Two of the Old School
During a recent visit to the United Kingdom, I met up with a man who is an icon of a bygone age. His name is Harry Beckhough.
Now in his 96th year, Harry was recently honored by receiving a personal invitation to the British Conservative Party annual conference in October. There, in the city of Birmingham, Prime Minister David Cameron referred to Harry Beckhough, the longest-standing member of the Conservative Party in Britain, as being “very special.”
During the course of his keynote speech, Prime Minister Cameron declared, “Harry, without people like you, we wouldn’t be here …. [T]hank you for everything you’ve done—and all you represent.”
Whether the prime minister realized it or not (and his speechwriter certainly should have), what Harry represents is, in actuality, the most intense of Euroskeptic views alive in Britain today. In fact, by virtue of his firm grasp of history, his close observation of German elites during the period immediately following the war, and of the process by which the German designs that triggered two world wars have found modern-day expression through the building of today’s European Union, Harry represents a refreshingly real perspective on the dangers that German dominance of the EU pose to Britain such as is possessed by few Englishmen today.
The keenest of analysts have written much about how the German elites went underground toward the end of World War ii to ensure perpetuation of their ongoing plan for global dominance. But it is a real education to hear it from the mouth of one who was an actual observer on the scene in Germany both pre-war and immediately following the Allied victory.
Harry Beckhough became a close acquaintance of Germany’s first postwar chancellor, Konrad Adenauer. This brought him into contact with Adenauer’s family and numerous German elites. Being fluent in the German language, Harry was able to listen in on conversations that few other Englishmen heard in the vicinity of the Chancellery.
In particular, Harry Beckhough was privy to conversations that Adenauer initiated about the value of various members of the Nazi Party and observed how the chancellor carefully brought many of them back into positions of authority and influence in the postwar administration within Germany. These were men who had not changed their ideology. Rather they were placed in positions where that Nazi spirit could be carefully nurtured and help craft a system specifically designed to politically, economically and culturally resurrect Germany to center stage, yet once again, in Europe and prepare the nation for a leading role as a world power.
Now, 65 years later, Harry Beckhough has lived to see that resurrection take place. He’s lived it all, as an eyewitness, from Hitler’s rise to power, to the crushing defeat of Nazi Germany by the Allies, on through the time of the reappointment of Nazi leaders into its early postwar government, through the great betrayal of the Heath government in lying to the British electorate about the nature of the European project, to the time where Britain now has become but a lackey of Berlin and Brussels, and now risks becoming one of Rome.
During Harry’s first visit to Germany in 1933, he witnessed Adolf Hitler’s inauguration. Then, during the war he was one of the bright young set of university graduates stationed at Bletchley Park involved in breaking the Nazi Enigma code. He continued during the war as a code breaker for General Montgomery and was later involved in breaking Japanese codes during the Pacific campaign. Harry rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the British Army.
Following Allied victory he continued on with the occupation forces in Germany, assigned to the British Foreign Office. His special brief was to reestablish the Rhineland universities along democratic lines, a project in which Adenauer took personal interest. This task brought him into contact with numerous government ministers and leading statesmen of the time.
From his observations over the first five years of reconstruction in Germany, Harry Beckhough was able to observe that “Adenauer’s government was riddled with ex-Nazis” (Germany’s Fourth Reich).
What Harry observed was later confirmed in the Madrid Circular Letter, a document contained in a dispatch intercepted by the Allies in the early 1950s en route from the underground Nazis’ German Geopolitical Center in Madrid. That center was established in 1942 “to plan for the postwar period and, if Germany was defeated, to develop a new methodology designed to reverse the outcomes of the defeats suffered by Germany in the First and Second World Wars” (Edward Harle).
As quoted by numerous reputable sources, the circular, prepared by elements of the Nazi cadre that had gone underground in the closing stages of World War ii, reads in part: “We must not forget that Germany has always considered any orientation towards the West as a policy of expedience …. It must be our supreme duty to place ourselves in the vanguard of the struggle to keep Europe out of any future war. If we succeed in this, we will surely gain the trust of the people and undisputed leadership in Europe, not excluding Britain. In such a roundabout way we would be able to establish the foundation for future world leadership” (Global Analysis, July 15, 2008; emphasis mine).
German elites succeeded in keeping Europe out of any war till their nation unified in 1990. Immediately after Germany was united, German elites instigated conflict in the Balkans with the intent of enacting political change designed to attach the strategic Balkan Peninsula to a German-dominated European empire.
Those same elites cleverly manipulated an Anglo-American-dominated nato to fight their war for their possession of old Yugoslavia. At the same time, the German Luftwaffe “reluctantly” initiated its first combat mission in the skies over Kosovo. This became the thin edge of the wedge to gradually accustom the international community to the sight of German military personnel engaged in theaters progressively outside of Germany’s borders.
Since then, the Bundeswehr has gradually extended its remit to at least 11 international scenes of conflict, while carefully avoiding the use of the term “war”—at least until a fearless young aristocrat dared to publicly declare that Germany was really at war in Afghanistan!
Since then, German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has visited that particular theater of conflict on six separate occasions—after having taken on the defense portfolio just one year ago.
Harry Beckhough is a true English gentleman of the old school. A child of the empire, born in its heyday and now living out his senior years amid Britain’s abject, supine yielding to the controlling powers in Brussels, Paris and, most especially, its old enemy, Berlin.
Of a truth, Prime Minister Cameron would not be where he is today had it not been for the Churchillian generation represented by Harry Beckhough—a generation that stood between a future of global peace and the horrors of global tyranny during what Winston Churchill called England’s finest hour 70 years ago.
But today, across the North Sea, in the land occupied by the modern descendants of Assyria, a young German baron stands head and shoulders above all comers, politically, on the European continent. He is one also trained in an old school, the old aristocratic, Roman Catholic school of Bavaria—the German state that has spawned such great postwar politicians as the strongman of Europe, Franz-Josef Strauss, and his political clone, Edmund Stoiber.
Now, out of this same Bavarian Christian Socialist school arises a young aristocrat who declares that Strauss is his hero and whose family traces its lineage back 900 years. That’s a real old school, a true dynasty.
There’s a real difference between these two old schoolers, Harry Beckough and Baron Guttenberg.
Each represents a bygone era—an era of true pomp and circumstance—a bygone imperial era rich in heritage.
Yet they are different.
The difference is not just in the 60 years that separates them in age. The difference is that Harry Beckhough—the old soldier, the old spy, the old observer of the old enemy Germany—is from an old school rapidly dying out, its leaders having long abandoned any attachment to their once glorious and, truth be known, God-given heritage. Today’s toothless Britain, now utterly incapable of defending itself, goes cap in hand to France, the nation against which it has fought more naval battles than any other, to seek assurance from France that it will come to Britain’s aid in times of trouble. Fat chance! Read the history!
Over on the Continent, another old school is awakening. It’s an old German aristocratic, militaristic school, denied expression of its powerful heritage for a lifetime, now suddenly feeling its oats, feeling that its time has come. Germany is bursting out of its self-imposed pacifist, democratic cocoon, within which it was never comfortable, and is stretching its wings once again.
All of a sudden, Germany’s voice is more strident, its military goals more clearly articulated, the true intent of its elites—trained in the spirit of the Madrid circular—sounding shriller by the week. And amid all this, Germany clamors for a leader of the old school—the old, imperial, aristocratic school of the Kaisers, of regal courtly pomp, the sound of marching bands and the clicking of heels in cavernous halls resplendent with the icons of past imperial glory.
What a contrast.
One old imperial power, the once Great Britain, ashamed of its past glory, seeks to apologize for its once grand history with a politically correct force born of effeminate left-wing appeasers such as only can emanate from a sadly self-emasculated power.
This, at a time when another old imperial power, one with a history of continuous militaristic resurrection, anxious to exert its newly revived political and economic clout on the world scene, suddenly is reviving its Teutonic national pride.
Only one result can come from all this. We’ve seen it play out before. But that was in a time before nuclear weapons were parked on the Continent and European air forces trained in their delivery, including the Luftwaffe.
Prime Minister Cameron’s overtures to France to be Britain’s protector in times of threat to British security are but a harbinger of an even more unbelievable scenario—one prophesied in your Bible. When trust breaks down between Britain and its traditional allies, let alone its old enemy France (and just when did Britain and France ever trust each other?—look at what happened to the Entente Cordiale), your Bible prophesies that the nation which it describes as a “silly dove” will go begging for protection from the very nation that has lusted for its demise for generations—Germany!
The signs are that this unbelievable scenario is fast approaching (Hosea 7:11; 8:9).
Herbert Armstrong publicly warned of each step that Germany would take, in consortium with the Vatican, to resurrect the old Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. He died before most of those prophecies were fulfilled. Over the past 20 years, the Trumpet has reported, accurately and in detail, as each prophesied element of that old empire has been put in place. We are now reporting regularly on the final two elements, German military dominance and the Vatican’s spiritual dominance of Europe, leaping month by month into perspective.
Yet still, it is the few who see this great reality while the public remain largely ignorant of the massive disruption that this phenomenon is about to cause in their lives.
We salute the Harry Beckhoughs of the world who do see it, and who do their best to warn of it. They are far too few.
Yet this magazine has a powerful voice, a global voice that no man can shut down (Revelation 3:8). And we will continue with ever increasing strength and power, month by month, to warn of this rising beast—to warn till we are sure that no man or woman will ever be able to claim that they were ignorant of its reality when the global catastrophe it triggers is upon them.
In the process, our prayer is that some will heed, before it’s too late, and turn to their Maker in an endeavor to truly please and obey Him, rather than continue to pursue their own selfish ways, and in that process of repentance, become part of the grand solution for peace—globe-girdling world peace—that will follow (Isaiah 9:7).