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A digest of significant world news from the Philadelphia Trumpet staff  •  for the week of Nov. 22-28, 2009

The Source of American Greatness

f all the treats Americans could This “birthright promise” is a key theme in our book
set their eyes on today, Abraham The United States and Britain in Prophecy, written by the
Lincoln’s Thanksgiving procla- late Herbert W. Armstrong. We are first introduced to this
mation ranks among the most thought- promise in Genesis 12:1-3: “Now the Lord had said unto
provoking and beautiful. Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred,
“The year that is drawing towards its and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show
close, has been filled with the blessings you. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless
of fruitful fields and healthful skies,” thee, and make they name great; and thou shalt be a bless-
proclaimed Lincoln. “To these boun- ing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him
brad macdonald ties, which are so constantly enjoyed that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth
columnist that we are prone to forget the source be blessed.”
from which they come, … the ever watchful providence of In The United States and Britain in Prophecy, Mr.
Almighty God.” Armstrong explained that this promise comes in two stages,
What a sublime example of humility and hope. Lincoln “one purely material and national; the other spiritual and
was at the helm of a nation embroiled in a civil war. It was a individual.” While the spiritual phase of this promise—the
time of discouragement and despair. America’s future hung promise of grace through Christ—is given lots of attention,
in the balance. Yet humble Lincoln encouraged his people Mr. Armstrong explained that the “birthright promise,”
to count their blessings, and to not forget the “source from that “most amazing national and material promise to Abra-
which they come.” ham,” has been “almost entirely overlooked.”
Lincoln knew that despite the war, America was on the When Abraham Lincoln discussed the hand of the “Most
road to becoming a great nation. “Needful diversions of High God” in American history, he was, in essence, talking
wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry about this birthright promise! In fact, this promise is key
to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the to understanding world history, and especially the his-
shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our tory of the United States. “These are not casual, incidental,
settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of unimportant promises,” wrote Mr. Armstrong, referring to
the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly the birthright promise. “These are basic—the foundation
than heretofore,” he stated. America was growing, expand- for the establishment of the greatest world powers ….”
ing, pushing into new frontiers, producing bountiful crops, God reveals further details about the birthright promise
marching toward greatness—even as civil war raged. in Genesis 17. “And when Abram was ninety years old and
And Lincoln understood why: “No human counsel hath nine, the Eternal appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I
devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will
who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nev- multiply thee exceedingly. ... Neither shall thy name any
ertheless remembered mercy.” more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for
America’s 16th president saw God’s role in the “great a father of many nations have I made thee” (Genesis 17:1-5).
things” unfolding within his nation. He considered Amer- Before Abraham died, the birthright promises were
ica’s growing physical and material wealth “gracious gifts conferred to his son Isaac (Genesis 26:3-5), who, before
from the Most High God.” And he intended Thanksgiving he died, conferred them upon his son Jacob (Genesis
to be a yearly reminder of the role the “Most High God” 27:26-29; 35:10-12). In due time, Jacob passed the same
played in shaping American history! promises down to his grandsons Ephraim and Manasseh
Abraham Lincoln was an avid student of the Bible. Al- (Genesis 48), two of the 12 tribes of Israel. The reason God
though we don’t know how familiar he was with the book rescued the Israelites from Egypt and took them to the
of Genesis and the details of the birthright promise God Promised Land was that He wanted to fulfill His promise of
made to Abraham, it’s clear that Lincoln wholeheartedly national and material greatness to Abraham.
believed America was a divine product of God’s creation. Mr. Armstrong identified Leviticus 26 as the “very
He was right! see source page 10
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Middle East None Calls for

ran’s army and Revolutionary Guard Corps began a five-day, large-
scale air-defense drill on Sunday. The previous day, Mojtaba Zol-
nour, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative in A merica’s war against Is-
the Revolutionary Guard, told state news agency irna that any attempt lamist extremists has been
by Israel to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities would be met with a military downgraded to an “overseas
response. “If the enemy tries its luck and fires a missile into Iran, our contingency operation.” Ter-
ballistic missiles would zero in on Tel Aviv before the dust settles on the rorists are no longer enemy
attack,” he said. Despite its defiance and rhetoric, however, Iran does combatants; they are merely
have deficiencies in its air-defense capabilities, reports Stratfor. “In the criminals. Attorney General
end, it is Iran’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz and make American Eric Holder has decided
efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan far more difficult that deters attack, not that the “holy warriors” who
Iran’s air-defense capabilities” (November 23). carried out 9/11, including Khalid Sheikh
Fox News reports that three of the Navy seals who in September Mohammed, will be tried in a New York ci-
captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq—the alleged mas- vilian court. This gives these terrorists even
termind behind the murder and mutilation of four Blackwood security more rights than uniformed enemy soldiers
contractors in 2004—now face criminal charges. “[I]nstead of being who abide by the laws of war: It awards
lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the seal com- them the same constitutional protections
mandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers” that U.S. citizens have.
(November 24). Ahmed Hashim Abed accused his captors of punch- The implications of this decision are
ing him, resulting in a bloody lip. The abuse complaint was apparently huge, and all detrimental to the United
made to Iraqi authorities after the detainee was handed over to them States. Among its significant problems: that
following his capture. Abed was returned to American custody, and the process of discovery will jeopardize
an investigation was carried out. The court martial of the three seals government intelligence secrets; that it
is scheduled for January. This incident further highlights how the U.S. destroys the incentive for soldiers to behave
military is hamstringing itself through its “just war” policy and surren- according to the laws of war; that it tells
der to “lawfare.” terrorists that they’ll receive more legal
Israel tv reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is rights by attacking American citizens rather
proposing a 10-month freeze on construction in Jewish settlements in than soldiers; that it will turn into a jihadist
the West Bank. The report said the proposal did not include any freeze propaganda circus. Whatever the outcome,
on Jewish construction in East Jerusalem. Jerusalem will remain the this will batter America’s image abroad: If
primary sticking point between Palestinians and Jews. the suspects are convicted, the U.S. will be
accused of dispensing sham justice; if they
are acquitted over some legal technicality
and not released back into the public, that
FrontPage Magazine, November 20 would invite fresh hatred and vitriol from
America’s enemies.

Obama to Israelis: While it is impossible to find a sound

legal reason for the Obama administration’s

Jerusalem Is a
decision, it is easy to see its probable politi-
cal motives for doing so: This will open

Bush-era officials to scrutiny and possible
legal action. It appears this administration
is prioritizing the scoring of political points

sked by Fox News in China what he thought of Israel’s plans to above both the nation’s war-making capa-
build 900 housing units in the Gilo neighborhood in southeast- bilities and its people’s safety.
ern Jerusalem, President Obama responded: “… I think that “None calleth for justice, nor any plead-
additional settlement building does not contribute to Israel’s security. I eth for truth; they trust in vanity, and speak
think it makes it harder for them to make peace with their neighbors. I lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth
think it embitters the Palestinians in a way that could end up being very iniquity” (Isaiah 59:4). Even thinking of
dangerous.” a team of American lawyers putting their
To most Israeli ears the statement is discordant. The avowal of com- intellectual talents toward trying to secure
mitment to Israel’s security doesn’t jibe with describing building in Gilo an acquittal for these terrorists makes the
as “dangerously embittering” the Palestinians. Gilo, now a neighbor- heart sick and the blood boil. “The way of
hood of 40,000, was annexed by Israel in the aftermath of the 1967 war peace they know not; and there is no judg-
as part of the reunification of Jerusalem. Gilo is a fact; ordinary Israelis ment in their goings: they have made them
live in it, and calling them settlers would be laughable. crooked paths …” (verse 8). While those
Not that Obama was breaking new ground in calling a Jewish Jeru- behind this decision stump for peace, their
salem neighborhood a settlement. … Nor was Obama, of course, alone actions invite ruin. Their sense of justice
in his statement; he was leading the international charge. … is twisted. Their judgment is absent. They
Just as the official international reaction was unanimous in opposing simply have no idea of the way of peace.
The trumpet weekly  November 28, 2009  •  3 world tribune | november 23
the building, the internal Israeli reaction was unanimous in support-
ing it—and included leading figures from both the government and the
opposition. …
Jihad Infiltration
Nir Barkat, mayor of Jerusalem, was the least restrained, stating:
“Israeli law does not discriminate between Jews and Arabs and between
Not Factor in
east and west [Jerusalem]. The demand to specifically halt construction
for Jews is not legal in the U.S. or in any other enlightened country in
Army’s Screening
the world …. I cannot imagine the American administration demanding A former senior army official told Congress
a halt to construction in the U.S. based upon race, religion or sex, and that the military service drafted guidelines
the attempt to demand this of Jerusalem constitutes a double standard on a range of scenarios, including rac-
and is unacceptable. The Jerusalem Municipality will continue to en- ism. But the army, despite the recruitment
able construction in all parts of the city to both Arabs and Jews, with of thousands of Muslims, many of them
one law for all.” … converts, failed to examine prospects of
In a better world, the Israeli reaction would lead the administration infiltration by Al Qaida and other Islamists.
to ask: Is pushing Jews out of Jerusalem really an American interest, “Clearly we don’t have specific guidelines
and is it consistent with American values? For how long do the Pales- in dealing with jihadist extremists,” [Ret.]
tinians—who have flatly rejected every peace offer since 1937 and have Gen. John Keane, former army vice chief
refused even to negotiate of staff, told the Senate Homeland Security
with Israel since Obama has Committee.
“In other words, the current dispute over
been in office—deserve such In testimony on November 19, Keane ac-
East Jerusalem is a strong sign that the Day
consideration? Is the pres- knowledged that the army refused to draft
of the Lord is almost here! … But here is the
sure by the larger Muslim guidelines on how to deal with Islamist re-
greatest ‘scoop’ of all, and the news media
world to downgrade the Jew- cruits who preached war against the West.
totally ignore it! The peace talks will lead
ish connection to Jerusalem He said this failure, fostered by the fear of
directly to the fall of East Jerusalem.”
something the United States political and legal repercussions, enabled
—Gerald Flurry, Jerusalem in Prophecy
should submit to? a Muslim officer to plan an attack in Fort
Hood, Texas, the largest army base in the
world, in which 13 people were killed.
“There is no doubt in my mind that was
operating here,” Keane, who retired in

Europe 2003, said.

Hours after Keane’s testimony, the

ermany ’s finance minister says the United States is contribut- Defense Department said it would launch
ing to another possible round of global instability by setting low an investigation into Al Qaida influence in
interest rates. Speaking at a banking conference in Frankfurt the military. Officials acknowledged that
November 20, Wolfgang Schäuble echoed concerns of China’s bank- the military had failed to track Islamist
ing regulator Liu Mingkang, who a week previously warned that low recruitment or even determine the number
U.S. interest rates of Muslims in the armed forces. …
were fueling another The Senate committee was told by for-
round of asset price mer military commanders and officials of a
bubbles. By accusing reluctance to investigate the alleged shooter
America of irrespon- at Fort Hood, Maj. Nidal Hassan. They said
sibility, Schäuble was without clear military policy any investiga-
really saying that tion of Hassan or other Al Qaida supporters
the U.S., if left un- in the military could have been regarded
checked, will cause as discrimination of Muslims. … President
yet another financial Barack Obama has warned against identify-
crisis. Schäuble is ing Hassan as an Islamist. …
actively and systemati- At the hearing, Hassan was said to have
cally building the case given a presentation at Walter Reed Hospi-
for stronger global tal on Islam. He was quoted as saying that
financial regulation German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble the Koran demanded the establishment of
out of Europe—a trend accused the U.S. of acting financially irresponsible Islamic rule by force.
that is already well Later, the fbi was reported to have found
by setting low interest rates.
underway with the evidence that Hassan was in contact with
European-controlled Financial Stability Board poised to become the an Al Qaida-aligned cleric in Yemen to
world’s most powerful financial regulator. Watch for Europe to become finance attacks against the United States. …
the center of economic activity as America is sidelined by accusations of “There are some who are reluctant to
incompetence and blamed for the world’s financial woes. call it terrorism, but there is significant
Germany has a “special responsibility” toward Israel, said German evidence that is,” Senate Armed Services
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle as he visited Jerusalem on Monday. Committee chairman Sen. Carl Levin said.
Next week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with “I’m not at all uneasy saying it sure looks
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and German and Israeli ministers like that.”

getty images
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What’s Germany
will hold a joint cabinet meeting. Stratfor reports that this is “part of
a larger diplomatic offensive by Israel to muster support for a firm

Up to Now?
response to Iran’s nuclear activities” (November 24). Israel can see that
the U.S. won’t help it, so it is looking to Germany. Watch for this trend,
specifically prophesied in the Bible, to intensify.
Some ask, why have Ger-
many and France forced
the appointment of two
ISRIA, November 24 apparent unknowns to the
two most senior positions

Germany—First Official in the European Union hi-

erarchy as created by the

Visit to the Holy Land Lisbon Treaty/European

The reason links back to the unfolding

ederal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is now in the Middle process of German hegemony, initiated in its
East. With Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he held latest postwar effort, under the auspices of
his first political talks in Jerusalem. Before leaving he had em- the European Union.
phasized the “special responsibility” Germany bears towards Israel as The global economic catastrophe has
well as its backing for all efforts to breathe new life into the Middle East presented to German elites the very crisis that
peace process. creates the opportunity to seize control of the
Westerwelle expressed his support for a “just two-state solution,” global financial system. To obtain that level of
noting that Israel had a right to secure borders and the Palestinians a control, Germany simply needs direct control
right to their own state. Germany is committed to the so-called Road of the globe’s central bankers.
Map, which envisages inter alia an Israeli freeze on all settlement “[H]eavyweight Germany has aroused sus-
activities. According to Westerwelle, “that is not only the German picions that it wants another job—president
government’s view, that is also the view of the whole international com- of the European Central Bank. … [O]bservers
munity.” … believe Germany could be saving itself to push
The main focus of the talks was the Middle East peace process, how for the top job at the ecb—arguably the most
to manage the economic and financial crisis and Iran’s nuclear program. influential EU post, as the president governs
Westerwelle made clear he was opposed to Iran acquiring nuclear monetary policy for all the countries that
weapons. Such a prospect was totally unacceptable to the international share the euro” (, November 20;
community, he noted. emphasis mine).
The first day of Westerwelle’s program in Israel also included a visit The power of the ecb president extends
to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust commemoration site. Together with far beyond the EU. Of the richest and most
Charlotte Knobloch, the president of the Central Council of Jews in influential nations—the G-20 which coordi-
Germany, the federal foreign minister was taken on a guided tour of the nate the global economy—the majority are
Holocaust History Museum on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusa- EU member nations. With the G-20 member
lem. … nations having a single vote each on mat-
In the Hall of Remembrance, the focal point of commemoration ters of global economic and financial policy,
at Yad Vashem, Westerwelle laid a wreath and rekindled the Eternal which the G-20 oversees, the majority vote
Flame dedicated to the memory of the Shoah’s victims. The floor of will always rest with the EU. That’s how the
the hall is engraved with the names of 22 of the largest concentration world signed up to the future regulation of the
camps. Before the Eternal Flame stands a stone crypt containing the global economy by the EU Financial Stability
ashes of concentration camp victims. Board (fsb). It was won by the EU majority
After a minute’s silence, Westerwelle visited the Children’s Memo- vote, hands down.
rial. In the Yad Vashem visitors book, he wrote, “We will not forget. Our Within the G-20, it’s the powerful central
responsibility remains—our friendship grows.” … bankers who control the purse strings of the
In 2008 the State of Israel celebrated the 60th anniversary of its world. Hence Germany’s desire to seize the
founding. In this connection Germany and Israel on March 17, 2008, top job of the most powerful and influential of
held in Jerusalem their first intergovernmental consultations. For all central banks, the European Central Bank.
Germany these were the first-ever consultations to be held with a But Berlin will not be alone in competing
non-European country. Federal Chancellor Merkel and the then Israeli for the ecb president’s job. The other strong
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert contender is—guess who? Rome!
“Here is why that is so dangerous. In many decided to expand relations Whether Berlin or Rome is successful in
end-time prophecies, God discusses Israel’s between their countries seizing what has become the most prominent
Assyrian ‘lovers,’ and how Israel will be and intensify cooperation central banking post on the planet doesn’t
the victim of a treacherous double-cross. particularly in the economic matter in the whole equation of unfolding
… Israel will foolishly put its trust in the sphere as well as on research events involving centralized control over the
Germans, instead of in God!” and innovation. They also global economy. Either way, one powerful
—Gerald Flurry, agreed to promote interso- entity wins: the rapidly emerging seventh and
Nahum—An End-Time Prophecy for Germany cietal contacts and youth final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire
exchanges. of the German Nation!
daily mail,
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Telegraph, November 22
A Cowardly Navy
Herman Van Rompuy: and Britain’s
Europe’s First President Humiliation
to Push for “Euro Tax” On Feb. 16, 1940, the destroyer Cossack, act-
ing on Churchill’s personal orders, steamed

ithin days of taking office in January, the former Belgian prime headlong into neutral Norwegian territo-
minister will put his weight behind controversial proposals al- rial waters in defiance of international law,
ready floated by the Commission’s head, José Manuel Barroso, boarded the German freighter Altmark and
for a new “Euro tax.” freed 299 captive British merchant sea-
He will add credence to Mr. Barroso’s plans, to be formally tabled in men. … The episode passed into folklore,
the New Year, by arguing for a Euro-version of a “Tobin Tax”—a levy on exemplifying the Royal Navy’s centuries-old
financial transactions already floated by Gordon Brown as a solution to tradition of triumphant boldness.
the international banking crisis. It would result in a stream of income On Oct. 28, 2009, the armed Royal
direct to Brussels coffers, funding budgets that critics say are already Fleet Auxiliary tanker Wave Knight met
rife with waste and overspending. Somali pirates transferring the British
Mr. Van Rompuy, 62, who was appointed to the newly created couple Paul and Rachel Chandler from their
£320,000-a-year post at last week’s special EU summit, set out his yacht Lynn Rival to a hijacked Singaporean
stall on direct Euro-taxes during a private speech at a recent meeting container vessel. When warning shots from
of the Bilderberg group of top politicians, bankers and businessmen. Wave Knight failed to deter the pirates, its
The group officially meets in secret, but when selected details of his 100-strong crew stood by and did … abso-
remarks leaked out, his office was forced to issue a public statement on lutely nothing.
his behalf. We know of this sorry incident only be-
“The financing of the welfare state, irrespective of the social reform cause a British sailor leaked the truth. The
we implement, will require new resources,” he said. “The possibility of Ministry of Defense’s original statement
financial levies at European level needs to be seriously reviewed.” … declared, evasively and deceitfully, that
A new Euro tax could appear on all shopping and petrol station Wave Knight had encountered the yacht un-
receipts, showing the amount of vat or fuel duty creamed off directly to manned. Nothing was said about the British
Brussels. … ship witnessing the hostages’ removal.
Mr. Van Rompuy has not set out in detail exactly which tax-raising Adm. Sir Mark Stanhope, the first sea
mechanisms he favors most, lord, has since asserted apologetically [that
“Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of but after the Bilderberg the] Wave Knight and its crew “did the best
taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within meeting his spokesman said they could.” Yet it is a reliable principle that
few days he shall be destroyed, neither in he would look favorably on when officials lie about the course of events,
anger, nor in battle. And in his estate shall either green taxes or a ver- as at first they did in this case, there is
stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not sion of the Tobin Tax, origi- something to be ashamed of.
give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall nally proposed in 1972 by The outcome is that the British couple to-
come in peacably, and obtain the kingdom by the U.S. economist James day languish at a pirate lair ashore, where a
flatteries.” Tobin as a tax on currency £4 million ransom is demanded for their re-
—Daniel 11:20-21 speculation. … lease. It seems a long, sorry voyage from the
glories of the Cossack’s Norwegian adven-
ture to humiliation in the Indian Ocean. …
What is the purpose of the Royal Navy’s
Sunday Times, November 22 presence in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea
if it shows itself toothless?

Catholic Bishops Prepare For centuries, the civilized world’s navies

kept the high seas safe. From the North

Path for Anglican Exodus

African coast to the Malacca Straits, any
pirate craft which encountered the British
or U.S. Navy knew it would be sunk out of

he Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has taken the
first steps towards receiving Anglican converts en masse. Arch- Today, instead, lawyers reign supreme ….
bishop Vincent Nichols, its leader, has appointed a panel of bish- No warship’s captain feels able to take ac-
ops to plan the recruitment of entire Church of England parishes. tion that might breach the rights of others,
The move, effectively to “poach” Anglican congregations disen- even when those others are murderous
chanted with their church’s liberal drift, came as Rowan Williams, the Somalis. …
archbishop of Canterbury, held a meeting with Pope Benedict xvi in the If the Royal Navy cannot act more ef-
Vatican. Speaking after their meeting, Williams denied that the pope’s fectively to defend British interests and
offer to allow members of the Church of England to convert while pre- citizens on the high seas, then it becomes
serving many of their traditions was “a kind of dawn raid on the Angli- hard to see what it exists for.
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EU Champions
can communion.” He added: “I don’t think it’s a question of the Catholic
Church trying to attract by advertising and special offers.” …

Global Management
The Catholic committee targeting Anglican converts will look at
ways of overcoming obstacles to receiving entire parishes. A key prob-
lem is property. Many of the congregations wanting to defect to Rome
are attached to beautiful church buildings. … The committee of Catholic In accepting his appointment to be the
bishops will scrutinize the possibility of church sharing, the use of tem- first permanent president of the European
porary buildings for convert vicars and their congregations. Council in the European Union, Herman
The panel will also look at the possibility of taking out long-term Van Rompuy affirmed his belief that the
leases of Anglican churches, giving the Catholics responsibility for new world order would be dominated by
repairs and maintenance for up to 100 years. … international organizations that would
The archbishop of Canterbury and the pope talked alone for 20 seek to destroy the last vestiges of nation-
minutes—a relatively short time by Benedict’s standards. … The pope states on the face of the globe, Jerome
will visit Britain for the first Corsi’s Red Alert reports.
time next year when he will In the following speech captured by
“The pope will step in as the supreme bbc … Van Rompuy proclaimed, “2009 is
unifying authority—the only one that beatify Cardinal John Henry
Newman, the 19th-century the first year of global governance with the
can finally unite the differing nations of establishment of the G-20 in the middle
Europe. … Europe will go Roman Catholic! Anglican convert to Rome. In
an unprecedented move, he of the financial crisis.” He continued, “The
Protestantism will be absorbed into the climate conference in Copenhagen is an-
‘mother’ church—and totally abolished.” may hold the ceremony in
Westminster cathedral or even other step toward the global management
—Plain Truth, October 1961 of our planet.” …
Wembley stadium.
Mario Borghezio, a member of Italy’s
Lega Nord who is also a member of the
European Parliament, pointed out in a
Agence France-Presse, November 19 speech to the European Parliament that
Van Rompuy is a frequent attendee at Bil-

China Ramps Up derberg Group and Trilateral Commission


Espionage Against U.S.

Borghezio asked how it is possible that
no one has mentioned Van Rompuy is a
candidate of these “occult groups” who

U.S. government report warned Thursday that China is sharply “meet behind closed doors to decide mat-
stepping up espionage against the United States as the rising ters over the heads of the people.”
Asian power invests in cyberwarfare and grows more sophisti- Van Rompuy is known in Europe for his
cated in recruiting spies. “China is changing the way that espionage is proposals that in the EU, national symbols
being done,” said Carolyn Bartholomew, the chair of the U.S.-China need to be replaced by European symbols,
Economic and Security Review Commission. such that the national flags of the EU
In its wide-ranging annual report to Congress, the commission member nations would disappear in favor
reported a steep rise in the disruption and infiltration of websites of the of the EU flag, and the same would happen
U.S. government and perceived Beijing rivals …. with license plates, identity cards and even
Col. Gary McAlum, a senior military officer, told the commission the sporting events …. “Even the selection of
U.S. Defense Department detected 54,640 malicious cyber incidents to the largely unknown Van Rompuy to be
its systems in 2008, a 20 percent rise from a year earlier. The figure is the first EU Council president and the se-
on track to jump another 60 percent this year. lection of the equally unknown Lady Cath-
While the attacks came from around the world, the commission said erine Ashton, an EU trade commissioner,
China was the largest culprit. Some Chinese “patriotic hackers” may to be EU foreign policy head, smacked of
not receive official support, but the report said the government likely back-room deals made by global elitists
planned to deploy them in a conflict to disrupt a foreign adversary’s seeking to fill the new posts created by the
computers. Lisbon Treaty with EU global elitists like
The bipartisan commission found that China was the most aggres- themselves,” Corsi wrote.
sive nation in spying on the United States and was trying to recruit He said neither Van Rompuy nor Ashton
more American spies. was elected, noting that Lady Ashton has
While China historically tried to tap Chinese Americans … it was now never held an elected position in her life.
turning to the Soviet model of seeking to bribe informants with cash Corsi wrote, “Following Van Rompuy’s
and gifts, the report said. comments, there should be no doubt that
It said the Chinese were expanding “false flag” operations, in which the globalists have no intention of stop-
sources are deceived into thinking they are providing information ping or slowing down, as even the EU itself
elsewhere. is simply one small step of regionalism on
It pointed to the case of Tai Shen Kuo, a furniture salesman in New the new world order journey of interna-
Orleans arrested last year after persuading two retired U.S. military tional government in which nation-states
officials to give sensitive information by telling them it was headed to themselves become bygone entities of a
Taiwan, not mainland China. … once-treasured past.”
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Africa/South America Australia: Bushfires

Wreaking Havoc,
irates captured an oil tanker off the coast of Benin on Monday.
The attack was probably carried out by Nigerian militants in an
attempt to raise money for the upcoming Nigerian election. The Again
International Maritime Bureau says pirate attacks in West African
waters are increasing, with around 100 incidents recorded last year. Thousands of homes are threatened by
Such attacks show that Britain and America no longer control the seas huge wildfires sweeping across eastern
as they once did. Australia. Record temperatures and
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad enjoyed a warm welcome persistent winds have combined to make
in Brazil on Monday. President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said the world this the worst bushfire threat in 100 years
needed to engage Iran and that Iran had the right to develop peaceful in New South Wales, just months after
nuclear power. The two nations were renewing “century-long ties,” said the country’s most devastating wildfire
da Silva. The two leaders met for three hours before announcing new disaster to date.
bilateral ties in technology, energy and agriculture. Brazil’s trade with The record heat has kindled fears of
Iran doubled between 2003 and 2007, to around $2 billion. Watch for a repeat of February’s cataclysmic fires
the Latin American nations to align themselves with America’s enemies. in Victoria that killed 173 people and
consumed more than 2,000 homes. The
conditions have prompted authorities to
issue the first “catastrophic” or “Code Red”
alert—a new level of warning introduced

Anglo-America since the deadly Black Saturday fires in

February—for parts of New South Wales

ne in six Americans is underemployed or jobless, Bureau of
and South Australia.
Labor statistics show. The broadest measure of unemployment, “The very hot temperatures we’ve seen
U-6, includes workers who are looking for jobs, are working across New South Wales right throughout
part-time as they try to find a full-time job, or have given up completely this last week are simply breaking hun-
and are living on the dole. The national figure rose from 8.4 percent in dred-year records,” said Rural Fire Service
November 2007 to 17.5 percent last month. It is the highest rate since Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. …
the federal government began recording U-6 in 1994. In Michigan, the Fire expert Kevin Tolhurst said, “What
rate was 21 percent. we saw on (Black Saturday) was an ex-
According to minutes released by the Federal Reserve on Tues- traordinary day from a weather point of
day, senior officials are worried about the job situation and about the view. We are starting to see those sort of
long-term effects of cheap interest rates. They are also worried about days more frequently.”
Congress. cnbc reported that Texas Rep. Ron Paul and other legislators The extraordinary weather conditions
are calling for a plan that requires the General Accounting Office to be- in Australia are not limited to those that
gin auditing the Fed’s decisions. Contrary to popular belief, the Federal foster fires. Earlier this month, authorities
Reserve is a private bank independent of the federal government. Fred- declared a natural disaster along parts
eric Mishkin, a former Fed official, said the idea was “really dangerous of Australia’s east coast as severe floods
stuff,” and a “serious attack.” Meanwhile, the rest of the crisis-fraught stranded almost 5,000 people. It was the
nation is caught between having private bankers make decisions that fifth major flooding incident to strike the
affect everyone, and having the government control yet another huge region this year.
chunk of society. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry
South Carolina legislators have begun hearings for the impeachment has often pointed to the imminent ful-
of Gov. Mark Sanford. Sanford disappeared for five days in June, telling fillment of the prophecies of the book of
staffers he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, when he actually flew out Amos. Back in 1996, he declared both the
of the country to meet an Argentine woman. Sanford failed to leave source of and the reason for this devasta-
anyone in charge of the state, and has also been charged with multiple tion: “The Prophet Amos prophesied about
misuses of funds. this problem in the end time …. ‘And also I
have withholden the rain from you, when
there were yet three months to the har-
vest: and I caused it to rain upon one city,
New York Times, November 23 and caused it not to rain upon another
city: one piece was rained upon, and the

Shortage Slows a Program piece whereupon it rained not withered’

(Amos 4:7). God says, ‘I caused it’! God is

to Detect Nuclear Bombs

the cause. We are being cursed by God!
Do we really understand what that means?
When we continue to have serious floods

heDepartment of Homeland Security has spent $230 million to and droughts at the same time, it is a
develop better technology for detecting smuggled nuclear bombs warning sign from God. And this is only
but has had to stop deploying the new machines because the the beginning” (April 1996).
daily news,
The trumpet weekly  November 28, 2009  •  8 nouriel roubini | November 15
United States has run out of a crucial raw material, experts say.
The ingredient is helium 3, an unusual form of the element that is The Worst Is
formed when tritium, an ingredient of hydrogen bombs, decays. But the
government mostly stopped making tritium in 1989. Yet to Come
“I have not heard any explanation of why this was not entirely fore-
seeable,” said Rep. Brad Miller, Democrat of North Carolina, who is the Think the worst is over? Wrong. Condi-
chairman of a House subcommittee that is investigating the problem. tions in the U.S. labor markets are awful
An official from the Homeland Security Department testified last and worsening. While the official unem-
week before Mr. Miller’s panel, the Investigations and Oversight Sub- ployment rate is already 10.2 percent and
committee of the House Science Committee, that demand for helium 3 another 200,000 jobs were lost in October,
appeared to be 10 times the supply. Some government agencies, Mr. when you include discouraged workers and
Miller said, did anticipate a crisis, but the Homeland Security Depart- partially employed workers the figure is a
ment appears not to have gotten the message. whopping 17.5 percent.
The department had planned a worldwide network using the new While losing 200,000 jobs per month is
detectors, which were supposed to detect plutonium or uranium in better than the 700,000 jobs lost in Janu-
shipping containers. The government wanted 1,300 to 1,400 machines, ary, current job losses still average more
which cost $800,000 each, for use in ports around the world to thwart than the per month rate of 150,000 during
terrorists who might try to deliver a nuclear bomb to a big city by stash- the last recession.
ing it in one of the millions of containers that enter the United States Also, remember: The last recession end-
every year. … ed in November 2001, but job losses contin-
Earlier this year, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, part of ued for more than a year and half until June
the Energy Department, said in a report, “No other currently available of 2003; ditto for the 1990-91 recession. So
detection technology offers the stability, sensitivity and gamma/neu- we can expect that job losses will continue
tron discrimination” of detectors using helium 3. until the end of 2010 at the earliest. In other
words, if you are unemployed and looking
for work and just waiting for the economy
to turn the corner, you had better hunker
Wall Street Journal, November 24 down. All the economic numbers suggest
this will take a while. …

Global Warming The long-term picture for workers and

families is even worse than current job loss

With the Lid Off numbers alone would suggest. Now as a way
of sharing the pain, many firms are telling
their workers to cut hours, take furloughs

he two MMs have been after the cru station data for years. If and accept lower wages. Specifically, that
they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in fall in hours worked is equivalent to another
the UK, I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone. … 3 million full-time jobs lost on top of the 7.5
We also have a data protection act, which I will hide behind.” million jobs formally lost.
So apparently wrote Phil Jones, director of the University of East This is very bad news, but we must face
Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (cru) and one of the world’s leading facts. Many of the lost jobs are gone forever,
climate scientists, in a 2005 e-mail to “Mike.” Judging by the e-mail including construction jobs, finance jobs
thread, this refers to Michael Mann, director of the Pennsylvania State and manufacturing jobs. Recent studies sug-
University’s Earth System Science Center. We found this nugget among gest that a quarter of U.S. jobs are fully out-
the more than 3,000 e-mails and documents released last week after sourceable over time to other countries. …
cru’s servers were hacked and messages among some of the world’s The weakness in labor markets and the
most influential climatologists were published on the Internet. sharp fall in labor income ensure a weak re-
The “two MMs” are almost certainly Stephen McIntyre and Ross covery of private consumption and an ane-
McKitrick, two Canadians who have devoted years to seeking the raw mic recovery of the economy, and increase
data and codes used in climate graphs and models, then fact-checking the risk of a double-dip recession.
the published conclusions—a painstaking task that strikes us as a pub- As a result of these terribly weak labor
lic and scientific service. Mr. Jones did not return requests for comment markets, we can expect weak recovery of
and the university said it could not confirm that all the e-mails were consumption and economic growth; larger
authentic, though it acknowledged its servers were hacked. budget deficits; greater delinquencies in
Yet even a partial review of the e-mails is highly illuminating. In residential and commercial real estate and
them, scientists appear to urge each other to present a “unified” view on greater fall in home and commercial real-
the theory of man-made climate change while discussing the impor- estate prices; greater losses for banks and
tance of the “common cause”; to advise each other on how to smooth financial institutions on residential and
over data so as not to compromise the favored hypothesis; to discuss commercial real-estate mortgages, and in
ways to keep opposing views out of leading journals; and to give tips on credit cards, auto loans and student loans
how to “hide the decline” of temperature in certain inconvenient data. … and thus a greater rate of failures of banks;
Yet all of these [e-mails] underscore what may be the most revealing and greater protectionist pressures.
truth: that these scientists feel the public doesn’t have a right to know The damage will be extensive and se-
the basis for their climate-change predictions, even as their govern- vere ….
online journal,
The trumpet weekly  November 28, 2009  •  9 peter morici | November 19

ments prepare staggeringly expensive legislation in response to them. …
However, we do now have hundreds of e-mails that give every ap-

Leadership Deficit
pearance of testifying to concerted and coordinated efforts by leading
climatologists to fit the data to their conclusions while attempting to
silence and discredit their critics. In the department of inconvenient
truths, this one surely deserves a closer look by the media, the U.S. The economic recovery is not creating jobs,
Congress and other investigative bodies. unemployment is rising, and the president
and Congress offer little more than nos-
trums and platitudes. …
The huge trade deficit and reckless bank-
Telegraph, November 20 ing practices caused the Great Recession
and still weigh down the economy.

First Marijuana Coffee Oil imports and cheap consumer goods

from China account for nearly the entire

Shop Opens in America trade gap.

Americans drive big cars with thirsty
engines. … Congressional conservatives

he first marijuana coffee shop in the U.S. has opened, posing an are unwilling to submit to genuine energy
early test of the Obama administration’s move to relax the policing conservation, and liberals believe develop-
of medical use of the drug. ing domestic fossil fuel is immoral.
The Cannabis Cafe in Portland, Oregon, is the first to give people China undervalues its currency to boost
who have been prescribed marijuana by a doctor a place to get hold of its U.S. sales, domestic employment and
the drug and smoke it, although they have to remain out of public view. growth. Its economic miracle is engineered
Patients who have been prescribed marijuana usually have to buy it by Beijing buying hundreds of billions of
from a licensed dispensary and then take it elsewhere. U.S. dollars, with freshly printed yuan, to
Eric Solomon, the owner of the cafe, said he is looking forward to keep its currency undervalued and Chinese
holding marijuana-themed weddings, film festivals and dances. “I still products inexpensive in U.S stores. … Presi-
run a coffee shop and events venue, just like I did before we converted it dent Obama, afraid China won’t buy U.S.
to the Cannabis Cafe, but now it will be cannabis-themed,” he said. debt, won’t challenge China on currency
Madeline Martinez, who runs norml, a group seeking legalization and trade. …
of the drug, said: “This club represents personal freedom, finally. Our The tarp was intended to … purchase
plans go beyond serving food and marijuana. We hope to have classes, bad loans and mortgages from banks and
seminars, even a cannabis community college, based here to help ultimately made a profit on properties it
people learn about growing and other uses for cannabis.” … acquired as the economy recovered. Wall
The creation of the cafe comes almost a month after the Obama Street bankers objected—they wanted to
administration told federal lawyers not to prosecute patients who use offload their problem loans but keep the
marijuana for medical reasons or dispensaries in states which have profits on properties down the road.
legalized them. … Presidents Bush and Obama gave in to
Wall Street, and abused the tarp to bail out
General Motors and Chrysler. The Federal
Reserve bailed out Wall Street banks with
Telegraph, November 23 trillions in cheap credit they used to make
trades, not new loans, to earn big profits to

Children Should Be cover losses on their failed mortgages. …

Americans spend too much on health

Allowed to Play in the Dirt care …. High administrative costs, drug

prices and malpractice insurance are the
principle villains. … Legislation offered by

cientists have discovered that bacteria on the surface of the skin Senate and House Democrats skirt mal-
play an important role in combating inflammation when we get practice and drug costs, and would spend
hurt. The bugs dampen down overactive immune responses, another $200 billion annually, funded by
which can lead to rashes or cause cuts and bruises to become swollen higher taxes and health insurance premi-
and painful. ums. Spending more is not the hallmark of
The findings support previous research which suggests that expo- a program that lowers costs.
sure to germs during early childhood can prime the immune system to Now the Democrats, fearful that unem-
prevent allergies. ployment, stagnant wages and their fiscal
Professor Gallo said: “These germs are actually good for us.” He said follies will result in big electoral losses
that his team identified for the first time ever a previously unknown in 2010 are cooking up another stimulus
mechanism by which a product of staphylococci prevents invflamma- package. They will call it by another name,
tion. … perhaps a “jobs initiative.” …
Parents Outloud, the pressure group, said the research provides All this is remindful of bread and circuses
scientific support for its campaign to prevent children being molly- in a declining Roman Empire. Those kept
coddled by health and safety regulations. Its spokeswoman, Margaret the crowds happy while the state was failing.
The trumpet weekly  November 28, 2009  •  10 robert morley | Columnist
Morrissey, said: “Parents have become so paranoid about their chil-
dren playing outside and getting dirty that today’s youngsters are not
enjoying a proper childhood. You cannot blame parents for this because
“Doing God’s Work”
they are constantly bombarded with advertising telling them they have Goldman Sachs apologized
to buy antibacterial products to keep their children clean and healthy. to America—sort of. Gold-
However, hopefully research like this will help parents realize that it’s man’s ceo admitted Wall
natural and healthy for children to get outdoors and get mucky and that Street had sinned. Now
it doesn’t do their health any harm.” … millions of unemployed
are paying the price. But
embedded within the halt-
ing apology—and obscured
source from page 1 by an enormous bribe—is
language that shows that nothing has re-
pivot of the Old Testament,” the “basic prophecy of the Old Testament.” ally changed.
Why? Because in Leviticus 26 God informed the Israelites—including There are “people who feel—and are
Ephraim and Manasseh, inheritors of the birthright promise—of the right—that there’s some meaningful
conditions for receiving their inheritance. Although God’s promise to things where we may have—not may have,
Abraham became unconditional after Abraham’s display of faith and certainly our industry is responsible for
obedience, God imposed conditions on the Israelites for them to inherit things. And we’re a leader in our industry,
the promise in their time. In this chapter God made it clear that if the and we participated in things that were
Israelites obeyed Him, particularly the Second and Fourth Command- clearly wrong, and we have reasons to
ments, He would lavish them, in their time, with the blessings of the regret and apologize for,” he said.
birthright promise (verses 1-14). So far so good. Goldman realizes that
But notice! If the Israelites refused to obey God, He would withhold it has erred. Now Wall Street can go about
the birthright promises from Ephraim and Manasseh for 2,520 years changing its ways. Right?
(verse 18). As Mr. Armstrong explained thoroughly in The United States Unfortunately, Blankfein’s public rela-
and Britain in Prophecy, that delay began in 721 b.c., when Israel, in- tions apology is undermined by comments
cluding Ephraim and Manasseh, was taken captive by the Assyrians. he made just days earlier to the Times.
Although God delayed fulfilling His promise to Abraham, He was People need to get over their anger at the
bound by His word to shower Abraham’s descendants, specifically big banks, he said.
Ephraim and Manasseh, with the birthright blessings. And He did— Goldman Sachs is part of a virtuous
right around the year 1800—2,520 years after Ephraim and Manasseh system that serves a greater good, he
had been taken into captivity. claimed. “We’re very important,” he told
America and the British Commonwealth are the modern-day descen- reporter John Arlidge. “We help com-
dants of Manasseh and Ephraim, respectively. If you’re familiar with panies to grow by helping them to raise
the history of these nations, you know that each began to emerge as [money]. Companies that grow create
a major global power beginning in the early 19th century. “We should wealth. This, in turn, allows people to
face the facts today,” wrote Mr. Armstrong in The United States and have jobs that create more growth and
Britain in Prophecy, “and know that we were given all this vast unprec- more wealth.” It is all part of a “virtuous
edented material wealth because God promised it, unconditionally, to cycle” in which Goldman serves a “social
A braham.” purpose.”
Abraham Lincoln, though he may not have recognized all this his- If you think about it, Goldman Sachs is
tory, knew that American greatness was an act of God. During an ad- really just “doing God’s work,” he said.
dress on March 30, 1863, during which he declared a day of prayer and This firm is often compared to a “rob-
fasting, he stated: “It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own ber baron” and an “opportunistic vulture,”
their dependence upon the overruling power of God … and to recognize but in reality, it is God’s agent on Earth! So
the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all says Goldman. When the Goldman book-
history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord …. ies take their cut—and judging from their
We have been the recipients of the choicest blessings of heaven. We record profits this past quarter it’s a big
have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We one­—they are really doing it for the good
have grown in number, wealth and power as no other nation ever has of the country.
grown: But we have forgotten God! We have forgotten the gracious The ironic thing is this: Goldman Sachs
Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and may actually be “doing God’s work”—just
strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of not the way that Blankfein thinks.
our hearts, that these blessings were produced by some superior wis- A common thread running through
dom and virtue of our own.” the Bible is that of blessings for obedience
Thanksgiving affords us the opportunity to walk in Lincoln’s foot- and curses for disobedience. God is clearly
steps, and to see that beneath American greatness lies God’s spectacu- sending the curses today. By facilitating
lar promise to Abraham! the crash of America’s economy, Goldman
To learn more, join 6 million others and request your copy of The Sachs and the other big banks are actually
United States and Britain in Prophecy. Of all the treats Americans serving to help arrest the nation’s attention.
could set their eyes on today, this work by Mr. Armstrong ranks among America needs to wake up. God’s work
the most thought-provoking and beautiful. is being done, but not by Goldman Sachs.