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Within days of Russia’s invasion of Georgia in early August, our editor in chief, Gerald Flurry, told students at Herbert W. Armstrong College that he believed Moscow had struck a deal with Germany over Georgia before it attacked. After delivering that message to the students, Mr. Flurry wrote in the October issue of the Trumpet, “I believe Germany may well have been complicit in Russia’s plan to attack Georgia!”
That analysis was bold and unique. At the time, there were no media reports suggesting behind-the-scenes dealings between Moscow and Berlin. Since then, however, a pile of evidence has emerged (read this, for example) pointing to a growing cooperation between Russia and Germany.
Some of the strongest evidence of a growing Russo-German partnership came earlier this month. On October 2, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in St. Petersburg. Among other topics, the two leaders discussed Germany’s position on nato, particularly the American-led efforts to welcome Ukraine and Georgia into the ailing organization. Speaking at a press conference after the meetings, Chancellor Merkel left little doubt as to where Germany’s allegiance lies. She told reporters that the German government patently objects to nato membership for both counties—and even opposes placing either Georgia or Ukraine on the path to membership.
This announcement was not insignificant, for nato or for America. Since nato operates on consensus, and any member nation can effectively block potential candidates from membership, Merkel’s rejection severely undermines nato plans to expand. It also undermines America’s geopolitical strength, which is often manifested through that organization.
But Germany and Russia’s crafty assault on nato and America didn’t end there. During the meetings, the topic most intensely discussed was the idea of a “new collective security agreement between Europe and Russia, dubbed Helsinki ii” (Stratfor, October 2). That’s important: Europe’s largest and most influential nation is not only backing Kremlin efforts to undermine the premier Western security alliance, it is actively seeking to form a new strategic alliance with the Russians!
The new geopolitical reality is that Germany fears Russia more than it fears the United States!
The timing of a Helsinki ii agreement is beyond coincidental. Stratfor continued (emphasis mine throughout):
The so-called Helsinki ii pact would echo the Helsinki agreement in 1975 that entailed closer relations between Europe and the Soviet Union. The agreement emerged at a time when the United States appeared weak after being tied down in Vietnam, and European politicians were experimenting with ‘ostpolitic,’ a tactic of seeking rapport with the Soviets.
As was the case with the first Helskinki agreement, America’s geopolitical impotence lies at the foundation of Germany (and eventually European) efforts to form a new strategic partnership with Russia!
Germany’s decision to reject American interests and side with Russia on the nato issue is of “great significance,” wrote Stratfor founder George Friedman last week. Merkel, remember, is the most pro-American politician in Germany and the most pro-American German chancellor in nearly 20 years. Moreover, as Friedman noted, as an East German she has an inherent unease about Russia. Yet, despite all this, she still chose Russia over the United States.
The first reason is simple. Germany relies heavily on Russian energy, and with the cold months approaching, it would be foolish to irritate a key energy supplier.
But there was more to Germany’s decision than gas. Friedman observed, “Germany views the U.S. obsession with nato expansion as simply not in Germany’s interests.” He continued:
First, expanding nato guarantees to Ukraine and Georgia is meaningless. nato and the United States don’t have the military means to protect Ukraine or Georgia, and incorporating them into the alliance would not increase European security. From a military standpoint, nato membership for the two former Soviet republics is an empty gesture, while from a political standpoint, Berlin sees it as designed to irritate the Russians for no clear purpose.
Next, were nato prepared to protect Ukraine and Georgia, all nato countries including Germany would be forced to increase defense expenditures substantially. This is not something that Germany and the rest of nato want to do.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Germany spent 1945 to 1992 being the potential prime battleground of the Cold War. It spent 1992 to 2008 not being the potential prime battleground. Germany prefers the latter, and it does not intend to be drawn into a new Cold War under any circumstances. This has profound implications for the future of both nato and U.S.-German relations.
What does all this mean?
It means Germany is in the midst of a “strategic crisis in which it must make some fundamental decisions.” The Germans are right now deciding their future. Should they remain an ally of the U.S.? This would mean maintaining their support for America’s foreign-policy objectives, which include expanding nato and increasing the alliance’s military presence on Russia’s doorstep—a move that would assuredly infuriate the Russians.
Germany’s other option is to realign itself with the newly resurgent Moscow. This option is infinitely more appealing right now, because while upsetting America is not ideal, it comes with far fewer risks than upsetting the feisty behemoth next door.
If Germany were to join those who call for nato expansion, the first step toward a confrontation with Russia would have been taken. The second step would be guaranteeing the security of the Baltics and Poland. America would make the speeches, and Germans would man the line. After spending most of the last century fighting or preparing to fight the Russians, the Germans looked around at the condition of their allies and opted out.
The Germans saw what happened in Georgia in September. They know that Russia is in the mood for confrontation. They recognize that now is a time to cajole the Kremlin, not confront it. And they know that any benefit that might come from maintaining support of America will be far outweighed by the repercussions that would come from annoying the Russians.
“Everything in German history has led to this moment,” Friedman concluded. “The country is united and wants to be secure. It will not play the role it was forced into during the Cold War, nor will it play geopolitical poker as it did in the First and Second World Wars. And that means nato is permanently and profoundly broken.”
Think about that. This respected analyst recognizes that a growing Russian-Germany relationships signifies that nato—arguably the defining security organization in modern history, and a key geopolitical instrument of the United States—is now permanently and profoundly broken.
For years the Trumpet has forecast the demise of nato as an influential American-led organization. When Russia invaded Georgia on September 8, nato’s demise drew nearer. Since then, the steady flow of evidence pointing toward an improving Russo-German relationship, which is largely founded on an anti-natonato’s demise is inevitable. platform, indicates that
Russia and Germany are cunningly undermining and systematically dismantling nato!
The demise of this American-led security alliance, the rise of a resurgent Russia, the newly forming European superpower, and the imminent emergence of a new Russo-German pact all are evidence that a major shifting of geopolitical tectonic plates is currently underway. The Trumpet stands by its warnings of recent weeks: Watch Russia and Germany closely!
History shows that the formation of a strategic pact between Russia and Germany—which these two nations are forming right now—is a precursor to war!
For more information, read Mr. Flurry’s article “Russia’s Attack Signals Dangerous New Era.” •
World markets drop after two-day rally
October 15, 2008, 4:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
In Tuesday, Oct. 14, President George W. Bush and treasury secretary Henry Paulson explained that the Federal Reserve’s $250 bn buyout of stakes in US banks was a short term measure to alleviate the credit crisis.
Paulson admitted that taking stakes in banks was necessary though objectionable to most Americans. Washington sources told DEBKAfile that whereas government intervention in the market is anathema to most Americans, buying shares is more acceptable. The $700bn package approved by Congress two weeks ago to buy toxic debts was too slow to allay the threat of global financial meltdown looming in the last week. Faster measures were therefore put in place to oil the wheels of liquidity and revitalize lending.
Nine US banks would therefore “sell preferred shares” to the government as a measure for conquering lack of confidence in the financial system and increasing the financing of consumption and investment to meet such basic needs as covering payrolls, stimulating business and helpig homeowners save their homes from foreclosure.
The nine banks are JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, the Bank of America, the Bank of New York Mellon Corp., Merill Lynch-Citigroup, Wells Fargo and State Street Corp. Monday, Japan’s Nikkei closed up 14% Monday, its biggest single-day gain, after Wall Street’s 11% rally and ahead of the US announcement of US plans to buy ownership stakes in major banks. Sidney was up 5% (after an A$10.4 bn stimulus package), Hong Kong 4%, New Zealand, nearly 7% and South Korea up to 5%. London, Paris, Frankfurt rise for second day after Asia.
European markets were revived Monday by multibillion pledges to support banks. Assuming even that the rallies are not a flash in the pan but show the tottering financial system starting to right itself, nevertheless economic experts are asking: What next? Some symptoms of the next economic crisis are already visible:
1. A slowdown is making itself felt in the United States, UK and parts of Europe, with early signs of rising unemployment and reduced consumer spending power.
2. The partial nationalization of major banks will force governments into managing them - for which official bureaucracies are eminently unsuited. Qualified personnel will be hard to find now that new legislature has slashed the outrageous perks and bonuses prevalent in the ailing financial industry.
3. There is no guarantee that the multibillion rescue plans will bring investors back to the markets long term after their initial interest.
4. After pouring the staggering sum of $4 trillion into their salvage plan, governments may find it is not enough. Where will additional resources come from? Fom extra taxes? The ordinary taxpayer may well exact a heavy political price from governments who take that course.
2nd lawsuit challenges Obama's citizenship
Man demands state verify birth records or remove senator from ballots
Posted: October 16, 2008
12:20 am Eastern
By Chelsea Schilling
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
In a second lawsuit challenging Barack Obama's "natural born" citizenship, a Washington resident is demanding officials review original or certified birth documents for the Democratic Party presidential candidate.
Steven Marquis of Fall City, Wash., filed suit Oct. 9 in Washington State Superior Court, calling for Secretary of State Sam Reed to determine whether Obama is a citizen before Election Day. Marquis released a statement saying the state has the authority to "prevent the wholesale disenfranchisement of voters" who might have otherwise had the opportunity to choose a qualified candidate should records show Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen.
"At this point, Mr. Obama has not allowed independent or official access to his birth records nor supporting hospital records," Marquis wrote. "The Hawaii Health Department has violated Federal law by ignoring formal
Marquis referenced prominent Pennsylvania Democrat and attorney Philip J. Berg's lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Sen. Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee for proof of Obama's American
FINAL LOOTING OF AMERICA BY OUTLAWS IN DC
October 16, 2008
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Outlaw is defined as: a person, group, or thing excluded from the benefits and protection of the law. Americans who care about freedom and liberty have known for a long time that Congress has simply become a lawless group of political animals who care nothing for the supreme law of the land. For decades they have turned a blind eye to other outlaws operating on their behalf: non elected officials in the various cabinets and agencies who have been destroying a free market system and the Bill of Rights. The list is so long, it would fill ten columns.
For weeks, Americans have been in agony over the financial meltdown millions of us knew was coming, we just didn't know when the numbers would catch up to the lies. The timing played just right with the normally scheduled adjournment of Congress for the year. For over a week, the massive ACORN vote fraud scandal has exposed what millions of us have known for a long time: our elections are being stolen by corruption. Corporate media has concentrated on voter registration cards, but continues to ignore the massive fraud via electronic machines and scanners; short video. The timing of the ACORN scandal plays right into the hands of the shadow government. Too little, too late with the "big day" looming. Another night of serious boob tube commentators analyzing a hoax.