By Garner Ted Armstrong

With US forces poised for devastating attacks on Iraq; with WAR perhaps only hours away, the governments of France and Germany, followed by several others, including Russia and much of Europe, continue to call for more inspections, more time.

Meanwhile, President Bush and Britain’s Prime Minister, Tony Blair, met with the Spanish Prime Minister in Lajes, Azores, and proclaimed that Monday, March 17, was the final day for diplomacy. The three governments withdrew their draft resolution which was to have been voted on by the Security Council in the face of a threatened French veto.

News reports say the US and the UK lay the blame for the breakdown in diplomacy squarely “at the door of the French.” Anti-French slogans are flooding the Internet and airwaves, as talk show hosts and late night entertainers make jokes about the French.

The actions of French President Jacques Chirac and his government are contributing to a widening rift between the US and the UK with Europe, Russia, and much of the world! That rift could eventually develop into outright animosity to the point of conflict! One leading British newspaper said Chirac painted his vision of a “multi-polar world” in which Europe counter balances America.

I have shouted a witness and a warning to heedless millions in America, Britain, Canada, Australia, South Africa, the Philippines, and many other countries for decades about the eventual creation of a huge power bloc in Europe, and the creation of a mighty European military.

Now, the continual stream of diplomatic scorn, ridicule and empty rhetoric which has flown into global headlines and daily television reports from the disunited UN over these past months has obfuscated a potential danger far more serious than the threat of Saddam Hussein.

That threat is the ultimate creation of a huge super power in the heartland of Europe!

This super power would likely reach from the Urals to the Atlantic; a kind of “United States of Europe,” which would fulfill the dream of Bismarck, the Kaiser, Hitler, and German geopoliticians such as Makinder and Haushofer. That super power would be HOSTILE to the United States of America, and would eventually become its sworn enemy! It will invade the Middle East, and the United States will be powerless to stop it!

For decades, I have said to many millions around the world that the European Union of today will not fulfill that prophecy; that the final TEN nations which will fulfill Bible prophecy will coalesce out of the ashes of the present European Union, arising phoenix-like as a result of the breakdown of today’s alliances and institutions. I have also said that Britain will not be a part of the final ten nations of Revelation 17:12-14; events of this moment are proving that Britain is being rebuffed by the largest powers of Europe, Germany and France!

Saddam Hussein’s skillful manipulation of world public opinion, together with the deep economic involvement of France and Germany with Iraq has resulted in deeply dividing NATO, the European Union, and the UN. Recently, a major Arabic newspaper called upon the UN to expel the United States! Millions around the world are screaming hostile invectives against the US and its president. Millions in the United States, including many famous actors and entertainers shout anti-war slogans, and many charge that “Bush is more dangerous than Saddam Hussein.”

As I write, I hear that the inspectors are departing from Iraq. Germany has called upon its citizens to leave, and has closed its Embassy. Obviously, war may be mere hours away. When that war comes, as it surely will, it will deepen resentment against the United States. Only if a swift victory is achieved, and only if US forces actually uncover tangible evidence that Saddam Hussein really does possess weapons of mass destruction (which, if he does, he may well attempt to use against US forces), and present that evidence to the world, can George Bush salvage some face. Even then, the anti-war demonstrators will say there was never any danger; that Saddam would never have used such weapons if the US had only left him alone.

But regardless of the ultimate outcome, the harm has been done. Formerly friendly nations and allies are bitterly hurling accusations – the UN is proving to be a powerless, useless, ineffective institution – NATO allies refuse to honor their own charter – many governments may fall, and new attempts at raising large armies will begin.

Listen to this chilling prediction by one leading European Defense Minister: “If war breaks out without a second UN resolution, it could affect the stability of the global political system. Many governments could fall.” The “News Telegraph” in the UK said, “He painted a scenario in which turmoil in the EU and the demise of NATO gives France and Germany the chance to forge ahead with plans for unity among a ‘core group’ of about six European countries with a common foreign policy and a Euro-army. ‘By provoking a rift with America, Chirac will force other European countries to take sides and try to create a union in which he would be the leader,’ said the minister.”

The French people are among the most nationalistic in the world. They are also among the most changeable, the most unpredictable. France represents the tribe of Reuben of the so-called “Lost Ten Tribes.” Of Reuben, God says, “Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power [The French remember their days of great Empire]: Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch” (Genesis 49:3,4).

It will be Germany, not France, which will head up the future United States of Europe.

As never before, you need to watch world conditions; to be alert and aware, and to obey Christ’s commands, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).

Will Saddam Hussein once again launch SCUDS against Israel, this time with chemical or biological weapons aboard? Will he send French-built missiles against US ships? Will some of his pilots attempt suicide missions against US carriers?  Will he set fire to his own oil fields? Will he send suicide bombers, disguised as surrendering Iraqi soldiers, into the midst of US forces? Will he play out his own version of “Götterdämmerung” as did Hitler in 1945, cowering in a bunker while his nation was destroyed?

One thing is sure. You are living in history-making times. After all this, the world will never be the same again.

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