EU architect would welcome God or the Devil
A former Belgian Prime Minister who was one of the founding fathers of the European Union spoke 'prophetically' into the current climate surrounding the EU and the economic chaos. The prospect is chillingly real.
first published 15/07/12
"Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God." (2 Thess 2:3-4)
Paul-Henri Spaak (1899 - 1972) was a former Belgian Prime Minister and one of the principal architects of what has, since its origins, now become the European Union. His words are chillingly 'prophetic' regarding the current meltdown in the Eurozone.
"We do not want another committee, we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking.
The present economic crisis facing the European Union amply illustrates the impossibility of creating a unified monetary system without an attendant fiscal and political union to support it and control it.
Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him."
And the divergence between the socio-political, ethnic and economic characteristics of the constituent nation states renders a union of this nature to be not just impractical but downright dangerous.
The late John Stott said: "Most of us feel demoralised by the heart-rending tragedy of this chaotic world. Our very survival is in doubt. The ordinary citizen often feels a helpless victim of the tangled web of politics, or a faceless unit in the machine of modern society". (Basic Christianity, 2008)
The ancient Greeks invented the word chaos to describe complete disorder and confusion. They would probably not have thought that in 2012 their countrymen would be living in it. And it is the ordinary people who are paying the price for the failed European experiment
With one-third of Greeks living below the poverty line and reports of children fainting in classrooms because of hunger, anger has turned into violence and despair. Suicides have increased by 40 per cent since the crisis began.
The Greek Euro coin
And the angel said to me, "Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her.....". (Rev. 17:7)
Plummeting salaries and pensions, never-ending tax hikes and ever-deeper spending cuts have pushed the country to the brink of economic and social collapse. Queues at soup kitchens are lengthening, the number of homeless people is mounting, and critical medical supplies are in short supply.
Meanwhile in Spain, hundreds of protesters have clashed with riot police in Madrid over the new set of austerity measures. This new round of protests comes only two days after the previous unrest, when at least 76 people were injured in clashes, many by rubber bullets used by police. The injured included 33 police officers and 43 protesters – mostly miners and their supporters.
The latest package of Spain’s counter-crisis measures includes wage cuts and tax increases, while the country’s population struggles against the recession and an unemployment rate of almost 25 per cent.
Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth." (Gen 11:4)
However, chaos fits very nicely into the schemes of those who might have a higher agenda. And this takes us back to Paul Henri-Spaak. In times of great upheaval the desire for a solution - any solution - is paramount. In such situations the general populace will happily embrace radical proposals which would - in different circumstances - be totally unacceptable to them.
Many commentators have expressed the opinion that the only answer to the present economic meltdown with the Eurozone and the wider EU is either total political and economic union under a single monolithic system of government. (The EU; the nature of the beast and The Lisbon Treaty: whose plan?)
The alternative is a total collapse of the European dream with the attendant mayhem that this would produce.
A report last year on the subject of the situation in Greece quoted the actor Woody Allen:
“More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction.
Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”
Meanwhile former Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky who sees, in the EU, a mirror image of the repressive regimes in the former USSR, has stated in 'the EU; a history of our future':
"I have seen your future. And it didn't work."