 occurred. We know that it was from the very same area that extremists planned virtually every major terrorist attack on Europe since 9/11, and the attack on Mumbai.” Biden also clarified his earlier statement that nato “is not winning” in Afghanistan, saying, “We are not winning the war, but the war is not lost.” America is going begging to foreign governments. Its constant encouragement for Europe to assist in military conflicts is prophesied in the Bible to bite it in the end. For more information, see our Feb. 14, 2008, article “Germany vs. NATO: Playing Hard to Get.”

Romania may soon be the third EU country to go to the International Monetary Fund (imf) for a loan. “Romania needs a safety belt, meaning a foreign loan,” said Romanian President Traian Basescu to parliament on Monday. He urged the parliament to cut spending, warning that any loan from the European Union or imf would force Romania to adopt tough conditions on public spending and impose structural reforms. Romania’s main problem is with private-sector loans that firms obtained from overseas. If it defaults on these loans, this will spread the problem to other countries also. Watch for the global economic crisis to increasingly affect all of Europe over the short term.

Asia

The biggest challenge currently facing China is not slowing economic growth, but increasing unemployment. The current unemployment rate in China stands at around 4 percent, yet analysts are predicting this figure could rise to 14 percent before the economic crisis subsides. This means the number of unemployed Chinese could rise to 170 million in the coming years. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said last week that if the Chinese economy does not grow by at least 8 percent this year, the country risks political destabilization and social unrest.

In the midst of this economic downturn, the Chinese government is increasing military spending by 14.9 percent. In the near future, China may seek to avert social catastrophe and alleviate its unemployment problems through massive military conscription. The Bible foretells of a time when an Asian military alliance will amass an army of 200 million men. For more information on China’s future role on the world scene, read our free booklet Russia and China in Prophecy.

Africa, Latin America

Morgan Tsvangirai became prime minister on February 11 after a violent election process that yielded him only minimal power; on March 6, he was injured and his wife was killed in a car accident. Tsvangirai himself said the chances the crash was intentional were only “1 in 1,000.” Zimbabwe’s minister of defense, a member of the opposition party, blamed the usual culprit: America and Britain. President Mugabe blamed the “hand of God.” Simple timing, of course, is not enough to suggest foul play, but two facts remain: 1) Tsvangirai was targeted for assassination multiple times during the election process; and 2) Zimbabwe has a history of suspicious car accidents where President Mugabe’s opponents are concerned: “I’m skeptical about any motor vehicle accident in Zimbabwe involving an opposition figure,” said Tom McDonald, the U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe from 1997 to 2001. “President Mugabe has a history of strange car accidents when someone lo and behold dies—it’s sort of his M.O. of how they get rid of people they don’t like.”

The U.S. Navy has released official figures on efforts to prosecute pirates, and the results are discouraging. Of 238 suspected pirates investigated, about half were prosecuted. Many of those prosecuted were sent to prison in Puntland, a northeastern region of Somalia, where pirates seldom stay long: “They either walk out or someone pays a bribe for them to be released,” according to Roger Middleton, expert on Somali piracy at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. The French Navy has caught 57 pirates, and 45 went to Puntland. The U.S. Navy sent nine pirates to Puntland at the beginning of March. For more on why the U.S. can’t solve the piracy problem, read “Pirates Expose America’s Broken Will.”

President Obama has begun the process of lifting restrictions on Cuba, perhaps only a footnote amid the sweeping changes enacted in his first 100 days in office. The initial changes do not remove the travel embargo—they are instead geared toward things like allowing Cuban-Americans to send money home and make annual visits—but the direction is clear. Cuba’s government has been the sworn enemy of the U.S. for 50 years despite military threats, embargos, sanctions and general opposition around the world. For more on how the relationship developed and where it is headed, read “What’s Ahead for Cuba?

Anglo-America

The Bank of England is creating £75 billion out of thin air. The bank announced March 5 it would cut its interest rate to 0.5 percent and buy £75 billion (us$106 billion) of government and corporate debt, 5.4 percent of Britain’s entire gross domestic product. That proportion of gdp is even greater than what the American Federal Reserve has artificially injected into the U.S. economy. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has authorized up to £150 billion in “quantitative easing,” printing money to stanch financial hemorrhaging. But printing money to stave off debts just a little longer does not solve problems.

In British-American news, the British administration continues to suffer slights from the White House. After removing a special bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office and not holding a joint press conference with Prime Minister Gordon Brown during his visit to the United States, Barack Obama gave Brown a gift of 25 dvd movies, including Star Wars. Coming from the executive of the most powerful nation in the world, the gift is seen as a snub, especially since Brown is blind in one eye and American dvds often do not work in British players. This week, the Obama staff has been incredibly difficult to get a hold of by Downing Street to plan the coming G-20 summit in England, according to the head of Britain’s civil service. “There is nobody there,” Gus O’Donnell said. “You cannot believe how difficult it is.” The ongoing indifference toward Britain reveals a crack in the American-British alliance that the Trumpet believes will widen drastically.

One month after spending more money than anyone in history with a $787 billion spending bill, President Obama is due to sign another bill for $410 billion of spending. Critics of the 1,132-page bill point out that politicians from both parties have inserted 7,991 earmarks, politically selfish spending initiatives the Obama campaign vowed to cleanse from Washington. The Trumpet does not take sides politically, but notes that just as in the case of every other politician, the stratospheric hopes generated during the Obama campaign are now crashing back to Earth.

The U.S. is losing even its notional status as a religious country. Although Americans generally identify the nation and its values as Christian, believing and obeying God long ago evolved into simply claiming Christ. Now, the number of Americans who even identify with Christianity has dropped. The recently released “American Religious Identification Survey” found that from 1990 to 2008, the number of professing Christians in the U.S. dropped 10 percent. The report also found that the number of Americans who claim no religious identity rose from 8 percent to 15 percent.

When Britain Exports Terrorism

When Britain Exports Terrorism

It’s so bad, the United States is now spying on its ally.

Just 10 years ago, one could never have imagined the greatest threat to American security coming from Britain. Today, however, Britain is so overwhelmed with Islamic extremism that 40 percent of the cia’s effort to prevent an attack on U.S. soil is aimed at plots being hatched in Britain.

Because of the freedom with which they can operate in Britain, numerous jihadist groups have set up bases of operations there. These bases have produced dozens of international terrorist attacks in recent years. As Melanie Phillips documents in her book Londonistan, “UK-based terrorists have carried out operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Israel, Morocco, Russia, Spain and the United States.”

In 2002, for example, London-born Omar Sheikh beheaded journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan. In 2003, two British students blew themselves up inside a Tel Aviv bar. Shoe-bomber Richard Reid, one of the masterminds behind the Bali attack, and the man who rammed a truck bomb into police barracks in Kashmir all came from Britain.

When it comes to international terrorism, Tim Shipman recently wrote, Britain is no longer part of the solution, but rather a primary cause of the problem. There are currently 2,000 British citizens who are suspected of being involved in some kind of terrorist activity. British security officials believe approximately 4,000 more are susceptible to recruitment. And while Britain’s domestic spy agency MI5 has thwarted a number of attacks, including the 2006 plot to blow up seven transatlantic airliners, it simply lacks the resources to investigate every threat.

“We don’t have anything approaching comprehensive coverage,” the director general of MI5, Jonathan Evans, said earlier this year. According to Shipman, British security services can adequately monitor just two live plots at a time.

Thus, in hopes of preventing a British-born, 9/11-style attack on American soil, the cia has massively expanded its spying capabilities in the UK.

It’s the British Pakistani community, now numbering over 800,000, that concerns the United States most. About half of these “Brit-Paks,” as they’re called, travel to and from Pakistan—now one of the world’s most dangerous nations. It’s not at all inconceivable for some of these travelers to disappear into Pakistani terror camps, resurface months later in London as trained terrorists, and then hop on transatlantic flights for America—only needing a British passport, due to the visa waiver agreement between the U.S. and Britain.

No wonder the United States has intensified its effort to spy on Britain. In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations last month, fbi Director Robert Mueller said the primary terrorist threat America faces comes from Pakistan and Afghanistan. Besides these terrorist hubs, Mueller added, “[W]e must consider extremists from visa-waiver countries, who are merely an e-ticket away from the United States.”

In the case of America’s ally in the war on terror, that means 2,000 British terrorists are only an e-ticket away from American cities. This threat, Tim Shipman wrote in January,

has led to friction between British and American spies, with some U.S. intelligence officers irritated that resources are being diverted to gather intelligence on suspects in their closest ally’s backyard. British intelligence officers do not know the identity of all the cia informers and are uneasy about some of the uses to which the intelligence has been put.

Imagine what would happen to the Anglo-American alliance if a successful Brit-Pak attack landed on American soil? As we noted last week, this is an alliance that is already under considerable strain.

How did we get into this mess? Britain now has the shameful reputation of being one of the biggest exporters of Islamic terror. And to prevent another 9/11 from happening on American soil, the United States now devotes 40 percent of its espionage operations to spy on its friend.

In his book The United States and Britain in Prophecy (print version is also free upon request), Herbert W. Armstrong explains how the U.S. and Britain (as well as other nations that used to be in the British Commonwealth), comprise the peoples of biblical Israel.

This is important because of the many dire warnings God gave to the end-time descendants of Israel, one of which is found in Deuteronomy 28:43, where it says, “The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.” Verse 44 adds, “[H]e shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.”

The “stranger” is now rising up in the midst of our nations—pouring through our ports of entry. Soon they will completely overwhelm the latter-day descendants of Israel.

This is prophetic fulfillment!

Chinese Unemployment Threatens Social Unrest

Chinese Unemployment Threatens Social Unrest

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Can Beijing maintain law and order in the midst of an economic catastrophe?

The biggest economic challenge facing China today is increasing unemployment. While the national unemployment rate is currently 4 percent, one recent study predicts this figure could rise to 14 percent before the economic crisis subsides. This means the number of unemployed Chinese could rise to 170 million.

Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said last week that if the Chinese economy does not grow by at least 8 percent this year, the country risks political destabilization and social unrest.

In the midst of this economic downturn, the Chinese government is increasing military spending by 14.9 percent. In the near future, China may move to avert social catastrophe and solve many of its unemployment problems through massive military conscription. The Bible foretells a time when an Asian military alliance will amass an army of 200 million men (Revelation 9:16).

For more information on China’s future role in world events, read Russia and China in Prophecy.

Popularity Poll: Hamas Rising, Fatah Falling

Popularity Poll: Hamas Rising, Fatah Falling

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Since the conclusion of the Israeli counterstrike on Gaza in January, Hamas’s popularity has soared among Palestinians. According to a poll conducted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would beat Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas by 2 percent if elections were held today. Three months ago, Abbas would have beat Haniyeh by a margin of 10 percent.

Hamas’s overall popularity now stands at 33 percent—5 percent higher than before the Israeli counterstrike commenced.

Back in January, one group of protesters in Hebron even took to the streets chanting, “Abbas, you should know, Hebron is with Hamas.”

With Palestinian sympathy for Hamas on the upswing, Fatah would be in trouble if Hamas ever decided to stage a coup in the West Bank similar to the one it carried out in 2007 to conquer Gaza. Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal has already declared a “third intifada” designed to overthrow Fatah in the West Bank. Nothing has come of this declaration as yet, but tensions are mounting. Once Hamas gains enough strength, it is feasible that those tensions could lead to a radical Islamic takeover of the West Bank.

Just like the Iranian mullahs who fund it, Hamas wants to control Gaza, the West Bank, and all Israel. Above all, it wants to take over Jerusalem. For information on how Iran is using both Hamas and Hezbollah as proxies to achieve these goals, read “Iran Conquered Lebanon … Now What?