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In accepting his appointment to be the first permanent president of the European Council in the European Union, Herman Van Rompuy affirmed his belief that the new world order would be dominated by international organizations that would seek to destroy the last vestiges of nation-states on the face of the globe, Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert reports.

In the following speech captured by BBC and posted on YouTube, Van Rompuy proclaimed, “2009 is the first year of global governance with the establishment of the G20 in the middle of the financial crisis.”

He continued, “The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step toward the global management of our planet.”

In the following widely viewed YouTube video, Mario Borghezio, a member of Italy’s Lega Nord who is also a member of the European Parliament, pointed out in a speech to the European Parliament that Van Rompuy is a frequent attendee at Bilderberg Group and Trilateral Commission meetings.

Borghezio asked how it is possible that no one has mentioned Van Rompuy is a candidate of these “occult groups” who “meet behind closed doors to decide matters over the heads of the people.”

Van Rompuy is known in Europe for his proposals that in the EU national symbols need to be replaced by European symbols, such that the national flags of the EU member nations would disappear in favor of the EU flag, and the same would happen with license plates, identity cards and even sporting events, as reported by the Telegraph in Great Britain.

“Even the selection of the largely unknown Van Rompuy to be the first EU Council president and the selection of the equally unknown Lady Catherine Ashton, an EU trade commissioner, to be EU foreign policy head, smacked of back-room deals made by global elitists seeking to fill the new posts created by the Lisbon Treaty with EU global elitists like themselves,” Corsi wrote.

He said neither Van Rompuy nor Ashton was elected, noting that Lady Ashton has never held an elected position in her life.

Contemplating the appointment of Van Rompuy and Lady Ashton, Corsi said he is reminded of Jean Monnet, a key architect of the European Union.

In his “Memoirs,” Monnet recalled that in his Luxembourg office he kept on his desk a photograph of the Kon-Tiki, the raft Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl used in his 1947 expedition from South America to the Polynesian islands across the Pacific.

When asked about the photograph, Monnet explained that he admired the young men who sailed the Kon-Tiki because once they chose a course, they knew they could not turn back.

“We too are headed for our objective, the United States of Europe,” Monnet openly proclaimed, “and for us too there is no turning back.”

Corsi wrote, “Following Van Rompuy’s comments, there should be no doubt that the globalists have no intention of stopping or slowing down, as even the EU itself is simply one small step of regionalism on the new world order journey of international government in which nation-states themselves become bygone entities of a once-treasured past.”

Red Alert’s author, whose books “The Obama Nation” and “Unfit for Command” have topped the New York Times best-sellers list, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972. For nearly 25 years, beginning in 1981, he worked with banks throughout the U.S. and around the world to develop financial services marketing companies to assist banks in establishing broker/dealers and insurance subsidiaries to provide financial planning products and services to their retail customers. In this career, Corsi developed three different third-party financial services marketing firms that reached gross sales levels of $1 billion in annuities and equal volume in mutual funds. In 1999, he began developing Internet-based financial marketing firms, also adapted to work in conjunction with banks.

In his 25-year financial services career, Corsi has been a noted financial services speaker and writer, publishing three books and numerous articles in professional financial services journals and magazines.

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