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posted: 3/22/2014 5:01 AM

Let's not go to war again over Crimea

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In 1854, Turkey, Great Britain and France went to war with Russia over the Crimea.

Russians lost more than 100,000 lives. The Allied Forces lost more than 90,000.

This war gave us the poem by Tennyson, "The Charge of the Light Brigade." Also, Florence Nightingale and her nursing abilities became famous.

I remember as a child my favorite movie with Errol Flynn was "The Charge of the Light Brigade," made in the 1930s. The villain in the movie was an Arabic-looking turban wearer. When actually the English were allied with Muslim Turkey. There was even a scene in the movie where the turban wearer is responsible for a massacre of English civilians.

We were inventing Muslim villains even back then. For whatever reason, the movie did not want to blame the actual villains, the Russians, in this war.

Turkey, Great Britain and France sort of won this war over the Russians. Peace treaty in 1856.

But what about all those lives? Was it worth it? Let's not do this one over again.

Ted Pacut


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