Clashes in Afghanistan as Europe looks to be more militarily independent from the USA


CNN reported the following:

Heavy clashes erupt between Taliban and anti-Taliban group in Afghanistan’s Panjshir province

Updated September 3, 2021

Heavy clashes erupted Thursday night around Afghanistan’s northern Panjshir Valley between Taliban fighters and an anti-Taliban group, according to a source within the group.

Panjshir Valley, a mountainous, inaccessible region north of Kabul, is the last major holdout against Taliban rule, and has a long history of resisting the insurgent group. Sporadic fighting between the Taliban and the National Resistance Front (NRF) has continued for two weeks now. The Taliban have been massing forces in and around Panjshir province in recent weeks, and said on Monday they had captured three districts in the valley. The overnight clashes between the Taliban and the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) started late Thursday, and were very intense, said the NRF source.

The USA is no longer interested in arming the opposition to the Taliban. Instead, its withdrawal and fast retreat resulted in the Taliban getting billions of dollars worth of USA military equipment.

Notice the following from Europe:

The fall of Kabul to the Taliban and the chaotic international evacuation effort shows that Europe needs to develop its own military capacity independent of the United States, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell argues. …

Strategic autonomy

“I regret greatly the way in which things have gone, but no-one asked for the opinion of the Europeans,” he said.

“Some countries are going to have to ask themselves questions about an American ally which, as Joe Biden said, doesn’t want to fight other people’s wars for them.

“The Europeans don’t have a choice. We must organise ourselves to deal with the world as it is and not the world that we dream of.”

The European Union is already developing what it calls its new “strategic compass”, a framework to provide the 27 member states, acting together, to wield more diplomatic and military muscle and develop more of what France’s President Emmanuel Macron calls “strategic autonomy”. …

For Borrell, this must include a deployable joint military reaction force. …

“Europe only responds in a crisis. Afghanistan could wake it up. The moment has come to give it a military force capable of fighting if necessary.” 08/22/21

Notice something in my book Biden-Harris: Prophecies and Destruction:

As far as foreign policy goes, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote that Joe Biden “had been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issues over the past four decades” (Traub J. Joe Biden Is Actually Listening., September 14, 2020). If that has much truth to it, then a Joe Biden foreign policy will be disastrous.

What we have seen in Afghanistan has been disastrous.

And the fallout is not just in Afghanistan or refugees from Afghanistan.

Late last night, the BBC reported:

Afghanistan crisis: How Europe’s relationship with Joe Biden turned sour

2 September 2021

A series of disagreements, most notably over Afghanistan, have some European leaders revising their expectations about President Joe Biden, and thinking more about a future untethered to the US. …

In capitals across Europe, from London to Berlin, Afghanistan has soured the sweetness of Joe Biden’s honeymoon. It’s not the fact of the withdrawal itself that has rankled but the US’s lack of coordination with allies, particularly since the Nato mission at the time of the drawdown comprised troops from 36 countries, three-quarters of whom were non-American, leading to an international scramble to evacuate.

The German deployment in Afghanistan was its first major combat mission since World War II, so the frustration at how it ended runs deep. Armin Laschet, Germany’s conservative candidate for chancellor ahead of elections later this month, called the US withdrawal “the greatest debacle that Nato has experienced since its foundation”

Czech President Milos Zeman labelled it “cowardice”, adding that “the Americans have lost the prestige of a global leader”.

“Expectations were very high when Joe Biden came in – probably too high, they were unrealistic,” Carl Bildt, Sweden’s former Prime Minister, told the BBC. “His ‘America is back’ suggested a golden age in our relations. But it didn’t happen and there’s been a shift in a fairly short period of time. The complete lack of consultations over the withdrawal has left a scar.” …

For Europe’s leaders, the manner of the American withdrawal – and Joe Biden’s comments that the US would no longer send troops to “remake other countries” – has echoes of Donald Trump’s “America First” policy. … What has changed is the growing preoccupation in Europe that as the US withdraws from the world, it may be very committed to protecting values in America – but what about elsewhere? …

“Some other countries, such as the UK and Germany, always thought they could rely mostly on the US for security,” says Mrs Loiseau, the former French minister. “So of course they’re fearing times have changed. But we’ve often said we should rethink how Nato works. We should not remain in a state of denial.”

Notice also the following from a German source:

Is the fall of Kabul the kick European defense needs?

Laments and lessons learned: Afghanistan has provided another stark assessment of EU military autonomy.

2 September 2021

“Afghanistan has shown that the deficiencies in our strategic autonomy comes with a price,” European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said after an informal meeting of defense ministers on Thursday. “And that the only way forward is to combine our forces and strengthen not only our capacity, but also our will to act.”

A day earlier, Borrell used sharper words in an editorial in The New York Times, calling the recent developments in Afghanistan a “debacle” which should serve as “wake-up call” for Europe and “catalyze history.” …

European Council President Charles Michel has weighed in as well, speaking Wednesday at the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia. “As a global economic and democratic power, can Europe be content with a situation where we are unable to ensure unassisted the evacuation of our citizens and those under threat because they have helped us?”

New force, same as the old force?

Until now, EU governments’ differences have outweighed their discontent about this status quo, but the feeling of shame and frustration over Afghanistan has reignited the desire for more self-sufficiency. …

Analysts call for EU to take responsibility for defense

Ulrike Franke, a senior policy fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations … suggested the EU would have to decide that some joint defense decisions can be taken without unanimity of member states, perhaps by the European Commission or European Parliament.

German EU lawmaker Hannah Neumann seconded that idea. “As long as member states are not willing to really transfer sovereignty and decision-making authority to the EU level, also in defense, we will only move ahead in baby steps, if at all,” warned Neumann, who serves on the European Parliament’s subcommittee on security and defense. …

Germany is pushing an option which advocates acting with less consensus, not more. Following Thursday’s meeting, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Berlin will be proposing a way the EU could create “coalitions of the willing” when swift action is needed.

So, various ones in Europe are pointing to the recent USA actions in Afghanistan as a reason to:

1) increase Europe’s independent military power
2) decrease Europe’s dependence on the military of the USA
3) reduce the bureaucracy so that Europe can act faster militarily

Notice something in my book Biden-Harris: Prophecies and Destruction:

One of the “unintended consequences” of Donald Trump becoming president in 2017 was that the Europeans developed a pan-European military organization called Permanent Structured Cooperation, generally referred to as PESCO. By December of 2017 it had 25 European nations as part of it (Stur B. The making of a European Defence Union. New Europe, December 12, 2017). While PESCO is not yet capable of eliminating the U.S.A., it is helping lay the groundwork.

The Bible shows that Europe will go through at least one or two reorganizations until it gets to the point of fully supporting the King of the North/Beast power per Revelation 17:12-13. And later, it will change to betray the Church of Rome (Revelation 17:9,15-18).

One of the ‘unintended consequences’ of recent USA actions related to Afghanistan is that it has decreased trust in military support for the USA. Another, as far as Europe is concerned, is that it feels it needs to have a stronger military.

The Bible teaches that Europe will have a “great army” (Daniel 11:25). The army will be very destructive–even though the Europeans do not think they will be (cf. Isaiah 10:5-12; see also Germany in Biblical and Catholic Prophecy).

The Bible shows that it will be a conquering empire with “many ships” (cf. Daniel 11:29-43).

And that it will become a military marvel (Revelation 13:1-4).

A while back, the Continuing Church of God (CCOG) put out the following video on our Bible News Prophecy YouTube channel:


PESCO and a Great European Army

In November 2018, French President Macron called for a “true European army” because of China, Russia, and the USA. Some others in Europe have echoed that sentiment. On November 9, 2018, US President Donald Trump called that an insult, but the next day said that the USA wanted “a very strong Europe.” Emmanuel Macron referred to Donald Trump as “my friend” and indicated a desire to strengthen Europe’s military spending. In December 2017, 25 European nations agreed to be part of a military alliance called PESCO. Europe also has NATO and IEI. Will Europe end up with “a great army”? Has Donald Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty gotten some to say that Europe must rebel against the USA? Is the idea of a United States of Europe and a European army a “paranoid fantasy” or a biblical reality? Will the USA regret Europe becoming a stronger military power? Will the USA be betrayed by “friends” such as its continental European allies? Does the Bible teach any or all of this? Are there connections to the Beast of Revelation or the King of the North of Daniel 11? Dr. Thiel addresses these matters in this video.

Here is a link to the sermonette video: PESCO and a Great European Army.

One of the many fallouts from the situation in Afghanistan is that it is one more example to the Europeans that they should build their military, as well as be able to quickly use it.

That will come to pass.

According to biblical prophecies, this will not end well for the USA (Daniel 11:39) or its British-descended allies (cf. Daniel 8:24-25; Isaiah 17:3a). And they are prophesied to be destroyed by ‘friends’ (in this case, European allies) in Lamentations 1:1-2.

And probably before 2028 (watch Is the USA prophesied to be destroyed by 2028?).

UPDATE 09/05/21: We just uploaded the following related video:


Afghanistan Loss: Pushing EU Army?

The USA has lost international prestige associated with its withdrawal from Afghanistan. Is an unintended consequence that Europe feels the need for its own autonomous army? What have leaders such as European Commission President Charles Michel, EU Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell, Czech President Milos Zeman, former French Minister Mrs. Loiseau, and EU Commission for Economics and Taxation said about in reaction to USA actions and inactions? The Europeans developed its PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation) military within a year of Donald Trump becoming USA president. Is current President Joe Biden changing that direction? Will Europe end up with any army of any significance? What does the Bible teach? Dr. Thiel addresses these matters with quotes and comments.

Here is a link to our video: Afghanistan Loss: Pushing EU Army?

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