When Push Comes to Shove

When Push Comes to Shove

El Mosquito Queretaro

What will be the end result of Iran’s “pushy” foreign policy?

Over the past several weeks, as Israeli officials have repeatedly threatened to preemptively strike Iran’s nuclear facilities—perhaps even before the U.S. elections in November—Iranian leaders have retaliated by launching one verbal assault after another. On Jerusalem Day last week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the Zionist regime to be obliterated, saying Israel was an “insult to humanity.” Two days after that, Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, referred to Israel as a “cancerous tumor in the heart of the Islamic world.”

Given the heightened tensions over the prospect of a regional war, Iran’s leaders certainly don’t seem to be losing sleep over the possibility of an Israeli strike. On Tuesday, Iranian M.P. Evaz Heydarpur brushed aside Israel’s threats as little more than psychological warfare. And even if Israel does attack, he said, “Iran will not accept any ceasefire request by that regime’s allies and will attack the occupied lands by missiles until all the Zionists die or surrender.”

This is the same pushy spirit of hostility and provocation we now see coming from Egypt. Using a recent spate of terrorist acts as justification, Cairo has been pouring troops, tanks and aircraft into the Sinai Peninsula—a region that has been demilitarized since the Camp David Accords in 1979.

Much to Israel’s dismay, Egypt is now pushing to regain “full sovereignty and control over every inch of Sinai,” to quote one of President Mohammed Morsi’s legal advisers from August 13.

This week, Reuters quoted an Egyptian military official as saying, “We don’t need to issue a daily report to Israel on the operation, as it is a matter of sovereignty and national security.”

Last week, Morsi fired all of the Mubarak loyalists left in Egypt’s military leadership—including the defense minister, the army chief of staff and the top commanders of the navy, air defense and air force—and replaced them with people like Mohamed Rifaat el-Tahtawi, who once described Israel as the “greatest threat” to the security of Egypt.

Of course, the backdrop behind Egypt’s astonishing transformation tells more about the story than any of these specific events. As Joel Hilliker reminded us on Wednesday, the Bible prophesied thousands of years ago that Egypt would take a radical turn for the worse in these latter days and ultimately fall under the powerful influence of Iran’s region-wide dominance.

Evidence of this fulfilled prophecy was captured beautifully on tape during an Islamic summit in Saudi Arabia on August 14. The revealing footage shows an Iranian president and his Egyptian counterpart warmly embracing at the start of the summit. Within days of this diplomatic first, Morsi then accepted an invitation to attend another summit in Tehran, scheduled for next week. It will be the first time in 32 years that an Egyptian head of state visits Iran.

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“Watch for Cairo to distance itself from America,” my father wrote in early 2006. “Should the MB ever take control, there is no doubt that a strong alliance between Iran and Egypt will be built.”

That prophecy has been fulfilled, which is why Egypt is now pushing hard against Israel in the Sinai.

Of course, Israel isn’t the only nation on the receiving end of Iran’s pushy foreign policy. In Afghanistan, a U.S.-led coalition is facing a surge of terrorist acts, even as it prepares to abandon all combat operations by the end of 2014.

This week, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, met with U.S. and Afghan officials in Afghanistan to discuss ways to curb the recent increase in violence. Ironically, during Dempsey’s stay, his plane was damaged after militants fired rockets at the airfield where it had been parked.

In the Nimroz province of Afghanistan, also this week, there was a series of bomb attacks that killed 28 people. Afghanistan’s spy agency later killed two of the suspects and captured three others. All five of them were Iranian citizens.

Of greater concern to coalition forces than the Iranian-backed terrorist strikes is the alarming increase of “green-on-blue” attacks—when Afghan “partners” target U.S. soldiers and their allies. The latest attack happened on Sunday, when a man wearing an Afghan police uniform fatally shot an unsuspecting international coalition member. It was the tenth such killing in the last two weeks and the thirtieth attack of its kind so far this year. Several other government agents and nato forces have been gunned down or killed in bombing attacks in recent weeks—all by supposed friendlies. Americans and their allies are becoming victims of the very forces they have helped train and equip over the last several years.

Here again, back in 2003, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry correctly predicted the failed outcome of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Until America confronted the true origin of state-sponsored terror, he said, we would never win the war against terrorism. That head of the terrorist snake—Iran—is already looking to fill the void left by America’s evacuation in Afghanistan, just as it has in Iraq.

With Iran’s aggressive foreign policy steadily pushing its way into every corner of the Middle East, its no wonder Israel wants to take action. But in some ways, Israel’s threats against Tehran—even if Israel follows through on those threats—might distract us from other, far more consequential events, prophetically speaking.

Daniel 11:40 shows that Europe, not Israel or the United States, will ultimately smash the Iran-led “king of the south.” The Bible also indicates that this spectacular clash between the European “king of the north” and radical Islam will primarily revolve around Jerusalem. And the division of Jerusalem, as foretold in Zechariah 14:1-2, will be the spark that ignites the next worldwide war.

So while the world remains distracted with the threats flying back and forth between Israel and Iran, watch Europe. There, you will see a European power bloc quietly uniting in the background with Germany at its head. When Iran has finally pushed to the limit, this European power block will swoop in from the sidelines and obliterate Iran and its allies “like a whirlwind,” just as Daniel prophesied.

Neo-Nazis ‘Winning’ in Parts of Germany: Spiegel

Neo-Nazis ‘Winning’ in Parts of Germany: Spiegel

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Authorities in Germany have failed to squelch neo-Nazism in eastern parts of the nation and the public remains indifferent, Spiegel Online reported Tuesday. “In eastern Germany, the neo-Nazis are winning,” the German publication wrote.

Although raids against German neo-Nazi cells are not uncommon, media pundits say authorities have been unsuccessful in the greater battle against the nation’s right-wing extremism, which has intensified particularly in depopulated rural regions of the east where neo-Nazis organize local youth activities and sports events, and even sit on city councils.

Germany’s center-left Süddeutsche Zeitung explained the severity of the problem, saying, “In eastern Germany non-white minorities make up just 1 percent of the population. Eastern Germany, excluding Berlin, is largely free of foreigners. The biggest success of the neo-Nazis in Germany is not their presence in regional parliaments but this fact: Among immigrants, eastern Germany is seen as a no-go area. The state and the police haven’t managed to change the climate in two decades.”

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency released a report in July saying that while the overall membership of neo-Nazi groups in Germany dropped from 25,000 in 2010 to 22,400 last year, the number of far-right extremists ready to use violence increased from 9,500 to 9,800. So, while the overall numbers may be declining, the number of those radical enough to take up arms is rising.

But, far more significant than these four- and five-digit numbers of extremists, are the millions of Germans who remain silent over the neo-Nazi violence. German society’s reticence over right-wing extremism equates to its tacit approval. German society and politicians commonly ignore the everyday racist violence that has converted many areas in eastern parts of the country into no-go zones for racial minorities. Germany’s general lack of will to eradicate neo-Nazi groups is the massive core of the problem.

The Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel decried the silence of German citizens, saying, “Ordinary citizens still often look away when someone gives the Hitler salute on the village green and calls for a ‘Nationally Liberated Zone.’ By remaining silent, they are relinquishing their own hard-fought freedom.”

To understand the significance of the deafening silence of most Germans regarding far-right violence, read Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.

Take a Spin Around the Ophel Excavation

My amateur camera work may not rival the stunning virtual tour of Armstrong Auditorium, but this 360-degree view through the lens of my camcorder may help to familiarize you with the area surrounding the Ophel excavation site in Jerusalem. Day 2 is in the books and, like yesterday, there was a lot more heavy lifting. The site now shuts down for the next two days. Then, on Sunday, the excavation crew doubles in size—from about 25 to 50—and the actual digging begins!

Dutch Grow More Euroskeptic

Dutch Grow More Euroskeptic

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Support for the EU plummets 20 percent in two years.

Euro analysts are already talking about a Grexit, Fexit and Brexit to describe the respective possibilities of a Greek exit from the euro, a Finnish one, or a British departure from the EU. Now they may have to add Dexit to the list.

“I can’t say if we will be able to maintain the euro. The European economy is hurting too much from austerity,” said Emile Roemer, leader of the Socialist Party. Mr. Roemer is a leading contender to be the next Dutch prime minister, depending on how many votes his party receives in what seem set to be a drawn out round of coalition negotiations.

The EU is being criticized by both the left and the right in the Netherlands. In May 2010, 76 percent were in favor of EU membership. Now only 58 percent are.

Fresh elections are being held after Geert Wilders, leader of the right wing Freedom Part (pvv) party, brought down the government by refusing to cut the Netherland’s deficit to the level required by the EU. Roemer too is refusing to tow the EU line and says he will refuse to pay any fines the EU punishes the Netherlands with.

“In a highly fragmented political landscape it could take months to form a government,” warns Reuters. “The Netherlands could even end up with a coalition that opposes the cuts needed to meet EU deficit targets at home and rejects future bailouts to troubled eurozone countries abroad.”

Expect this kind of turmoil. The eurocrisis is forcing some big changes on Europe, pushing it closer to becoming a superstate. This won’t be popular with voters.

Here is a reminder of what Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has said about this: “Watch closely. Germany will use this crisis to force Europe to unite more tightly. In the process, some eurozone countries will be forced out of the union. When that happens, the pundits will say European unification is dead, that the European Union has failed. Don’t listen to them!”

Some poorer nations may be forced out of the euro. Some richer ones may choose to quit, not willing to give up their sovereignty. For the past few months, EU leaders have talked about the fact that if they want a closely united Europe and the ability to respond quickly in crises, the union will have to made up of a smaller group of roughly 10 nations.

This is what the Trumpet has forecasted for decades. As some nations become more Euroskeptic, it doesn’t mean European unification is finished. Instead it means Europe is on its way to become a lean, mean superstate.

Flashback: German Paper: Banks Getting Ready for Greece to Leave Euro

Flashback: German Paper: Banks Getting Ready for Greece to Leave Euro

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Banks are preparing staff to deal with riots after Greece switches back to the drachma.

Banks are quietly preparing for Greece to leave the EU, Süddeutsche Zeitung warned August 22. “An army of management consultants and lawyers” have spent weeks on “the infinite number of things to do,” it wrote (translation from Presseurop throughout).

Not only have officials been getting their computer systems ready to handle drachmas, but they’re also preparing for the social fallout from an exit. They’re preparing their banks and staff to handle riots and violent customers.

The paper says that Lloyds Banking Group in Britain has created a “Euro Instability Committee.” It is rumored that Goldman Sachs has set up a “War Room” at its London offices called “Room 17”—named after the 17 members of the eurozone.

hsbc is taking the practical step of confirming that its atm can distribute drachma notes. Banks are also testing infrastructure, making sure they can get hotlines for investors up and running, the article said.

One banking executive told the paper that European central banks were making similar preparations.

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is currently traveling around Europe to persuade key EU officials to give Greece an extra couple of years to complete its bailout package. So far, he has been unsuccessful.

Head of the eurogroup Jean-Claude Juncker said that the eurozone would have to wait another month until the troika that oversees the bailout package had finished its investigation. Juncker said he supported Greece, but that this was the country’s “last chance” to avoid going bankrupt. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other German leaders have also indicated they have little patience for Greece.

Now banks are spending their money and resources to make plans in case of an exit. This is just another sign that the eurocrisis is about to explode. Watch it closely: That explosion will change Europe, and the world.

German Intelligence Aids the Syrian Opposition

German Intelligence Aids the Syrian Opposition

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A German navy ship with equipment from the German intelligence service (bnd) has been monitoring the Syrian government’s military and passing the information on to the rebels via the British and American secret service, Bild am Sonntag reported August 19.

The ship can detect troop movements nearly 400 miles away, the paper reported.

“No Western intelligence service has as good sources in Syria as the bnd does,” the paper quoted a U.S. intelligence agent as saying. It quotes a bnd member saying, “We can be proud of the significant contribution we are making to the fall of the Assad regime.”

The newspaper also reported that bnd agents intercepted telephone and radio traffic from Syria at a nato base in Adana, Turkey.

Die Welt recently reported that negotiations between opposition groups in Syria were taking place in Germany. Syrian rebels have been working on a project called “The Day After,” with opposition groups negotiating at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. They will publish their results on August 28.

For the German military to send its army to Syria unilaterally would be politically impossible. But it’s done almost everything short of that to help the Syrian opposition. The new government will have a lot to thank Germany for once it’s in place.

Watch Germany’s relationship with Syria closely. The Bible prophesies that it will soon be drawn into a German-led alliance. For more information, read Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s article “How the Syrian Crisis Will End.”