who had been hiding within the hollow horse emerged, opened the gates and let the Greekarmies through the gates. Troy was destroyed that night.The Romans outdid the deception of the Greeks. Three wars, called the Punic Wars,were fought between Rome and Carthage. After the second war, Carthage went to Rome tomake peace. Rome expressed its distrust of Carthage, and asked that it dismantle itsstanding army, as a sign of good will. "After all," they asked, "if you want peace why do youhave an army?" Carthage therefore obliged Rome and dismantled its army. Then Rome
asked for a tribute of grain and gold, as another mark of Carthage’s good will. Carthage
agreed and gave Rome the requested tribute. Rome then reminded Carthage that thetribute was really not much of a sacrifice, since Carthage was a wealthy city, so Romerequested hostages
sons and daughters of the leading families of Carthage. If Carthagedid not attack, the hostages would be properly cared for. The leading families of Carthagetherefore sent their sons and daughters to Rome as hostages.Rome then expressed further distrust of Carthage. It argued that because Carthagewas a great economic power, it could rearm very quickly. Rome therefore demanded thatCarthage, which stood on the seacoast, move twenty miles inland. However, the seacoast
was the basis of Carthage’s wealth, and the Carthaginians realized that they would havenothing left if they moved their city. Therefore they refused Rome’s request.
Rome therefore killed the hostages and annihilated Carthage, which had no standingarmy. Doubtless, Rome paid its soldiers with the gold and fed them with the grain acquiredfrom Carthage. That was the third and final Punic War.Do these lessons
from history suggest to you what’s going on in the United States
today? Think about it. In the treaties that the United States has made with Russia over thelast 15 years, more than 50 billion dollars have been given to Russia in "economic aid."What about disarmament? Many of the billions of dollars the U.S. spends on the military areactually used for disarmament, in fulfillment of their treaties with Russia, whereas theRussians use the billions of dollars the U.S. hands over to them to arm themselves.Also, the government of the United States is operating under a principle, which itdeveloped with Russia, called the MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) doctrine. Accordingto this principle, since both the U.S. and Russia have the capability to destroy one another,each has agreed not to defend its civilian population from nuclear attack. The MAD doctrineis meant to serve as a guarantee against an unprovoked nuclear missile strike, because itinsures the destruction of both nations. The United States, living up to its end of theagreement, has no civilian defense for a nuclear assault. Russia, however, has developed acivilian defense that protects about 70% of its citizens.In addition, in accordance with the INF treaty signed on December 8, 1987 by
President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev, the United States’ Cruise and
Pershing missiles were removed from Europe. Since then, Russia has been protected fromthe threat of an American nuclear missile strike. Previously, their entire population was atrisk due to the accuracy and ability of these missiles based in Europe to enter through theentrances of their bomb shelters. But once the missiles were removed from Europe, theywere withdrawn out of their 1500 mile range and therefore useless in this balance of poweract.