By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
It is fascinating to watch the news from Ukraine, along with the speculation on what will happen next, as the Crimea (officially the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) moves closer and closer to becoming a part of Russia.
Let’s take a look at how some territories have evolved or changed hands over time… for better or worse:
On a day such as this… in 1681, King Charles II handed over a large piece of his American land holdings to William Penn to satisfy a debt the king owed to Penn’s father. This land included present-day Pennsylvania and Delaware. The democratic principles that Penn established in the Pennsylvania frame of government, served as an inspiration for the United States Constitution.
On a day such as this… in 1804, a ceremony was conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States.
On a day such as this… in 1952, Fulgencio Batista carried out a coup d’état in Cuba, anticipating that the government would fall in the hands of the socialists. Following his takeover, Batista led Cuba’s economy to the highest level the republic had ever known, ahead of all other Spanish-speaking nations in the Western Hemisphere. Unfortunately, Batista’s unconstitutional takeover made the long-established Cuban Marxist elements even more determined to control the island, as they did in 1959, when Fidel Castro began his bloody Communist dictatorship— placing the island’s territory at the service of the former Soviet Union.
Batista’s rule lasted less than seven years.
Castro’s Communist rule has lasted more than 55 years—and has been instrumental in the spread of Marxism and totalitarianism in the Western Hemisphere, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
On a day such as this… in 1959, Tibetans were protesting outside of the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, in defiance of the occupation by Communist Chinese forces, which began in 1950.
Sixty four years later, Tibet is still under Chinese Communist rule.
On a day such as this… the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is not protesting Russian occupation forces—because the majority of Crimeans are of Russian descent and identify with Russia. The March 16 referendum in Crimea (which is considered unconstitutional by the Ukranian government) will essentially be a choice of YES NOW or YES LATER. In other words, join Russia immediately– or declare independence and then join Russia.
And there’s nothing that the world can do.
As such, this is beginning to look more and more like an awkward situation for uninformed newscasters and self-declared political sages—who have little understanding of the demographics and the history of the region.
Sadly, powerful entities such as the European Union and Russia are pushing for vast socialist territorial governance—and are suppressing the sovereignty of smaller states.
It’s called socialism. That is why Russia is a close friend of Fidel Castro’s Communist dictatorship. The same goes for the European Union.
The rhetoric of the Russian government may differ from that of the European Union, but their goals are the same: domination of entire regions. It’s all a question of who is bigger and more powerful to hold the reins of these smaller countries. And they are not hiding their agenda. Case in point: Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, considers that political parties are a threat to peace!
This regional domination is not done with bullets– but with economic control.
Ask the Greeks, who have lost their sovereignty and have been impoverished morally and economically, by selling their beautiful country to the socialists. The vast majority of Greek government debt is now owned by other European governments and the ECB (European Central Bank).
The old grand halls of governments across the world have turned their backs on great statesmanship.
So, on a day such as this… we watch the United States spending millions of dollars mobilizing military assets across the Bosporus and into the Black Sea. Mind you, I’m neither a pacifist nor an isolationist. But reality shows that the Crimeans will decide their fate by choosing:
□ Yes now
□ Yes later
Someone has to say the truth…
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