The writing has been on the wall ever since certain populist leaders gained the upper hand in Latino politics.
Long distracted by events in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, America has ignored the nations that press against its own back door. Now they are clubbing together to form their own regional alliance to replace the Organization of American States (oas). The oas has, to this point, operated as the principle alliance of the Americas, incorporating Canada and the United States. The new alliance is slated to deny Canada and the U.S. a forum at regional summits south of the border.
Washington’s reacted to the news with a ho-hum attitude of seeming disinterest. Such a response to current developments in this strategic southern Atlantic/Pacific region will prove disastrous.
As if to carry more force behind this Latin slap across America’s face, it was the leader of America’s closest neighbor, Mexico—source of its largest intake of migrant labor and thus of the flight of billions of dollars to destinations south of the border—to deliver the blow.
On February 23, at the conclusion of a two-day summit in Cancun, Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced to participants from 32 Latin American and the Caribbean nations that this new bloc “must as a priority push for regional integration … and promote the regional agenda in global meetings.” Mexico and Brazil are the driving forces behind the new bloc. The name and structure of the new organization will be determined at a summit in Caracas, Venezuela, next year.
In an early sign of strengthening anti-Anglo-Saxon orientation in the region, this Latin bloc threw its weight behind Argentina’s renewed calls for Britain to hand over the Falkland Islands to that southern Latino nation.
In an early opinion on the new organization, China, already entrenched in the region, said the development could help Beijing increase its cooperation with Caribbean and Latin American countries. China Daily reported that “Trade between China and Latin America reached $111.461 billion in the first three quarters of 2008, with China’s direct non-financial investment in the region involving trade, manufacturing, gas and oil exploration amounting to $960 million at the end of June in 2008″ (February 22).
Yet observers are cautious as to the new bloc’s prospects for success given the disunity that presently divides more conservative leaders in countries such as Colombia, Chile and Peru from the leftists leading Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba. Brazil’s President Lula da Silva is quite often the balancing factor in any political feuds between these factions.
Despite the show of bravado in seeking to distance the region from Anglo-Saxon influence, Latin America has no real history of intra-regional cohesion. It is not unlike the unwieldy and fractious European Union in this respect. Yet both these regions have one overarching potentially binding force in common that could, amid crisis, rapidly unify their respective masses: Roman Catholicism.
What Will Bind Latin America Together?
International relations guru Hans J. Morgenthau famously declared that true power is the control over the mind. Few pundits in these post-Cold War days appreciate the power of ideology, once unleashed, to control the masses. Too many commentators raised in post-Cold War secularism consider ideology in international relations as passé.
Nothing could be further from the truth. It is ideological extremism that drives hatred of the Jew and Anglo-Saxon in the minds of Islamist terrorists and that fuels Islamic expansionism. It is the ideology of Rome that—though it has seemingly lain dormant for decades—is destined to spark a roaring flame of zealously militant passion in the time of great crisis that this world, caught in the vortex of financial collapse, is hurtling daily toward.
Bible prophecy declares it will be Rome’s religion that finally binds the unwieldy European Union together to give it the political unity it needs in order to lead globally in the near future. The EU will wield that power over a very Catholic Latin America.
It will be Rome’s religious ideology that exerts the power over the minds of the public as it evangelizes anew all traditionally Catholic nations, drawing them into a global economic, financial and military empire. This control is destined to prevail, believe it or not, over and above any influence that other world powers like China may seek to exert in Latin America and the Caribbean. The effort to establish a regional Latin American and Caribbean alliance, excluding the U.S. and Canada, is moving the nations of that region in that direction.
Herbert Armstrong prophesied that this—not yet fully evident to the public, yet rapidly developing—final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire would ultimately transport people from North America to South America to a condition of servitude in its workforce. Referring to prophecies of this German-led empire destroying the United States, Mr. Armstrong wrote in an Aug. 14, 1978, letter, “A third of our populations shall die from disease epidemics caused by famine, and another third shall be killed by military action, and the remaining third scattered—as slaves to Europe, and probably some to South America (Ezekiel 5:12).”
Sound unrealistic? Not if you know the astoundingly accurate prophecies for these times in your Bible.
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