When W W I, 1914-1918, began, Woodrow Wilson, 28th US president, was quoted to have said, "… a war with which we had nothing to do… (He warned Americans to) be impartial in thought as well as action." However, Los Angeles Examiner, April 3. 1917, headline goes: 'War! Says Wilson; Big Army Wanted'. Some have condemned the United States' entrance into World War I, in 1918, as an 'unwise departure from the isolationist tradition of the Founding Fathers'.
Before WW I in Russia, one of the aims of Peter the Great (1672-1725) was his obtaining access to a sea; therefore, he declared war on Turkey and captured Azov port on the Black Sea. Then, he captured two ports on the Caspian Sea. In his controversial Testament, he emphasized that Poland must be divided and 'The authorities there must be gained over with money and the assemblies corrupted so as to influence the elections of the kings. We must hasten the downfall of Persia (Iran), push on to the Persian Gulf'…" and so on.
Nevertheless, when Bolsheviks (Communists) assumed power in Russia, 1917, they called on all workingmen of the world to revolt. Additionally, Stalin, in 1942, occupied the northern part of Iran and set up some puppet communist republics. Same time, the annexation of Eastern Europe took place. Their last episode was invasion of Afghanistan, in 1979. But they withdrew from Afghanistan, and Gorbachev became the head of USSR, in 1985. He brought the giant communist apparatus down just by the flick of a switch, in 1991, possibly, in exchange for Globalization or rather international integration or better ' One Planet, One Rule'! Now, the world sees the return of another Czar, Vladimir Putin, who must follow in the footsteps of his predecessors.
Presently, Hamid Karzai former UNOCAL Consultant is the emir of Afghanistan. Unlike the Talibans, he favors oil and gas pipelines running from Turkmenistan south through Afghanistan to the Arabian Sea coast of Pakistan.
In an imaginary elementary classroom, in former USSR republics in Europe as well as its former surrogate Afghanistan, a dialogue took place between a teacher and a 5th grader, beginning with the teacher:
- "Last week I asked you to bring a plane leaf to class. As you see I have a couple of world maps on the wall. Now, I would like for you to draw an analogy between a geographic map and a plane leaf."
"Here, Ms. I think both maps and leaves have veins."
"What do you mean?"
"I mean, when it's snowing in Ukraine, in TVs news, I see a map of Europe showing yellow veins coming from Russia, and the leaf I have here has the same veins, too."
"OK. What are you trying to say?"
"Well, it's just an analogy. But I have a question for you."
"What does 'Right of Easement' mean?"