| Coming to some reality on Crimea — which the Ottomans used as a jihad base for years
| Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Jihad Watch : Amid all the hysteria regarding Trump and Russia, with many people
calling upon Trump to denounce Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, it
is useful to regain some historical perspective. Crimea, as Michael
Finch explains here, was point of contention between the jihadis of the
Ottoman Empire at the Russians for many, many years.
I have details
about this in my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS.
It was settled by Russians, not Ukrainians, and Putin’s annexation was
in accord with the reality that most of the people there are Russians
and have been Russians for many centuries. “Coming to Some Reality on Crimea,” by Michael Finch, American Greatness, July 16, 2018: That is the status of Crimea. It’s non negotiable for Russia. Going
into this summit, it behooves everyone to understand what is at stake in
terms of Crimea. First some history.
The Crimean Peninsula juts out from the bottom of Ukraine into the
north shore of the Black Sea. Its critical position in the Black Sea has
made it a battle ground and prized possession for Empires over three
millennium. It has been colonized by Greeks, Persians, Romans, Goths,
Slavs, and Steppe nomads from the Mongols and Tartars. In the mid 15th
Century, Crimea became a northern outpost of the Muslim Ottoman Empire
and would remain in Ottoman control for over 400 years.
The Ottomans used the Crimean Peninsula as a launch pad for raids far
into Ukraine and Russia. It is estimated that well over 2 million Slavs
(Ukrainians and Russians) were taken as slaves between 1500 and 1700
and sent to modern day Turkey. In fact the word “slave” traces back to
the Greek word for Slav. To put some perspective on this, it is
estimated that just under 400,000 black slaves were shipped from Africa
to the Colonies in North America and later the independent United
States. The Islamic Caliphate’s hold at the southern reaches of the
Russian Empire was an existential threat, literally so for millions of
By 1700 however, the Ottoman Empire was starting a long period of
decline, while the Russian Empire, first under the reign of Peter the
Great, and then under Catherine the Great, were in the ascendancy. Peter
the Great in the early 18th Century had secured, through a war with
Sweden, a port on the Baltic Sea, what was to become St. Petersburg.
Russia however, desperately desired a warm water port. They looked
South, where they had been war, on and off for centuries, against the
raiding Mongol and Tartar hordes as well as the Ottoman Sultanate.
Constantinople, the great seat of the Eastern Orthodox Church, from
which Russian Orthodoxy had sprung, fell in 1453 to the Ottomans. It had
been a dream of Christians everywhere to return Constantinople to the
Christian fold and that feeling was no more passionately held than in
Russia. Moscow became the “Third Rome.” :
Read it all here...............
|posted by D Swami Gwekanandam @ 8:57 PM