W imię Boże!во имя Отца и Сына и Святаго Духа!
I think that you guys seem to forget that Poland bordered with Turkey and the Crimean Tatar Hanat in the 1600's!
No, we remember that Warsaw only came in contact with the Ottomans and Tartars by trampling on the Orthodox of Ukraine, Russia and Romania. As St. Stefan the Great of Moldova, named "True Champion of the Christian Faith" (verus christianae fidei athleta) by the Vatican, lamented, while he faced the Muslims in battle we was constantly being stabbed in the back by our "Chrisitan brothers." With brothers like that, who needs enemies?
In 1600 the King of Sweden (the same power St. Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky beat) was the King of Poland, so we can say Sweden bordered "Turkey and the Crimean Tatar Hanat." After him came Władysław IV Vasa, who claimed the title "Grand Duke of Moscow" (Tsar Michael Romanov actually reigned and ruled), so we can be truthful and say Russia wanna be bordered "Turkey and the Crimean Tartar Hanat." After him in 1648 the Cossaks threw out the alien Poles and the Russians kept them out, far from "Turkey and the Crimena Tatar Hanat."
Perhaps I seem to forget that the Sultan was not the enemy of Christianity, no I must be mistaken...
Yes, you are mistaken, as St. Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky and others demonstrated.
I am a proud Sarmatian!
So you are an Iranian, and not a Slav?
«I admit, that I too was concerned about the cause of Union and that it would be imprudent to abandon it; but it had never occurred to me that your Eminence would implement it using such violent measures... You say that you are "free to drown the infidels (i.e. those who have not accepted the Unia), to chop their heads off"; etc. Not so! The Lord's commandment expresses a strict prohibition to all, which concerns you also. When you violated human conscience, closed Churches so that people would perish like infidels without divine service, without Christian rites and sacraments; when you abused King's favors and privileges -- you managed without us; but when there is a need to suppress seditions caused by your excesses you want us to cover up for you... As to the dangers that threaten your life, one may say that everyone is the cause of one's own misfortune. Stop making trouble, do not subject us to the general hatred of the people and yourself to obvious danger and general criticism... Everywhere one hears people grumbling that you do not have any worthy priests, but only blind ones... Your ignorant priests are the bane of the people... But tell me, your Eminence, whom did you win over, whom did you attract with your severity... It will turn out that in Polotsk itself you have lost even those who until now were obedient to you. You have turned sheep into goats, you plunged the state into danger, and maybe all of us Catholics -- into ruin... It has been rumored that they (the Orthodox) would rather be under the infidel Turks than endure such violence... you yourself are the cause of their rebellion. Instead of joy, your notorious Union brought us only troubles and discords and has become so loathsome that we would rather be without it!"-Chancellor Lev Sapega of Poland-Lithuania, dated March 12, 1622
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