Posted March 2, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
“The thing from which the world suffers just now more than from any other evil is not the assertion of falsehood, but the endless and irrepressible repetition of half-truths.”
– G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Sometimes it is what politicians and news anchors don’t mention that is the most important. In recent days the Russian Federation voted to allow Russian forces to move on to the Crimean Peninsula in Eastern Ukraine on the Black Sea. What the political leaders and news media doesn’t focus on is that Russia has a major naval base there.
In the following video from the year 2008, the situation in Crimea becomes viewed in a fuller light, and may describe that Russian naval base in a way which helps to explain the reasons for recent actions by Russia. Nikita Khrushchev, who was born in Ukraine, “gave” the Crimea to Ukraine in 1954. Russia has operated a naval base there for decades, and has paid the Ukrainian government to lease the base until 2017, when the lease runs out and shall not be renewed at that time.
As this 2008 short film shows, the thirty thousand men and women who work in Crimea because of the presence of Russia’s naval base have been aware of the 2017 lease-end date at least since 2008. One can guess at what the motivations for Russian actions in the past hours have been. Perhaps there is a concern that the new Ukrainian government will demand Russia leave the Crimean peninsula before 2017. Russia has said at the United Nations in the recent hours that the people in Crimea are in fear for their safety, so Russia was urged to provide protection.
It is perhaps the case that Russia is only concerned about the closure of their naval base in Crimea. Sometimes on the grand chessboard where small governing groups or oligarchies devise and carry out their plans – Earth – the “players” speak to each other in a language unfamiliar to most people who are outside those oligarchies, oligarchies present in every nation, so the military aspect of Ukraine, Crimea, and Russia’s naval base there is out of the awareness of everyday people.
Russia supplies 25% of Europe’s natural gas, and 80% of that gas travels through pipelines through Ukraine. In Syria, the war began shortly after Syria, Iraq, and Iran agreed to constructing a $multi-billion pipeline project to transport Iran’s huge natural gas reserves across Iraq, through Syria, and on to the lucrative European market. Syria had turned down a request by Qatar to run a pipeline to transport their huge natural gas reserves to Europe, natural gas coming from a gigantic natural gas field shared by Qatar and Iran. Instead of coming to wise agreements without the need to war, over a hundred thousand innocent men, women, and children have died, and millions have been forced to flee their homes and become refugees.
So, it should be said that small groups of powerful people, oligarchs who control governments, have become involved in wicked games of business competition that at times end in war. Back to the Crimean situation, it is the Russian naval base which is the piece on the chessboard that is the focus of the “players”. In the rarefied air of oligarchs, average people cannot know what actions fail to get ruled out to win the “game”. History shows that there are times when wisdom and reason are either willfully ignored or tossed aside to focus on winning the “game”.
No matter which group of oligarchs “wins”, when wisdom and reason get excluded from the discussions and war is viewed as an acceptable option, the majority of non-oligarchs – average citizens – suffer greatly. So, at this time in Ukraine wisdom and reason needs to become the focus and come to the forefront. Efforts to communicate in ways that resolve differences while avoiding rhetoric that separates and divides, but allows coöperation and agreement for the best results for the most people, need to become successful. Here is where true communication must take place with total honesty.
Humanity has grown weary of oligarchical games, especially games which become played with a language, spoken with horrific violence and war, that obscures the true motives of its “players”. The time has arrived for the oligarchs to admit to the people the ways they have historically operated on their chessboard – Earth. All sides need to put the facts on the table, including the good, the bad, and the ugly. When the truth comes out and the world’s people understand the full story, then humanity can move toward a cooperative, truly altruistic way of living on the planet.
The year is 2014. Now is the time to end any and all games and start working in the most wise, best reasoned ways – with the greatest spiritual maturity humanly possible – to make sure the passing on of a better world for the generations to come.
(The original video on this post was taken down at YouTube)