He who studies history shall know the future for all things come full circle.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

An Australian army Soldier fires his weapon during a training exercise in support of Exercise Talisman Saber 2007 (TS07). TS07 is designed to enhance the combat readiness and interoperability between U.S. and Australian military forces, is conducted in Australia and focuses on crisis action planning and execution of contingency response operations. This biennial event is the largest-ever joint/combined training exercise in the region consisting of more than 9,000 U.S. and 7,500 Australian personnel conducting land, sea and air evolutions. www.navy.mil

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Isaac Newton: Ambassador in Christ

The Turkish Question

Jimmy Carter: Man Of The Hour

Father Of The Iranian Revolution

Will The Real Mahmoud Abbas Please Stand Up!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Staff Sgt. Derek Howard, an 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron evaluator loadmaster, watches cargo bundles fall over a dropzone in Afghanistan. www.army.mil

Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Iron Scepter

Its been nearly 2000 years since the First Advent of Christ and the sun is setting upon this age. And so all good things must come to an end. This dispensation as set forth by God in eternity past will have served its function from Pentecost in 30 AD to the sounding of the Omega Signal at the Rapture sometime in the future. This is the next eschatological event which every member in Christ so eagerly awaits. This of course does not absolve us from our responsibilities as Ambassadors in Christ however, as we are commanded to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior before this event takes place. Our greatest captain of the faith, Paul the Apostle, said this about the Church Age dispensation:

1For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
2If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
3How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
4Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
5Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel...
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
10To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
11According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
12In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Eph 3:1-12

The purpose of the Church Age was to recruit both men and women into the Royal Family of God to act as ambassadors in the present and commissioned as soldiers in the future. During these past two thousand years we have served our Lord in a diplomatic capacity spreading the Gospel of Christ to all points of the world. A global operation that transcends boundaries, nations and languages. Our objective was 100% recruitment into the body of Christ however free-will being what it is only so many made the decision of fidelity to God as many are called but few are chosen. Nevertheless, in every nation we have been a minority and never truly has there been a "Christian" majority in terms of the number of persons owing fealty to our Lord and Master at any one time. And yet, our influence has been pivotal in those nations where we were "accepted" as citizens namely in Western Europe. In other parts of the world we have had to operate more clandestinely much to the chagrin of the authorities and governments that ruled over us. We excel in the arena of ideas and thus many a government have been tempted to destroy us and the consular mission by which we have been entrusted in order to secure their dictatorship upon the people. They have failed whether they acknowledge it or not.

Demarche From Heaven; Ambassadors Recalled

The reason the Church, the body of Christ, does not know when exactly this age will end is due primarily to maintain operational security as the Second Advent is a military operation in its entirety. As you very well know, loose lips sink ships and thus we in the diplomatic corps simply are not allowed to know the exact day of the Rapture as this is a state-secret. Not even our Lord and Master has been authorized to know the H-hour or the D-day. It is for our Father's Eyes Only. Sometime in the future, however, God the Father will determine that the entire world will no longer suffer the presence of our Lord's emissaries. The citizens of Earth will refuse to hear the Word of God and thus diplomatically our mission will have expired:

36"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Mat 24:36-39

Just as nations recall an ambassador from the host country as a sign of their displeasure or in times of war so it will be with the God in Heaven. The breaking off of diplomatic relations is the most severe form of repercussion on an ambassadorial level and is a signal that war approaches. As each Christian is an ambassador in Christ, whether performing our duties admirably or not, the recall of the Citizens of Heaven is a sign and portent of the divine displeasure of God the Father has with the inhabitants of the earth. Mankind is so full of himself that he can't even fit God into his schedule or worse they are antagonistic to Christ's personal envoys that they are jailed, tortured and murdered for simply representing our Lord on earth. Man's negative position to the entreaty of God whether benign or hostile on a worldwide scale will determine the timeliness of the Rapture. When the world rebels against us in every clime and place then at that time His royal embassy will be vacated:

16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1 thess 4:16-18

Jesus Christ personally meets the resurrected body of his diplomatic corps in the air and escorts them to Heaven. The Church, the body of Christ, is judged by our Lord and Master for their actions while on earth in their capacity as the personal envoys of God throughout its history. This adjudication is for reward and not condemnation. Some will be rewarded the greatest honors bestowed upon his faithful followers such as induction into a heavenly knighthood, crowns of gold signfying their allegiance under duress in the service of Christ and the highest honor of all: the Order of the Morning Star. These rewards are eternal and glorify God as a testimony to his integrity and faithfulness to us. After all members have been evaluated the Resurrected Church from the lowliest to the highest in rank shall be made ready for the last world war and outfitted in battle gear for Operation Pegasus.

With the Embassy of Christ removed from harm's way so between Heaven and Earth a state of war shall exist.

Crisis And Consolidation; Rome Resurrected

With the Body of Christ now removed from earth's environs the world is thrown into crisis. The restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit is no longer operational and the world careens out of control. Hundreds of millions of human beings are suddenly gone and no one has the answer. Of course, they do know but in a politically correct age no one dares to believe the obvious. The pews and stalls are still filled by the religious and thus it certainly can't be the return of Christ for his church? Can it?

Everywhere nations seek security in numbers and thus many a region around the globe will form political and economic unions while some will form bilateral military pacts to preserve the peace. Some unions will be loosely confederated while others will be entirely subsumed under one banner. One such union will be the greatest federation not seen since the fall of the Roman Empire. The West will reunite under one political/economic/military/religious league of exactly 10 nations. No other political body in the world will match this unbelievable unity of singular purpose than the West and the sinews and muscle behind this drive for unity is and will be the the Catholic Church that is now seated in Rome. The Catholic Church will once again play their part in unifying the West and giving it direction where by all appearances the earth descends into despair. Now all that is needed to top off this glorious organization is an emperor!

The False Church will now fill the vacuum where the True Church once exercised its power throughout the world. The False Church will have all the appearance of godliness but will be completely devoid of the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit since the Spirit was recalled by God the Father at the Rapture of the True Church. The power of the False Church is not derived from God but is animated by the majesty and terror of the State. Hence, the character of the False Church throughout the Church Age dispensation that is so despised by the atheist and Protestant alike although for different reasons was due to its corrupting and violent predisposition to maintain power. The parallel history of both Churches will make for a fascinating read someday.

Anti-Christ Revealed; Peace In Our Times

Behold, the man! The man of lawlessness. Though he wraps himself with the law, by the law, he brings rebellion against the God of Heaven and its citizens and deceitfulness through miracles and signs to convince the masses that he indeed is their savior. With hundreds of millions of people missing he will soothe the restless citizens of earth with promises of utopia not just for one particular country or state but for the entire world such is the height of his arrogance.

1Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs [first] and [then]the man of lawlessness[a] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 2 Thess 2:1-4

The "rebellion" as mentioned above is mankind vowing an oath of fealty to their overlord on a global scale and thus by default, whether they know it or not, have made Satan vis' a vis' the Anti-Christ their "First Citizen" over the entire earth. He will now represent them before God as the federal head of the human race. This "election" pits the citizens of earth against God and ultimately against Christ. With the Church removed from earth the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit through his ambassadorial delegation will no longer be functional in keeping this rebellion in check. Satan is given free reign to rise to the occasion and position his human agents for the greatest dual dictatorship the world has ever seen.

Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. 2 Thess 2:5-12

Wickedness are the branches stemming from the tree of unbelief . Jesus Christ died for the sins of the entire world at his first advent but he will not violate his own integrity by forcing people to believe in him. Thus, if earth gives their allegiance to another savior then so be it. However, being in a state of war if one's allegiance is in opposition to Heaven then ultimately this fealty to the lawless man places one at the mercy of Christ's conquering armies. And there will be no quarter given at the Second Advent.

The European-Israeli Alliance

With the rise of the King of the West as world dictator endowed and possessed by Satan himself, and consolidation of his Western Empire into a 10-nation confederacy, he makes a bilateral commercial, political and military pact with the only nation in the world that is exclusively the last and ancient representatives of God on earth, the Jewish people in the nation of Israel. Of course, it takes two to forge a pact and thus another satanic human agent arises in the form of the dictator of Israel simply known as the False Prophet. From Israel we have received the prophets in the Old Testament as commissioned by God and they, the prophets, represented God's invisible presence on earth and Satan will therefore utilize a Jewish agent, hence the term "false" prophet, to cement a bilateral treaty between the other human agent of his diabolical majesty. These two human agents of the Devil, one Gentile and one Jewish, therefore will forge an alliance that ultimately will place Israel in a subservient position to the European Anti-Christ. Additionally, by ensuring a European military umbrella over Israel, it will be hoped that this will stave off war with Israels neighbors who are hellbent for her destruction especially the King of the South.

The False Prophet of Israel glorifies the Emperor of the European Confederacy and apparently is able to deceive the people by his magic and sorcery. He introduces several edicts that will force mankind to bow their knee to the new leader of the world on both a political-religious and economic plane:

11Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
18This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666. Rev 13:11-18

Genocide Of The Saints

With anti-Christ fully seated under a consolidated west-European political order of 10 nations, he sets about to change the times and laws of the West that have been so rooted in Christendom. The Gregorian Calendar, the Christian holidays, as well as the beginning of the week as anchored on Sunday instead of another day. The culture of Christendom will be expunged. This also sets the stage for an even more ambitious plan to proscribe the righteous, those who believe in the Lord, from Europe once and for all. The European Emperor will no longer recognize the Sovereign of the Universe, Jesus Christ, but will instead place himself in that position. He will return Europa to the days of old in which Christianity was outlawed and believers were persecuted and murdered by the state. To the days when the Emperor was God!

The False Church will look the other way while the righteous are rounded up and executed for refusing to adhere to the new order. Perhaps, the False Church will assist in this endeavor as they consider their historical arch enemy, the Protestant, with such disdain.

25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. Dan 7:25

9When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" 11Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed. Rev 6:9-11

5The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.[b]

9He who has an ear, let him hear. 10If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed[c] with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. Rev 13:5-9

In every generation of mankind there have been the "saints". This technical term simply denotes a person who has believed in the Lord and received the divine imputation of righteousness from God. This is a righteousness not derived from "works" but received from on high by the Grace of God by a non-meritorious act of faith in the Lord. However, I wish to make a careful and purposeful divine demarcation between the saints in other dispensations verses the saints of the Church Age. The saints of the Church Age are considered to be God's elite corps of shock troops. These particular saints are special because of the unique indwelling of the Holy Spirit in each saint during this dispensation unlike previous ones and any other afterward. This uniqueness marks these saints as the "Bride of Christ" and the death of these saints are known technically as the "dead in Christ". The appellation of "in/of Christ" marks these saints as belonging to the Church Age in which the Holy Spirit as well as the Father and Son, the Trinity itself, indwells each believer which did not and will not occur in any dispensation before or after the Church Age. After the True Church is raptured from the earth at the end of the Church Age, then anyone who believes in the Lord will still receive the divine imputation of righteousness but will not be a part of God's shock troops at his Second Advent as this royal and honorable position is reserved for those who belong to the "Bride of Christ".

Thus after the Rapture many will believe in the Lord as result of this event but will be hunted down and exterminated under the aegis of a political and religious edict. The saints will be murdered on a grand scale never seen before in history.

A Remnant Of Jews

The Jew once again becomes the fulcrum upon which the world teeters either towards salvation or destruction. God makes it possible for mankind to still change their minds and his emissaries for this role in place of the absent Church is a Jewish cadre of faithful followers who will herald the Kingdom of God before humanity. They are marked by Angels with a royal seal upon their foreheads to prevent them from being harmed by the demonic troops of Operation Scorpio. Thus they are given diplomatic immunity to present the case for God during these miserable times:

1After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. 2Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: 3"Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." 4Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. 5From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000, 6from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000, 7from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000, 8from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000. Rev 7:1-8.

1Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. 3And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. 5No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless. Rev 14:1-5

Man Of Peace; Man Of Betrayal

With the European ten nation confederation secured and with the saints who opposed the Emporer completely destroyed by the best methods of the industrial state employed against them, a few other matters may now be attended to. The European Emporer will not allow his power to be ameloriated by the influence of the False Church. The Emporer needed the False Church to come to power but now that he has grabbed this ring for himself and placed it securely within his grip, he no longer needs their services:

15Then the angel said to me, "The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God's words are fulfilled. 18The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth." Rev 17:15-18

7Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, 'I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.' 8Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her. Rev 18:7-8

9"When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. 10Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: " 'Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!' Rev 18:9-10

The Emporer will use all the power of the confederation against the False Church and her priests. The Churches will be torn down and destroyed. The immense wealth that sustained her will be confiscated and given as booty to the 10 nations that genuflect before the European dictator. The world will weep for this breach of protocol by the Emporer who violated the greatest religion on the earth with even its own city left completely in ruin and burning in the flames of a nuclear fire.

To now firmly secure his position in the confederation itself he will betray 3 other nations within this alliance as well. Perhaps they weren't as faithful to him as he liked or perhaps they will just be too rebellious to be allowed to dishonor his personage. The Emporer wages war in Europe and overthrows 3 leaders as their nations fall to his own stormtroopers. The rest will fall in line to support his next grand scheme.

His final act of betrayal will be against the nation of Israel. The European - Israeli Alliance will be broken and the protective defense umbrella that so many in Israel will have relied upon for peace and safety will be removed. This exposes Israel to direct attack by the King of the South as they now can launch their war with their semitic cousins with impunity and on the good graces of the Emporer of the West.

The Last World War Begins

The Emporer sets in motion the greatest war the world will ever witness. In the looming chaos the nation of Israel will almost be extinguished however, his diabolical majesty, Satan the Devil will be unable to reach his goal regardless of the carnage and destruction produced by both his human and demon armies in this quest. The response from Heaven is extraterrestial strikes upon the earth as the opening salvo of God's Wrath. Cities will collapse and billions will perish between both of Satan's human and demonic armies as they attempt to wipe out both Jew and Gentile alike as well as from the acts of God. The Second Advent of Christ, a divine military operation, will save not only Israel from complete destruction but will also save the entire human race from their own demise.

God allows these events to take place as man is culpable for their own actions and since they have dismissed God then he judges them for their collective will to murder the Saints and embrace anti-Jewish policies. For this evil, man will suffer greatly and will come under the Iron Scepter of Christ. Behold, the future!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Small sailboats and ships pass by amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) on the Elizabeth River while in transit to the Norfolk Harbor Fest. http://www.navy.mil/

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The Crossroads Of France

France today remains at a crossroad of history. Will Sarkozy who was just elected President change the tempo and makeup of French society just when it appears that it will be subject to socialistic and racial forces that could rip down France as a bulwark of Western tradition? This isn't the first time that the Gallic nation has been the fulcrum that influenced the streams and rivers of time. The geography of France as well as its people, a blend of Celtic-Romano-German lends itself to being molded and shaped by the forces of history much more so than many other countries anywhere else in Europe that has on more than one occasion given the West the space to breath when by all other accounts she would and perhaps should have been extinguished from history. France more than any other country has been the shieldmaiden of Western Europe and without her, I say this advisedly knowing the ego of the Frenchman, we in the West would be under some foreign dictatorship either religious, racial and/or political.

Let history speak for itself:

Julius Caesar - Were it not for the Gauls, ancient Celtic tribes that inhabited present day France, the greatest man of Western History, Julius Caesar, would never have come to power. His advent on the hills and plains of Gaul would change the balance of power in Rome forever. His prestige gained from the conquest of Gaul in 52 BC allowed him to cross the Rubicon and take Rome for himself and leaving the the Roman Republic to collapse upon itself and giving rise to the greatest empire seen in the West.

Attila the Hun - The invasion of Western Europe by an Asiatic elite had nearly been complete until it ran afoul on the shoals of France. The Hunnic invasion of France in 451 AD nearly changed the complexion and racial makeup of Europa as the Huns themselves were of an Asiatic stock. Though they were Asian in racial makeup, they only formed the elite head of this barbarian force. The Hun army was in fact made up of German and Slavic auxiliaries with a Hunnic leadership corps as its head. Nevertheless, a coalition of Roman, Celtic and Visigothic armies met the Huns at Chalons in Gaul and were defeated by Rome and her allies. The result of this battle ended Attila's strategic movement to capture the West for himself. This was also the last victory for the Empire of Rome as she would officially expire in 476 AD when the advent of Gothic German tribes to reign supreme over the "eternal city".

Charles Martel - Saved France and Europe from an Islamic servitude at the Battle of Tours in 732 AD. With France fully invested by German tribes known as the Franks and from which the nation itself was named after, the country itself was still vulnerable to invasion from the East in Germany from the Saxons and from the South in Spain from the Moors. From Spain, the Umayyad Islamic peoples, attempted to expand their control over Southern France and if they remained unchecked is quite possible the whole of France would have fallen to them. However, Charles the "Hammer" dealt a deathblow to the Islamic invasion and sealed his reputation as a brilliant general and the forefather of western heavy cavalry, chivalry and founder of the Carolingian Empire.

The Crusades - Though not geographically in France were it not for the Franks however lending their leadership, armies and logistical support, then the Crusades would have never have been made possible and the conquest of Moslem dominated Jerusalem in 1099 AD would have not been secured without the advent of France. Whatever the motivations and goals of the First Crusade, the fact is that the French influence in the Holy Land of all the nations that participated in the Crusades was the greatest in both material and dare I say spiritual support. Whether one agrees or disagrees as to the efficacy of such a mission the fact remains France was the pivot that this endeavor rested upon for good or for ill. Many western nations contributed such as England, Italy and Germany, however, by far the Franks formed the backbone of this expeditionary force that changed history and continues to effect us today.

Thirty Years War - The classic Protestant/Catholic War over the control of the Hapsburg Empire in Centural Europe from 1618 - 1648 would have been lost to the Catholic forces were it not for France stepping in and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat for the Protestants. Yes, this was shrewd international brinkmanship on the part of Cardinal Richeliu of France since clearly this nation was Catholic in makeup, however, once again were it not for France then it would have likely been a Catholic European victory over the German-Nordic countries and would have crushed the Lutheran and Calvinistic sects of Protestant Christianity forever. France would come to inherit the Catholic mantle, however at the expense of the Royal House of the Holy Roman Empire with the rise of the Bourban Dynasty on the French Throne.

Louis the XIV - Its good to be the King! The reign of this French Monarch would change the history of Europe in both art, culture, language, economics, and military and would form the "gilded age" of the French Court. Between 1661 and 1715 AD, the Sun King as he would come to be known as, would exert his influence throughout Europa and would reign for an astounding 59 years. Though many alliances were made against France and her King, she would prevail on many occasion and even expand her territorial possessions. Nearly all of the European nation states would come to emulate the French Court even as far away as Moscow. His involvement in the world in Africa, Asia and ultimately in the New World would set the stage for France's influence in the birth of the United States of America.

American Independence - The titanic struggle for control in the New World would see France defeated by Britain militarily but the French would have the last say in determining the destiny of the British colonies in America. France once again was the pivot that made American independence a remote possibility when she intervened on our behalf in 1775. She lent monies, leadership, supplies and most of all, her navy. America essentially was completely bereft of a navy. Her only hope lie in the French Fleet and this would become the capstone to victory over the British that would cement our Independence from Great Britain. America would now come to influence history herself thanks to the King and people of France. For this, we are eternally grateful.

The French Revolution - It seems that giving birth to America broke the French Monarchy in 1789 among many other factors in and around France and once again she would alter the streams and rivers of history. The French Revolution has become synonymous with the overthrow of the tyranny of monarchy and replacing it with the tyranny of revolution. This also marks a demarcation in French History in which the French people no longer would lend obedience to the ancien' regime. Obedience to the crown had become passe' and the spirit of rebellion would now become de rigueur among the rank and file of France. The French Revolution, and not the American "Revolution" would actually become the standard operating procedure for overcoming the monarchs of other nations as well in the coming decades and centuries in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Napoleon Bonaparte - From the ashes and blood of the Revolution came the man that would not only alter the history of France but of Europe and America to this day. The advent of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1799 would see nearly all of Europe conquered by force of arms from Spain to Germany even unto Russia itself as far away as Moscow. The need for additional funds to pay for this conquest would see France selling a huge portion of the interior of the current United States in the form of the Louisiana Purchase. His Napoleonic Code set in stone the modern foundations of present day France. Eventually, he would be defeated by a combined force of German and British armies at Waterloo when he returned from exile after initially being forced to abdicate in 1814. His reign as First Consul and then Emperor of France marks the first time in European history that Ancient Rome once again takes precedence over Christendom with the rejection of Christianity as a whole as well as the replacement of all things from the Christian middle ages with Roman motifs and vernacular. His military conquests are studied to this day as the brilliant campaigns that they were even though his losses would not dispel his prestige as a conquering Caesar.

World War One - The advent of the unified German states under Bismark marks the beginning of German hegemony throughout Europe. Germany was a success at nearly everything it set its sight upon including but not limited to economics, military, political, culture and influence throughout middle Europa and the world. But like Attila the Hun before them, German plans of expansion ran aground upon the shoals of France. Whatever the rationale for going to war in 1914 nothing could be secure for the German Monarchy without the capture and occupation of their western cousins in France. Everywhere on the battlefields of Europe saw German troops victorious against their enemies and yet France was the nut they couldn't crack. Upon this rock they broke themselves at the gates of Paris and by 1919 they found themselves surrendering to the exhausted allies. Though it could be argued World War One also broke France as well. She would never recover from the horrors of this great war and has suffered defeat after defeat since. Yet, she did hold the line at the Battle of the Marne and if she had collapsed before the Germans its not likely the British could have saved her from German occupation. This singular battle ultimately led to the allied, some would say Pyrrhic, victory over Germany in 1919.

World War Two - France makes and breaks Germany at the beginning and end of the Second World War. Where it not for the fall of France in 1940 then Germany would likely not have invaded Russia. The Fall of France thus has huge historical impact as Germany now gears for war against Russia. The invasion of Russia in 1941 opens the door to a potential two or three front war that does indeed come to fruition. The advent of the Allies on the beaches of Normandy on June 6th, 1944 spells the doom of Nazi Germany over Europe. It could be argued that the Russians actually provided the muscle for the allies in defeating Germany, however, were it not for the multiple fronts opened up in Italy and especially in France then Germany could have and would have prevailed over Russia. In fact, the pivot of France upon allied operations once again influences the speed of collapse of the German Reich like no other battle in World War II. Russia fought for years to beat back Germany. Likewise in Italy, it was a tough fight and didn't have the impact that was expected upon the German war machine. In France, however, the decisive outcome of D-Day would show itself in just under 10 months after American troops set foot upon the shores of Normandy with the complete and unconditional surrender of all German forces to the allies. It also must not be forgotten that Patton himself could have brought American forces to Berlin before the Russians arrived. This of course is debatable however, D-Day provides this opportunity like no other battle in Europe and of course its the fulcrum of France that provides this potential course of history.

France, whether for good or for ill, has been a great influence upon the affairs of man like no other nation in history. Whether simply being a location of a historical battle or providing history with the captains of politics or both, France remains one of the great nations of mankind that has made the most impact upon the world for the past 2000 years. Vive le France.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Marines attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct marksmanship training over the portside elevator aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), enroute to Exercise Talisman Saber 07. Exercise Talisman Saber is designed to maintain a high level of interoperability between U.S. and Australian forces, demonstrating the U. S. and Australian commitment to our military alliance and regional security in winning the Global War on Terror. Essex is the only forward deployed amphibious assault ship. www.navy.mil