One hundred years ago, on this day, March 15th, the “ides of March,” Czar Nicholas II of Russia, under pressure, abdicated, ending the dynasty that had ruled Russia since 1613. The end result was not the liberal democracy that many hoped for, but, rather, seventy years of communism, a period far worse than anything under the czars. When the czar abdicated, nobody could have foreseen the ultimate outcome. The czar himself brought attention to the fact that the day was the “ides of March,” the day Julius Caesar was assassinated, changing the course of Roman history, ending the Roman Republic, replacing it with the Roman Empire. The term became popular through Shakespeare’s famous play, “Julius Cesar.”
Today, March 15th, The Netherlands is voting for a new government. It’s the first time ever that Holland has received this much media attention. Once again, an uncertain future awaits the country and the European Union; that is, if Geert Wilder’s ‘Party for Freedom’ makes significant gains and goes on to form a government. Mr. Wilders has been labeled Holland’s Donald Trump. He’s a populist, who wants to restore his country to what it was, ending the multiculturalism that has fundamentally changed the country. In addition, he wants to leave the EU. He also wants to ban the Koran and Islamic schools and has called for the closure of all mosques; and end the wearing of burqas and hijabs, requiring people to wear western style clothing.
The election result is likely to have a profound effect on France and Germany who hold elections later this year. If a populist government comes to power in the Netherlands, then, maybe populism will see gains in the two biggest European countries, France and Germany. This could make 2017 as significant a year as 1989 and 1848 in European history. Change is in the air. But, as with Russia a century ago, the future of change is unpredictable. Sweeping populism may sweep away the European Union, but what will replace it? Will liberal social democracy be replaced by more nationalistic forms of government? Could a swing to the right in the Netherlands lead to similar swings elsewhere on the continent? The European Union, which turns 60 in ten days, may have to go back to the drawing board.
It’s not just the election that is making news in Holland. For over four centuries the Dutch, once a great maritime power, have had a peace treaty with Turkey. But now, the two NATO members are going through a verbal conflict that could easily get out of hand. The basic problem is immigration. Millions of Turks live in Holland, Germany and other EU countries. The Turkish president wants to send members of his government to speak to these Turkish citizens, so that they will vote for Mr, Erdogan in a referendum that will grant the president more powers. Naturally, Holland does not want the Turkish election to be conducted in Holland. Allowing Ankara to do so would expose the lie that Muslims are assimilated and are, in fact, Dutch. They are not, identifying primarily with their own religion and culture, not with that of the host country.
A Turkish government minister was not allowed to address a rally in Holland. Consequently, relations have been negatively affected.
The Netherlands isn’t the only European country that’s hitting the headlines internationally. The United Kingdom is also in the news.
It’s taken nine months for the groundwork to be laid for Britain to activate Article 50 and apply to leave the European Union. It’s been a rocky road, with members of Britain’s ruling elite doing everything possible to undermine the will of the people, expressed in June’s Brexit vote. The unelected House of Lords was the final hurdle.
As if invoking Article 50 is not difficult enough, Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party picked the same time to demand another referendum.
This time, she believes the Scots will vote to leave the United Kingdom as the majority of Scots voted to remain in the European Union.
In effect, what Ms. Sturgeon wants is to replace English domination with German domination. Ignorant of history (except possibly watching “Braveheart” over and over again!), Ms. Sturgeon has no problem replacing London with Berlin.
When the UK completes its negotiations with the EU settling Brexit terms, Ms. Sturgeon’s Scotland will have to act quickly and apply to use the euro. It will also need massive amounts of aid as Scotland has needed English financial support ever since it voted to join the union with England, over three centuries ago.
Scottish loyalists will have to get used to shopping with a new currency – and won’t even be able to stay home and watch the BBC!
Tuesday February 21st marks a special anniversary that will most probably be overlooked.
It happens to be the 70th anniversary of the United States replacing Great Britain as the world’s number one power.
After fighting two world wars, Britain was faced with three major international crises all at once.
The new British Labour government had already announced plans to give independence to India, after two centuries of British rule. This led to turmoil on the sub-continent between Hindus and Muslims. British troops tried to keep the peace.
At the same time Palestine exploded. In 1946 Jewish nationalists blew up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, British military headquarters in the mandated territory, killing 91 people.
The first two problems occurred on British territories; the third was in Greece, where communists were trying to take over the country.
At the same time, Britain was broke, following the two major global conflicts of the first half of the twentieth century. Early in 1947, economic problems at home meant that Britain could no longer allocate funds to the conflict in Greece. They decided to inform Washington to see if America wanted to take over.
“On Friday, February 21st” the Secretary of State General George C. Marshall, left the State Department early to attend the bicentennial celebrations of Princeton University and receive an honorary degree. Then the British Embassy telephoned to say it had two urgent notes.” As these notes were urgent, Dean Acheson, the Under-Secretary of State, asked the Embassy’s first secretary to deliver them rather than wait until the Monday. “Recalling this episode in later years, Acheson wrote, “They were shockers”.”
“It was not being asked to provide aid to Greece that was shocking. The State Department was already preparing a plan for aid. It was the fact that Britain was pulling out and proposing to hand over responsibility. After all, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff had advised the previous year: ‘The defeat or disintegration of the British Empire would eliminate from Eurasia the last bulwark of resistance between the US and Soviet expansion . . . Our present position as a world power is of necessity closely interwoven with that of Britain , , ,
“This was a momentous change. For two centuries Britain had been the dominant power in the eastern Mediterranean. Now it seemed to be surrendering that role in two key countries. It is often said that Americans lack a historical sense that Europeans have, but on this occasion it was the Americans who saw the historical significance of that moment. To British ministers, battling from day to day to keep the country’s head above water, this seemed to be just a temporary retrenchment in one area. None of them appeared to see any larger implications in the decision. The American view was put in grandiloquent terms by Joseph M. Jones, who was in the State Department at the time: ‘Reading the messages, Hickerson realized, as had Henderson before him, that Great Britain had within the hour handed the job of world leadership, with all its burdens and all its glory, to the United States.” (“Picking up the reins,” Norman Moss, 2008, page 64, italics mine).
The whole world did not recognize the change immediately, It was to be another ten years before it became clear to all. At the end of 1956 the Suez Canal crisis showed that London could not do anything without American support. Soon afterward, the US was encouraging Britain to dismantle its empire and then to join the European Union (then the European Economic Community).
US vs EU
It’s ironic then that, over the weekend, at the Munich Security Conference, “leading German foreign policy experts” called “on the EU to reposition itself on the world stage, replacing the United States as the West’s ‘torchbearer.’ Since Washington’s change of government, the United States no longer ‘qualifies as the symbol of the West’s political and moral leadership, according to Wolfgang Ischinger, Chair of the Munich Security Conference. It is therefore up to Europe ‘to make up for this loss.’” (GermanForeignPolicy.com)
That’s easier said than done. But the EU could be the world’s dominant military power for the simple reason that it is the world’s biggest trading power. That’s the main reason why the US took over from Great Britain. Economic power = military power. The US is struggling economically which is one reason why President Trump is demanding the Europeans pay more for NATO. Of course, the Europeans have their own financial problems, but they have an urgent need to protect themselves from both Russia and Islamic terrorism. If they are going to have to pay more for defense, why not go-it-alone? Especially when they no longer have confidence in American leadership.
One of the first superpowers, Babylon, was predicted to last “seventy years” (Jeremiah 25:12 & 29:10), illustrating how seventy is a significant number. In Psalm 90:10, Moses was inspired to write that “our days may come to seventy years,” the lifespan of many human beings. Perhaps more significantly in the rise and fall of nations is the fact that, after seven decades, most people have forgotten everything. Few today remember World War II. Few remember that Baron Ismay, Secretary General of NATO from 1952-55, described the alliance as intended to “keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down.” In the current debate on the future of the alliance, this has been completely forgotten.
Dismantle the alliance and two things will happen: 1) the American president will no longer be “the Leader of the Free World;” and 2) Germany will become the undisputed Leader of Europe (she already is economically). On the 70th anniversary of America’s ascendancy, the Munich conference saw nations actively discussing the end of America’s pre-eminence.
President Trump in Washington and Vice-President Mike Pence, who addressed the conference, may see themselves as being in the lead, calling the shots, insisting on changes within the alliance; but the other member nations have the choice of forming their own military alliance, which will not be led by the United States.
As with the change seventy years ago, it may take a while to fully emerge, but this is the direction we are heading in. On Sunday, Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, announced she is seeking closer ties with Russia to bring about the defeat of ISIS.
It might be good for Washington’s new leaders to take a lesson from the great nineteenth century German Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, who once observed that a great power, to survive, must be “one of three” in a world governed by “five.” Note the following:
“Of the five original great powers recognized at the Congress of Vienna, only France and the United Kingdom have maintained that status continuously to the present day, although France was defeated in the Franco-Prussian War and occupied during World War II. After the Congress of Vienna, the British Empire emerged as the pre-eminent power, due to its navy and the extent of its territories, which signaled the beginning of the Pax Britannica and of the Great Game between the UK and Russia. The balance of power between the Great Powers became a major influence in European politics, prompting Otto von Bismarck to say “All politics reduces itself to this formula: try to be one of three, as long as the world is governed by the unstable equilibrium of five great powers.” (“Great Power,” Wikipedia)
In 1914, the German and Austrian empires went to war with the British, French and Russian empires. Germany was one of two in a world governed by five. The Germans lost. They repeated the same mistake in World War II, when Germany and Japan were the two, in a world still governed by five. The three opposing powers were Britain, America and Russia. Again, the Germans lost.
The five major powers right now are the EU, China, the United States, Japan and Russia (a great military power, but not so great economically). The US remains in alliance with the countries of the EU and Japan, making it one of three in a world governed by five. If the EU separates from the US, that will reduce America to being one of two.
This all may seem incredible with almost daily news of set-backs in the EU. France and Holland may leave after elections early this year; Greece and Italy have serious financial problems, which may affect the euro. But the fact remains that Germany dominates the continent and Germany is putting together a European military force to rival America’s. The Munich security conference showed the will is there, boosted considerably by the change of administration in Washington.
Daniel 2:21 says that God is behind the rise and fall of nations. “And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings.” It could be, that after seventy years, the American Era is coming to an end. Munich this weekend showed that many want to see that happen.
Something to think about as the US passes its seventieth anniversary!
For over a decade she’s been called “the most powerful woman in the world”. In recent weeks, she has received the accolade “Leader of the Free World” as many nations see America turning its back on its international role.
But she may not even be in power one year from now.
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, generously allowed into the country one million asylum seekers in recent months. On Monday, one of those migrants staged a terrorist attack in Berlin, killing twelve and seriously injuring almost 50. The attacker stole a heavy goods vehicle and drove into Christmas shoppers in one of the capital’s famous Christmas markets. The method copied the attack in Nice, France, which killed 84 people in July.
Many Berliners thought themselves immune from attack. Their liberal city welcomed migrants. Now, many Germans are doing a rethink. The right-wing AfD (Alternative for Deutschland) party looks set to gain at the polls next year. Their anti-immigrant policy is in stark contrast to their “conservative” Chancellor and other centrist parties. Germans could easily follow British and American voters by turning away from the liberal immigration policies of the past.
“Everything has changed for Merkel after Berlin terror attack, says expert” was the headline Thursday morning in the British Daily Express. ‘Angela Merkel’s open-door migrant policy will come slamming shut and Germany will become a Big Brother state after the Berlin Christmas market terror attack, a leading political commentator has warned.” (Alix Culbertson)
The article continues: “Josef Joffe said Germany has only had to deal with no or low victim lone-wolf attacks, unlike many other Western countries, until this year but after a spate of seven in 2016 the government will be forced to change the way the country is run.”
At the same time, there is concern across Europe about America’s commitment to the continent’s democracies. Many are now looking to Germany and Angela Merkel to take over America’s seven decade leading role in western Europe.
“President-elect Donald Trump hasn’t taken the oath of office or outlined his administration’s plans for the nation’s foreign policy, but his election has already forced the United States’ European allies to contemplate a future where the United States might no longer underwrite Europe’s security. Faced with an American president who has dismissed alliances such as NATO while denigrating liberal values, Germany will assume an increasingly consequential role as a leader in the turbulent transatlantic order while it takes gradual steps to shore up its lagging military capabilities. But the prospect of nationalist victories in important European elections next year raises an under-discussed question: as the European project comes under unprecedented strain and prepares to face a President who promises to turn the United States away from the world, could a fractured and increasingly nationalistic Europe come to fear a more powerful Germany again?”
The following paragraph is of particular interest: “In a profound twist of historical irony that is not yet appreciated widely, only 71 years after World War II, a sitting German chancellor has warned the next leader of the United States to respect the transatlantic order’s commitment to the rule of law and liberal values.” (“Could Europe fear Germany again?” by Adam Twardowski, Small Wars Journal, December 19th.)
Political Revolution Is Brewing in Europe
Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who leads the anti-immigrant party, was found guilty this week of inflammatory language against Moroccan immigrants, all Muslims. The following was written by Mr. Wilders and appeared in “The Gatestone Institute’s” newsletter:
The German authorities are dangerously underestimating the threat of Islam . . . They have betrayed their own citizens.
Let no-one tell you that only the perpetrators of these crimes are to blame. The politicians, who welcomed Islam into their country, are guilty as well. And it is not just Frau Merkel in Germany, it is the entire political elite in Western Europe.
Out of political-correctness, they have deliberately turned a blind eye to Islam. They have refused to inform themselves about its true nature. They refuse to acknowledge that its all in the Koran: the permission to kill Jews and Christians (Surah 9:29), to terrorize non-Muslims (8:12), to rape young girls (65:4), to enslave people for sex (4:3), to lie about one’s true goals (3:54), and the command to make war on the infidels (9:123) and subjugate the entire world to Allah (9:33).
We will have to de-islamize our societies . . . But it all begins with politicians with the courage to face and speak the truth.
More and more citizens are aware of that. This is why a political revolution is brewing in Europe. Patriotic parties are rapidly growing everywhere. They are Europe’s only hope for a better future.
Prince Charles warns against religious persecution
Prince Charles has spoken out about the danger of religious persecution, warning against a repeat of “the horrors of the past.” Delivering BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, the Prince of Wales said the rise of populist groups “aggressive” to minority faiths had “deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days” of the 1930s. The prince said the scale of religious persecution around the world was “not widely appreciated” and was not limited to Christians, but included many other minority faiths. He went on: “That, nearly seventy years later, we should still be seeing such evil persecution is, to me, beyond all belief.” The Prince said: “Whichever religious path we follow, the destination is the same – to value and respect the other person, accepting their right to live out their peaceful response to the love of God.”
ANGLOS ON DECLINE
It may not be too serious yet, but a group of Californians has just opened an “embassy” in Moscow. They are seeking international recognition for an independent California.
Don’t think it’s not possible.
Many Scots want independence from the United Kingdom, with a call this week for a second referendum within two years; many Australians want to sever the tie with the Crown after the Queen’s reign ends.
These three developments all have something in common – they reflect the decline of the Anglo-Saxons and the increasing presence of non-Anglo immigrants. Watch for more fragmentation in the Anglosphere. It’s inevitable considering the low Anglo-Saxon birthrate everywhere. California, remember, is now a majority Spanish speaking state.
THE FALL OF ALEPPO
I took the latest Economist magazine to a medical appointment yesterday, expecting to have to wait for some time. The doctor commented on the depressing cover on “The Fall of Aleppo.” I’m pleased to say that he did not ask: “What’s Aleppo?” You have to be a presidential candidate to be that ill-informed. Rather, he asked me what the difference is between East and West Aleppo.
I started to explain that East Aleppo was the “rebel” side, made up mostly of Sunni Muslims; West is where the pro-government Shi’ites live. The rebels have now been defeated, not by a few hundred Syrian troops, but by Shia volunteers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Afghanistan; together with Russian air power.
He jokingly asked what my solution would be to the 1,400-year-old Shia-Sunni conflict. We then joked about attempts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which goes back even longer. It has been suggested that Donald Trump’s 35-year-old Jewish son-in-law could make a difference and resolve the conflict!
After I left, I remembered one of the funniest scenes in the movie “The Flintstones,” supposedly set in prehistoric times. As the paperboy delivered the morning newspaper, if you look carefully you can see the headline from 3000+ years ago: “Mideast peace talks fail.”
One small change has taken place in the Middle East and that’s in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, from where the BBC’s James Longman has been reporting to the world about the developments in Aleppo, 180 miles away. Apparently, the 29-year-old, good-looking, athletic reporter has quite a female following. Hundreds of thousands around the world who, until recently, thought Beirut was a root vegetable, an expensive perfume or a new wine at the local liquor store, are now becoming interested in Middle East affairs, so much so they eagerly turn to BBC World News first thing in the morning.
It is, however, having a negative affect on news channels. Fox started it all by employing attractive blondes, seemingly a requirement for employment at the news channel. Now even men on global news networks are being chosen according to their physical appearance.
Fortunately, Mr. Longman also knows his Middle East. Born in England, he is fluent in both French and Arabic, which give him a distinct advantage in the region. His reporting on the area is worth watching.
The BBC, like other networks, does not give enough attention to the religious divisions that exist in the Middle East. Religion is at the core of all the sectarian violence that afflicts the region. It may be difficult for people raised in secular England to fully comprehend this.
The Jewish-Palestinian conflict has the potential to lead to World War III. Increasingly, it seems that the Shia-Sunni conflict could do the same.
Some in the West think the solution is the end of religion. Another solution is found in the Lord’s Prayer, in the words “Thy Kingdom Come.” (Matthew 6:10)
When that Kingdom comes, the Bible shows us that the true religion of the Messiah will be imposed over all the false religions. You can read about this in the book of the Old Testament prophet, Zechariah, which looks to the future Millennial rule of Jesus Christ.
“And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.” (Zech. 14:16-19)
Egypt is 90% Muslim, and is a country that is witnessing a continued decline in its Christian population, which has been persecuted and discriminated against for generations. The latest outrage was a bomb going off in Cairo’s St Mark’s Cathedral. This passage of scripture shows that the Egyptians will in the future be forced to change from the Islamic religion to the true religion.
Christians should also take note, especially at this time of the year. Christmas is not mentioned in this passage. Rather, we see the biblical Feast of Tabernacles mentioned; once thought of as a Jewish festival, it will, in the future, be observed by everybody. At the same time, we will see the end of all the sectarian violence that today is at the root of all the suffering and violence in the area.
WE’VE COME A LONG WAY
PBS’s “The Hollow Crown” is taking us through Shakespeare’s historical plays and the last kings of the Plantagents, England’s bloodiest dynasty. They reigned for over 300 years, from 1154 to 1485. The last thirty years saw the Wars of the Roses, as the two royal houses of York and Lancaster battled for supremacy.
The series has inspired me to read Alison Weir’s “The Wars of the Roses,” first published in 1995. The following paragraph should be of interest to all.
“Formal education was provided for boys only. Women were seen as the inferior sex and regarded as the chattels of men. The author of “The Goodman of Paris” (c. 1393) advised wives to behave like faithful dogs in order to please their husbands, and Margaret Paston of Norfolk referred to John Paston as “right worshipful husband” in her letters. The husband was lord of his family as God reigned supreme over the universe. The chief duty of a wife, therefore, was to be submissive. If there was discord in a marriage, or infertility, people automatically assumed it was the wife’s fault. Women had virtually no freedom beyond that which their fathers or husbands allowed them. Within these confines, however, many managed businesses, shops, farms or noble estates, and proved themselves the equal to men.” (page 17)
Brexit seems to have done the opposite to what the “experts” predicted. The United Kingdom is booming as the European Union recedes further behind in the rear-view mirror. All the negative predictions have turned out to be wrong.
Nigel Farage, who led the Brexit campaign, was interviewed yesterday on “Varney and Company” (Fox Business News). Stuart Varney, a 68-year-old Brit who moved to the US forty years ago, supported Brexit. He asked Mr. Farage about the polls leading up to Brexit. The last poll before the vote, was published the morning of the actual vote and showed a 10% lead for the “Remain” campaign. Mr. Farage claimed the hidden purpose of the poll was to discourage people from voting “Leave” – they were being told they were going to lose so what was the point of voting?
The vote was against globalization and multiculturalism. The United Kingdom was the first country to reject the 50-year-rush toward these twin goals. Mr. Farage went on to encourage those in America who are against both to be sure to vote in November and not to vote for Mrs. Clinton, who is a part of the problem, not the solution.
Meanwhile, the German economy has suffered as a result of Brexit. German car companies sell 20% of their cars in the UK; other companies also rely on the British market.
Without Britain, the EU is no longer hindered in its plans to create a European Army and other military forces. The Poles expressed the opinion that the British were holding back developments in this area. Now the EU can move ahead. EU countries meet in Warsaw next week to discuss further military cooperation. Hungary and the Czech Republic today both backed the formation of an EU military force. Hungary has been very vocal about the dangers presented by the recent surge of immigrants and resultant Islamic extremism.
On Monday, August 22nd, the leaders of Germany, Italy and France, the three biggest EU economies now that Britain is leaving, met off the Italian coast, to discuss the future of the organization. Undaunted, they plan to move ahead in forming “an ever closer union,” the commitment made when the Treaty of Rome was signed in 1957. There will be no turning back.
What is likely to emerge is a more united Europe led by Germany.
The EU is faced with the greatest crisis of its existence with radical Islamic terrorism. Berlin is telling its citizens they need to stock up on food and water, to have at least ten days supply in the event of an emergency. The government is also talking of re-introducing conscription, which was abolished a few years ago.
Stuart Varney observed on his program that when he first came to America 40 years ago, the Republicans were the wealthy party that represented big business; while the Democrats fought for the little guy. Now, it’s the other way around. Mrs. Clinton is employing over 700 full-time personnel in her campaign, while the Republicans have 87. Wealthy donors donate to the Democrats while Donald Trump gets $10 here and $50 there. A fund-raiser barbecue at the home of retired basketball player Magic Johnson raised $1.3 million for Mrs. Clinton; another one in Hollywood brought in a lot more, with an admission price of $200,000 per ticket. This means that Mrs. Clinton can show more than ten times the number of political ads on TV giving her a distinct advantage.
With all the accusations made by the Democrats that Republicans are “racist,” it’s clear the former are ignorant of history. The Republican Party was formed specifically to end slavery; the Democrats were the pro-slavery party. As such, for decades whites in the Deep South voted for the Democratic Party and blacks for the Republicans.
Race continues to be a factor in elections – at every presidential election, once every four years, the white population has declined by a further 1%, giving the Democrats a distinct advantage. This is because of Senator Edward Kennedy’s 1965 Immigration Act, which has encouraged immigration from Third World countries. An estimated 70% of immigrants vote for the Democrats. No wonder they want to keep the borders open and fast-track illegal aliens into citizenship. They’re on to a good thing.
A MORE MODERATE ISLAMIC VOICE
The Muslim King of Morocco is clearly more enlightened than some leaders in the Middle East. Note the following address on television following terrorist incidents in Europe perpetrated by people of North African origin:
In an address directed toward Moroccans living abroad, Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco, said that they should “always be among the first to defend peace, harmony, and coexistence in their countries of residence.” Calling the killing of a priest in his church “unforgivable,” Mohammed VI said that the Jihadists are “led by ignorance” and are “destined to dwell in Hell for all eternity.” “Can anyone of sound mind believe that the reward for Jihad could be some virgins in Paradise?” he asked in the address, which was broadcast by Morocco’s Channel 1 on August 20. (MEMRI)
Western countries continue to compromise with Islam. The Canadian government is to allow the wearing of the hijab by Muslim Mounties, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In France, the government announced a ban on Muslim beachwear, but a French court has decided otherwise.
ON IMMIGRATION INTO AMERICA
“We turn away astrophysicists in order to make room for illiterate Afghan peasants who will drop out of high school to man coffee carts until deciding to engage in jihad against us.” (Ann Coulter, “Adios, America!”)
New emails uncovered via Freedom of Information Act lawsuits “suggest why the Clinton Foundation could be so attractive to the rich and mighty,” writes our columnist William McGurn. “When a donor had a problem that required the secretary of state’s attention” – or when a meeting was denied through “normal” channels – there was the foundation to contact Hillary Clinton’s top staffers at the State Department. In too many cases, government doors then swung open for the donors. (WSJ 8/22)
Also of interest: Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s top adviser and close personal friend, an Iranian Muslim, turns out to have edited a radical Islamic publication before becoming the most influential Muslim in the country. She is 40 years old and is the Vice-Chairperson for the Clinton election campaign.
The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, tried to discourage Muslim Australian youth from joining ISIS. It meant “almost certain death” said the PM.
Isn’t that the idea?!? They won’t get those 72 virgins in paradise without dying first . . . !
One third of British policemen are now armed. Last year, they collectively fired a grand total of seven rounds.
Our lives are dominated by medical concerns at the moment.
I’ve just been in the hospital again, this time with vomiting, dehydration, high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation. I drink more water than most people I know, but seem to have trouble retaining it. I’ve started supplementing my diet with a natural substance full of electrolytes. Together with prayer and moderate exercise, I hope this will keep me out of the hospital.
Of far greater concern is our ninth grandchild, who turns three months on August 24th. He has saggital craniolsinostenosis and is scheduled for surgery on November 4th. His name is Hayden. Your prayers for him are greatly appreciated.
A longer-term problem remains with his eldest brother, Aubren, who is autistic. He will be attending a new school after Labor Day, which is supposed to have a good program for autism. He attended a school last year that helped him considerably, but we are now in a different school district. Autistic children do not generally adjust well. Again, we ask for your prayers.
At the same time, do not forget to pray: “Thy Kingdom come.” (Matthew 6:10) 72 hours ago a photo of a five-year-old boy in Aleppo went around the world and showed the continued suffering of children in Syria, in a war without end. Similar photos were taken of children during the Blitz in World War II. Some of those children were evacuated to rural areas for their own safety. Now, the pressure is on to evacuate the children to other countries. Surely western nations can secure a war-free zone near Aleppo that would provide safety to all children, while greater pressure is applied on Russia to end the war. The latest news is that the boy’s older brother has died from his injuries.
An Orthodox Jew was attacked Friday morning in Strasbourg, France, by a man shouting “Allahu Akhbar!” The police say there was no link with terrorism. I suppose they mean there was no perceived link with Islamic State. What they should be looking for is a link with Islam. If that were the standard to judge attacks by, the general public would be better informed of the dangers from radical Islam. Almost all terror attacks are perpetrated by Muslims – whether they are affiliated with ISIS or not is a side issue.
With so many attacks in France, Marine LePen is now the favorite to win the French presidential election next year. As Hillary Rodham Clinton is leading polls in the US, 2017 could see all four major western countries (Britain, France, Germany and the US) led by women. That would be a definite first! I should add that, beyond their gender, they have little in common.
Donald Trump was in town on Friday. Dimondale, to be exact, just one suburb away from where we live. My son, Kurt, and I had two tickets. Trump’s speech was postponed from 2 till 5pm due to an urgent visit to Louisiana to deliver relief to flood victims, while the president was playing golf and Mrs. Clinton was “resting.” We arrived at the building three hours before the rally. The lines were unbelievably long. Lots of enthusiastic people, almost all white, waiting in line to enter. Kurt thought, correctly, that I would not be able to handle the line, so after looking around we returned home and I watched the speech on television. It was widely thought to be the best speech he had ever given. Even his detractors agreed on that point.
Meanwhile, even the pro-Clinton Boston Globe has called on the Democratic presidential candidate to close down the Clinton Foundation, a “charity” that has helped make the Clintons very wealthy people. A spokesperson for the Foundation has said that if Mrs. Clinton wins in November, they will stop accepting foreign donations. It’s a clear conflict of interest and one of the reasons people question her ethics.
If Trump wins, it could mean the end of the western alliances that have helped give us peace for 70 years, coinciding with America’s supremacy as the global superpower. Mr. Trump has been critical of the fact that some allies are not doing enough. That’s a fair point, but overlooks the fact that the alliances are what give America it’s leadership role. If NATO is disbanded, the US president will no longer be “the Leader of the Free world.”
Having said that, if Mrs. Clinton wins the election, promising more of the same, the country is well on the way to national bankruptcy.
Either way, America’s period of global domination is coming to an end. In February 2017, just after the new president takes office, it will be exactly 70 years since the first perception that Washington had replaced London as the main center of global power. Seventy years. That’s how long the first superpower, Babylon, stayed at the top. (“When seventy years are completed….” Jeremiah 29:10). All great powers eventually burn out – America will be no different. America replaced the British Empire. Who will replace America?
We’re back from our family visit to England. We had a great time with my brothers and their families. It would be wonderful to do it more often.
It was an interesting time to be there. Just over a week after we arrived, the Daily Mail newspaper carried the banner headline: “Another day, yet another terror attack.” A number of attacks on French and German targets took place while we were on the other side of the Atlantic.
An attack on foreign tourists in London on Wednesday evening resulted in the death of a 64-year-old American lady. As with some of the incidents in France and Germany, terrorism was not blamed. Rather, the perpetrator, a Norwegian of Somali ancestry, had some “mental issues.” The majority of British people do not accept this, pointing out that the attacker is a Muslim. It turns out that he has “recommended jihad terror books,” according to one source quoted on the Fox News website this afternoon.
Governments have no idea what to do. At the same time, the media does not understand what is happening – every tragic event is either excused or seen through the prism of political correctness. There remains no comprehension that the West is under attack from Islam, as it has been a number of times in history.
The goal is the conquest of the West – the security situation can only get worse.
Speaking on Thursday July 28th, Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, clearly does not see any connection between her open door policy toward refugees and the recent terror attacks, at least two of which were perpetrated by new arrivals into the country. Such blindness defies all logic. It’s the same in France. And in the United States, for that matter, where the Obama Administration has repeated its plan to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country, in spite of fears of terrorism. Perhaps the president is trying to atone for letting Syria down in the first place!
My favorite historian, Niall Ferguson, a Scot who has lived in the US for some years, tweeted the following yesterday: “The next POTUS needs a Council of Historical Advisers to help the United States of Amnesia learn from the past.” He added the famous quote: “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” The United States of Amnesia is a good one and totally appropriate. Mr. Ferguson is not likely to be aware that many believe America’s biblical name to be “Manasseh,” which means “causing to forget.”
ISIS has been behind 141 terror attacks in the last 30 days, yet the President and Secretary of State say we have them on the run. In addition, there have been other non-ISIS attacks, like the young man in Munich who killed 9 people, including seven teenagers, at a MacDonald’s in a Mall in the German city. He was German born but of Iranian descent. A shi’ite Muslim, he’s not likely to have been influenced by ISIS, but he was still a Muslim.
It has become apparent that French security services are lacking when it comes to preventing attacks. How could a large truck enter a vacation area in Nice and mow down 84 people, including ten children? A few well-placed concrete blocks would have prevented the attack. Apparently, there are six security agencies operating in France and they don’t tend to co-operate. The country urgently needs an MI6 or a Department of Homeland Security, to bring all the agencies under one security umbrella.
So now all four major western powers have been attacked – the US, UK, France and Germany. The last two have elections next year. Fear of further attacks could bring more right-wing parties to power. In turn, this could lead to a change of policy. Instead of allowing in unlimited numbers of migrants, some of whom are inclined toward terrorism, borders may close and countries start hitting back.
Professor Samuel Huntington predicted over twenty years ago a “coming clash of civilizations” between Islam and the post-Christian West. This is what we see developing now.
The biblical book of Daniel prophesied the same development 2,500 years ago. In chapter 11 we read of the King of the North and the King of the South. These were two dynasties that succeeded Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC. These two powers frequently warred against each other. Each time they did so, the Jews were caught in the middle.
The prophecy is that today’s modern successors, Europe and the Islamic world, (North and South), will clash. You can read about this beginning in verse 40: “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.”
An attack on July 25th was of particular interest. It was the first time the Church was attacked. An elderly Catholic priest in a village near Rouen had his throat slit while officiating at mass. His two killers got up and preached a sermon in Arabic. They were later shot by the police.
The pope did not respond with any threats. He did say “we are at war,” but the war he was referring to was a vague war on poverty and deprivation. Calling on Europe to open its borders further, the pontiff seemed as clueless as many politicians in his response, referring to Islam and Christianity as “religions of peace.”
These two “religions of peace” have warred against each other on and off throughout history. In 1095, also in northern France, Pope Urban II called on European leaders to launch “a crusade” against Islam, in defense of Christians in the Holy Land. The Crusades lasted two centuries. Their legacy remains with us to this day. Further conflict came in the 16th and 17th centuries. Renewed conflict between the two religions could erupt again if Islamists keep provoking the Church.
It’s not just the “United States of Amnesia” that needs some historical advisors. Every government in western Europe, every president and prime minister and even the pope could all do with some history lessons. They need to see Islam in its historical setting to learn that the religion is expansionist – imperialist, in fact, and that the West is now at war with Islam, even though few seem to realize it.
After the latest terror attack on Istanbul airport and a death toll that’s already 41, with over 200 injured, US Secretary of State John Kerry, says that the increase in the number of terrorist attacks represents “weakness” on the part of ISIS – sorry, ISIL (we shouldn’t mention Syria, the Administration’s biggest single foreign policy failure!).
Just last week, the Administration tried to remove all references to Islam, the Quran and the IS leader, in an attempt to water down the Orlando attack.
A short video I saw yesterday showed a journalist interviewing youngish (18-34) people on the streets of Brooklyn, asking them who was behind the Orlando shootings. Not one thought the attack had anything to do with Islam; blame was placed on the Republicans! It seems to me that the US is singularly incapable of dealing with the greatest security threat to the West since World War II.
The month of Ramadan still has some time to go, so expect more terror attacks. It’s just their way of celebrating holy days!
BERLIN – NOW EUROPE’S IMPERIAL CAPITAL
“One thing is certain: Britain’s departure from the European Union will not make the union more democratic. The hierarchical structure of its supranational institutions will want to reinforce itself: Like all dying ideologies, the union knows only how to forge blindly ahead. The roles are already cast — Germany will lead the way, and France will obligingly tag along.
Here is a sign: President François Hollande of France, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy and acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain take their lead directly from Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, without running through Brussels. A quip attributed to Henry Kissinger, “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” now has a clear answer: Call Berlin.”
(Marine LePen, “After Brexit, the People’s Spring is inevitable. NY Times, 28th June.”)
Nietzsche, German philosopher: “The German is an expert on secret paths to chaos.”
NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON
Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, never misses an opportunity to push for Scotland to break away from the United Kingdom.
She’s on the continent today talking to EU officials about keeping her country in the EU. 62% of Scots voted to “Remain” in the EU. If something can be worked out with the EU, Scotland could remain in the organization, while England would be outside of it. This could only happen with a break-up of the United Kingdom.
Ms. Sturgeon’s scheming with EU leaders would have been treason not so long ago!
Prior to the two kingdoms uniting under one king, back in 1603, Scotland posed a major security threat to England. Remember Mary, Queen of Scots?
The worst-case scenario following Brexit is that Scotland and Northern Ireland will leave the United Kingdom and remain in the European Union, with Berlin as its new de facto capital.
Can you imagine what this would have meant for Winston Churchill in World War II?
Long-term this development could be a major security concern for England.
Perhaps a future John Kerry type British Foreign Secretary could put a positive spin on this. No doubt a Scottish death-blow to the United Kingdom is really a good thing!
TRUMP AND BREXIT
Donald Trump has been very supportive of Britain’s Brexit vote, promising a speedy trade deal with the UK (or what’s left of the UK) if he becomes president. He is hoping Americans will vote the same way in November – to reject globalization and internationalism and “make America great again.”
This could be very interesting – the two English-speaking powers lined up against the EU globalist socialists.
The European Union has even gone so far as to stop the use of English in meetings. This will, in effect, make their meetings more secretive as foreign languages have never been a strong point of the Anglo-Saxons!
LONDON BANS SWIMSUIT ADS
Another threat posed to England comes from the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim to hold the post. Twenty years ago it wouldn’t have mattered as the role was ceremonial. Then, the law was changed to make London and other major metropolitan centers, more like New York and other US cities, granting the Mayor an executive role.
Mr. Sadiq’s first decision was to ban ads showing women in swimsuits on British Transport, including the London Underground.
No vote was taken on this. It’s a clear case of Mr. Sadiq forcing his Islamic beliefs on non-Muslims.
He would also like to take London out of the United Kingdom so that it can continue its association with the European Union.
What a mess! No wonder David Cameron has quit.
Syndicated anti-Trump columnist Kathleen Parker observed: “His resignation essentially marked the death of the establishment and a rebirth of people who have risen in protest of a world they refuse to accept” (“Brexit – meet Trexit – Trump’s political rise” (LSJ, 6/28).
The two recent prime ministers who have contributed most to this mess are Mr. Cameron and Tony Blair. It was Mr. Blair who let Scotland have its own parliament, laying the groundwork for the latest attempt to break away. Then David Cameron called the referendum.
We should not, however, forget Edward Heath, who was PM from 1970-74. He’s the one who took the kingdom into Europe, one of the biggest mistakes the country ever made. IMO.
NOT EVEN A GOOD METHODIST
Pressured by Donald Trump, Mrs. Clinton declared a few days ago that she is a Methodist.
The United Methodist Church in America came out last month against abortion, a decision that is not binding on members. The majority of delegates, however, felt strongly enough on the issue to make a statement. Since 1973 the church had been supportive of Roe vs Wade.
Mrs. Clinton, on the other hand, is pro-abortion. Even more so than the average person as she believes abortion should be available in the third trimester.
This is murder – the murder of innocent children.
It’s hard for me to understand how anybody calling themselves “Christian” can support abortion. The Bible tells us that children are a blessing. They are not an inconvenience, which is what abortion is all about.
Psalm 127:3 says: “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
"Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened." — Sir Winston Churchill