The state of TIAH
August 25th, 2006
in 325, the Council of Nicaea concludes with its pronouncement of Christ as co-equal with God in the Holy Trinity, and declares the Arian doctrine of God as supreme and Christ as subordinate as heresy. This causes a huge schism among the Christians, splitting the church just as they were gaining political power under Emperor Constantine of Rome. When Constantine, who had become a Christian mainly as a political show, sees the chaos that the church is fostering in the empire, he reluctantly renounces his faith in the Christian God and proclaims his return to the “Original faith of Rome; the beliefs of our fathers, and their father before them. Jove and the gods of Olympus shall guide us where this little god of the desert could not.” Without the Emperor's patronage, the Christians dwindled in number and were subsumed by the greater pagan community around them.
in 1571, the mighty Aztec fleet of Mectezuma meets a much smaller English force off the coast of Ireland. The Aztec ships easily defeat the English, with only 1 ship out of the 8 English ships escaping. The Aztecs land on the northern Irish coast and raid a few communities to resupply before crossing over to the main British island. In spite of the warning that the English have been given about the Aztecs, the sheer size of the fleet coming to attack them is overwhelming, and some of the Queen's counselors advise surrender. This bristles Elizabeth's pride, and she haughtily declares, “We shall never surrender to these barbarians, though they lay waste to all of Britain. We shall fight them to the last man, the last woman, the last child; we shall preserve English civilization.”
in 1944, as Allied forces rumbled towards Paris, German General Dietrich von Choltitz reluctantly followed Hitler's command that Paris become “a field of ruins” rather than fall back into French hands. Explosions rocked the city as one irreplaceable monument after another was destroyed by the retreating Germans. French General LeClerc, leading his 2nd Armored Division, wept openly as the Notre Dame Cathedral was demolished seconds before his tanks could clear the Germans away from it. The only building that von Choltitz couldn't bring himself to destroy was the Louvre, filled with all the priceless art; other than that, almost all of Paris' famous buildings, from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe, lay in shambles after the city was freed of German control. When Generals de Gaulle and LeClerc captured von Choltitz in his headquarters that afternoon, it was rumored that they nearly beat him to death themselves for his desecration of their capitol.
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