Back in 1999, I was feeling as though perhaps I was reading too much into things and seeing things where none existed. I had been heavily researching Javier Solana de Madariaga since discovering him on the early morning of November 22, 1995. This was during the 10 days of November 1995 that Solana rose from comparative obscurity as a mere European cabinet minister -- one of many -- to rapid worldwide prominence as head of NATO. The promotion was deemed astonishing by the press in those days because Javier Solana had been a confirmed active Marxist in the early 1980s. He had been best known for haranguing crowds in those days with the chant, "We are radically opposed to NATO," referring to his opposition to Spain's proposed entry into that military alliance.
In 1999, Javier Solana would be given exclusive military authority over NATO's military operations, most unusual powers for a job usually ministerial in scope and authority -- a job where he was normally to receive directions and orders from the NATO member countries and then pass same on to his military men. Solana was given the military authority to make the decisions on his own on January 30, 1999. President Clinton would proclaim on American television on March 21, 1999, "I agree with Javier Solana's decision to do this." He was referring to Solana's orders to bomb the former Yugoslavia and hits capital city Belgrade in retaliation for Serbian recalcitrance in handing over their Serbian Orthodox Church center of Kosovo to Albanian interests.
I then noted that the scope of military power accorded Solana was unusual and communicated my thoughts on that to many. Later that year, I would learn that Solana was leaving the NATO position a little early -- to go to Brussels and serve as the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union. That job was created in early December 1998 by Section 666 of the European Codified Documents. Approximately one month after leaving NATO for the new EU position which also included as serving as Secretary General of the Council of Ministers of the European Union, it was announced on or about November 20, 1999, that Javier Solana was to wear still another important hat "for one year." The Western European Union, a ten national military federation, announced they were dissolving and folding their power into the CFSP office of the EU, but for their "last year" of operation, Javier Solana would be in exclusive control. That included the title of "Secretary General of the Western European Union" in addition to his other lofty ones.
Given the obvious prophetic similarities, I began to wonder, "am I crazy? . . . am I seeing things that nobody else is seeing? . . . am I reading too much into this?"
I did an internet search one day, as I recall, in early December 1999 to see if anybody else was watching this and discovered a column by one Herb Peters, a California religious writer. I called the newspaper sponsoring the website where the article, "It is wise not to ignore Biblical prophecy" appeared. They gave me Mr. Peters' number. I telephoned him and as recorded in his book, RECOMMENDATION 666, the rest is history.
The migraine headaches she must have received for the stresses of taking that job more than justify the salary -- a salary that was obviously set for Dr. Solana's benefit and not her own. Those of us watching this scene closely believed that Solana was planning a comeback or had better plans with larger organizations than the European Union. Since leaving office, he has continued running his Grandfather/"Great Uncle"/Distant Cousin (whatever)'s Madariaga Foundation. He also has been appointed to numerous prominent boards and offices including but not limited to the Brookings Institution, Trilateral Commission, and ESADE. He was before his "retirement" and continues to be one of the most influential voices on "global governance."
Recent coverage continues to praise Solana's talents in diplomacy and in effect laments his apparent absence:
No wonder that Javier Solana’s role as the West’s envoy to Iran won him many fans among Democrats and moderate Republicans. His part inpreventing a meltdown was arguably a greater contribution to security than all the EU’s peace operations combined.
"Obama maintains the idea of service to a historical mission for the US: the important job of guaranteeing global security. But, unlike his White House predecessors, Obama's National Security Strategy recognises the value of partnerships; attaches greater importance to the civilian dimension as opposed to the military; and stresses the value of dialogue and the need to reinforce international institutions.
"This is a good sign for a world with different power centers and interests, with resources and legitimacy remaining tied to the nation-state, but in which challenges (climate change, armed conflicts, pandemics, and transnational crime) are global and, therefore, require cooperation among states. We are in a transition period: international interconnection is increasing, as the global economic crisis has shown, but the management tools and mechanisms to guarantee the smooth operation of governments are still not being shared. Obama's new National Security Strategy shows a political willingness to back an international order able to tackle these challenges.
"The road ahead is not free of difficulties, but the [Obama] Strategy represents a decisive step towards solving the challenges of the 21st Century and preparing us for the world of tomorrow.
"*JAVIER SOLANA the European Union's former High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, and a former Secretary General of NATO, is President of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics.