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Rome And The S-400

First Posted: June 7, 2016, 3:25 a.m. CST
Last Updated: June 16, 2016, 4:56 p.m. CST
What's the choice ?

By the time the Huns, Visigoths, Attila, spread themselves into Europe the Roman Empire was already in decay.

Caesar had been assassinated. They over-exerted themselves on land boundaries and taxing barbarians for land and Rome. In those lands Roman soldiers build roads and forts while demanding fees from self-sufficient barbarians which didn't take too well.

Rome was like New York City.

Even better: in Rome you had it all, constant free flowing water fountains for public use and drinking (imagine that in ancient times), toilets, free entertainment and bread. You could go to the Circus Maximus and watch or gamble all day. Never had such free entertainment and food been distributed.

There were amphitheaters for gladiators to battle and the Roman Colosseum could be filled not only with wild animals exported from everywhere to kill Christians, Jews and any rebels: it were so air-tight that it could be flooded with water for mock sea battles.

This, while tossing out bread and water.

Sure, there's a few TV channels free nowadays, but that sure beats buying a home, TV, antenna, utilities, food and toiletries. Sewage costs and electricity. Rome was a very high standard of living, even now.

Its collapse came in logistics and expansion.

This problem would have happened perhaps even if the Huns and various barbarians had not attacked. Rome simply did not have the paperwork and logistical infrastructure to maintain hundreds of thousands of soldiers. They made many of them work simply as construction workers, building roads and forts: breaking their backs and maiming them in the brutal labor. All this while refusing to give up territorial gains, such as Gaul, Turkey and Egypt.

In the end: logistical miscalculation, disciplinary breakdown and failure to adjust to new technology broke the Roman Empire down.

This was not a complex thing either. The Huns had horse's saddles with front and back support— allowing them to recline or lean while shooting arrows from crossbows and making angled movements and attacks. Meanwhile, the Roman Phalanx moved devastatingly and could mow down anything in its way but only in strict straight lines.

Now, we, the US, are faced with a similar problem. With supposed self-sustaining Shale coming to fruition in 10 years—is it even worth funding military in the Middle-East?

Or sustaining, and over-taxing with all the bases we have globally.

I'm far from an isolationist. And, though I am Eastern-European and want to spread democracy— I realistically know what they do there and its not much different from what the Russians would do if they rolled over half the continent—except they'd demand a little more money and taxes.

So, is it worth it?

There's billion dollar web enterprises seemingly not even interested in the US but their own expansion. Yet, we own their Servers (computers) lol.

It is a hard choice to make. We should have surpassed the logistical ability of failed empires and balance human rights, democracy, and ownership.

At the same time, there is now the S-400 which makes stabilization, as in Syria, difficult. It is a choice we should make as a country and as a people... do we keep our presence ?

This article was written by Matija Koracin. Matija is the editor and CTO of ThoughtCow, and an entrepreneur working in real estate technology in Brooklyn, NY and Reno, NV. He received his Bachelors degree in Information Technology in 2016. He plays guitar, hackie sack, and the bongo drums.

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