Jean Claude Juncker is the President of the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union. Clearly frustrated and somewhat dazed since the successful Brexit vote nine months ago, Mr. Juncker yesterday threatened to support secessionist movements in the United States, if President Trump continues to support the British Brexit. He specifically mentioned Ohio and Texas.
As Ohio has no secessionist movement that I’m aware of, it shows that Mr. Juncker has little knowledge or understanding of the US. If he had listed Alaska, Hawaii and California, along with Texas, he would have had more credibility. All four states have vocal secessionist movements.
However, Mr. Juncker is not the only one who is ignorant of other nations a long way away. Americans have very little knowledge or understanding of Europe. The vast majority of people in the United States have never heard of Mr. Juncker. As the president of the executive branch of the EU, which has more people and a bigger economy than the US, he is one of the most powerful people in the world. If the European Union succeeds in forming a military alliance and acquires nuclear weapons, both of which are being discussed, he could be the most powerful man in the world.
What is becoming increasingly clear is that Ignorance on both sides of the ocean could easily cause the Atlantic alliance to unravel.
This has to happen to fulfill Biblical prophecies about the coming Beast-power in Europe and the fall of the English speaking nations.
Footnote: Headline on tonight’s BBC World News America: Germany Rejects US Pressure For NATO Spending Rise.
GERMANY, JAPAN PUSH TRADE PACT IN MERKEL BID TO STYMIE TRUMP (Bloomberg)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a concerted effort to defend free trade, expanding the list of economic powers joining together to counter the U.S. shift toward protectionism. After clashing with President Donald Trump on economic policy at their first White House meeting, Merkel called for swift conclusion of a trade accord between Japan and the European Union. That followed a renewed German-Chinese commitment to open markets on the eve of her trip to Washington and Merkel’s backing for a free-trade accord between the EU and Mercosur, the South American economic bloc. “Internationally, we are seeing a tendency toward protectionism and navel-gazing,” Abe said alongside Merkel during a news conference at the CeBit tech show in Hanover, Germany, on Monday. “What we need is trade that’s both fair and free.”
The display of German-Japanese unity underscores a rift elsewhere among the world’s biggest economic powers after U.S. insistence on “fair” trade triggered conflict at a weekend meeting of Group of 20 finance chiefs in Germany. Another potential clash looms when Trump, Abe, Merkel and the leaders of Canada, France, Italy and the U.K. meet at a Group of Seven summit in Sicily in May. Merkel pushed back against Trump’s pledge to enact “America First” policies and drew contrast to Japan and Germany, the world’s third and fourth-biggest economies.
THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD
CNN’s special: “The most powerful man in the world” profiled Vladimir Putin, partly in an attempt to show why he is so paranoid when it comes to the opposition. His critics all seem to be found dead shortly after making their criticism. The one-hour documentary was produced by Fareed Zakaria. It was an interesting perspective. Putin has more power than Trump, both domestically and internationally. Russia also has more nuclear weapons than the US.
REAL POSSIBILITY OF 4 FAMINES AT SAME TIME
Another famine is about to tighten its grip on Somalia. And it’s not the only crisis that aid agencies are scrambling to address. For the first time since anyone can remember, there is a very real possibility of four famines — in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen — breaking out at once, endangering more than 20 million lives.
One powerful lesson from the last famine in Somalia, just six years ago, was that famines were not simply about food. They are about something even more elemental: water. If there was any doubt, the recent news from Somalia or Nigeria should erase it. — Reuters.
In a Friday sermon delivered at Dar Al-Arkam Mosque in Montreal, Canada, Jordanian cleric Sheikh Muhammad Bin Musa Aal Nasr cited an antisemitic hadith, according to which, on Judgment Day, the Trees and the Stones Will Call on Muslims to Kill the Jews. The sermon was delivered on December 23, 2016, and was posted on the Mosque’s YouTube page. (MEMRI 3/31/17)
WHAT’S GOING ON? (Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 12/16/17, while President Obama was still in office)
“I close with a story that I haven’t seen in the mainstream press. This week the Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson reported that recent Syrian refugees being resettled in Virginia, were sent to the state’s poorest communities. Data from the State Department showed that almost all Virginia’s refugees since October “have been placed in towns with lower incomes and higher poverty rates, hours away from the wealthy suburbs outside of Washington, D.C.” Of 121 refugees, 112 were placed in communities at least 100 miles from the nation’s capital. The suburban counties of Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington—among the wealthiest in the nation, and home to high concentrations of those who create, and populate government and the media—have received only nine refugees.”
WORSENING SHIA-SUNNI CONFLICT
“ISIS Calls On Iranian Sunnis To Rise Up And Carry Out Attacks In Major Cities In The Country, Warns Iran: ‘Just As You Tasted Our Power In Iraq And Syria. , , , We Will Conquer Persia And Restore It As A Sunni Country” (MEMRI 3/28)
MORE BRITISH BLESSINGS – WRITTEN BY AN INDIAN NATIONAL
This Quote is taken from the book The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire by H. W. Crocker (Oct 21, 2008).
The paragraph is written by Dinesh D’Souza, an Indian who now lives in the United States.
“As someone who grew up in India, I often hear people ask, ‘What have the British done for us?’ Until I read this book, I didn’t have the full answer. And here is Crocker’s answer: ‘Apart from roads, railways, ports, schools, a parliamentary system of government, rights, separation of powers, checks and balances, the rule of law, and the English language . . . nothing!’”
— Dinesh D’Souza, President of the King’s College and best-selling author of The Roots of Obama’s Rage
RANSOM, Kansas — The Farm Belt is hurtling toward a milestone: Soon there will be fewer than two million farms in America for the first time since pioneers moved westward after the Louisiana Purchase. (WSJ 2/8)
MOST AMUSING LINE IN A TV SHOW
I don’t recommend the program, but Diane and I did watch the first episode of “Time after Time” on a Sunday night when there was no Masterpiece Theatre. The new ABC show is based loosely (very loosely) on HG Wells’ book The Time Machine. While showing his friends his machine in 1890, Jack the Ripper absconds in the machine to New York City in 2017, in an effort to hide from the police who are looking for him.
After the usual Ripper murders in America’s financial capital, HG decides he needs to persuade Jack to return to Victorian London with him. Jack responded with the following:
“Are you kidding? In Victorian London I was a freak. Here, I’m merely an amateur!”
ATTITUDES HAVE CHANGED
A young manager at our local Kroger store complained to me recently that it was his birthday, yet he had to work. He had also been required to work every day over the Thanksgiving weekend. He thought it was because he was the only manager with no children. I suggested he start a family. “No way. The last thing I want is kids.”
There’s a number of young men roughly the same age at our local bank. Every single one of them has their own apartment and is living with a girlfriend, as is the manager at Kroger. I would assume that none of these relationships is platonic.
This illustrates a major problem that affects the western world – a low birthrate.
Previous generations believed God’s instruction: “to go forth and multiply.” (Genesis 1:22)
The West has a low birthrate and is making up for the short fall in people with seemingly unrestricted immigration from undeveloped countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
People from these countries will radically change our society – but few seem to care.
Other nations are preparing for war. We see it on the news all the time. War is fought mainly by young men. When the time comes, will we have enough young men?
I am reminded of another Bible verse from more than 2,500 years ago. It could be speaking to us today. “They shall commit harlotry, but not increase; Because they have ceased obeying the Lord.” (Hosea 4:10)
Sexual immorality is rampant, but there are few children. Children are a blessing, but few realize that in today’s western world.