TUESDAY’S TRIBUTE TO ROMAN EMPIRE (11-06-12)
It’s not that I’m holding a grudge, it’s just that I’m in some kind of wonderment that my country allowed itself to be cleverly and professionally hoaxed for the second time a couple years ago — and so many don’t even know it, let alone know how and why.
So – Hats Off to Our Rulers – very, very clever.
Here are two things I wish we’d learn:
CHILDREN GET HURT WHEN THEY ARE USED AS PAWNS.
CHILDREN GET HURT WHEN THEY ARE USED AS POLITICAL BARGAINING CHIPS. . . .
(EVEN WHEN THEY ARE CHILDREN OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES)
The Roman Empire had imperial rulers also, as the world has today.
The fall of the Roman Empire took a few generations, although I suspect it was “gone” before most Roman citizens realized it. The attacks by foreigners (which they called barbarians) were among the factors in its fall.
But direct attacks didn’t accomplish too much at first, not quickly enough.
Take a look at the direction of the arrows. They show mass migrations of foreigners into the Roman Empire – beyond what the Empire could handle. Food supplies were strained, economic problems resulted, the divided loyalty of the newcomers added unease and social strain – because these foreigners had no intention of becoming Roman, they merely wanted the advantages that they saw the Roman citizens had.
The migrations of the foreigners (the many germanic tribes whom they called barbarians) overwhelmed every aspect of the Roman Empire.
The politicians tried to make use of the foreign population within the empire.
But in the end, all the civilized world represented by Rome succumbed.
Above is an artist’s representation of the Sacking of Rome. These same foreign “guests” eventually rose up and overthrew their Roman “hosts.”
It really didn’t take too long to go from appeasing the foreigners — who had no intention of becoming Roman — and being defeated by the great numbers of foreigners within the very porous borders of the Roman Empire.
Funny – I did say “hats off” to our present day Rulers. But — I wonder if they know anything about history of our own civilization?
And that’s my motivation for Tuesdays. I wonder if enough Americans know. . . .