Stratfor describes itself as "the world's leading online publisher of geopolitical intelligence. Our global team of intelligence professionals provides our Members with insights into political, economic, and military developments to reduce risks, to identify opportunities, and to stay aware of happenings around the globe."
These intelligence professionals have learned from their super-secret "sources" that "Russia has offered Germany a security agreement." Oooh, that sounds like a great conspiracy.
Since Germany and Russia are the two big powers on the block and want to keep any other power (like the United States) from their region, it would make sense for Berlin and Moscow to want to forge an agreement to divide up the neighborhood - such as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which had secret protocol dividing the independent countries of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania into either the Nazi or Soviet spheres of influence.
Stratfor has this totally insightful and historically correct analysis:
Today's Germany closely resembles pre-World War II Germany; it is economically and politically strong, unified and unoccupied, which means it can actually decide whether to align with Russia or the West instead of having the choice made for it, as it was in 1949.
Yep, Hitler came to power because Germany was politically so united and economically so wealthy, that Germans did not pay attention to politics, but watched soap operas on plasma TVs and chatted on iPhones throughout the Weimar Republic.
Are the employees at Stratfor, which used to have a solid reputation, now smoking the same stuff as the guys at The Trumpet?
The Trumpet wrote the about "Berlin's Secret Pact With Moscow":
Basing his projection on the sure word of Bible prophecy, 47 years ago, Herbert W. Armstrong said that Russia would one day frighten Germany and the rest of Europe to "lose confidence" in America's ability to protect them from the Russian bear (co-worker letter, Oct. 23, 1961). This, he said, would result in two things: hastening the development of European unification and the establishment of a non-aggression pact between Germany and Russia.
Mr. Armstrong's flagship publication, the Plain Truth, offered this analysis in May 1962: "When a Russo-German deal is made, you can be sure that the doom of the United States and Great Britain is on the horizon. A German-Soviet agreement-a second Rapallo-would be the greatest disaster which could befall the West."
Yep, and the rapture is scheduled for 9/9/09 according to bible prophecy.
Perhaps Stratfor and The Trumpet try to make money by fear mongering.
Am I too harsh? No, I don't think so. If German publications would write similar nonsense about the US, it would be considered evil Anti-Americanism by hundreds of US blogs. My response is much more laid back: I don't accuse these guys of Anti-German attitudes (well, perhaps I should). Rather I just assume that fear mongering is their business model. They have to do it in order to compete in the wonderful free market economy. It's not "Anti-Germanism." It's business, not personal. And I totally respect that. Capitalism is harsh. It's not as easy as in these socialist European countries, where the welfare state provides the citizens with everything, including a four months long vacation paid for by Gazprom.
The Trumpet has also just published this: Russia, Germany and Europe's Future. And in February 2007, the Atlantic Review reported about The Trumpet's warning of "the rekindling of a romance between Germany and the U.S." in Do Not Get Fooled by Transatlantic Love
The above mentioned Stratfor article is available for subscribers only, but you can access it, if you come to their site via google: Just google the headline "Germany: Merkel's Choice and the Future of Europe." Or visit finchannel, which has republished the article.
Endnote: I am curious what kind of "contextually relevant" ads will show up now. A kit to prepare for the rapture or the next Russian-German attack of the United States?