Chapter 1

The First Military Victim of World War III

From the booklet Germany’s Conquest of the Balkans
By Gerald Flurry

The Germans have been structuring an empire. Their imperial goals catapulted in the decade of the 1990s, at a time when they moved their capital from Bonn back to Berlin and their parliament to the Reichstag. The parliamentary term Reichstag was first used in association with the Holy Roman Empire. It is the building from where Hitler launched a war that cost about 60 million lives. That is how badly the Germans wanted an empire in World War ii. Their whole history reveals a similar pattern.

Germany has a master plan. We have warned about that master plan since immediately after World War ii. Germany is fast becoming the fascist superpower of the West, as the United States collapses as a superpower. You urgently need to understand why this is happening!

Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, said this about the European Union in October 1995: “You have not anchored Germany to Europe; you have anchored Europe to a newly dominant, unified Germany. In the end, my friends, you’ll find it will not work.”

She didn’t see Germany as a democracy-loving country, but as “a newly dominant” country. Mrs. Thatcher clearly said the European Union was not a democratic union. It is dominated by Germany. But it seems nobody wants to admit that it has not repented of its fascist, Nazi past.

Let the world beware!

British economist and former Eurocrat Bernard Connolly, in The Rotten Heart of Europe, said the European Union was only a “cloak for German ambitions.” At least we ought to consider such authoritative voices.

First of all, the Germans want to control Europe. To do so, they must gain control of the Balkans, where their fiercest enemy is the Serbs. For the most part, the Serbs have been silenced.

Many Serbian leaders believe the driving force behind the independence of Croatia and Slovenia was the Roman Catholic Church! This is only a small part of a rising Holy Roman Empire. Germany and the Vatican were willing to offend the whole world to recognize two little Roman Catholic republics! These events show anybody willing to take note that something dreadful is stirring in Germany and the Vatican.

For the most part, what is happening in Europe, politically and religiously, is invisible to the world. Even many political leaders in Europe are moved with great emotion in support of European unity, not truly understanding what they are doing.

German Aggressiveness

Foreign-affairs analysts are waking up to Germany’s assertiveness in Europe—and it all became more obvious in the Balkan Peninsula in the ’90s Yugoslav wars.

This is how a UK-based Eurorealist think tank saw the outcome of the Yugoslav wars in 2002, which started, as we will see, by Germany’s recognition of Croatia and Slovenia in 1991: “The European empire is acquiring colonies fast. Currently engaged in negotiations with nato in order to take over the running of Macedonia, the EU has acquired de facto control of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the extent that the new High Representative, Lord Ashdown, has appointed a German and a French deputy but no American. This is the first time there has not been a U.S. deputy in the body which governs Bosnia. It means that the ‘big three’ EU states are now in control of the former Yugoslav territory” (European Foundation Intelligence Digest, May 2, 2002).

Did you get that? Back in 2002, the German-dominated EU gained control of the first colonies of its new empire! That was the year nato began withdrawing troops from the Balkan Peninsula. With Croatia and Slovenia firmly attached to the EU, the Union began the process of imposing its version of “security” on other nations that once formed the old Republic of Yugoslavia. The first EU police mission under the European Security and Defense policy began in Bosnia in January 2003, taking over from the United Nations International Police Task Force. This ended the direct involvement of the United Nations, nato and the United States in Bosnia and set the pattern for the ultimate takeover of the entire Balkan Peninsula by this European force. Slovenia became an EU member in 2004, and Croatia eventually became a member of the EU in July 2013.

Concerning the other old Yugoslav countries, Serbia and Montenegro virtually became vassal states of the EU, almost totally dependent on the Union for financing reconstruction and development following the Yugoslav wars. Montenegro began accession negotiations with the EU in 2012, and Serbia began accession negotiations in January 2014.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Serbia, which saw the secession of Kosovo as a violation of Serbia’s sovereignty, came under pressure from Germany to recognize Kosovo’s independence in return for membership in the EU. High-level ascension talks between the EU and Bosnia-Herzegovina started in 2012. Albania came close to EU candidate status in 2012. Macedonia also is in the bag for Europe, with the European Commission in 2009 recommending the opening of EU accession negotiations.

Europe has effectively conquered Yugoslavia! I will prove in this booklet that the former Yugoslavia is in fact the first victim of World War iii.

Germany’s History in the Balkans

In the early 1900s, Germany was looking to expand its empire. Berlin wanted to control the Balkan Peninsula, and needed a pretext to launch an offensive there. It goaded Austria and Hungary into putting such steep demands on Serbia that the Serbs couldn’t possibly meet them.

In 1914, the trigger for World War i occurred, in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, when Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot dead by a Serb nationalist. Germany used the assassination as cause to start a war. Soon all of Europe was engulfed in a holocaust of the worst warfare in human history.

Serbian forces resisted the German and Austro-Hungarian attack, and the Balkans became soaked with blood. The city of Belgrade fell to German-led forces in 1915, and Germany ruled the area for three years. It wasn’t until right at the end of the war that the demolished capital city was finally liberated by Serbian and French troops. Germany’s plan to control the Balkans ended in failure.

When Germany sought to dominate Europe in the Second World War, Yugoslavia was again high on its list of targets. In April 1941, German, Italian and Hungarian forces attacked. The rebuilt Serbian capital was again decimated by the German Air Force. The German Army invaded Belgrade and took hundreds of thousands of Yugoslavia’s soldiers prisoner.

The occupying Axis powers proceeded to eliminate the Yugoslav threat by splintering the country. Germany absorbed Slovenia into the Third Reich, and occupied parts of Serbia, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Berlin then established the Independent State of Croatia as a Nazi puppet regime. It appointed a fascist, anti-Yugoslav separatist movement called the Ustashi to rule and to carry out its Holocaust operations there. The Ustashi killed hundreds of thousands of Serbs and Jews in concentration camps, sometimes using very gruesome methods.

“No one can overestimate the fear that Eastern Europeans, people in the Balkans, have of the Germans,” Stratfor’s George Friedman said in a 1999 interview. “The memory of the occupations is still seared in their minds. The German occupation was unspeakably brutal—particularly in Yugoslavia, and particularly with the Serbians, because during World ii the Croatians allied with the Germans, whereas the Serbs fought them.”

Croatian leader Ante Pavelić forcibly converted tens of thousands of Serbian Orthodox to Roman Catholicism—on threat of execution. For this, he received the blessing of senior Vatican leaders and the praise of Pope Pius xii himself. The pope personally received Pavelić in a private audience in 1941, even after evidence of the Croat leader’s atrocities had already become well known.

As Mark Aarons and John Loftus wrote in their 1991 book Unholy Trinity, “Pavelić also knew that the Holy See looked on Croatia as ‘the frontier of Christianity’; a special relationship between Croatia and the pope extended back to 700 a.d.”

At war’s end, the Vatican went on to protect the fugitive Croatian leader. Along with thousands of war criminals and Nazis, Catholic leaders smuggled Pavelić to Argentina through its infamous ratlines.

Yugoslav resistance to the Axis powers in World War ii was largely led by Serbia and pro-Serbian forces. The Allies recognized these fighters and supplied assistance to drive the German-led Axis out of Serbia in 1944.

Thus, during the most destructive wars in history, America and the Serbs were united against their common enemy, the Germans.

After that enemy was vanquished, Yugoslavia unified once again, under the rule of Marshal Josip Broz Tito. Even as the country looked forward to a brighter future, it grieved over the deaths of about a million of its people in World War ii.

Though Germany lost both world wars, its leaders never forgot their dreams of empire. In later years, when they felt the time had come to revive that long-held ambition, they looked again to dominate the region they had twice conquered by force of arms. Once more, they set their sights on the Balkans.

Germany’s Opening Move

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, reuniting East and West Germany into a single nation, Western leaders praised the unification in public. In private, however, many of them were deeply concerned. Official transcripts of Kremlin meetings show that the leaders of France, Britain and Russia were privately discussing the danger of a unified Germany.

It wasn’t long before these fears began to be confirmed.

In 1991, Croatia and Slovenia moved to become independent of Yugoslavia. Virtually the whole world opposed the move, including the United Nations, nato—even the European Economic Community (eec). Yugoslavia was in turmoil. The region had a long history of dangerous volatility. It was clear that such a huge geopolitical shift would totally destabilize the Balkans. That is why the world saw the situation as a danger.

And that is exactly why Germany saw it as an opportunity.

In December 1991, Germany—although strongly opposed by the eec, the U.S. and the UN—recognized the breakaway states of Croatia and Slovenia. Pope John Paul ii quickly did the same. (This was not a coincidence; the people of these two Balkan states are staunchly loyal to the Roman Catholic Church.)

When America and Europe protested this aggressive move, Germany threatened to pull out of the eec.

The New York Times wrote about this watershed event in a front-page article, “Moving Defiantly on Yugoslavia, Bonn Threatens Rift With Allies”: “Germany will go ahead with its plans to extend diplomatic recognition to the breakaway Yugoslav republics of Slovenia and Croatia, German officials said today, increasing prospects for a pronounced rift on the issue in the Western alliance.

“Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s spokesman, Dieter Vogel, said on Friday that the Bonn government would wait until after a meeting of European Community foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday before announcing recognition, which has been opposed by the United Nations, the United States and by the European Community. But officials made clear that Bonn’s decision would not be affected by the outcome of Mondays meeting” (Dec. 15, 1991).

Germany was determined to recognize Croatia in spite of its recent, horrifying past in World Wars i and ii! Why would the U.S. support such a move? At first, America did not. But that quickly changed once Germany flexed its political muscle. America shamefully let Germany lead it.

The European Economic Community caved in and recognized the two states on January 15, 1992.

Germany was opposed by virtually the whole world on this matter! Yet Germany stood firm in its decision. Why? How could a nation with Germany’s recent past attempt such a thing? It makes a lot of sense if you understand the history of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire!

Germany started World Wars i and ii. Let’s not forget that mind-numbing history. That same war spirit was thriving in Germanys support of these breakaway states! The Germans were strongly opposed by the whole world and still got their way.

The first blow of World War iii has already been struck. That is because this same nation—Germany—will continue this aggressive war spirit until the whole world is dragged into a nuclear World War iii! So say history and Bible prophecy.

The habit of starting every world war dies hard.

Germany’s Power

Another 1991 New York Times article, “UN Yields to Plans by Germany to Recognize Yugoslav Republics,” said, “The Security Council backed away from a confrontation with Germany over Yugoslavia today after Germany’s European allies on the council decided that they did not want a major clash with Bonn” (Dec. 16, 1991).

Why did the UN decide not to fight against Germany’s decision? Because Germany’s European allies “did not want a major clash with Bonn.”

The historical plan of the European Union was to control a dangerous Germany. But it is clear that Germany is controlling the EU!

The horrendous truth that this world refuses to face is that Germany has not repented of starting two world wars. The warlike spirit of World Wars i and ii is still very much alive!

It doesn’t take a lot of vision to see where this is headed. Bible prophecy says it will lead to the worst destruction this world has ever experienced!

It is time for us to wake up. Even if we don’t believe the Bible, sound reasoning should awaken us.

The New York Times article continued, “The incident underscored Germany’s growing political power within the 12-nation European Community, diplomats said. Some added that it marked the single most visible demonstration of that power since reunification of the two Germanys more than a year ago [in 1990].”

It was “the single most visible demonstration of that power” since Germany was reunited. What does that mean? It means that Germany is on the same track it was on when it started World Wars i and ii! This is the grisly truth that most people don’t want to face. So we bury our heads in the sand. But that doesn’t remove the truth or change events.

Again, the Germans have not repented of what they did in World Wars i and ii—or they would not be acting this way!

Why can’t we be logical about something so terrifying? Are we too decadent even to care?

If our reasoning doesn’t shake us, events certainly will—one thousand times over!

‘Troubling Historical Associations’

The article continued, “Moreover, in its unusual assertiveness in moving ahead with a plan to extend diplomatic recognition to the breakaway Yugoslav republics of Croatia and Slovenia, Germany has stirred troubling historical associations …. Nazi Germany dominated the two Yugoslav regions during World War ii, absorbing Slovenia into the Third Reich and creating a puppet regime in Croatia” (ibid).

“Germany has stirred troubling historical associations.” But just how troubled are we? Even the New York Times doesn’t seem troubled anymore. I hear almost no discussion of that troubling history—or, more importantly, what it means for the future! That is why it is so troubling.

Are we afraid to face this troubling truth? America and Britain should be so troubled that they would even risk a military clash with Germany. But those kinds of superpower actions are past history.

After all, Germany could easily be stopped if we had the will to use our power. But our will to exploit our power is dangerously weak. So Germany’s power (with the EU) will grow until we can’t stop it.

We are in a far worse scenario than we were in the 1930s when Sir Winston Churchill was warning the West about Adolf Hitler. We ignore that terrifying history and are dangerously weak because of it.

Once again we fear to face the mind-jarring reality. Have we forgotten that we almost lost World War ii? Almost everybody rejected Churchill’s strong warnings against Germany.

Now is the time to face that unpalatable truth.

On the March

“Germany has long historical ties, both glorious and shameful, to Slovenia and Croatia,” the New York Times wrote. “Slovenia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and many people there still identify with the German-speaking world. There has also been German influence in Croatia, and during World War ii Croatia was ruled by a pro-Nazi regime.

“This aspect of Croatian history, and the fact that the [Franjo] Tudjman government [Croatia’s president at the time] has refused to disassociate itself from the Croatian fascists who ruled the republic in the 1940s, has made European leaders unwilling to move quickly toward recognition. German public opinion is strongly pro-Croatian and anti-Serbian” (Dec. 8, 1991).

This is a shocking article. German public opinion was strongly pro-Croatian and anti-Serbian—or in reality, anti-Yugoslavian. The German people are emotionally involved with these two republics.

This is just another of many signs that the German people have not repented of causing about 60 million deaths in World War ii!

They would be horrified at these emotions if they deeply understood and hated their Nazi past. They should hate the monstrous crimes that were inflicted on the world when they eagerly followed Hitler.

But the West is more to blame than the Germans. The Allies’ denazifying of Germany after World War ii was a shameful farce. How can we calculate the suffering that mistake will cause? This work has written about and documented this tragedy for years.

So brace yourselves: A strong militaristic Germany is marching once again, and its destruction this time will make its crimes in World Wars i and ii look like child’s play! Most of the words we hear from the Germans and others will indicate otherwise. But watch what they do—their deeds.

Isn’t it also disturbing that the Croatian leader—the late Franjo Tudjman—would not disassociate himself from the Croatian fascists, or Nazis, of the 1940s, yet was still a respected leader in a Roman Catholic country? If these people were good Roman Catholics, how could they honor fascism in this way? Isn’t this rather alarming? Croatian leaders wouldn’t disassociate themselves from such a horrible past, yet Pope John Paul ii openly recognized Croatia in its struggle for independence, despite being opposed by most of the world. These facts suggest the development of something dangerously ominous.

Do you understand the importance of this history? How quickly the world has forgotten the events surrounding World War ii. How quickly the world has forgotten that Germany has historically considered it a primary duty to protect the Roman Catholic Church! During the various reigns of the Holy Roman Empire, it has felt it to be its duty to enforce the church’s desires. That helps us to understand why Germany will stand up against the European Union, America, the United Nations and the entire world!

Backing Germany

Shortly after Germany recognized the breakaway republic of Croatia, civil war broke out in Yugoslavia. Many people blame Germany for this civil war, and rightfully so.

All of Europe and America were openly hostile to Germany’s action at that time, but Europe quickly caved in when Germany threatened to pull out of the European Union.

America saw the flow of events and, as usual, weakly changed its public view by submitting to Germany.

America’s foreign-policy shift in 1991 enraged its traditional allies Britain, France and the Netherlands. These nations saw what Germany was doing, not only in Yugoslavia, but all over Europe. The European Union collectively had hoped to keep powerful Germany under controlwith help from the U.S.! Instead, America helped Germany enforce its will on Europe! Europeans, who are being helplessly swept along, are painfully aware that Germany has caused two world wars—in living memory—and the death of over 100 million people!

Has America forgotten its loyal allies of World Wars i and ii and in 50 years of the Cold War? Germany bullied the U.S. into nearly wrecking that alliance!

These traditional American allies know a great deal about Germany’s desire to control Europe. U.S. leaders, however, seem to be ignorant of the dangers. It seems that they learned little or nothing from World Wars i and ii.

Here is a segment of the August 11–25, 1995, issue of Intelligence Digest: “American generals trained and advised the recently triumphant Croatian Army, and German pilots have been training the Croatian Air Force (UN sources at Zagreb airport say air-traffic control frequencies ‘resound to the voices of German pilots’). Yet the recent events in the former Yugoslavia, important (and dangerous) as they are, form only a small part of an overall U.S.-German plan for Europe. …

“America’s solution is to encourage and support German hegemony [domination] in both East and West Europe.

“Germany’s control of Western Europe is exercised through the European Union (EU), and American support for German dominance of the EU has been evident since at least 1990. At that time, a pro-German U.S. State Department under James Baker started a whispering campaign against British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher because of her opposition to any further surrender of British sovereignty to the German-dominated EU (or European Community as it then was).

“This whispering campaign was partly responsible for Mrs. Thatcher’s ouster from … the British premiership. …

“[Washington] is following an intentional policy; the purpose of which is to leave both East and West Europe under complete German domination. …

“So Germany, with the full backing of America, is to be the sole great power of Europe. …

“Washington urgently needs to think again before it is too late: Its policy for Europe is not a policy for future stability; it is the reverse” (emphasis mine throughout).

This was a shocking revelation! American foreign policy supported German dominance in the EU. And both America and Germany supported the breakup of the Balkans.

The U.S. did a complete turnaround on its political stance, caving in to Germany. Not only that, it used its power to win this Yugoslav war for Germany!

The “world’s only superpower” was despicably weak. The Yugoslavia debacle was another spectacular demonstration that America is no longer a superpower.

What America did in Yugoslavia will come back to haunt us forever. History thunders to us that it was a monumental mistake. Bible prophecy relates that it was part of a massive curse on our land.

The final outcome is going to be good news. But the suffering that precedes it will be the worst ever.

Germany’s World Dominance

In 1995, Alexander Cockburn wrote this in the Detroit Free Press: “When Germany led the Western powers to recognize Croatia, Slovenia and finally Bosnia at the start of the ’90s, the Serbs remembered vividly what had happened to them at the hands of the Nazi-backed puppet state of Croatia in World War ii. At least 700,000 Serbs—some say as many as 1.2 million—along with 30,000 Jews, were slaughtered by Croats in the Jasenovac concentration camp. [Even if there were only 700,000 Serbs killed, that was still a colossal disaster.]

“The Croat lobby in the United States has displayed eel-like slipperiness when pressed about the fascist predilections of Croat leader Franjo Tudjman. Inquiries into his character and intentions are very much to the point: Tudjman has written books of spine-chilling anti-Semitism and apologetics for mass extermination.

“This is the man pampered by the West, even as he drives toward a greater Croatia built in the image of Ante Pavelic’s Croatian Republic of the 1940s” (Aug. 24, 1995).

That reminds me of the years leading up to World War ii, after Hitler had already written his hateful diatribe, Mein Kampf. Yet Neville Chamberlain and other weak leaders were actually cozying up to and pampering this man who would head the Nazi war machine.

Mr. Tudjman had publicly and repeatedly said his country was right in supporting Hitler! He was very adamant and unrepentant about that.

An inquiring mind might ask how Germany and the Vatican could openly and flagrantly support a Nazi-type leader, considering their own recent history. Nazi atrocities and the Vatican’s involvement in protecting and hiding Nazi leaders during and after World War ii are overwhelmingly documented! The great majority of the Nazis who escaped were assisted by the Catholic Church (request our free booklet The Holy Roman Empire).

Now Germany and the Vatican are headed in the same direction again. There is a frightening spirit there that we should be acutely concerned about.

According to some reports, America signed a secret agreement to continue operating with the Croatian military. Remember, this is the same nation that the U.S. was bullied into accepting as an independent republic in 1991! Where Germany leads, we seem to follow.

Something very dark and sinister is stirring in Europe. What happened in Croatia was only a small sample of what has since begun to spread over the entire region! This is the “straw that will stir the drink” to unify all of Europe. It will not be long before Europe is reunited as the Holy Roman Empire. It will be led very assertively by Germany.

Two republics now have their independence because of Germany and the pope. The whole world would have been against the independence of these two republics had not Germany and the pope spoken out in support of them! These events revealed a great deal about the power Germany has developed. But more importantly, they projected where Germany and the Vatican are headed in the future!

Now a German-led EU virtually controls all of Yugoslavia. As you continue reading, we will prove to you that this was the first nation conquered by the reviving Holy Roman Empire.

World War iii has already begun! Soon all of Europe will be under Germany’s control—and that is only the beginning. America, Britain and the nation called Israel today will be conquered by the Holy Roman Empire!

The Holy Roman Empire will soon become more powerful than Russia, China or the U.S. Please open your eyes and watch it happen.

Germany forced the issue in Yugoslavia and exposed how weak America and the West really are. And the whole world was watching and learning. This trend has only intensified since that time, and it will get far worse. World leaders clearly know how weak America is. That is why so many challenge it.

The Serbs fought on the side of America and Britain in two world wars. In the 1990s, the Serbs were the only power to resist Germany in the Balkans. Now Germany is having its way in that part of the world. And the European Union is now openly discussing global ambitions—challenging America.

No wonder America is losing allies in Europe. Historical alliances and friends seem almost meaningless to the U.S. At the same time, America is helping to build a Frankenstein monster that is about to turn on its creator!

America and Britain clearly do not understand history. And worse, they are totally ignorant of Bible prophecy.

This is an amazing scenario! The most powerful foreign policy in this world comes out of Germany! At first, America was bitterly opposed to Germany recognizing the republic of Croatia. Then it turned around to help Germany fight for Croatias independence! What a pathetic turnaround.

These events set the stage for 1999’s nightmare in Kosovo.

Continue Reading: Chapter 2: How German Fascism Conquered Kosovo