International manipulation underway by
Sometimes it just seems like the big boys, those so called more civilized Western nations don't know when to leave well enough alone. I think most countries like to give lip service to respecting the will of the people indigenous to a region like the
but darn if we can really keep our word when it comes to actions. Ukraine
Perhaps we forget little historical facts like the
has been settled by members of the homo genus since 43,000-45,000 BC when they
were first called Neanderthals and discovered in the Molodova archaeological
sites. And Gravettian settlements were
unearthed dating to 32,000 BC in the Buran-Kaya cave site of the Ukraine . Crimean Mountains
It was part of the Khazar kingdom when time changed from BC to AD, the time of the birth and life of Jesus, and by 800 AD became Jewish. Prior to that the Roman Emperor Constantine, a non-Christian, was convinced by his mother Helena to first issue the Edict of Milan in 313 AD granting religious tolerance to all religions.
Twelve years later there was the first ecumenical council, the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, when he ordered the adoption of the Nicene Creed which evolved into the universal creed of Christendom. Thus
embraced Christianity and became
the first Holy Roman (Christian) emperor.
From that time on Christianity was also evolving in the Constantine . Ukraine
However, it took until the Great Moravia empire under the Grand Duke Vladimir the Great before the
formally embraced Christianity in 988 AD.
Like Emperor Constantine earlier Ukraine
was influenced by a strong Christian female in the family, his grandmother,
Princess Olga. Vladimir
every country or kingdom in the world, was beset by war after war throughout
the centuries, the rather odd consequence of the evolution of civilization in
the western world. Ukraine
So commonplace were wars that The New York Times reported in 2003 that in the prior 3,400 years humans have been entirely at peace for just 268 years, or just 8 percent of recorded history. You can throw in the last 11 years since The New York Times article because wars continued (
Iraq & ). Afghanistan
In Europe alone which includes the
have been 550 wars recorded throughout history.
Ironically during the most recent 20th century a staggering 76 wars were
recorded, the most of any century in history.
Included were the largest, most expensive and most devastating wars ever
including World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam wars, though neither
Korea nor Vietnam count in the European total. Ukraine
So nations like the Ukraine and most of Europe have been buried in a deluge of wars since recorded history began and as mankind matured and became more civilized the pace and terror of war increased proportionately. What in the world does that tell you about the nature of mankind?
took the first step in
actual independence, something they really haven't had since the Neanderthal age some 45,000 years ago. They revolted and threw out the President Viktor
Yanukovych accusing him of murdering
civilians during the recent demonstrations and stealing billions of dollars
from the nation. Ukraine
In the meantime in
Crimea thugs seized government
buildings and today two airports and raised Russian flags. Crimea has been pro-Russia ever since the Soviet Union quashed a Ukrainian revolt and brought on
the great famine of 1921, leaving 1.5 million Ukrainians dead.
From then on the Soviets under Josef Stalin tried to liquidate opposition and to repopulate the country with Russians. With the fall of the Soviet Empire in 1991 independence seemed to return to the nation but economic difficulties, foreign interference and competitive manipulation by
Russia, the European Union and
made it impossible. United States
The people of the
Crimea have been forced together for so long and manipulated by so many that
the Crimea favors strong ties to Russia
and the Ukraine to Europe. Perhaps in
the end the two must become separate countries so they can align with the
nations they desire.
My plea is for all competitors to stop this game of international chess and for the first time in about 45,000 years let the people of the
Ukraine and Crimea
decide for themselves how to structure and align their nation.
Hasn't our brand of western civilization ruined enough lives and nations over the centuries? The people of the
Ukraine and Crimea
know what is best, what kind of government they want, and what kind of
relationships they want with the rest of the world. Give them the few billions of dollars of
foreign aid they need and step back and let it happen.