Germany wants bigger army and approves military aid to fight Islamic State; Donald Trump rises in the polls

Symbol of the German Bundeswehr

Symbol of the German Bundeswehr

Germany has decided to be more directly involved in the fight against the Islamic State:

December 4, 2015

Germany’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly to send military aid to the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria, answering France’s appeal for help after last month’s deadly Paris attacks.

Lawmakers in Berlin voted 445-146 Friday to send Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate, refueling aircraft and up to 1,200 military personnel to join the coalition against IS.

Notice the following that came out yesterday, before that vote

December 3, 2015

More assertive Germany considers bigger army as Syria vote looms

Germany may need a bigger army to cope with the more assertive role it has adopted in global missions, the defense minister said on Thursday, a day before parliament votes on joining the campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.

Building on Germany’s growing confidence on the international stage, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has shown over the last two years a readiness to commit troops to foreign missions. The army is now deployed in more than a dozen countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.  …

Germany’s first overseas combat mission since World War Two was in 1999 when a coalition of Social Democrats and Greens under Gerhard Schroeder agreed to join NATO’s intervention in Kosovo.Since then, there has been a steady increase in the Bundeswehr’s overseas activity

The current German military is called the Bundeswehr. It is reported that:

The Bundeswehr is among the world’s most technologically advanced and best-supplied militaries (Bundeswehr. Wikipedia, viewed 04/28/14)

As I have been writing for some time, the actions of terrorists like the Islamic State are getting many in Europe concerned that they need a stronger military.  And a stronger military for Europe is prophesied (cf. Revelation 13:4; Daniel 11:39-43; cf. Isaiah 10:5-11).

Of course, it is not just Europe that is reacting to terrorist events...

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