The Fall Of The Roman Empire And Mercenaries

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There were, of course, many, many reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire.  Often times, it’s difficult to determine a cause from a symptom, such as it is when considering the mercenaries Rome hired. 

Many of the mercenaries Rome hired had a natural antagonism towards Rome to begin with.  But, Rome would hire them, thus, enriching and strengthening the mercenaries which had a natural antagonism towards Rome.  With the better view of hindsight, we can now see and understand how Rome’s actions were of supreme idiocy, and this alone was a huge contributor, if not the primary cause, of the fall of Rome.

Fortunately, history doesn’t repeat itself …….. Oh, wait!!!!!!!

U.S. Admits Paying Terrorists For Services Rendered In Syria

When researchers such as myself have reported that the United States is funding al-Qaeda, Nusra, ISIS and other related terror organizations in Syria, we were not kidding. Still, despite the fact that even the U.S. government itself has admitted that it was funding terroristsdirectly and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the suggestion was met with disbelief, ridicule, or either entirely ignored.

Now, however, the United States government has admitted that it funds terrorists on the ground in Syria yet again, this time placing an individual dollar amount on the assistance provided.

According to the Pentagon, Syrian “rebels” being trained and “vetted” by the United States are receiving “compensation” to the tune of anywhere between $250 to $400 per month to act as America’s proxy forces in the Middle East. Reuters reports that the payment levels were confirmed by the Pentagon and also that the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Navy Commander Elissa Smith both separately admitted the fact that these “new” terrorists are receiving a stipend.

Reuters also reported on alleged obstacles the Pentagon claims it is facing regarding the ability to train the death squad volunteers due to a lack of ability to “vet” them appropriately as well as a bizarre incident where fighters abandon the mission after having received training from the US military. The reason provided by the Pentagon was that the fighters did not want to sign a contract to avoid fighting Assad. But, in the same report, the Pentagon states that there was no such contract – only one requiring them to “respect human rights” and “the rule of law,” so the reason provided for the disappearance of these fighters lacks legitimacy. One can only speculate as to where these “trainees” disappeared to. …..

Read the rest at the link. 

Well, anyone with an operating synapse knew this was happening.  But, for our government to admit is ….. well …. it crushes my spirit. 

Don’t get me wrong, I think Assad is a scumbag, and he truly is a tyrant.  However, it isn’t just questionable, but, supreme idiocy to fund even greater scumbags and tyrants to overthrow Assad. 

ISIS was created by the funding of the US and our allies in this madness. 

This is what happens when leftards, who reject history and make up pretend worlds, (such as believing Cuba is some sort of ecological Nirvana) run things.   

May God be merciful to my children and grand-children. 

 

h/t Dirk

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19 Responses to The Fall Of The Roman Empire And Mercenaries

  1. Latitude says:

    but then you have to ask….what was in place that made people form ISIS in the first place?
    We are idiots, and think that just because someone can operate a cell phone and tweet…
    …they are civilized
    We have a president and government right now that thinks you can sit down and come to an agreement with people that want you dead at any cost.

    Speaking of Greeks and Romans…

    Greek banks down to €500m in cash reserves as economy crashes

    “”Greece is sliding into a full-blown national crisis as the final cash reserves of the banking system evaporate by the hour and swathes of industry start to shut down, precipitating the near disintegration of the ruling coalition””

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11714655/Greek-banks-down-to-500m-in-cash-reserves-as-economy-crashes.html

    • suyts says:

      I still think they’ll end up being bailed out and owned by the Euro. We’ll see. They are, of course, doing it backwards. In a crisis such as this, government workers should be sent home. Give them an IOU if that’s what makes people feel good, but, announce that the factory inspectors and whatnot aren’t going to be on the job.

      But, yeh, they’re circling the drain.

    • DirkH says:

      “We are idiots, and think that just because someone can operate a cell phone and tweet…
      …they are civilized”

      Don’t worry, we engineers make sure that our products can safely be used by anyone, being civilized is not a requirement I have ever seen in a requirement doc.

  2. gator69 says:

    All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.
    -Tacitus

  3. Jim Masterson says:

    I think the main cause for the fall of the Roman Empire was the plumbing. True, the aqueducts were made of stone, but the siphons and the terminus plumbing were made of lead. The flow of water through the siphons was probably too quick to pick up much lead; however that wouldn’t be true for the terminus plumbing.. Since only the upper-ruling-class in Rome had indoor plumbing, they were the ones exposed to more lead poisoning. This probably explains why many of the emperors were looney-tunes. Those upper-ruling-class who weren’t poisoned by lead, were probably like the liberals of today–essentially brain-damaged anyway.

    Jim

    • kim2ooo says:

      That IS interesting.

    • gator69 says:

      When in ancient Rome, don’t drink as the Romans do. High-born Romans sipped beverages cooked in lead vessels and channeled spring water into their homes through lead pipes (pictured). Some historians argue that lead poisoning plagued the Roman elite with diseases such as gout and hastened the empire’s fall. Now, a team of archaeologists and scientists has discovered just how contaminated Roman tap water was. The team dredged sediment downstream from Rome in the harbor basin at Portus, a maritime port of imperial Rome, and from a channel connecting the port to the Tiber River. The researchers compared the lead isotopes in their sediment samples with those found in preserved Roman piping to create a historical record of lead pollution flowing from the Roman capital. Tap water from ancient Rome likely contained up to 100 times more lead than local spring water, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While the lead contamination was measureable, the team says the levels were unlikely high enough to be harmful, ruling out tap water as a major culprit in Rome’s demise. The team’s thousand-year historical record included noticeable changes in lead pollution from Rome following major events such as the Gothic Wars in 535 C.E., Byzantine repairs to abandoned Roman aqueducts in 554 C.E., and the mid-9th century Arab sack of Rome. The team says this timeline can support historians studying the changing character of Rome and Portus during the turbulent post-empire years.

      http://news.sciencemag.org/archaeology/2014/04/scienceshot-did-lead-poisoning-bring-down-ancient-rome

    • DirkH says:

      “Those upper-ruling-class who weren’t poisoned by lead, were probably like the liberals of today–essentially brain-damaged anyway.”

      I stand by my pathological altruism hypothesis as the explanation for modern New Left / Progressivism. Modern Leftism (after the genocidal Marxism) occured in places as diverse as the UK, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Italy… and completely devoured Sweden, Norway, Denmark. Some of these places have unleaded drinking water.

      One of the causes for the demise of the Roman Empire was the export of silver sesterces to India in return for pepper. Indians love precious metals, and ROmans loved pepper. Similar to the aristocratic craze for Chinese art objects in the 18th century, this was a one way cause for a trade deficit, compensated by the emperors by diluting the silver content of the coinage, causing inflation. With it came a loss of confidence in the system.

      It didn’t help that ROman politicians AND judges AND officials could ONLY take money from supporters, NOT a wage from the state (they had basically institutionalized corruption and outlawed the maybe less corrupting payment through tax money)

      • DirkH says:

        “Similar to the aristocratic craze for Chinese art objects in the 18th century”
        This was the reason for the Opium wars: the British found a product that the Chinese would not resist once getting hooked on it. (That’s also why the US has occupied Afghanistan in modern days)

    • cdquarles says:

      Er, it likely wasn’t the pipes. It is more likely diet, namely using lead acetate as a sweetener and maybe some lead citrate, too; since citrus fruit would have been known to them. Put ‘vinegary’ wine into lead goblets or put citrus fruit on lead glazed porcelain and let it sit in a warm environment. Then eat and drink and be merry :P.

  4. gator69 says:

    “Hand over the money or I’ll shoot.”

    • DirkH says:

      Handelsblatt has a leftist woman as chief editor for a year now, and publishes only what the regime wants. Wasn’t a spectacular economic mag before and is in the gutter now.

      I stand by my thesis that the Merkel regime plays Greece into Putin’s hand and terminates NATO.

      BTW Merkel’s party is IN PANIC over the refugee flood. The Greece thing is basically a done deal but used to distract the masses. There is only ONE catastrophy ongoing now and that is the negrofication and arabization of Germany and the media report about everything and the kitchen sink but that.

      The refugee flood might therefore be the American’s revenge.

      • DirkH says:

        And, I’m speaking from personal observation (and some hints from underground blogs). I’m travelling a lot, I see this stuff happening.

  5. Lars P. says:

    History rhymes itself often enough.
    I think the Byzantine Empire did the same with the Turks hiring them as mercenaries to defend against the Turks…

  6. omanuel says:

    Happy Fourth of July

    1. This great nation began with the “Declaration of Independence” on 4 July 1776.

    2. And finally ended 169 years later, in Oct 1945, because:

    _ a.) Eighty-seven years later, in 1863, President Lincoln trusted and appointed a private, self-perpetuating group of distinguished scholars to advise the government on science and technology – The National Academy of Sciences.

    _ b.) Forty-nine years later, nations were united under the UN on 24 October 1945 and NAS directed the research funds in federal research agencies to support this worldwide “Secret Social Experiment.”

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Introduction.pdf

    3. Climategate emails surfaced in late Nov 2009 first showed many of us the sad state of government science.

    4. After six years of official excuses for deceptive government science, now – on 4 July 2015 – there is little or no doubt: The US National Academy of Sciences that Lincoln established in 1863 betrayed the American public in 1945.

    Oliver

  7. HankH says:

    James, check your in-box… rough draft was sent.

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