On the Edge of Tyranny
Eastern Europeans are starting to get edgy. Having lived for five years under the boot heel of Nazi terror barely 70 years ago, followed by crushing Soviet Communist dictatorships lasting over 40 years, they fear that by joining the European Union, their nations may have leaped from the frying pan into the fire.
They have reason to be concerned.
It has taken less than one year since the enacting of the Lisbon Treaty for EU elites to move to establish the world’s largest diplomatic force and a consolidated European police force, and to commence moves to develop a combined European army and implement a pan-European spy network.
Through the implementation of treaties, the European combine has evolved from the European Coal and Steel Community, comprising just six nations, to a 27-nation monolith comprising a single imperial political entity. To astute observers of this process, the EU’s moves over the past year are proof positive of EU elites’ imperialist intentions.
The sharpest minds now fear that these latest moves may recreate the very tyranny that European elites duped the public into believing the EU was set up to prevent.
Let’s Form an Army
Herbert Armstrong said often during the early postwar years that the German Nazi elites had gone underground during the last stages of World War ii, to reemerge to revive their imperialist vision within new Europe. Many other authors at the time agreed.
Recently I spoke with a former British Army colonel who was an aide to Germany’s first postwar chancellor, Konrad Adenauer. He confirmed that Adenauer oversaw the careful placement of ex-Nazis back into positions of influence in education, the judiciary, commerce, banking, business and industry after the war.
The result has been the education of an upper stratum within the German social order that is pursuing the old vision of German hegemony. Of this the German public is largely innocently ignorant.
Having successfully moved to establish an EU diplomatic force—intended to subsume the once-sovereign diplomatic corps of the once-independent nations that have since handed over their sovereignty to Brussels/Berlin—senior German political leaders want to take the next step. On the sidelines of a meeting of the EU’s defense ministers in Ghent, Belgium, in September, Christian Schmidt, parliamentary secretary at the German Defense Ministry, said, in relation to national defense, that the pressure on governments to cut costs had “led to the realization that we have a lot of common interests in Europe.”
Guy Verhofstadt, who leads the liberal grouping in the European Parliament, argued, “We have now a diplomatic service, which is very important, but we also need the other instrument—a common European defense, a common European army. And certainly, at a time when every European country has to make savings, maybe it’s the right time to build up this common European army” (emphasis mine throughout).
The best observers know that since the Treaty of Rome in 1957, which established the foundation for European unity, a pan-European military force was inevitable.
Even before World War ii, Herbert Armstrong prophesied this when it was on nobody else’s mind. From the earliest edition of the Plain Truth magazine in 1934, he was writing that Europe would become a united superpower.
Soon after presenting a number of options to refine Germany’s military force into a high-tech, professional rapid-response machine, on September 2 Germany’s Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg unveiled the latest initiative for the development of a pan-European military: the European Air Transport Command (eatc).
This joint military air transport command “is to be prepared to conduct future war missions of the German military (Bundeswehr) and other European states in a far more efficient and cost-effective way,” German-Foreign-Policy.com reported (September 2; our translation).
Just what does this mean for Germany, for Europe, and for the rest of the world? It means that the nation that gave the world two global wars in the space of just two decades of the 20th century is gearing for war once again! Read it for yourself: This force “is to be prepared to conduct future war missions of the German military.” The German military figures as first priority. “[O]ther European states” tag along, but Germany calls the tune!
So there ought to be no real surprise that the new head of this joint European air command is, you guessed it, a German senior military officer. The same source states, “The first commander is a major general of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe).”
The following sentence reads like it could have been taken right out of one of Herbert Armstrong’s extremely prescient prophetic descriptions of the foreordained future of Germany. It is certainly in line with the detailed prophetic articles penned by the editor in chief of the Trumpet magazine, even as it is in very direct alignment with the detailed prophecies in your Bible for the Germany of today.
“The eatcwill place in true perspective the politics of war of the EU states and create further steps towards the development of an EU army. The joining together of the EU national military forces serves especially the state that has the most political influence in the EU—Germany” (ibid.).
Well, you certainly can’t say we didn’t warn you. For over 50 years under the administration of Herbert Armstrong, the Plain Truth magazine hammered away at the inevitability of what has now become a current-day reality!
Now, if you can just grasp that reality, then prepare for the double whammy: “Further on, the military explain, they also want, with the help of eatc, to extend the European influence within nato. With this the intent is to gear against any U.S. reaction to being rivaled by a newly dominant world political rival in Berlin.”
Isn’t it about time that you really educated yourself in just what is going on in Berlin for the third time in less than a century? The above quotes are thrown into even starker light when it is realized that they come from German minds that really understand the motive and intent behind these moves by the German Defense Ministry!
Expanding Police Powers
Two years ago, clandestine EU plans for the creation of a European police force to overarch and inevitably supersede all the national police forces of EU member nations were exposed. As the Express reported at the time, “[P]lans for the study will fuel fears that Brussels is planning a fresh power grab once the EU constitution process is completed at the end of this year” (express.co.uk, May 25, 2008).
Those plans have since morphed into reality.
Speaking in September at the UK Independence Party’s annual conference in Torquay, ukip’s London Member of the European Parliament Gerard Batten declared that “the European Union is creating its own system of criminal law. The EU is in the process of creating its own police state. … Our current situation is of course that over 80 percent of our new laws now originate in the institutions of the EU, it controls most of the major areas of policy, and Britain is well on the way to its intended status of a mere region of the European Union. … [O]ur armed forces are being gradually subsumed into what is eventually intended to become common European armed forces under the direction of the Lisbon Treaty’s Common Foreign Security and Defense Policy. … [O]urancient and precious freedoms and protections under English law are being destroyed.”
This is the current reality of a once great Great Britain that has become but a lackey to Brussels/Berlin. The teeth of the old lion have been drawn. The once proudly regal beast mutely faces caging by the EU monolith.
Batten continued: “Under a European Arrest Warrant, the extradition of a British subject has been reduced to a mere bureaucratic formality.” This has already been implemented, with British subjects incarcerated in foreign jails in the EU. “[E]ven the home secretary has no power to intervene, as they once had, even if it is glaringly obvious that a grave injustice is being done. Extradition has been reduced to the mere export of the carcasses of accused persons.”
The reality of this latest step toward EU tyranny is that British courts no longer have legal power to act in the ultimate interests of British Crown subjects or of Britain itself!
Perhaps the gravest injustice built into the EU system is that of Trials in Absentia. As Batten described this massive abuse of the rights of British subjects of the Crown, “Under an EU Framework Decision, Trials in Absentia must be transposed into UK law by 2011, or 2014 at the latest. This will mean that a British citizen can be tried in their absence in another EU country and if found guilty the British police will have to arrest them so they can be dispatched to the member state concerned!
“The convicted person cannot argue that they did not return to the relevant country because they did not trust the legal system …. The British court will have no power to protect them.”
Already advanced, the machinery has been created and is largely in place to establish the European Union as a vast continental police state. The system as Batten describes it is founded upon the following institutions: “a European Public Prosecutor; Europol, its own police force; the Euro Gendarmerie, its own paramilitary police force; the European Investigation Order compelling British police to investigate their own citizens on behalf of foreign states; the European Arrest Warrant enabling citizens to be transported across borders with the minimum of fuss; and the ability of one state to collect fines and confiscate assets across borders” (ibid.).
With its own massive diplomatic service, its own legal and policing systems, and a European army in the making, one wonders how much further this movement toward consolidating tyrannical government has to go! Well, wonder no more, for the EU elites have also announced their pièce de résistance: a pan-European spy force!
German-Foreign-Policy.com reported on this remarkable development. “With the cooperation of the German Foreign Intelligence Service, Brussels is proceeding with the creation of an intelligence service for the EU,” it wrote on September 27. “The new body, which is to be integrated into the EU’s External Affairs Services (eas) by December 1, will be derived through the expansion of the EU’s currently existing Joint Situation Center (SitCen). The SitCen, which is outside of any parliamentary control, maintains a cell of intelligence services, including the German Federal Intelligence Service (bnd).”
The British organization Open Europe is warning that this will turn into a “European cia.”
The article continued, “In the mid-’90s the discussion … began in Germany. According to the unofficial periodical Internationale Politik in 1996, ‘in the course of the development of a security and defense policy, Europe will need a common intelligence service with capacities yet to be structured to ensure a higher efficiency.’ This has become a necessity because of the ‘growing number of military operations’ often carried out ‘in little-known environments.’”
Germany’s conservative European Parliamentarian Elmar Brok boasted that because of the new spy force, “In one or two years, the dependence on national information will be reduced.” German-Foreign-Policy wrote, “SitCen’s foreseeable expansion to become a regular European intelligence service is only the logical consequence of the systematic German-European quest for powerful influence on a global scale, to be achieved through a combat-ready foreign and military policy with reliance on espionage.”
Surely that places the seal on the European Union’s imperialist agenda. Since the Lisbon Treaty/EU constitution was implemented at the beginning of this year, Europe has rapidly consolidated a tyrannical power of amazing force.
The great prophecies of Daniel and Revelation that have waited for two millennia to be fulfilled are now breaking out into terrible fulfillment!
In our February edition, our editor in chief confidently announced the reality that the seventh and final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire had indeed arisen!
Most are blind indeed to this great reality! But they are destined to soon feel its effect! Very personally! Believe it or not, your Bible says so! The glaring reality to those whose minds are open to see is that “the scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).
Read our booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire. Read and come to grips with the reality of today’s Germany, which is about to—once more, finally and for the last time—powerfully affect the social and political order of this planet. Read—watch, pray and prepare! For there is a way to escape the forthcoming devastating effects that this pan-European army will have on the Anglo-Saxon nations. But it is born of a real diligence in heeding Jesus Christ’s command to “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).
If you are one who heeds that command, then you will be looking forward with real anticipation to the grand hope that lies beyond the greatest trial this planet will ever have to endure. For as Jesus Christ Himself prophesied of events such as are happening now in Berlin, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (verse 28).