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!
While US media has been focussed on alleged Russian hacking of the US electoral process, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has strengthened its role in the Middle East.
The morning that America suffered a major setback in the Middle East, American news networks led on two deaths – those of actresses Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Tragic though these deaths were, developments in the Middle East put America where Great Britain was exactly six decades ago.
Before World War Two, the British Empire was the dominant power in the region. Britain withdrew from Israel in May of 1948. Immediately, the Jewish nation was invaded by five neighboring Arab nations. Miraculously, Israel survived. In those early days, it was not helped by the United States.
In 1952, as a direct consequence of defeat against Israel, Egypt’s King Farouk was overthrown by the military. The new leaders soon seized the Anglo-French Suez Canal. Together with Israel, these countries invaded Egypt but were soon stopped by US President Eisenhower. This single event led directly to the dismantling of the British Empire. In 1958 the pro-British King of Iraq was overthrown. Britain was losing its remaining influence in the area. The country fought a war against rebels in Aden, withdrawing from the protectorate in 1967.
It was a gradual decline, with one setback after another. Now, the UK does not play any major role in the Middle East.
Since Britain, America has been the dominant power in the region. During the time of the Soviet Union, the US and the USSR were rivals in the area, with Moscow backing Egypt and Syria. Later, Egypt switched sides and allied itself with the United States, but Moscow retained its influence in Syria. Iran was in the US sphere of influence until the Shah was overthrown in 1979.
The region has seen never-ending turmoil since the fall of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire after World War One. That turmoil shows no sign of ending.
The recent war in Iraq has left a big mess in the region. At its root is the almost 1,400 year sectarian conflict between the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam. Until the US invasion of Iraq, the country was dominated by Sunni Muslims, even though the majority of people were Shia Muslims (the reverse is the case in Syria). Following the US backed election in Iraq, the majority Shia now rule the country. This development has altered the religious balance in the region and is causing repercussions everywhere. ISIS was formed to protect Sunni Muslims from the now dominant Shia.
In Syria, Sunnis have been trying to overthrow the Alawite (Shia) minority regime of President Assad for five years. Enter Moscow. Russia’s backing of the Syrian president has enabled Assad to win. The US showed a great deal of weakness, refusing to get involved even when the Syrian government crossed the line and used chemical weapons on its own citizens. Now, after months of fighting in Aleppo, the biggest city of the country, Assad is firmly in power and Russia is sponsoring “peace talks” with the rebel factions in the country. The US is not invited to the peace talks. Russia now controls Syria. To accomplish this, the country needs Turkey’s help. The two are pushing for peace in the country. Turkey, the second most powerful military power in NATO, is now working with the Russians to bring peace to the Middle East.
That’s two set-backs for Washington in just a few days.
A third set-back is in Israel. The outgoing administration in Washington did not veto the latest UN vote against Israel, condemning the country for building new settlements for Jewish settlers in the West Bank. Friction between the US and the only western style democracy in the region is unsettling, to say the least. This set-back may only be temporary as a new President takes over in the US in just three weeks, but that gives a few days for further negative developments. Even the British have criticized America’s condemnation of Israel. The State Department seems set on causing rifts with US allies in the final days of the current Administration.
Keep in mind, too, that Syria borders Israel on the Golan Heights. What happens in Syria may affect Israel. Perhaps that’s why Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went to Moscow in June, the fourth time in a year that he sat down with President Putin to discuss the situation in the Middle East.
The tables have been turned once again in the region. Over sixty years ago, the UK was the dominant power in the region; since then, it’s been the US. But now Russia is arguably the dominant power in the area. The Russians are in alliance with the Shi-ite Muslims in Iran and Syria; they are also working with Sunni Turkey, which ruled the whole area prior to 1919. At the same time, it seems that Israel’s prime minister is more comfortable with Putin than with Obama, with whom he’s had a serious exchange of heated words in recent days.
There’s even a fourth development that puts Russia ahead. Following the hacking scandal, President Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the US; President Putin made it clear that he will not expel any Americans. This is a triumph for Putin in the propaganda war with America.
What lies ahead? Remember that the Middle East is the primary focus of Bible prophecy with Jerusalem at the epicenter.
In the nineteenth century, there was no indication that the Jews were about to become an independent nation again. Their period of self-rule ended with the Romans before the time of Christ. Their rebellion against the Romans in the first century AD led to the Diaspora, a dispersion that scattered the Jewish people throughout the Roman Empire and left them scattered until fairly recently. Bible prophecy showed that the Jewish nation would be restored and that happened in 1948.
Exactly a century ago, British and Australian forces entered Jerusalem in the continuing war with the Ottoman Turks. At this point in time, a Jewish nation became possible. The British were given a mandate to administer Palestine by the League of Nations. This was an impossible task as Palestinians and Jews clashed repeatedly. Eventually, the League’s successor, the United Nations, divided the territory up between Jews and Palestinians, the latter never accepting their loss of land.
There’s an incredible disconnect in the western world right now.
A few days ago, we witnessed the Brussels bombings that killed 35 and sent hundreds to area hospitals. Many are maimed for life.
Then, on Easter Sunday, the world witnessed a deliberate bombing of Christian families in Lahore, Pakistan, that killed more than twice as many people as the bombs in Brussels. Many of the victims were children. Muslims were killed as well as Christians, but the target was a Christian gathering, with the intent to kill as many as possible, especially children. Less than 48 hours later, Sky News in England revealed that ISIS has plans to attack Jewish kindergartens in Turkey. Children have clearly become prime targets for Islamic militants.
Faced with the prospect of more terrorism in the years to come, each attack ratcheting up the intensity and the carnage, an anti-immigrant rally was held in Brussels on Sunday. The rally was quickly condemned as being made up of “hooligans,” “right wing thugs,” “racists” and “neo-Nazis.” None of their concerns was addressed.
Older people know that the West as it is now is the direct result of more than five decades of liberal and leftist thinking that has created the multicultural, mixed race, mixed religions, environment we are now living in. It’s a disaster. Yet the creators of this mess insist on more of the same.
The BBC World Service (radio) Monday broadcast an interview with Dominic Grieve, a British Conservative politician and Member of the Privy Council, therefore very much a member of the British Establishment. He was asked a number of questions relating to security in light of the Belgian attacks, in the series “HardTalk.” His position was predictable, that the vast majority of Muslims, including Syrian immigrants, are appreciative of living in the West and don’t want to cause trouble.
The news then followed with an update on the Pakistani bombing.
It is clear that there is a very anti-Christian element in Islam. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has promised to defend British Christians against all such threats, but this will be difficult to do when over three million Muslims live in the country.
It’s glaringly obvious to a growing number of people that these two religions cannot mix. But Mr. Grieve implied there is a need for greater efforts to achieve “assimilation.” Somehow, as with everything else, the West is at fault.
The incident in Brussels inspired an article by Raheem Kassam, which appeared in the Middle East Forum. It was originally written for Breitbart, a conservative publication. The title of the article was: “Enough with Teddy Bears and Tears: It’s time to take our civilization back.”
Mr. Kassam writes: “Teddy bears, tears, candles, cartoons, murals, mosaics, flowers, flags, projections, hashtags, balloons, wreaths, lights, vigils, scarves, and more. These are the best solutions the Western world seems to come up with every few months when we are slammed by another Islamist terrorist attack. We are our own sickness.”
This is so true – because we don’t know what to do, or rather because we are afraid to take the necessary steps, we hold all-night vigils, pile up the flowers and the teddy bears, sing “We shall overcome” and promise to tell Muslims that we love them, thinking that will change everything. Even the Pope, for many the leader of the Christian West, prayed for western countries to embrace more refugees on Easter Sunday, rather than clearly condemning the persecution of Christians in Islamic countries. One day later came news that a Catholic priest was crucified on Good Friday by Islamic State.
In 1095, Pope Urban II called for a “crusade” to the Holy Land to end the persecution of Christians. Pope Urban’s reaction to reports of massacres was more understandable than Pope Francis’ reaction a thousand years later.
People in the West today, after seven decades of cultural appeasement, will do anything except fight.
I’m not talking about fighting a war, necessarily. But there’s no fight to even stand up for our ideals, our history, our values, our culture. Instead, we simply wait for the next attack.
Mr. Kassam’s article also said: “Our security services and our police, hamstrung by political correctness, are just as interested (or more?) in rounding up Twitter “hate speech” offenders than criminal, rapist, or terrorist migrants. Our borders are as porous as our brains. We refuse to realize that there are now literally millions of people amongst us who hate us. Who hate our way of life, and who will, one day, dominate our public life.”
The teddy bears that are being left at memorials to suicide bombers owe their origin to President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, whose foreign policy was summed up in the expression “speak softly and carry a big stick!” Diplomacy, in other words, must be backed up by force. Western leaders today seem only capable of speaking softly, if at all.
Breaking news, as I write, has Hillary Clinton criticizing Donald Trump over his wanting to end Muslim immigration. She then asked: “What would that mean for a nation founded on religious freedom?” Mrs. Clinton must know that religious freedom was not extended to Muslims until 1965. Before that, immigration was strictly restricted mostly to people of European descent. It was the Clinton’s friend, Senator Edward Kennedy, who sponsored the bill that liberalized immigration in 1965.
We are building up to a major clash between the Islamic world and the post-Christian West. Today’s Western leader, seems content to do little or nothing. It’s up to the Europeans to save western civilization.
At the weekend, the McLaughlin Group on PBS discussed the Brussels attacks and the responses of US presidential candidates, who seem disillusioned with NATO (whose headquarters are in Brussels) and feel the Europeans need to do more to defend themselves. Germany specifically was mentioned as a wealthy nation that can do more. Note the following:
“On Wednesday, the German cabinet adopted a four year budget plan that would dramatically increase spending on the military, police, and intelligence services.
“German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble (Christian Democrats, CDU) did not mince words at a press conference Wednesday, declaring, “The central points of this budget and finance plan are of course the internal and external security of our country.” (World Socialist Web)
Bible prophecy shows that the reaction to the rising threat from radical Islam is going to come from a union of ten nations in Europe, a union only Germany can lead.
“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.” (Daniel 11:40)
Revelation 17 is a chapter about the historical revivals of the Roman Empire. One still lies ahead. “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.” (verses 12 & 13). The “beast” is the supreme European leader of the revived Roman Empire, a European centered union of ten nations with great military power. This power is destined to fill the vacuum left by the United States.
I don’t normally agree with anything Eleanor Clift says on the McLaughlin Group, but this week I did. She told the much younger British regular, Tom Rogan, there was a very good reason why we don’t want to rearm Germany. He was the first one to suggest it. As the post-World War II generation dies off, few will think of World War II and the dire threat Germany and Japan posed to the world. Instead, they will simply say America can’t do it all, rich countries like Germany and Japan should spend more. The result is not likely to be a good one.
Today’s triple bombings in Brussels, Belgium, are the latest ISIS attacks. They follow an attack in Istanbul only three days ago.
Shortly after the Brussels attacks, I watched President Obama, supposedly “the Leader of the free world,” speaking to the people of Cuba. He began his speech with a brief reference to the Brussels bombings, extending his condolences to the families of those killed. He then continued with the pre-set program, including attending a baseball game.
Once again, I was struck by how the President of the United States is living in the past, rather than the more complex present. He’s not the only one, of course. Aspiring presidents are mostly just the same.
It’s a sixties generation thing.
Remember the sixties, when the western world was turning to the left, immediately prior to the birth of multiculturalism, which has been the official religion of western countries ever since?
Liberal thinking has created a very different world from what we had over 50 years ago. Both Republicans and Democrats, Conservatives and Labour, have all wanted the same things, working toward the same goals.
Now, it’s all falling apart and we’re seeing a return to some of the old values, including patriotism, ethnic identity, nationalism, Trump in America, AfD in Germany and UKIP in the UK. Other parties want the same things in Sweden, Finland, Poland, The Netherlands, Italy and elsewhere.
The world is, once again, on the cusp of significant change.
Note the following comment made on the Fox Business Network Monday, prior to the Brussels attack. Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Retired), said: “Not all cultures are equal . . . the Middle East and Islam as currently practiced is currently not compatible with western civilization.”
Following the comment, Englishman Stuart Varney wondered aloud what the implications would be of the EU’s new agreement with Turkey. While the Middle Eastern country is willing to take back the migrants who do not qualify to stay in Europe, 78 million Turkish citizens will have the right of visa-free travel to all EU member countries. Many are not likely to return home.
More Muslims = more terrorism! That’s because a certain percentage will be extremists. And, as Lt. Col. Ralph Peters observed, the religion as practiced is not compatible with western civilization.
Dealing with the problem requires a major change in immigration policies. That’s not going to come from most western politicians, who are still influenced by liberal 1960’s thinking that says all peoples are the same and can all mix together peaceably.
Just a few days before the latest terror attacks in Brussels, the European Union signed the agreement with Turkey. Again, like American politicians, the EU’s top leaders are still living in the sixties – they haven’t woken up yet to the threat from Islam nor have they even begun to figure out how to deal with it.
That will come. Today’s attacks may be a turning point – the attackers were attacking the European Union ‘s capital, Brussels. One bomb hit the railway station close by the headquarters of the European Commission. Europe itself was under attack – not just Brussels or Belgium.
Another interesting development today is how quickly the bombers were identified as ISIS by the Belgian authorities. ISIS later claimed responsibility. Normally, following an attack in the US or the UK, we are told not to blame Islamists, or that there is no evidence this was terrorism. Some are still in denial, but others are waking up! Speaking in Havana, Cuba, President Obama could not bring himself to use the term “Islamic terrorism”.
Daniel 11 is a prophecy about the Middle East, written more than five centuries before the time of Jesus Christ. It’s amazingly detailed from Alexander the Great until Roman times. Then it leaps 2,000 years until the present era. The reason for the leap is that there was no Jewish nation in the Holy Land during that time period. Jerusalem is the epicenter of Bible prophecy, which focuses primarily on the Middle East and Europe.
The two play a central role in end-time events.
“The king of the south” is set to “push” against “the king of the north”, unleashing the military power and wrath of the latter, the prophesied Beast-power of Revelation 17, a revived Roman Empire. What happened Tuesday in Brussels is likely part of this “push”, following on from Paris and other lesser attacks on Europe.
More attacks will follow. It will take Europe some time to fully wake up. But it will come. It’s either that or we will witness the fall of western civilization!
I thought readers might appreciate the following from a friend in Australia:
“Your presidential race is fascinating yet depressing. Away from America, nobody, and I mean just about no one, can believe that Americans would support such a demagogue as Trump and all he stands for. To say they like him because he speaks his mind and refuses to be PC is just inane. Look at the type of person he is. I would really fear for America, and more so the world, with a clown like him in charge. It is positively sickening.
Bernie Sanders sounds like maybe a nice guy but a bit out of touch. I don’t think America could work his way. So Hilary . . . there are skeletons in the closet so to speak but at least she has experience and did quite a reasonable job of it. I think much of America still lives in the Teddy Roosevelt era in outlook . . . with little knowledge of the outside world and sort of contempt for it.”
Similar comments are also being made in newspapers in other parts of the world.
It’s difficult to imagine the Atlantic alliance holding together if Trump wins the election; having said that, the Democrats have not done any better. Bret Stephens in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal wrote an article titled: “Barack Obama checks out.” With 311 days left until he hands over to his successor, the president seems to be insulting America’s friends while embracing her enemies (visits to Vietnam and Cuba are going to follow last year’s treaty with Iran).
Mr. Stephens’ article follows on from one in The Atlantic by Jeffrey Goldberg. Mr. Goldberg interviewed President Obama, who seemed to forget he is still president and spent quite some time criticizing US allies, including Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and former President Sarkozy of France who may be re-elected. He even made it clear that if Russia invades Moldova, the US will do nothing, giving the Russian president the go-ahead to annex another neighbor. Even Israel is set to suffer another blow from the US president, who is treating Saudi Arabia equally in arms sales.
Historian Niall Ferguson also commented on the Goldberg article in today’s Boston Globe:
“At the top of the list of scapegoats are America’s traditional allies: not only Britain and France (Libya’s descent in chaos was all their fault) but also Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. Then comes the Washington “foreign policy establishment” and the US military, who are always trying to “jam” him into going to war. Next in line are the members of his own cabinet — among them former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — who urged him to intervene in Syria in 2012.
“The president says he is “very proud” of his decision in 2013 not to follow through on his earlier threat to take military action if the Assad regime used chemical weapons in Syria. He seems not to understand that by asking President Putin to “force Assad to get rid of the chemical weapons,” he opened the door to Russian intervention in the Middle East, a region the Kremlin was effectively shut out of by Henry Kissinger in the early 1970s. Wondering why the death toll in Syria has leapt upwards in recent months? Step forward President Putin, whose air campaign against every anti-Assad force except ISIS has been a horror show.
“The Mosul dam symbolizes the critical state of an entire region. Like a huge wall of water, barely held in check by a crumbling dam, the combined forces of Islamic extremism, vicious sectarianism, networked terrorism, and Arab-Iranian rivalry have yet to wreak all the havoc of which they are capable. But why worry? The president has stuck to his foreign policy doctrine: “Don’t do stupid sh–.” As for ISIS, according to Goldberg, the president likens them to the Joker in the Batman movies.” (“A Catastrophe of Epic Proportions,” Niall Ferguson, Boston Globe).
As a President, Hillary Clinton seems likely to continue Mr. Obama’s policies and Europe is apprehensive of a Trump presidency, the Atlantic alliance could have some serious problems a few months from now.
Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson once observed: “it is true that, in America, any boy can grow up to become president. This is something we are going to have to learn to live with!” That was said over sixty years ago. The problem has since doubled as every girl can now also aspire to be president.
The United States isn’t the only country experiencing an interesting and potentially nation-changing election. Germany had one, too. Last Sunday three of Germany’s states voted. The result was significant gains for the AfD, the Alternative for Germany, an anti-immigrant party. Trump is not the only western politician who wants to do something about immigration.
As Reuters put it: “Voters punished Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in three German regional elections on Sunday, giving a thumbs-down to her open-door refugee policy and turning in droves to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD).
“The result is a big setback for Merkel, who has led Europe’s biggest economy for a decade, and could narrow her room for manoeuvre as she tries to convince her European Union partners to seal a deal with Turkey to stem the tide of migrants.
“Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) lost ground in all three states – Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate in the west and Saxony-Anhalt in the east – which were together widely seen as offering a verdict on Merkel’s liberal migrant policy.”
Following the election we see this report from the New York Times today:
BERLIN — German authorities banned a neo-Nazi group known as the White Wolves Terror Crew after the police conducted early morning raids on Wednesday in 10 of the country’s 16 states, confiscating weapons but making no arrests, the Interior Ministry said.
Far-right parties have gained strength as Germany struggles to integrate more than one million migrants, and the ban is intended to demonstrate that the authorities will not tolerate agitation against foreigners and migrants “and certainly no violence,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said.
“This group is an association of neo-Nazis who openly and aggressively agitate against our state, against our society, against people who think differently, against migrants and against the police,” he said.
Mr. de Maizière said that the group wanted to build a dictatorship, and that its aim “is supposed to be realized with all means available,” including violence. He added that the core of the group was made up of approximately 25 people, with the leaders coming from Hamburg.
Staying in Europe, the Prime Minister of Iceland, a European country that is not a member of the EU, has warned the United Kingdom to recognize a European reality. The Daily Telegraph carried the following headline on March 9th:
“Britain warned it wields no power in German dominated EU.”
It’s even losing control of its own stock market. Deutsche Bourse and the London Stock Exchange are to merge, with Deutsche Bourse holding a 54.4% stake in the London Stock Exchange, giving it effective control of one of the most important stock markets in the world.
Whether the British vote to leave the EU or remain a member on June 23rd may not make much difference. They will still be under the dominance of Berlin, whatever the outcome.
Another March 9th headline from the UK’s Daily Mail:
London is more Islamic than most cities in Muslim countries, says Pakistan-born Islamic scholar.”
On 9-11, I felt for sure that this would wake Americans up to the serious threat posed by Islam.
The attacks came on a Tuesday. Three days later, the liberal Establishment had put together an inter-religious memorial service at the National Cathedral. Not an inter-denominational service, but an inter-religious service that included a Muslim imam, a Hindu priest, a Buddhist monk and a Jewish rabbi, as well as a Catholic priest.
I also remember reading, a few months later, that sales of the Koran had jumped significantly. Printing presses could not keep up with demand.
So it should not have come as a surprise that, seven years later, the country elected its first president with a Muslim name and definite Muslim connections.
The Obama Administration is staffed by a number of Muslims. Valerie Jarrett, the president’s chief adviser, is a Shi’ite Muslim from Iran; the head of the CIA, John Brennan, converted to Islam while in Saudi Arabia. There are others, too, in highly influential positions. It’s no wonder they are panicked at the thought of Donald Trump and his promise to suspend Islamic immigration.
Now, another seven years later, the same president has just declared that March every year will be Muslim History Month. Millions of dollars will be frivolously added to the national debt to pay for it. In the years to come, we will be hearing many lies, witnessing a re-write of American history, as Muslims did not contribute anything to America for the first 350 years (from 1607).
It should be noted that Muslim History Month follows Black History Month. Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, that came to prominence in the 1960’s, would never have believed that this could happen. But it is happening, right before our eyes. The media will now follow with programs to show just how it was Islam, not protestant Europeans, that gave birth to this land and made it the most prosperous country in the world.
Fifteen years after James Town, the English settlers had less of a presence on American soil than Muslims do today, less than 15 years after 9-11.
Is there any wonder Americans are flocking to Trump?
Muslims continue to dominate the news in other parts of the world.
Saudi Arabia has announced the creation of a 34-nation alliance of Sunni Muslims to fight terrorism. Before you jump for joy, keep in mind that ISIS and Al-Qaeda are also both Sunni Muslims, the latter staging 9/11. Members were heavily influenced by the Wahabbi sect of Islam, which is the official state religion of Saudi Arabia. They are the most extreme form of Islam. When mosques are built in western countries, they are often paid for by Saudi Arabia; after completion the country will generously send a Saudi Wahabbi Imam to the mosque to spread the faith. They also provide imams to work as chaplains in American prisons. These men work at converting prisoners and are paid by the Federal government.
When the Saudis were criticized for not taking in Muslim refugees during the mass migration to western Europe last summer, they “generously” declared that they would help by building 200 mosques in Germany, once again dispatching the imams needed.
And so we see the progressive spread of Islam into western democracies. Instead of embracing freedom, they will spread their pernicious religion, which means “submission” or “surrender,” the exact opposite of what America was.
Our children and our grandchildren will never forgive us!
Some Christians get excited about all this, believing that the Saudi led alliance is the prophesied “king of the south,” mentioned in Daniel chapter 11. Verses 40-44 show that immediately prior to Christ’s return, the “king of the south” pushes at the “king of the north” and the Holy Land gets invaded.
Let’s not be too hasty here to jump to conclusions.
Firstly, we should remember that the old “king of the south,” the Ptolemaic dynasty of ancient Egypt, did not include Saudi Arabia or most of the other nations in alliance with Riyadh. The kingdom was ruled from Alexandria, the capital of ancient Egypt. Egypt is home to roughly 50% of all Arabs. Egypt is more likely to be the leader of the king of the south.
Saudi Arabia is still a prominent player in the Middle East. Another is Iran. These two countries are involved in proxy wars in both Yemen and Syria. Whereas the Saudis are mostly Sunni Muslims, the Iranians are Shi’ites. The two sects of Islam hate each other with a passion. You would have to go back to the Thirty Years War (1618 to 1648) to see anything comparable in the Christian world.
At least one church organization that emphasizes Bible prophecy has been claiming dogmatically for over twenty years that Iran is the King of the South. This is not very likely when you consider that Iran (formerly Persia) was a part of the King of the North prior to the Christian era. The biblical king of the North was ruled from Antioch to the north of Jerusalem.
The two powers, the kings of the south and of the north, both born out of the rubble of Alexander’s empire, regularly came to blows. Each time they did, Jerusalem, the epicenter of Bible prophecy, was negatively affected.
It is also highly unlikely that Shi’ite Iran will lead a Sunni alliance.
So, who are the “kings of the north” and of the “south”?
Maps give you a good idea.
The following maps are of the two powers about 200 years before Christ, a little over a century after the death of Alexander and the division of his empire.
Now look at this contemporary map, showing the worlds of Shia and Sunni Islam. The red shows Shia Islam which is basically the old King of the North plus territory to the east. Blue shows Sunni Islam which includes the territory once ruled by the King of the South.
The West has been caught up in a growing Shia-Sunni conflict. We can’t be blamed for the animosity itself, as it began in the seventh century AD, but we must bear some responsibility for the rapid acceleration toward a major war between the two. Western intervention in Iraq 13 years ago led to the downfall of Sunni ruled Iraq and its replacement with Shia Iraq. This has led to the development of an arc of Shia Islam, comprising Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
The Shi’ites are now dominated by Iran. President Assad’s Syria is also led by Shi’ites, who also dominate Lebanon. This could all have been avoided if we’d known what we were doing, but we didn’t, so now we see the threat of major war between the two branches of Islam.
We still talk about democracy, but liberal democracy is irrelevant in the Middle East. Only Israel has a real democratic system.
This conflict is only going to get worse.
So, are Shia and Sunni Islam the kings of the north and south?
That’s certainly a possibility. But, in 60 BC, the King of the North fell to the Roman Empire. 29 years later, so did the King of the South when Cleopatra killed herself. After those two conquests, Judea and Samaria were also conquered by the Romans.
The two powers ceased to exist and are not mentioned again until “the time of the end.” Why do they suddenly appear again?
Remember that prophecy revolves around Israel. There was no Jewish nation from the time of the Roman Empire until it was restored in 1948. The lengthy prophecy in Daniel 11 is not about the kings of the north and south, so much as their impact on the Jewish people. Now that the Jewish people have been restored by God to their ancient homeland, any major threat to them from the North or South, or both, has once again become very relevant.
The principal threat right now is from Shia Islam. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has regularly warned the West about the threat from Iran. Events in Syria could also affect Israel. Shi’ite Hizbollah in Lebanon remains a constant threat.
As the US has turned against Israel, the country has been seeking closer working relationships with Sunni Islamic nations, like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. (I wrote about this recently in a blogpost.)
The Saudi alliance is looking at getting involved in Syria, ostensibly against ISIS, but likely more against Assad. A Saudi-led intervention there would partially fulfill the prophecy about the King of the South pushing against the King of the North. But it could also be a side-war, another proxy war between the two branches of Islam.
So, again, let’s not get too excited. A lot could still happen before we see the fulfillment of Daniel 11: 40-44.
“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.He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels.” But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.
One thing is for sure and that is the need to watch the Middle East, as events there are often far more important than the events that get reported on our national news programs.
Here’s an interesting paragraph from German-Foreign-Policy.com, February 15th:
“German military personnel are beginning to consider Russia’s intervention in Syria as having prevented IS/Daesh from taking power in Damascus and carrying out offensives against other countries – including Israel.”
While the western media concentrates on exposing Russian air attacks as potential “war crimes,” it may be that, overall, Russia’s intervention has been a good thing, stopping the spread of ISIS and thwarting a greater threat to Israel.
The key words are “may be.” We may never know.
Russia’s intervention in Syria may have, inadvertently, helped Israel. President Obama’s occupancy of the White House certainly has not. US unreliability has led Israel to seek alliances elsewhere. Bret Stevens wrote yesterday in the Wall Street Journal:
“On Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon publicly shook hands with former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal at the Munich Security Conference. In January, Israeli cabinet member Yuval Steinitz made a trip to Abu Dhabi, where Israel is opening an office at a renewable-energy association. Turkey is patching up ties with Israel. In June, Jerusalem and Riyadh went public with the strategic talks between them. In March, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi told the Washington Post that he speaks to Mr. Netanyahu “a lot.”
“This de facto Sunni-Jewish alliance amounts to what might be called the coalition of the disenchanted; states that have lost faith in America’s promises. Israel is also reinventing its ties to the aspiring Startup Nations, countries that want to develop their own innovation cultures.” (“Israel looks beyond America, WSJ)”
February 15th was an important date historically. On that day, in 1942, the British surrendered Singapore to the Japanese. It was a major turning point for the British Empire. It wasn’t until almost fifteen years later that the world could clearly see the Empire was no longer the major power it had been, but Britain’s defeat at the hands of the Japanese was disastrous. Note the following from Stratfor:
The Beginning of the End of the British Empire — The humiliating surrender of Singapore on Feb. 15, 1942, was the first sign of decline for the British regional order.
“On Jan. 31, 1942, Allied engineers blew a hole in the causeway linking the island city of Singapore to the Malay Peninsula, hoping to slow the advance of Japanese Imperial troops down the coastline. The blast resounded throughout the city. As the story goes, 19-year-old university student and future prime minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew was walking across campus at that moment. When his British headmaster, passing by, asked what the sound was, Lee responded, “That is the end of the British Empire.”
Lee Kuan Yew was to lead Singapore for over three decades, presiding over one of the world’s greatest success stories.
The US election has taken a worrying turn, again. The two Democratic candidates are busy criticizing the police in order to get the African-American vote. They need to tread carefully. The police are all that stand between the general population and anarchy. One day, one of these candidates may need a policeman or two to protect them. Undermining the police is not in anybody’s interests.
Christopher Marquez, an Hispanic decorated US Marine, was attacked and left unconscious by a gang of young African-American teenagers at a McDonald’s in Washington, DC, last week. They had been taunting him along racial lines asking him if “Black Lives Matter,” the popular slogan started last year following the deaths of a number of young black men at the hands of white police.
“I believe this was a hate crime and I was targeted because of my skin color,” Marquez, who is Hispanic, told TheDaily Caller. “Too many of these types of attacks have been happening against white people by members of the black community and the majority of the main stream media refuses to report on it.”
Of course black lives matter. But white ones should, too. No attention was given to this story of the white Marine until Fox News” put it on its website this morning. No attention has been given either to the death of a 17-year-old white male a few miles from our home – shot by a white policeman who, some think, over reacted. “Justice for Devon Guilford” is written on signs all over our neighborhood as investigations continue. The issue has seriously divided Eaton County.
There is definitely a double standard in the media, where “black lives matter,” but white lives don’t!
President Obama was shown on television this morning assuring people that Donald Trump will never be president. Meanwhile, there’s increasing talk that Joe Biden will jump into the race if Hillary Clinton slips any further against fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders.
The Establishment clearly does not want outsiders like Trump or Sanders to lead the country! Whatever happened to democracy?
It’s not that different overseas.
In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a referendum on Britain’s future in the European Union. Referenda are easily manipulated.
If the majority votes against Europe, a second question could be asked phrased differently to try to get a ‘yes’ vote. Even if both votes result in a resounding ‘No,’ other nations in Europe will retaliate making it difficult, if not impossible for Britain to break away. German leaders are already threatening a trade war at a time when global trade is already going through a rough period.
Mr. Sanders claims that he wants “democratic socialism” and cites Denmark as his model. He has wisely avoided any mention of Venezuela where socialism has brought the country to near-starvation. Stratfor reported yesterday that the socialist President Nicolas Maduro may be around for some time:
“Maduro could maintain a political impasse with the legislature for a long time. He could also deal with a slowly mounting economic crisis, as former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez did during the latter years of his presidency. But the Venezuelan crisis is rapidly becoming a social crisis. Maduro’s economic adjustments have focused on sharply cutting imports across the board, spurring rampant inflation that effectively places even basic food items out of the poor’s reach. The situation is potentially explosive. With rapid consumer price increases on the black market, endemic shortages of food in public stores, failing public utilities and an intransigent president, the stage is set for a major wave of social unrest that could rival the 1989 Caracazo riots that killed hundreds of people.”
Margaret Thatcher got it right when she defined socialism as “equal shares of misery for all!” Government is inherently incompetent. That will never change.
"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