Germany’s Angela Merkel and the Balkanization of Europe

Germany’s Angela Merkel and the Balkanization of Europe

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel spearheads the drive toward a two-tier European Union.

“Merkel’s political union,” declared one headline. “German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants German austerity to dominate the European Union,” cried another. Yet one more, with an eye to history, read, “The silent Anschluss.” These all reflected reactions to Germany’s demand for the enforcement of a fiscal union upon the eurozone.

The Anschluss was the term used to describe Nazi Germany’s annexing of Austria in 1938, the year before the world erupted into the worst war in mankind’s history. It’s rather ominous to see the term employed again in connection with a current German drive for hegemony in Europe.

Even before the “fiscal pact” to be enforced under the new eurozone treaty has been agreed, Germany is seeking to impose onerous conditions on Greece.

The virtual enslavement of Greece’s economy to Berlin/Brussels is the final initiative to colonize the Balkan Peninsula and bring it under the control of the Holy Roman elites of the EU. Greece’s capitulation to Berlin/Brussels will set the precedent for the same dictatorial regime to be enforced on the rest of the EU.

The term Balkanization is an interesting one. By definition it refers to the process of dividing a large politico/geographic region into smaller groups of states or nations. It originally applied around the turn of the 19th century to the carving up of the formerly Ottoman-ruled Balkan Peninsula into a number of small, opposing nation-states.

The process was repeated in the1990s when Germany and the Vatican’s recognition of Slovenia and Croatia as sovereign states separate from Yugoslavia stimulated the entire breakup of greater Yugoslavia ending in its virtual colonization by the German-led EU.

A valid comparison can today be made between the breakup and colonization of Yugoslavia and a similar tactic German elites are now using to virtually Balkanize the whole EU.

The instrument they are using is the forthcoming eurozone treaty that will endorse a fiscal union of top-tier states—destined to number exactly 10—and result in a second tier of nation-states enjoying lesser recognition than the 10.

On present indications, the second tier will comprise some states that willingly accede to the authority of the governing power of the 10, and others that are so economically weakened and culturally resistant to the dominating power that they will become virtually enslaved within the union. Greece risks falling into the latter category.

One observer who is quite familiar with the effects of this process is Serbian journalist Momcilo Pantelic. In a recent piece, Pantelic observed that “we have seen a flare-up between financially responsible and spendthrift countries and between the more developed and less developed members of the EU. All of this has a lot in common with the process that led to the breakup of Yugoslavia” (Politika, January 15).

He also notes the similarity between the undemocratic nature of the EU and old Yugoslavia under Marshall Tito: “The democratic deficit suggests yet another parallel: In the one-party system in Yugoslavia, leaders were not elected by universal suffrage, just like the highly placed civil servants that manage today’s EU—in spite of the fact that all of the members of the Union have multi-party systems” (emphasis added).

A third comparison Pantelic notes between the EU and Yugoslavia is that “both systems have encountered difficulties for the same reasons. Recourse to the principle of unanimity and consensus has prompted a crisis in the decision-making process which has affected the efficiency of the EU, in the same way that it undermined Yugoslavia. Neither entity has succeeded in finding the right compromise between the center and the periphery, nationalism and internationalism, internal and common policy, and between indebtedness and growth.”

With similar forces at play, the disintegration of the European Union as a complete entity is inevitable—but only after it has fully served its original purpose. That purpose was highlighted by the once “strongman of Europe,” Franz Josef Strauss, in his vision for Germany published in his book The Grand Design. In that book he noted that Germany’s unprecedented rapid return to national strength following World War ii owed much to what he described as “the great service of Dr. Adenauer”: that man winning back “two thirds of the fruits of victory” and by bringing West Germany “back to a level of international importance in a fascinatingly short time.”

The point is, Konrad Adenauer could never have done that if not for one thing: He deliberately filled positions of authority under his administration with ex-Nazis who had held on to their vision of imperial Germany dominating Europe.

That grand old observer of Germany, Harry Beckhough, saw this firsthand and records his account in his book Thinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Beckhough was in a prime position as a sounding board for Adenauer during the very time that Germany’s first postwar chancellor was engaged in this practice. This strategy of Adenauer’s guaranteed that the imperialist vision of certain German elites, codified in the Red House Report, gained traction very early in Germany’s revival after the war. It gave legs to the strategy of Franz Josef Strauss, who maintained that “it was going to be much easier for Germany to make a comeback as a member of … a European federation, than as a German Reich.” This, Strauss maintained, was “the only approach that made a comeback possible.”

Now that comeback has been well and truly accomplished, German elites are moving to the next phase of the vision of their forefathers who went largely underground to keep their dream of achieving a thousand-year Reich alive. With Germany’s comeback to global power and influence now achieved, their next step is to establish the Fourth Reich. Hence their using for the EU the same model adopted to colonize the Balkans: Create a crisis, then pose the solution—divide, conquer and dominate the resultant colonies!

The main difference between the 1990s Balkanization of Yugoslavia and the process now underway in Europe is that the former was achieved by Helmut Kohl’s deliberate provocation of hot war in the Balkan Peninsula. The latter, occurring under Angela Merkel’s mandate, is being achieved by treaty.

“Germany is not just sexy, cool Berlin. It is a vast, rigidly conservative place, and it is reaching for power.

“Europe must say no” (Star, January 27).

The reality is that only the few, like Britain, will say no. The results will not be pretty for the naysayers.

In the end, Europe will not be very dissimilar to the Balkans: It will be divided into a strata of regions, all subservient in the end to Germany both politically and economically. The unifying factor that will bind this stratified EU together will be that which has been the only means to achieve cultural unity over its history in the past. Europe is destined for a moment in time to revert to its prior religious allegiance to Rome.

Though this predestined demography of Europe will be short lived, the results will be more devastating than any previous time when the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation dominated the European continent.

Yet there is a grand hope that lies beyond that cruelly devastating seventh and final rise of the old Holy Roman Empire. It is a hope that is beyond human comprehension, and it is as sure as tomorrow’s rising sun. Believe it or not, it is the one hope for humankind’s survival, predicated upon the return of the very Savior of mankind, the living Jesus Christ!

Coming to the UK soon: Atheist temples

On January 25, outspoken British atheist Alain de Botton announced plans to build a series of “atheist temples” around the United Kingdom, beginning with a 150-foot-tall black tower in London.

“As religions have always known, a beautiful building is an indispensable part of getting your message across,” de Botton said. “Books alone won’t do it. Why should religious people have the most beautiful buildings in the land. It’s time atheists had their own versions of the great churches and cathedrals.”

De Botton says atheists like Richard Dawkins are unsuccessful at convincing people that atheism is an attractive philosophy because they don’t provide them with the kinds of buildings, rituals and works of art that religions use.

“Even the most convinced atheists tend to speak nicely about religious buildings. They may even feel sad that nothing like them gets built nowadays. But there’s no need to feel nostalgic. Why not just learn from religions and build similarly beautiful and interesting things right now?,” de Botton said.

The first “temple” will be dedicated to the idea of perspective, with each centimeter of the tower’s stature intended to represent 1 million years, so that the 46 meters “honor Earth’s age of 4.6 billion years.” At the tower’s base will be a tiny band of gold 1 millimeter thick representing mankind’s time on Earth. The idea is to provide perspective about how insignificant mankind’s time on the planet has been.

Herbert Armstrong Plays Hide-and-Seek With Henry Kissinger

Herbert Armstrong Plays Hide-and-Seek With Henry Kissinger

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Almost 40 years ago, the U.S. secretary of state and the ambassador for peace (without portfolio) both shuttled between Cairo and Jerusalem on the day the Separation of Forces was signed.

Students of history would recall the year of 1973. Within that 12-month span, four world governments were overthrown. Afghanistan, Chile, Thailand and Greece. The Trumpet has already reported on Herbert Armstrong’s contact with Afghan, Chilean and Thai leaders just before government overthrow by military coup. Then came the Yom Kippur War between the Egyptians and Arabs opposing Israel.

It was amid this geopolitical storm that Mr. Armstrong intrigued co-workers on Jan. 27, 1974, writing, “… I want to tell you of my ‘playing hide-and-seek’ with Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger as the Separation of Forces was finally signed.”

The morning of January 18, Mr. Armstrong flew in the Gulfstream ii, accompanied by various Japanese dignitaries, to Aswan Dam, located across from the Nile River. Meanwhile, the U.S. secretary of state was traveling between Aswan and Jerusalem brokering a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt. Egyptian president, and close friend of Mr. Armstrong, Anwar Sadat, was lodging temporarily at his winter palace, where his meetings with Henry Kissinger were conducted.

“Our plane let down on the Aswan landing strip about 10:30 in the morning. The Air Force 707, labeled ‘The United States of America’—one of President Nixon’s two ‘Air Force One’ planes—was being used by Dr. Kissinger and was due there. As we taxied to a stop, a brightly uniformed honor guard marched briskly to our airplane entrance and lined up six on each side, in a salute position, as we debarked from our plane. It’s possible they thought I was Dr. Kissinger” (ibid).

In the afternoon, Mr. Armstrong departed and Air Force One, having arrived shortly after Mr. Armstrong’s Gufstream jet, sat motionless on the airport tarmac. Mr. Armstrong then made another stopover in Cairo to provide his Japanese guests the opportunity to view the stupendous 3,000-year-old Luxor and Karnak temples.

He recounted their experience at this juncture of their trip (ibid):

At first, the airport officials refused us any transportation, except by public bus, because Secretary of State Kissinger was due to stop there. But then, the governor came and apologized and offered us his private car. As we were returning back to the airport, Secretary Kissinger’s motorcade met and sped past us. In front were about six motorcycle soldiers in brilliant uniforms. Followed by a car with siren wide open, then some six or eight limousines. We saw Dr. Kissinger in the third one, and former ambassador to Saigon, Ellsworth Bunker, whom I know, in the car behind. The motorcade sped by at about 50-miles per hour. We continued on to the airport, and taxied past the Air Force 707 on the way to the runway.The next day, while I was visiting with the prime minister, he was handed a note saying Mr. Sadat had just arrived from Damascus. That evening, about dark, we took off from Cairo and flew direct to Tel Aviv. It created quite a sensation at the airport, when they learned we had flown direct from Cairo. “NO ONE ever does that, but Kissinger!” they exclaimed. “Yes,” I said, “Kissinger and US!”

That same evening, Mr. Armstrong had a private dinner with an Israeli official. He was keen to ascertain the Israeli reaction to the historic Mideast peace agreement. “Our official friend asked urgently, ‘What is the general reaction in Cairo over it?’ ‘Jubilation!’ we replied. ‘What is the reaction here in Israel?’ ‘Jubilation,’ he replied. Well, that was better than war!”

The Separation of Forces agreement stated, “Egypt and Israel will scrupulously observe the ceasefire on land, sea, and air called for by the UN Security Council and will refrain from the time of the signing of this document from all military or paramilitary actions against each other.”

Almost 40 years on, that agreement between Egypt and Israel is about to be tested. The recent ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the “democratic” installation of the pro-Iranian Muslim Brotherhood underscore the death of the three-decade interlude of the Camp David Accords.

In his booklet Jerusalem in Prophecy, Gerald Flurry recounts the dilemma currently facing the country: “The citizen of Israel stares out his window at his nation, a tear in his eye and a knot in his stomach. He knows Israel is in trouble.” Our editor in chief has visited the cities of Judah numerous times and, like Mr. Armstrong did, is developing warm friendships and working relationships with key government, educational, media and archeological officials.

He continues, “It is true that for the whole of its mere six decades of existence, the country has existed without peace. But as this Jewish citizen watches Palestinian teenagers and Israeli soldiers tussling in the streets, as the multilingual shouting and popping of gunfire fills his ears, he knows that today the situation is worse than it has ever been. He fears Israel is changed forever.”

God declares through the clear light of Bible prophecy that the very peace process in which Israel has been long engaged, under the pressure and at the behest of old and new enemies, along with its few avowed allies, is a national “wound” (Hosea 5:13). As a descendant of the very line of King David, Gerald Flurry, through the message of the Trumpet, Key of David and Armstrong International Cultural Foundation, seeks to remind its citizens of the Prophet Isaiah’s message to get their minds onto their true heritage and “Behold your God” (Isaiah 40:9).

Mr. Armstrong concluded his Jan. 27, 1974, letter to co-workers, “How thankful we should be to have been called to have a part in it—proclaiming this glorious good news of coming world peace, and eternal salvation to the world. Never was your generous part in it more needed! Thank you for it. I need your earnest and urgent prayers.”

A quarter of a century has elapsed since numerous comments were made in eulogies by world leaders at the time of Herbert Armstrong’s death expressing the hope that the legacy and work of Mr. Armstrong be continued. Should we not be very thankful for Gerald Flurry and his faithful assistant, the late John Amos, for their boldness, dogged faith and courage in standing up to those who sought to destroy that legacy when they faced Mr. Armstrong’s opponents down, just four years after his death? They stepped out in faith to continue a work in the spirit of Mr. Armstrong’s legacy. This website is but one powerful witness that that legacy lives on.

Request Malachi’s Message for a recounting of those events that led to Mr. Armstrong’s legacy being passed from the original institution to which it was gifted, to the entity that sponsors the Trumpet magazine today.

For 22 years, our editor in chief has battled opposition from offshoots of the church that Herbert Armstrong once led. Request our book Raising the Ruins to understand more of the titanic six-year legal battle that ensued from the main antagonist. The resultant victory enables you to daily enjoy and partake of the bountiful fruits of Mr. Armstrong’s writings in the spirit of his perpetuated legacy.

What more can you do in support of spreading the great gospel message of hope that is now being prophesied again to a world held captive in mass ignorance of its future? The time is fast approaching for the liberation of society from this ignorance by the returning Jesus Christ. The time for you to act to gain the knowledge of that which leads to this great event is fast running out. Consider your course of action carefully—go to God, pray for guidance, and act in faith.

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The Week in Review

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Iran pushes back against the EU; anti-Semitism surges in ‘Arab Spring’ nations; Merkel calls for full-on political union; India bypasses sanctions, drops dollar; and the election year begins to heat up.

Middle East

EU bans Iranian oil; Iran again threatens to close Hormuz: Tensions between Europe and Iran keep ratcheting up, with Iran this week again threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz in response to a Western oil embargo. On Monday, European Union foreign ministers agreed to place a ban on Iranian oil imports in an effort to stop Tehran’s nuclear program. European nations will immediately cease signing new oil contracts, with states having the option of honoring current contracts through to July 1. This will affect some 18 percent of Iran’s oil exports. The EU also froze the assets of Iran’s central bank, and put sanctions on its state-owned Bank Tejarat, the country’s third-largest bank. Iran reacted defiantly, with Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi telling the official irna news agency on Tuesday: “The West’s ineffective sanctions against the Islamic state are not a threat to us.” Emad Hosseini, spokesman for parliament’s energy committee, said that Iran retained its threat to shut the Persian Gulf to shipping. Mohammad Ismail Kowsari, deputy head of Iran’s committee on national security, said Monday the Hormuz Strait “would definitely be closed if the sale of Iranian oil is violated in any way.” The Associated Press writes: “The escalating confrontation is fraught with risks—of rising energy prices, global financial instability, and potential military activity to keep the strait open” (January 23).

Final results of Egypt’s election are in: Islamists have won nearly three quarters of the seats in the lower house of parliament, according to official figures released last Saturday. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party won 47 percent of seats, and the ultraconservative Salafist al-Nour Party took 25 percent. This will give these parties a dominant role in drafting Egypt’s new constitution, which will be written by a body appointed by parliament. No women were elected to parliament, though the ruling military council, which has appointed the final 10 members of the 508-seat chamber, has selected three women. When parliament convened for the first time on Monday, Muslim Brotherhood member Saad al-Katatni was elected as speaker of parliament. Islamists also succeeded in adding Islamic religious references to the oath of office. A presidential election is scheduled to be held before the end of June, when the country’s military leaders are due to step down.

Anti-Semitism surges in wake of “Arab Spring”: Democratic freedom has led to an explosion of anti-Semitic sentiment in the newly liberated nations in the Middle East whose dictatorships have been toppled in the past year. That was the conclusion of a report released on Sunday by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry. “[While] the popular uprisings in the Arab world do not represent a general change in attitude towards Israel, Zionism and the Jews, it seems the anti-Semitic discourse and incitement have become more extreme and violent,” the report said. “Charges of an international Jewish conspiracy have been a central motif in the anti-Semitic propaganda that has accompanied the Arab Spring uprisings.”

Palestinian security forces involved in anti-Israel demonstrations: Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces have increased their participation in anti-Israel demonstrations in the West Bank, senior Israeli military sources said last week. Three Palestinian policemen, in civilian dress, were recently arrested for throwing rocks at Israeli security forces during demonstrations. “We believe that the PA is financing the protests, but it is new that security officers are involved,” a senior Israel Defense Forces officer said.

Iraq becoming a “police state”—again: Iraq is becoming a “police state,” an international human rights group says, as the Shiite-led government cracks down harshly on dissidents. In its “World Report 2012,” Human Rights Watch says that Iraq is slipping back into authoritarianism as security forces abuse protesters, harass journalists, torture prisoners and intimidate activists. The report, released Sunday, says the human rights situation in Iraq is worse than it was a year ago, with the U.S. failing to leave behind a stable democracy. The group says it has uncovered a secret prison where detainees are tortured, with those who control the facility reporting to the military office of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. It also says at least 10 protesters and bystanders have been killed and more than 250 injured in Kurdistan.

Europe

Germany and France plan EU tax harmonization: Germany and France are planning to give the European Union new powers to “coordinate” taxation, Agence France-Presse reported January 18, citing a confidential Franco-German paper seen by several media outlets. “European institutions and member states should accelerate the process of tax coordination,” the document says. “In particular, the negotiation of the European Commission proposals on energy tax directive, common consolidated corporate tax base and common system of financial transaction tax should be accelerated.” The EU’s push for a common corporate tax rate is just the beginning—France and Germany want it to go further. The Telegraph’s Bruno Waterfield reports: “EU officials have said that the Franco-German push will give a new lease of life to Brussels for new energy taxes that will set higher minimum road and heating fuel duties based on carbon emissions.” Britain is opposed to giving the EU more power over taxation. The new proposal is yet more evidence of Europe moving toward closer integration while Britain tries to go in the other direction.

Europe needs a political union, might not save Greece, says Merkel: The EU eventually needs to create a political union with many more powers handed over to a central government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with several newspapers, published January 26. This union would have a stronger parliament, with an upper and lower chamber, and with the European Court of Justice as its supreme court. One of the papers conducting the interview, the Guardian, summarized the new treaty Germany is pushing, saying it “would enshrine the German model of fiscal and monetarist rigor as binding on the eurozone, in a move that would, in effect, outlaw Keynesian economics.” Chancellor Merkel said, “We will only be able to strengthen our common currency if we coordinate our policies more closely and are prepared to gradually give up more powers to the EU. … My vision is one of political union because Europe needs to forge its own unique path. We need to become incrementally closer and closer, in all policy areas.” Europe is moving toward becoming a single German-led superstate, just as the Trumpet has long predicted.

Croatia votes to join EU: Croatia voted to join the EU in a referendum held on January 22. Of the 48 percent of the population that turned out to vote, 68 percent voted to join the EU. Germany deliberately broke apart Yugoslavia to gain power over the Balkans, and now Croatia is joining Germany’s club. For more information, read our free booklet Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans.

Asia

India bypasses dollar for Iranian oil purchases: India has agreed to buy Iran’s oil with gold rather than the U.S. dollar, debkafile reported Monday. This agreement means India has joined China and Russia in ignoring the U.S.-led European sanctions on Tehran’s financial business and oil exports. China is expected to soon switch to gold for Iranian oil purchases. Both India and China are superpowers in terms of gold holdings. Together, Beijing and New Delhi buy around 1 million barrels of Iranian oil each day, which is 40 percent of Iran’s total exports. By making the purchases in gold, India and China allow Tehran to bypass the scheduled freeze on its central bank’s assets and to work around the oil embargo that the EU agreed to implement on Monday. Analysts also expect the colossal amounts involved in these transactions to boost the price of gold and diminish the utility of the dollar on global markets.

China overtakes Japan as world’s top coal importer: China surpassed Japan in 2011 to become the world’s top coal importer, according to data published Thursday. The switch was driven by a Japanese reduction of imports after the March 2011 earthquake damaged many of Japan’s coal-fired power plants, in addition to robust Chinese demand. Japan had maintained the number one position from 1975 until 2010, the International Energy Agency’s Coal Information showed. In 2009, China overtook the U.S. to become the world’s largest energy consumer, and the speed at which China’s economy continues to grow is historically unprecedented. China’s frenetic drive for resources is intensifying the global scramble for the planet’s wealth. As Europe and other powers watch China devour a rapidly increasing proportion of resources, they will strive to tighten the grip on their own supply channels.

Russia looks to Aussie bills as U.S. dollar alternative: Moscow may begin buying the Australian dollar as an international reserve currency as soon as next month, striking another blow to the beleaguered U.S. dollar. Since the U.S. Federal Reserve cautioned that America’s economic recovery was at risk, prompting the Fed to announce that U.S. interest rates might stay close to zero for three years, investors around the world, including those in Russia, have been looking for alternatives to the greenback.

Latin America

U.S. “reset” backfires as Brazil turns to China: Ten months after U.S. President Barack Obama pledged to help Brazil develop its potentially massive offshore oil reserves, Brazil has spurned the U.S. and opted to sell its oil to China. China recently bought a 40 percent stake in Repsol-ypf’s Brazil unit, which has drilling rights to the Santos Offshore Basin, according to the Washington Times. The Times also reveals that China has bought a 30 percent stake in Galp Energia, a Portuguese company that holds rights to the same basin. As rival powers snatch up oil in America’s backyard, Washington appears to be asleep.

Anglo-America

Bishops defeat UK welfare law: Britain’s Conservative government is attempting to pass a law capping the benefits families can receive from the government, but were defeated in the House of Lords by an opposition aided by Church of England bishops. The government wants to cap welfare payments at £26,000 (us$41,000) per family. To earn that kind of money, a working family would have to earn around £35,000 (us$55,000) before tax. Rather than heeding the biblical principle that “if any would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10), the bishops are encouraging idleness, as Britain’s debt grows ever larger.

Obama takes State of the Union message to key states: After delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama began a three-day swing-state tour in a bid to raise support in election battlegrounds. The president’s main message was a call for higher taxes on the wealthy, something Republicans strongly oppose. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called the president “detached” from reality, telling supporters: “This is a president who talks about deregulation, even as he regulates. Who talks about lowering taxes, even as he raises them.” With more than 13 million people out of work and a government debt standing at a record high of $15.2 trillion, expect this year’s presidential campaign to be fraught with division.

America Needs New Leadership

America Needs New Leadership

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But who is best qualified for the monumental task ahead?

As if we needed reminding, today’s headlines plainly reveal that man is simply not qualified to rule this Earth. The Associated Press offered this blunt assessment of President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night: “Obama pushes plans that flopped before.”

One of his plans is for Congress to use half the money America “saves” by pulling out of Iraq to pay down the debt—as if a slight reduction in deficit spending somehow creates piles of cash that can solve a debt crisis that has exploded under Mr. Obama’s watch.

During the speech, the president also lashed out at critics who believe America is headed in the wrong direction. “Anyone who tells you that America is in decline or that our influence has waned doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” he said. To support this assertion, Mr. Obama listed several international cities that have favorable opinions of America.

None of the cities mentioned, however, are anywhere near the Middle East, where anti-American fervor has radically transformed the entire region in a matter of months. One year ago today, as Caroline Glick wrote earlier this week, most Middle Eastern states, for the most part, were strategically aligned with the United States. Today, however, the Muslim Brotherhood is the ruling party in the Egyptian parliament, al Qaeda’s on the march in Yemen, Islamist forces have the upper hand in Libya, Iran has filled the power void in Iraq and the general populace in Turkey, Pakistan and Jordan all view the United States much less favorably than it did a year ago.

The biggest loser by far in the so-called Arab Spring is clearly the United States of America. U.S. interests in the region have been massively crippled over the past year.

For this reason and many others, much of America seems anxious to replace Mr. Obama with someone else. But examining the list of possible replacements is like facing a terminal illness, concludes columnist Bret Stephens. “There may be an apparent range of treatments: conventional (Romney), experimental (Gingrich), homeopathic (Paul) or prayerful (Santorum). But none will avail you in the end” (emphasis added throughout).

There is, to paraphrase the words of the Prophet Jeremiah, no hope in man!

Yet, despite the widespread political, social and economic turmoil man has brought upon himself—and despite his best attempts to recycle policies that have repeatedly failed—there is good news ahead for America and the rest of the world. Jesus Christ will soon return to rule this Earth! His kingly reign is much nearer than many believe. And quite unlike the leaders of this present evil world, Jesus Christ is perfectly qualified for the monumental task this world is facing!

At Christ’s first coming, many people of Judea and Samaria actually wanted to make Jesus king right then and there. To set their thinking straight, Jesus gave a parable, recorded in Luke 19:11-27, to explain when the Kingdom of God would be set up on Earth. In the story, a certain nobleman goes to a far country to receive a kingdom and then returns.

For those who believe their Bibles, the meaning could not be more clear. Jesus is represented as the nobleman. He ascended to heaven after His resurrection in order to receive the authority from God to rule the nations of this Earth. His rule will begin the moment He returns to Jerusalem—a world-shaking event that is thoroughly explained in dozens of Bible prophecies (read all of Zechariah 14 and Revelation 19).

Revelation 11:15 says when the seventh trumpet sounds, the kingdoms of this world will become the “kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” In chapter 14, verse 14, it says Christ will wear a “golden crown” when He returns. And in Revelation 19:16, He is described as “King of kings, and Lord of lords.”

Yes, the resurrected Jesus Christ is the only world leader truly qualified to bring obedience, peace and prosperity to this sin-laden, war-torn planet. He’s the only ruler capable of making the long-sought-after utopia a reality.

But this doesn’t mean He will rule alone, without assistance from a trained administration ruling underneath His kingly office. Notice that verse in Revelation 19 says Jesus will be King over other kings and Lord over other lords. The Bible reveals that there will be many other world leaders ruling with and under Jesus Christ when the Kingdom of God is set up on Earth. These are the saints of the Most High God! And their reign is also described in numerous biblical passages.

In the book of Daniel, Jesus Christ’s coronation—which takes place in heaven just before He returns—is described in chapter 7, verses 13-14. In that same chapter, the prophet adds that God will give His Kingdom to the saints of the Most High and they will possess that Kingdom forever (verses 18, 22, 27).

As difficult as this is for most people to believe, God’s Word says if true Christians overcome as Jesus Christ did, then they will sit with Jesus Christ on His throne in Jerusalem even as He now sits with God on God’s heavenly throne (Revelation 3:21).

Notice what God also inspired the Apostle John to write in Revelation 2:26: “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations.” In other words, God has called true Christians out of this world to be trained as the future leaders of tomorrow’s world!

That’s what these often-ignored or grossly misunderstood Bible passages actually reveal! If we forsake the ways of sin and exercise self-control in bringing our lives into subjection underneath God’s holy law of love (1 Corinthians 9:25-27)—if we overcome the way of sin and endure to the end of this present evil age—God promises us rulership in the Kingdom of God forever!

Angela Merkel’s Strident Tone at Davos

Angela Merkel’s Strident Tone at Davos

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Just 21 years after Germany reunited, a German chancellor, Angela Merkel, dictates terms to world leaders at the annual Davos forum.

Davos is the scene for the annual gathering of global movers and shakers to reflect on the current economic condition of the world. It is the outgrowth of an idea first given air by German-born economist Klaus Schwab.

Schwab launched the European Management Forum in 1971, attracting European business leaders to Davos in Switzerland each subsequent January for an interchange of ideas on a range of business management issues. Over time the agenda was broadened to embrace economic, social and political issues, with world leaders being invited to participate. The gathering then was renamed the World Economic Forum.

One Forum in particular was destined to have powerful effect on the world balance of power. In January 1989, East German Prime Minister Hans Modrow met with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl at the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss German reunification. Ten months later the Berlin Wall fell. That event was to result in the total dislocation of the status quo that had obtained for over 40 years under the prevailing balance of power between the United States and the ussr.

Track forward to the current Davos summit. What began in 1971as a German idea, used as a forum 18 years later for the leaders of East and West Germany to set the scene for reunification of the German nation, 22 years further on features as its keynote speaker the current chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.

The chancellor’s speech was a milestone in the coming of age of the newly assertive German nation. It pulled no punches in declaring a German agenda for Europe.

In one of the key statements Merkel made in that speech, unequivocally endorsing the transfer of European Union member nations’ sovereign powers to EU imperial control, she declared:

We will only be able to strengthen our common currency if we coordinate our policies more closely and are prepared to gradually give up more powers to the EU. If we make loads of promises about debt reduction and sound budgeting, those need to be things that can be enforced or brought to court in the future. The point of the fiscal compact, after all, is to make it possible to check on those commitments. That means giving our [European] institutions more monitoring rights—and more bite.

Further emphasizing the German agenda for a Germanized Europe, Merkel even indicated that Germany is “the representative of all European countries,” emphasizing that her solution to today’s Europe in crisis is “more ‘integration,’ by transferring more powers from a national level to EU institutions such as the European Court of Justice, so that the continent is ‘turned into a Europe that works’” (EUobserver.com, January 26). No doubt a Europe that is forced to work the German way!

EUobserver.com referred to Chancellor Merkel’s “ranking as the de facto supremo of Europe” as being “highlighted by the plethora of top European politicians and financiers she received in Berlin ahead of an EU summit taking place in Brussels on January 30.

“The leaders of Portugal, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Italy and imf chief Christine Lagarde all visited Merkel in the past few days, with Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy set to do the same on Thursday” (ibid).

Glaringly absent from the spotlight that blazed on Chancellor Merkel was the leader of Germany’s former partner in promotion of the European imperial dream, France. President Nicolas Sarkozy is today but the poodle that trots behind the German shepherd. This fact even further served to highlight that Europe is today being led, dominated and domineered by but one nation and one singular nation alone—Germany.

Yet perhaps the truest indication of that which is really emerging in Europe was hidden within a paragraph in Wednesday’s edition of the New York Times (emphasis added):

The most powerful leader in Europe may be Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, who was appointed by elected officials but cannot be fired and is independent of political control. So it is telling that in a city full of banks, the Frankfurt version of the Occupy movement chose the central bank’s lawn as a place to set up its tents. Participants said they were protesting its lack of democratic accountability. Meanwhile, Greece and Italy are led by unelected technocrats whose selections were strongly influenced by Germany.

There, encapsulated in few words, is summarized the rise to dominance of an age-old power, a “holy” Roman imperial power, that is rapidly emerging on the European continent.

The unfettered power of a Jesuit-educated son of Rome controlling the world’s largest bank, added to the diminution of democracy within a Europe gradually being taken over by unelected technocrats whose selection is “strongly influenced by Germany,” is but another remarkable proof of the fulfillment of the prophecies that Herbert Armstrong published and broadcast for decades before the current-day reality of the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire.

“I have been proclaiming and writing, ever since 1935, that the final one of the seven eras of the Holy Roman Empire is coming in our generation—a ‘United States of Europe,’ combining 10 nations or groups of nations in Europe—with a union of church and state! … In only one way can this resurrected Holy Roman Holy Roman Empire be brought to fruition—by the ‘good offices’ of the Vatican, uniting church and state once again, with the Vatican astride and ruling (Revelation 17:1-5)” (Herbert Armstrong, Plain Truth, January 1979).

Clearly, the signs are that Rome and Berlin are emerging as the most potent forces forging a virtual resurrection of that old Holy Roman Empire.