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The 80 Years' War in 'Those lands around there' *

The Dutch are unhappy with their absentee ruler, Phillip the 2nd, the King of Spain. He refers to the 17 Provinces of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Flanders as "those lands around there." Taxation has been heavy and "those lands" have exploded into rioting, and destruction led by the Calvinists. Since the Hugonauts (who are also Calvinists), have come to a truce with France, they have some time on their hands so they pitch in to help their brothers in the Netherlands. William the Silent sends his brother, Adolf of Nassau, to lead an army north to attack the Spanish forces. After an early victory, the Spanish backlash is severe. The 80 Years' War is on. The war will wind down for a time as William runs out of money, but Adolf will earn a verse in the Dutch national anthem. It is the oldest national anthem in the world in terms of music. Japan has the oldest in terms of words. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
You are seeing the beginnings of the Dutch Empire. Dutch Independence is only the beginning. By the end of the 80 Years' War and the 30 Years' War which will run parallel to it in Germany, people are going to be so horrified at the chaos and destruction that they will set down some rules for warfare... rules that remain into the modern day such as... the military cannot turn over its weapons to a 3rd party and expect to be absolved from whatever those 3rd parties do with those weapons. Thus, the USA military could not give Stinger missiles to the Afghan mujahideen to use against the Soviet Union in 1979. That would mean war. But the CIA could fund the rebels and then "sell" them the weapons. See Operation Cyclone... otherwise known as "Charley Wilson's War". And things get murky when the military sells its surplus equipment to the police. I worry when the police look more like a military force than peace officers. [8] [9]

Paying Off the Ottomans and the Price of a Christian Life

Even though the Holy Roman Emperor has managed to stop the Ottomans at Vienna, the Turks have been kicking the stuffing out of Hungry. They remain a threat to Austria and with the civil war between Protestants and Catholics in progress, the Holy Roman Emperor has decided to pay a tribute of 30,000 ducats annually to the Sultan "as a gift" which amounts to over $4 million dollars. In a sense, he is paying protection money. A reasonable peace will reign for the next 25 years. [10]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Islam has the idea of dhimmi (DIH-mee) which means "protection". Non-Islamic religions can pay protection money or a "tax" to continue their religious practice. In the Middle East today the Christians are no longer willing to pay a "tax" to love Jesus and refuse to convert to Islam. When confronted by ISIS these Christians are executed. They need help, but not necessarily military intervention. Sponsoring a Christian family to come to the United States would be a substantial commitment but doable. Ransoming Christian girls who are being sold into slavery would be a good idea. Place an empty chair next to the church pulpit to remind the congregation of the Christian who is still suffering under oppression. Hash-tagging this one won't be enough. Your personal participation is required. I wonder what a Christian life is worth? According to ISIS, a 30-year-old Christian woman is worth $63. The price goes up as the age goes down. Know what I mean? [11] [12] [13] [14]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1568, Wikipedia.

See Also


* The asterisk in the section header indicates that it was read on the podcast.
  1. national-anthems.org - facts. national-anthems.org (2015). Retrieved on 29 April 2015. “THE NETHERLANDS - oldest music - melody known before 1572”
  2. 1568: Eighty-four Valenciennes iconoclasts. Executed Today (2015). Retrieved on 26 April 2015. “This date in 1568 saw the mass execution of 84 people in Valenciennes for participating in the Low Countries' Calvinist movement against Catholicism's longstanding use of images and icons to project its cosmology.”
  3. Eighty Years' War: Causes of the war - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 19 April 2015. “In the decades preceding the war, the Dutch had become increasingly discontented with Habsburg rule. A major cause of this discontent was the heavy level of taxation imposed on the population, while support and guidance from the government was hampered by the size of the Habsburg empire. At that time, the Seventeen Provinces were known in the empire as De landen van herwaarts over and in French as Les pays de par deça -- 'those lands around there'.”
  4. Dutch Golden Age - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 19 April 2015. “Under the terms of the surrender of Antwerp in 1585, the Protestant population (if unwilling to reconvert) were given four years to settle their affairs before leaving the city and Habsburg territory. Similar arrangements were made in other places. Protestants were especially well-represented among the skilled craftsmen and rich merchants of the port cities of Bruges, Ghent, and Antwerp. More moved to the north between 1585 and 1630 than Catholics moved in the other direction, although there were also many of these. Many of those moving north settled in Amsterdam, transforming what was a small port into one of the most important ports and commercial centres in the world by 1630.”
  5. Battle of Heiligerlee (1568) - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 27 April 2015. “The Battle of Heiligerlee (Heiligerlee, Groningen, 23 May 1568)[4] was fought between Dutch rebels and the Spanish army of Friesland. This was the first Dutch victory during the Eighty Years' War.”
  6. Seventeen Provinces - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 29 April 2015. “The Seventeen Provinces was a term applied to the Imperial states of the Habsburg Netherlands in the 15th and 16th century. They roughly covered the Low Countries, i.e. the current Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, plus most of the modern French department of Nord including Artois, French Flanders, and French Hainaut. Also enclosed in this area were semi-independent fiefdoms, mainly ecclesiastical ones, such as Liège, Cambrai and Stavelot-Malmedy.”
  7. Wilhelmus (Dutch National Anthem) - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 29 April 2015.
  8. Dutch Revolt - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 19 April 2015. “The first phase of the conflict can be considered to be the Dutch War of Independence. The focus of the latter phase was to gain official recognition of the already de facto independence of the United Provinces. This phase coincided with the rise of the Dutch Republic as a major power and the founding of the Dutch Empire.”
  9. Operation Cyclone - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 29 April 2015. “The U.S.-built Stinger antiaircraft missile, supplied to the mujahideen in very large numbers beginning in 1986, struck a decisive blow to the Soviet war effort as it allowed the lightly armed Afghans to effectively defend against Soviet helicopter landings in strategic areas. The Stingers were so renowned and deadly that, in the 1990s, the U.S. conducted a 'buy-back' program to keep unused missiles from falling into the hands of anti-American terrorists.”
  10. Treaty of Adrianople (1568) - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 27 April 2015. “It concluded the Austro-Turkish War (1566-1568) after Battle of Szigetvár, and brought a period of 25 years of (relative) peace between both Empires.”
  11. Here's What You Can Do About The Persecution of Christians: Stop Being a Lazy Coward. TheBlaze.com (April 22, 2015). Retrieved on 29 April 2015. “In America, many Christians stand down. They cower. They whimper. They won't even declare their faith on Facebook for fear that it might prompt a mean Facebook message and an unfriending. Christians in the Middle East will give up their lives to keep their souls while we give up our souls to keep our reputations and our social media reach.”
  12. Beck Blitz: Defying ISIS w/ Johnnie Moore. The Blaze Radio Network (23 Apr 2015). Retrieved on 29 April 2014.
  13. Beck Blitz: Inside ISIS's Slave Trade. The Blaze Radio Network (24 Apr 2015). Retrieved on 29 April 2014.
  14. Alex Shrugged notes: Of course, our so-called representatives are next to useless but in the past they have occasionally made something happen.

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