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Was It Worth It?

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President Barack Obama, please, answer the question. Was it worth it to send a missile and kill 17 people on the Pakistani territory? Did it help your cause? You are my Commander- in- Chief. I voted for you. How did that action protect me and my family from the enemies, foreign and domestic? You are not a moron like Bush; you are a seemingly intelligent person. Answer the question. And a very old question it is.


In the late 1790s captain Grachus Babuef (I am not sure about the name, sorry) plotted against the French Directory, the Provisional Government appointed after the turmoil of the Jacobin Revolution. The plot was uncovered and Babuef was sentenced to death by the guillotine. From his cell he wrote a letter to Lazar Carnot, one of the directors. The letter was called ‘Was it worth it?’ Was it worth it, asked Babuef, a sturdy military officer of the French army, to kill so many people with impunity? Was it worth it to burn cities and villages? Was it worth it to behead people in thousands? Was it worth it to shoot hostages? Was it worth it to perform grotesque rituals like ‘Republican weddings’ when young mean and women were tied up naked and then drowned together? Was it worth it to torture people, hang them on trees, and kill parents in front of the children? All of that was done for the Revolution. Was it worth it, really?

Captain Babuef never got his answer. In about a year after that Napoleon Bonaparte overthrew the Directory and soon proclaimed himself an Emperor of France.


Was it worth it? In 1821 in an unprecedented sweep Austrian police in Lombardy, Italy arrested about 600000 young men and women as the alleged members of the Carbonari (coalmen) underground insurgent organization. That was accompanied by unleashing of the paramilitary units against the Italian farmers, literally dictating the Church to disclose the confessions of the constituents to the police, total military blockade of the province and an unbelievable package of special measures from confiscation of the property to the deportation of the Jewish families as closeted liberals. Thousands were sentenced to hard labor and several prominent citizens were publicly hanged. Thousands died from tortures. Was it worth it? In 1848 Austrian students toppled Austrian government and in 1867 Mark Twain traveled through the independent Italy sarcastically advising to nationalize the Catholic Church.


Was it worth it? In 1905 during the first Russian revolution the Czarist government organized special paramilitary regiments that had a right to conduct military trials on sites and execute people en masse. Thousands of farmers were executed, particularly in the North and in the Baltics. In about 12 years after that the new, most bloody revolution swept over the country, executed the Czar and his family and ignited the Civil War in which about 14 million people perished. Was it worth it? A dictator took over in Russia in 1929 and the number of the victims of terror reached millions.


Some people even now praise Stalin; they say that he was brought in by the times. Brought in…. Zarya Lakoba was a widow of the former Abhazian top communist Nestor Lakoba. She was arrested in the 1930s after he died and, according to the cellmates she was tortured EVERY NIGHT for many nights, so that soon she could not move on her own. Her teenage son was tortured in front of her and then killed. They wanted her to slander her deceased husband. She died under torture. BTW, one of the types of torture at that time was waterboarding to the raw sewage, Greetings from NKVD, Mr. Cheney. Was it worth it? Hardly. In the 1990s ‘Silver Fox’ Shervardnadze, the committed Party official presided over the separation of Georgia from Russia. Apparently the henchmen in 1930s did a good job destroying the historic legacy of the Russian- Georgian relationship.

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The writer is 66 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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