Keep a close watch on Europe. Events are pointing to a dramatic change that will shock the world.
Strong leaders are rising on the world scene today in several nations, including Russia, China and Iran. But what about Europe? And what about Germany?
Germany is one of the top exporters of military armaments in the world, and the third largest exporter of goods. Its economy dominates the European Union. But Germany has no strong leader. Lately, many critics have pointed this out as Russia and radical Islam have gone on the attack against Europe.
A New Chamberlain
On February 6, the leaders of Germany and France traveled to Moscow on an invitation by Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the warfare in Ukraine. The leaders of these three nations forged some kind of a deal. Critics called it a terrible deal. They said it was so bad that they likened German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Neville Chamberlain.
Leading up to World War ii in 1938, Neville Chamberlain went to Munich to inform Adolf Hitler that Britain and France had pressured Czechoslovakia to give up part of its country, the Sudetenland, to Nazi Germany. A peace treaty was signed to that effect. Winston Churchill called it the “Munich Surrender” and said it was a disgraceful, shameful act. He warned the Britons that it would lead to war, not peace.
Ms. Merkel doesn’t believe that the West should supply lethal weapons to the Ukrainians. She thinks that might cause the war to spread even more. Yet without help, the Ukrainians can offer little or no resistance against the Russians. That is why critics began to attack Chancellor Merkel for the deal she made with Russia, saying she repeated Chamberlain’s mistake with Hitler before World War ii.
A Strong Sign
Toward the end of last year, Garry Kasparov, the former chess grandmaster who has become an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, said this: “My problem is today you have so many politicians lining up to become a new Chamberlain. Where are the Churchills?”
Churchill warned throughout the 1930s that Western Europe was going to have war with Germany if it didn’t stop the aggression of the Nazis. Western Europe could have easily stopped Adolf Hitler. But Europe’s leaders wouldn’t stand up to him. This produced the worst war in human history!
Today, an eerily familiar situation is developing. And another war is coming that will be far worse!
Calling Ms. Merkel a Chamberlain is a severe criticism! If leaders are criticizing her this terribly in public, what are they saying in private? This criticism is a strong sign of the present mood in Europe, especially in Germany.
King of Europe
Years ago, Herbert W. Armstrong met with Otto von Habsburg, the head of the 700-year-old house of Habsburg, the dynasty that ruled the Holy Roman Empire prior to Napoleon. At that time, Habsburg was a member of the European Parliament. He said this: “The [European] community is living largely by the heritage of the Holy Roman Empire, though the great majority of the people who live by it don’t know by what heritage they live.”
Look through history, and you will find six resurrections of that Holy Roman Empire. Today the seventh resurrection is staring us in the face—yet still people don’t know what it is! That is amazing! Not even the people who live by that heritage know it.
“We possess a European symbol which belongs to all nations of Europe equally,” Mr. Habsburg also said. “This is the crown of the Holy Roman Empire, which embodies the tradition of Charlemagne” (emphasis mine throughout).
The Tradition of Charlemagne
What is “the tradition of Charlemagne” Mr. Habsburg referenced? Some powerful Europeans want to return to his kind of leadership in Europe. They praise the tradition of Charlemagne. They encourage Europeans to “revive your roots.” Do people know what that history is really about?
The Franks were the first barbaric tribe to embrace Catholicism, but they did so for political gain, not religious reasons. Mostly of Germanic origin, the Franks used the Catholic Church to support their expansionist policies, while the church relied on Frankish rulers for protection. It was a political union with a religious veneer.
The Frankish kingdom reached the pinnacle of its power during the rule of Charlemagne (Charles the Great). Before Charlemagne’s emergence as world ruler, the political scene in Europe was sharply divided. Germany was sliced into many different tribes. Much of Italy was occupied by the Lombards. Byzantium was recognized as the successor to the eastern region of the old Roman Empire. Charlemagne, in conjunction with the papal throne, eventually changed all that—but not without much bloodshed.
Charlemagne was the second ruler of the “Holy” Roman Empire, after Justinian. As emperor, Charlemagne felt it his duty to defend the church. In a.d. 774, at the request of Pope Leo iii, he entered northern Italy and conquered the Lombard kingdom, uniting Italy for the first time in centuries. In 799, the pope was kidnapped and beaten by a band of conspirators. After being rescued by two Frankish clerics, he fled to Charlemagne, who escorted him back to Rome. On Dec. 23, a.d. 800, with the military backing of Charles and his Frankish troops, the pope was exonerated of all wrongdoing and reinstated to his ecclesiastic office.
Hitler and the Crown Jewels
Many scoffed at what former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said in 1995: “You have not anchored Germany to Europe; you have anchored Europe to a newly dominant, unified Germany. In the end, my friends, you’ll find it will not work.”
Mrs. Thatcher knew it would have a bad ending. She knew it “could be ghastly,” as Bernard Connolly wrote back in 1995 (The Rotten Heart of Europe). It will be ghastlier than you can even imagine!
We have forgotten our own recent history. Hitler started World War ii. About 50 million people were killed.
At the conclusion of the Yalta Conference in February 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt signed a document to prevent Germany from ever coming in the tradition of Charlemagne again. They said, “It is our inflexible purpose to destroy German militarism and Nazism and to ensure Germany will never again be able to disturb the peace of the world.”
That country had started the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, World War i and World War ii. It has a history of starting wars. Churchill and Roosevelt understood Germany’s history of warfare. The Allies virtually made a vow that they would never allow that to happen again.
Yet here we are 70 years later, and Germany is leading Europe again! America and Britain have forgotten that recent history. And as a result, we are allowing it to repeat itself! That lapse of memory will be the costliest ever for both nations. (Request our free booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.)
Historian Victor Davis Hanson recently wrote that the 1930s are happening again. “World War ii could have been prevented had Western Europe united to deter Germany,” he explained. Three times in this article, Hanson said we should have learned from that deadly error of the 1930s (National Review, February 19).
What did we learn from World War ii? I’m telling you, history is repeating itself! America, Britain and many Western nations are retreating from every part of the world. Our countries have broken wills when it comes to their foreign policy—and that doesn’t lead to peace! It leads to war! You can’t negotiate peace when people on the other side want war!History teaches that lesson from beginning to end!
Full article: A Strong German Leader Is Imminent (The Trumpet)