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Trumpet Weekly September 6-12

Trumpet Weekly September 6-12



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A great weekly digest of significant world events that relate to Bible Prophecy. You can subscribe for a free subscription for yourself at www.thetrumpet.com
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 a digest of significant world news from the
PhiladelPhia TrumPeT
 for the week of september 6-12, 2009
wth brtn lrdydrnng rm thfnncl cllp, eurp prprng t hld tundrtr.n rptdly chnt thntru Uth r cry“Z dm-sprmn.”on  th dvrty.but hr  thunty? i amrc, t,rkng up?i m cnvncd tht n eurp’ mmnt,eurp’ pprtunty.w hv  gvrnmntn whngtn tht ht cmpltly ckrdhn t cm t amrcn rnd nd .
the Institute of Ter-rorism Research and Response(
) recently intercepted amessage circulating among al Qaeda-
afliated terrorists that said “everyoneknows the next strike is very near.”The attack will “surprise everyone inits effect,” the author noted, and will be “
much more shocking than that of Sept. 11, 2001” 
(emphasis mine
Threats like this are not rare, which means they can
 be too easily discarded. But this communique is relevant,and raises some worthwhile considerations. First, notice which nation the terrorists are targeting. The message said,“And the Germans, grandchildren of the Nazis, know morethan everyone else that they will be the rst ones to taste[the nightmare]. It is just a matter of time
—that is, days or weeks—
and God willing you’ll see things that you’ve neverheard of before.”This message is also relevant for its
. Germany ison the eve of national elections; the people vote on Septem
 ber 27. Will an al Qaeda attack occur before the Germannational election? Before or after, it’s easy to see how anattack would transform Germany’s national leadership.
Consider this too: Al Qaeda has a successful track record
of transforming a country’s political landscape by conductingan attack, or series of attacks, on the eve of a national elec
tion. Remember Spanish national elections in March 2004?In the weeks prior to elections on March 14, 2004, pollsshowed Spain’s incumbent prime minister, Jos Aznar, witha solid lead over his opposition. Even a week before electionday, Aznar’s reelection appeared certain, despite the fact thatthe majority of Spaniards opposed his government’s supportof and participation in the U.S.-led Iraq war. But Mr. Aznar’spolitical destiny changed the morning of March 11, when a
string of exploding bombs wreaked carnage and chaos on the
Madrid rail system, killing 191 and injuring 1,800 people. Al Qaeda’s message to Spanish voters was crystal clear:
 Perfectly timed to be absorbed into the Spanish elector-ate’s psyche,” 
Stratfor observed, the train bombings were“designed to demonstrate the price that Spain would beforced to pay for its Iraq policy” (March 18, 2004). Themessage resonated, quickly. “What was a less-than-decisiveissue [the Iraq war] for voters March 10
became the defn
-ing issue by March 12.” 
Two days later, the pro-war Jos Aznar was ousted, and Jos Luis Zapatero, the anti-Iraq warleader of the Socialist Party, was elected. Within months,Spanish troops were exiting Iraq.
In a matter of hours, and with a handful of bombs, al
Qaeda successfully transformed Spain’s political land
scape—and drove Spanish forces from Iraq! Will they attempt to do the same in Germany?One of al Qaeda’s top priorities is to drive foreign troops
from Afghanistan, which has been its central base of opera-
tions for more than 25 years. With more than 4,000 troops
stationed in Afghanistan, the third largest contingent be-
hind America and Britain, Germany is one of al Qaeda’s pri
mary targets. At home, Germany’s political landscape is notdissimilar to Spain’s in the weeks prior to March 11, 2004. While the war is unpopular among the German electorate, ithas not been a determining factor in the election campaign.Not until this week did it even appear that Ms. Merkel’s
support of the war efforts might hurt her popularity and
seemingly likely reelection on September 27. Last Friday,the German electorate was reminded of its government’sparticipation in the U.S.-led war when a wayward air
assault on terrorists,
ordered by German military com-manders,
apparently killed dozens of civilians. Since thenthe war has emerged as a topic of national debate, with Ms.Merkel’s defense of Germany’s involvement in Afghanistan becoming as much a sore point among Germans, two thirdsof whom don’t believe Germany ought to be there in therst place, as last Friday’s botched attack. With anti-war sentiments mounting and a national elec
tion looming, it’s not difcult to see why al Qaeda might
consider the next few weeks an opportune time to strike
Germany.It’s a possibility not lost on German ofcials. “We allhave Madrid at the back of our minds,” stated August Han
ning, the assistant to German Interior Minister WolfgangSchuble. Last month, Schuble himself warned that “Ger
many is in the crosshairs of international terrorism.” “Ger
man security authorities, especially the Interior Ministry,”noted Spiegel Online, “
have rarely spoken as often and openly about a supposedly imminent attack as they havethis summer 
.” Campaigning on domestic security might not win an election during a global nancial crisis, continued
but a “
bomb exploding in Germany could quicklyspell an election loss.” 
In his latest
 Key of David 
television program, recorded
i gy’ 9/11 i?
 germany p 10brad macdonaldcolumnisT
The TrumPeT weekly
September 5, 2009
Middle east
most notorious proliferator of nuclear weapons tech-nology 
has admitted that he, together with top Pakistani ofcials,assisted Iran in its efforts to develop nuclear weapons. In an
 view broadcast on Pakistani television August 31, the father of Paki
stan’s nuclear program, Abdul Qadeer Khan, described how he and otherPakistani military ofcials facilitated deals between Iran and Pakistan’sown suppliers of nuclear weapons materials and equipment. Khan toldthe interviewer that if Iran succeeds in “acquiring nuclear technology, we will be a strong bloc in the region to counter international pressure.Iran’s nuclear capability will neutralize Israel’s power.President Obama’s commander in
, Gen. Stanley A.McChrystal, submitted his classied assessment of the war strategy tothe Pentagon on August 31. His report apparently describes the deterio
rating situation in Afghanistan as “serious,” but stops short of request
ing additional troops. Data released Thursday by a policy think tank, theInternational Council on Security and Development (
), shows thatthe Taliban
has a signicant presence in almost every corner of Afghani
stan. The
’s security map shows a deepening security crisis with sub
stantial Taliban activity in at least 97 percent of the country and heavy Taliban activity across 80 percent. This compares to
data from latelast year that showed a permanent Taliban presence in 72 percent of the
country. The biggest difference in the latest security assessment com
pared to last year’s was a heavy increase of Taliban activity in areas of the north that were previously considered relatively safe.Iran and Venezuela signed three energy agreements on Sunday dur
ing a visit by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez to the Islamic Repub
lic, the seventh ofcial visit for Chávez. Two of the accords stipulatedthat Venezuela and Iran will each invest $760 million in the other’senergy sector. The third deal is an Iranian attempt to mitigate the risk of new sanctions from the West. U.S. lawmakers are expected to votenext month on sanctions targeting Iran’s rened petroleum imports.Under the terms of the deal, Tehran will import 20,000 barrels of gasoline from Venezuela each day, worth $800 million, beginning inOctober. The strengthening relationship between Iran and Venezuela is being constructed on a staunch anti-American footing. Expect the twocountries to exploit future opportunities to counter U.S. interests in both the Middle East and South America.Hezbollah
has been stockpiling chemical weapons in southern
Lebanon according to Kutawaiti newspaper
The report,
How eU p Wdoy loo
are us-ing the global economic crisis
as a pretext for advancing along-term pet project: strip
ping the once-great Britain of its national sovereignty.
 An independent think 
tank that advises the Ger
man government predictsthat Britain is nished. In an August report,
it explained why the island nation is about tolose what little remains of its global political
signicance. Embedded within the report wasa startling admission.Britain’s strong military always assuredthe nation “its seat among the great pow 
ers,” the paper said. No longer. In Iraq and
 Afghanistan, its armed forces are stretched
to the breaking point. Britain will soon have
to abandon one of its premier armament
projects, which will “lead to the loss of wholeindustrial sectors,” striking a fatal woundto the already crippled British economy. Additional pain is coming, as the UK’s taxrevenues are projected to plummet 14 per
cent next year.On top of all that, European leaders areabout to deal the death blow to London’sstatus as a global nancial capital. How? Thepaper says, “European Commission plans to
apply stricter rules
for monitoring nancial
markets could also lead to a
 With Britain already drowning from thenancial collapse, Europe is preparing to
it underwater with oppressive regulations. We have already reported on the regi
men it is about to dictate. In June, Europeanleaders—an unenthusiastic Gordon Brownincluded—agreed to a massive regulatory superstructure, including three new pan-Eu
ropean watchdog organizations. The AdamSmith Institute rightly says that “the propos
als seem opportunistic, using the nancialcrisis to provide an opening for
long-held  political objectives.” 
 As Europe eliminates London’s global in
uence, watch for it to implement strategiesto shift that business to the mainland. Bibli
cal prophecy directs us to watch for Europeto become the world’s nancial capital, if only  briey, in this end time.Europe simply doesn’t have Britain’sinterests at heart, and never has. From itsinception 36 years ago, this alliance has been a disaster for Britain. Once history’sgreatest empire, the UK has surrendered itssovereignty piece by precious piece. Europehas swallowed it in a single generation.
 joel hilliker| columnisTPt  tt a Q k  t t t t      i.
The TrumPeT weekly
September 5, 2009
published September 3, cites European intelligence sources working with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (
who claimed
that Iran has own chemical and biological warfare equipment toLebanon via Syria. The
report claimed that the ammu-
nition dump that exploded near Hirbat Salim in Lebanon on July 14contained chemical weapons. Hezbollah refused to allow the Lebanese
 Army or
near the site for 24 hours while they covered their tracks.The report also said that investigators still found traces of chemical weapons in the area. If this report is true, then a new and deadlier typeof terrorism could soon emerge.
jerusalem PosT| spt 7
“p ix”: iF sf
recent streak of violent incidents throughout the country,Jewish Israelis’ sense of security is on the rise. The August 2009“War and Peace Index” of the Evans Program for Conict Resolu
tion Research of Tel Aviv University shows that the Israeli Jewish public’ssense of security, on both personal and national levels, is increasing. …Forty-nine percent of those surveyed dene their personal security level as high or very high, 29 percent as medium, and only 19 percent aslow—compared to April 2007, when 42.5 percent described their levelas high, 32 percent as medium and 24 percent as low.In terms of national security, 38 percent of those surveyed felt thelevel is high, 37 percent said medium, and 22 percent said low. In 2007,the respective rates were 24.5percent, 36 percent and 39 per
cent. … The survey also showsthat those who dene them
selves as “left” feel less worried
about the national security situation than those describing
themselves as “center” or “right.” …
The same correlation between political leanings and sense of secu-
rity extends to the question of whether or not interviewees feared alarge-scale attack against Israel by one or more Arab states. … However,overall, a plurality of those surveyed—48 percent—see a low or very low chance of such an attack in the next ve years. …
bloomberg| spt 9
i ao Wok n Bob cby,U.s. sy
 work is approaching a “dangerous and destabilizing”point at which the Persian Gulf country could build a bomb, the U.S.envoy to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency said.“Iran is now either very near or in possession already of sufcient
low-enriched uranium to produce one nuclear weapon, if the decision
 were made to further enrich it to weapons grade,” Ambassador GlynDavies said today in a statement prepared for the
’s 35-member
HondurasSupreme Court booted itsthug-in-chief from ofce inJune, after he illegally at
tempted to trample all overthe nation’s constitution,President Obama immedi
-ately rose in defense of the
 would-be dictator. He calledupon all political actors in Honduras to“respect democratic norms” and to upholdthe “rule of law. Yet, it was former President ManualZelaya’s utter contempt for democracy and
the rule of law that landed him in exile in the
rst place. In March, Zelaya issued a presi
dential order setting a June 28 deadline fora national referendum on rewriting the Hon
duran Constitution. The move set the stage
for a showdown between the power-hungry 
Zelaya and the defenders of democracy andthe Honduran Constitution, which included
the congressional body, the attorney general,
the Supreme Court, the nation’s military anda majority of its populace.Egged on by his anti-American allies likeHugo Chavez, Zelaya moved ahead with thereferendum, even daring his own people tostop him. On June 28, Honduran soldiers,acting on orders from the Supreme Court, ar
rested Zelaya and exiled him to Costa Rica.President Obama’s initial response to theaction taken against Zelaya was to incorrect
ly identify it as a coup d’etat. Today, though it
has backed away from calling the impeach-ment a coup, the Obama administration
still views the crisis through an invertedmoral compass. Worse still, Washingtonnow appears to be doing Zelaya’s bidding inHonduras.Last week, after meeting with Zelaya in Washington, Secretary of State Clinton an
nounced that all U.S. aid to the Hondurangovernment would be permanently cut off as a result of its refusal to reinstall ManuelZelaya as president. Added to the cripplingsanctions the State Department now saysthe U.S. will not recognize the results of theNovember free elections in Honduras!
This goes beyond madness, as Ralph
Peters wrote earlier this week. We havea government in Washington that has it
completely backward when it comes to
 American friends and foes. While punish
-ing those who are struggling to upholdfreedom, democracy and the rule of law, we
are actively aiding and abetting the cause
of murderous thugs who hate what America
stands for and wish to destroy us.
 sTePhen flurry| columnisT
“f  t  , P t; t  tt tp t,  t p   t;  t  t p.”
—1 telnin 5:3

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