World events seem to press forward in a confusing whirl of exhilarating noise and babble, leaving the average onlooker confused as to its significance. In reality, these reports only haunt those viewing world events through the filters of post-WWII and Cold War assumptions, rather than the new global paradigm in play, which is global governance. Onlookers who understand this new dialectical process driving world politics view world events as making perfect sense, because the endgame goals are understood from the start. Moreover, Biblical prophecy gives us some clues as to how the endgame plays out, especially when it comes to Europe and Russia. It's always nice to know where you're going before you start, isn't it?
Tea for Three?
President Bush's recent excursion to Europe and Russia seems to fit the whirling pattern. On the surface, it's an effort to strengthen relations between two former adversaries, especially in the light of global terrorism. First, Presidents Bush and Putin signed a U.S.-Russian treaty to reduce nuclear weapons by two-thirds; next, Russia was granted a seat at the table with NATO, although not a member (yet); and, the EU recognized Russia as a market economy, a first step toward World Trade Organization (WTO) membership. With all the warm huggies going on, what's next, EU membership? Funny you should mention.
Welcome Comrade, uh, Mr. President
In a speech following the recent summit in Italy, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi declared that Russia should "gradually" become a member of the EU.1 Merging the economic and defense interests of individual countries has always been the first step toward greater political integration, and now Russia is on a fast track toward this alignment with the EU. In addition to NATO and economic recognition, Russia was also admitted to the little-known Group of Financial Intelligence Units Egmont, an international organization created to monitor financial intelligence - the bank accounts and financial transactions of suspected criminals.2 In reality, both Europe and Russia are operating on the same collective principle that drove the former Soviet Union (we'll cover this in depth in our article next month). Both are seeking union in a new "geopole." 3 Europe's vision of collective union is driven mainly by Germany and its partner, France, being trailed by a reluctant Great Britain, which senses something is not well. The rest of the European counties are along for the ride. Germany envisions a unified Europe reaching from the Atlantic and stopping at the Ural Mountains. Russia's vision extends the collective a bit further from the Atlantic to Vladivostok, dominated by the Russian model. 4 The question is, whose vision will win? Out of sight to much of the Western press, President Putin has been consolidating power, installing his cronies as heads of the various provinces and eliminating the opposition. His KGB days' penchant for political assassination seems to be continuing, but on a very quiet basis.5
NATO Nonsense or Newsense?
With the Cold War behind us, Russia, Europe and the U.S. are all now friends [cough] and thus NATO would no longer seem to have any purpose, since it was originally designed to defend the West against Soviet Russian aggression. So why is everyone rushing to join an obsolete organization, instead of having a memorial service for it? In light of Russia's new relationship with NATO, President Putin said, "As for NATO expansion, one can take another, entirely new look at this... if NATO takes on a different shade and is becoming a political organization... Of course we would reconsider our position with regard to such expansion if we were to feel involved in such processes."6
Clearly the new common enemy is terrorism - and it is real. But this enemy will prove difficult to identify and conquer because the enemy is vague, victory is uncertain and eradication may not be possible, short of a global police structure that monitors everything everyone does. But such a scenario is exactly what global planners have been seeking for some time. This constitutes a hallmark of the new paradigm: endless open-end processes, with no clear end goals in sight and no method of determining success or failure. That means governments and their suborganizations have an ongoing purpose for existence that is difficult to challenge. Bureaucracies love ambiguity. One of the globalist goals has been an international police force. We may be seeing NATO being groomed for such a role, since it will have the backing of three of the four major powers on the planet: the U.S., Russia, and the EU (not to mention the UN). China is the only country left out in the cold.
Through the Looking Glass
Making sense of these baffling changes is not always easy but can be accomplished if they are viewed as a three-dimensional chess game. On one plane rests national interests, the second contains globalist interests, and the third is Biblical prophecy and the spiritual dimension of everything that happens on Planet Earth. There is interaction of events both along each plane and between the planes. From the viewpoint of national interests, Russia is cozying up to Europe and China, too, for that matter, in order to strengthen its own position in the world and shave the influence of the United States.
Globalism and Prophecy
From a globalist perspective, the creation of multinational unions like the EU, the newly conceived African Union, and NAFTA-soon to be enlarged to include the entire Western Hemisphere - are important steps toward a one-world economy and world government. Watching this play out in the years to come will be interesting. Scripture has always predicted a universal geopolitical and economic government in the end times, along with certain key players. However, how the players enter onto the stage and how they develop and interact has always been a subject of speculation. We may not have to speculate much longer.
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[John and Carol Loeffler are veteran broadcasters and journalists. John hosts the weekly news program, Steel on Steel, which can be heard at www.steelonsteel.com or www.inforadionet.com. Carol produces the show.]