“The United States of Europe”
Vol: 44 Issue: 23 Monday, May 23, 2005
Next week, French voters will be asked in a national referendum to either approve or reject the EU’s proposed new Constitution. The French referendum will be the first in a series of similar referendums across the EU, as each nation’s voters give an up or down vote on the document.
The EU constitution is a long, rambling document about ten times the length of the US Constitution, including amendments. From what can be observed, it is about as inspiring as a phone book, attempting as it does to set out in detail the relationship between the European government and the people to be governed.
To some degree, the new constitution consolidates the numerous existing treaties and arrangements into a single document. But the new constitution also creates important new rules.
It gives new powers to the European parliament — a collection of politicians from across the EU’s spectrum, usually elected by a stunning minority of votes from their home countries — or appointed outright by their national leaders.
It confers rights on European citizens through the introduction of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Among the rights enshrined by the Charter is one that may run afoul of heavily unionized socialist France — the ‘right to work.’
In France, EU opposition is led by socialists and trade unionists who argue the new system will usher in a ‘capitalist nightmare’ of longer working hours, low taxation, and free trade.
Notes Gerald Baker of the ‘Weekly Standard’;
“The principal effect of the constitution, however, is to confirm and accelerate the central tendency of the E.U. over the last 50 years to send power to the center, to the European level, while eroding national sovereignty in everything from economic policy to foreign and defense policy. The constitution is, the German minister for European affairs said earlier this year, “the birth certificate of the United States of Europe.””
The French will be the first state to hold its referendum, and ironically enough, Europlanners are terrified that French voters will vote against accepting it.
After reluctantly agreeing to consult the people, the European Union’s leaders now have absolutely no idea what to do if the people vote “No.”
The French government, once one of the EU’s most ardent supporters, is beginning to realize that it will NOT be the leading state in the new union. With that in mind, Paris has said in no uncertain terms that, if the constitution is rejected, there will be NO renegotiation. If the constitution is rejected, it will be dead.
Germany disagrees. The Germans say the matter of what to do if the constitution is rejected is ‘undecided’ and the constitution could be rewritten and resubmitted for another vote.
The British, even less comfortable with surrendering its national sovereignty than the French, say that if the French vote ‘No’, then the whole process is over and there will be no need for Britain to hold her own referendum.
The British opposition is rooted in the exact opposite of French sentiments. The Brits fear that the EU constitution will usher in a ‘socialist nightmare’ of business rules that will result in reduced working hours, lower wages and increased taxation.
The Netherlands is also expressing some reluctance, although the debate there is more about the ambitions of France and Germany to dominate the Union than it is about the actual unification process.
There are actually two European superstates — the economic European union and the strategic and military Western European Union. The WEU is headquartered in Paris, born out of the 1948 Benelux treaty and created as Western Europe’s military and security organization by the 1954 modified Brussels Treaty.
From the WEU’s website: “But despite all the institutional changes in Europe, the Assembly of WEU is still the only European parliamentary institution that allows national parliamentarians to monitor security and defense issues. . . Against this background the Parliamentary Assembly of WEU continues to make a dedicated contribution to all issues of security and stability on the European continent.”
From the perspective of the Western European Union, the EU’s role is to provide for domestic tranquility, but the real power, that of security of defense, remains in the hands of the ten full members of the WEU.
The ten full members of the WEU are those states who are also full members of NATO. The Secretary General of the WEU is former NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana, who also serves as the European Union’s High Representative, under the authority of WEU Recommendation 666.
The members of the EU’s Political and Security Committee are also members of the WEU’s Permanent Council.
In other words, regardless of how the EU’s constitutional referendums turn out, the real power will remain where it has been all along — with the ten leaders of Western Europe’s FULL members. (http://www.weu.int/Delegations.htm)
The prophet Daniel was called to interpret a dream for King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel interpreted the dream as images of four successive world empires; Babylon, Medo-Persia, Alexander’s Greek Empire and that of Imperial Rome. Daniel foretold the collapse of the Roman Empire after it split into two ‘legs’ — the Western Empire, headquartered in Rome, and the Eastern Empire headquartered in Constantinople. The legs of the image had ten toes that Daniel said represented a later reincarnation of the two legs of iron [Rome].
Later, Daniel had similar dreams;
“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. “
“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” (Daniel 7:7-8)
Daniel sought the Lord’s counsel, saying, “Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast . . . And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came . . . ” (Daniel 7:19a, 20-21,22b)
The ‘little horn’ says Daniel, makes war with the saints and prevails against them. John described the rise of antichrist in Revelation 13:7, saying, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them.”
Currently, the European Union is perceived to be the power in Europe. The WEU, if it is considered at all, is viewed as part of the Greater EU, but in point of fact, the opposite is true.
The collapse of the EU’s constitution could mean the collapse of the EU. Politics abhors a vacuum. There is only one logical candidate to step in and pick up the pieces, and Recommendation 666 has already established the framework.
In Daniel’s day, ancient Rome was still six hundred years future. Daniel witnessed the fall of Babylon and the rise of Medo-Persia, but he was long dead before Alexander the Great conquered the known world.
Daniel predicted the defeat of Alexander’s Empire, its division among his four generals, and its replacement by the Roman legions. That is amazing in and of itself. But Daniel also foretold Rome’s rise and fall and its restoration in the last days.
Daniel foretold that the power in the last days would be invested in ten ‘kings’ but that those ten kings would subordinate themselves to an eleventh, ‘little horn’ whose power was such that he would be able to pluck out three of the original kings ‘by the roots’.
We aren’t there yet, but this is what exists as of today, May 23, 2005;
The 25-member European Union is in danger of collapse, should the constitutional referendum fail. Waiting in the wings is the 28-member Western European Alliance, headed by the ten nations of Europe who are FULL members of both the WEU and NATO.
The head of the EU is also the Secretary General of the WEU. He is not one of the ten ‘kings’ but is instead an eleventh ‘little’ king, given the power to exercise the authority of the original ten under the authority of WEU Recommendation 666. (See http://www.assemblee-ueo.org/en/documents/sessions_ordinaires/txt/2000/rec666.html)
At least three, France, Great Britain and the Netherlands, are rethinking surrendering their sovereignty to the center.
All three of these are also members of the Original Ten.
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” (Daniel 2:44)