Germany splits from EU family over Libya
When the European debt problem fast-tracked into a genuine crisis, Germany stood apart. Chancellor Angela Merkel was highly reluctant to bail out effectively bankrupt Greece, a country German voters considered the author of its own misfortune.
German reluctance to side with its European Union partners was on display again when it abstained from the United Nations Security Council vote to establish a no-fly zone over Libya and use “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.
Germany’s stands show that the EU, in spite of its efforts to act as a single economic and political unit on the international stage, is still a divided force. Germany may be the EU’s economic and industrial juggernaut, but it was France and Britain that stole the diplomatic show as the Libyan civil war turned increasingly bloody.
Italy, another EU heavyweight, had been wishy-washy about stopping Moammar Gadhafi’s assault against his own people. Italy and Libya have strong business ties and Italy occupied Libya between 1911 and 1943. Libya’s collapse could deliver a flood of refugees to Italy, which lies due north of Tripoli, the Libyan capital, but Rome finally got on board and offered air bases for the enforcement of the no-fly zone.
Germany’s stand on bailing out profligate EU states during the debt crisis indicates that it is willing to split from the EU family when it feels strongly about an issue. While Germany ultimately endorsed the rescue effort for Greece in May, and Ireland six months later, it was done reluctantly and with strict demands that debt-soaked countries do all they can to fix their own financial messes instead of relying on German taxpayers for handouts.
Still, Germany’s reluctance to endorse a no-fly zone over Libya came as something of a surprise, given the remarks made by Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in January, when Germany began a two-year stint as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. “Germany will be a reliable, responsible and engaged partner,” he said. “We will do our part to ensure that the world continues to see the council as the central body for peace and security in the world.”
The Image of the Beast is Rising Up. Although split, the success of this intervention will bolster the E.U. to become a dominator of the world.
Revelation 13:10-14 The Beast from the Earth
“11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; he had two horns like a lamb, but he sounded like a dragon. 12 He exercises all the authority of the first beast on his behalf and compels the earth and those who live on it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. 13 He also performs great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth before people. 14 He deceives those who live on the earth because of the signs that he is permitted to perform on behalf of the beast,”
One came out of the sea, and the other out of the earth.
The beast that came up from the earth is the United States. Old Rome fell to the sword of its day. It has arisen out of the sea. It is a monster. The Leviathan.