Thursday, April 30, 2015

History: The Year is 1568

I've uploaded year 1568 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

The 80 Years' War in 'Those lands around there' -- High taxes,  religious differences and an absentee king causes the Dutch to fight for independence. The war will be so bad that rules will be set that remain in force today. I also talk about selling Stinger missiles to Afghan rebels in 1979.

Paying Off the Ottomans and the Price of a Christian Life -- The Holy Roman Emperor pays protection money to the Sultan. I talk about how that protection money is still demanded today from Christians held at auction and what to do about it.

The 80 Years' War in 'Those lands around there'

The Dutch are unhappy with their absentee ruler, Phillip the 2nd, the King of Spain. He refers to the 17 Provinces of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Flanders as "those lands around there." Taxation has been heavy and "those lands" have exploded into rioting, and destruction led by the Calvinists. Since the Hugonauts (who are also Calvinists), have come to a truce with France, they have some time on their hands so they pitch in to help their brothers in the Netherlands. William the Silent sends his brother, Adolf of Nassau, to lead an army north to attack the Spanish forces. After an early victory, the Spanish backlash is severe. The 80 Years' War is on. The war will wind down for a time as William runs out of money, but Adolf will earn a verse in the Dutch national anthem. It is the oldest national anthem in the world in terms of music. Japan has the oldest in terms of words. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
You are seeing the beginnings of the Dutch Empire. Dutch Independence is only the beginning. By the end of the 80 Years' War and the 30 Years' War which will run parallel to it in Germany, people are going to be so horrified at the chaos and destruction that they will set down some rules for warfare... rules that remain into the modern day such as... the military cannot turn over its weapons to a 3rd party and expect to be absolved from whatever those 3rd parties do with those weapons. Thus, the USA military could not give Stinger missiles to the Afghan mujahideen to use against the Soviet Union in 1979. That would mean war. But the CIA could fund the rebels and then "sell" them the weapons. See Operation Cyclone... otherwise known as "Charley Wilson's War". And things get murky when the military sells its surplus equipment to the police. I worry when the police look more like a military force than peace officers. [8] [9]

Paying Off the Ottomans and the Price of a Christian Life

Even though the Holy Roman Emperor has managed to stop the Ottomans at Vienna, the Turks have been kicking the stuffing out of Hungry. They remain a threat to Austria and with the civil war between Protestants and Catholics in progress, the Holy Roman Emperor has decided to pay a tribute of 30,000 ducats annually to the Sultan "as a gift" which amounts to over $4 million dollars. In a sense, he is paying protection money. A reasonable peace will reign for the next 25 years. [10]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Islam has the idea of dhimmi (DIH-mee) which means "protection". Non-Islamic religions can pay protection money or a "tax" to continue their religious practice. In the Middle East today the Christians are no longer willing to pay a "tax" to love Jesus and refuse to convert to Islam. When confronted by ISIS these Christians are executed. They need help, but not necessarily military intervention. Sponsoring a Christian family to come to the United States would be a substantial commitment but doable. Ransoming Christian girls who are being sold into slavery would be a good idea. Place an empty chair next to the church pulpit to remind the congregation of the Christian who is still suffering under oppression. Hash-tagging this one won't be enough. Your personal participation is required. I wonder what a Christian life is worth? According to ISIS, a 30-year-old Christian woman is worth $63. The price goes up as the age goes down. Know what I mean? [11] [12] [13] [14]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1568, Wikipedia.

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