Who has Heard of TRANSNISTRIA??
“Where in the world is Transnistria?” same may ask. Here is a map to help identify Transistria. It is the part shown in green. Does it have anything to do with terrorism?
Transnistria is a break-away Republic from Russia, located between Moldova and Ukraine. It is not recognized as a country. The people of Moldova seem to look at Transnistria, rightly or wrongly, as corrupt in various aspects, which may include arms and weapons being made available to terrorists. (The 25 minute video below gives more investigative facts by Date Line into this possibility.)
In the light of our recent bombings in Boston, with the bombers having connections to areas of the former Soviet Union, and the increased concern over chemical weapons being used by warring regimes, such as Syria, we can no longer bury our heads in the sand. Intelligence continues to investigate the connections, if any, of the brothers to the Russian underworld or religious extremists.
There are other concerns in Moldova, that some in Transnistria deny,…weapons or the training to make explosives could be available to world-wide traffickers and terrorists. . Our concern is that terrorists around the world may have access to this…and plan to use them in the USA and other countries. It may be that we in the West should wise up for extremists may be coming, or already be on our soil, from many parts of the world. It is not enough to think that once a person comes to America and experiences our freedoms; educational system; as well as social and welfare help that they will love us. What baffles so many is how people can murder in the name of religion! Yet, it has been done throughout history. In hind-sight, we cannot understand how the Nazis could murder millions during W.W.II Ideologies and fanaticism runs deep.
A friend of mine that I met in Ukraine has just returned from Transnistria. She went to orphanages on a Christian mission effort. Here is what she said about this unrecognized country, Transnistria, that she visited:
“I have always known that Transnistria was a poor country, but I could not fathom the sad state of the church there. How could I have guessed that a country, sandwiched between Ukraine and Moldova (both of which have a vibrant church) was so spiritually handicapped?
No other country I have visited moved me so much, but it was not the poverty of those dear people that pained me most profoundly, it was the struggling church and the dire state the children are in. That country of only half a million people has 80% unemployment rate, and of the 80% stated, many people go to Russia and Europe for work, often leaving their children behind. Of the people who choose to stay, many end up heavily drinking, again, leaving their children with no one to take care of them. The orphanages are full of kids who live in most deplorable conditions. These kids cannot be adopted internationally because the country is not recognized by the global community, and their own people are too poor to adopt. After they graduate from the orphanage, they are likely to end up in prostitution or drinking. Whoever heard of Transnistria? And consequently, there are no missionaries there. Many church leaders have left the country, and the church is struggling. Hopelessness is the word that best describes what I have witnessed….”
We at Boyer Writes try to bring uplifting blog writings. Our purpose is to bring inspiration to our readers. However, there are times when we, as patriotic Americans and committed Christians, need to bring writings of a more serious nature.
Below is a video made in 2008 by Date Line. The reporter is Australian. Those interviewed on the video make it appear that there were great improvements being made for the people…sports stadiums etc…but according to my friend who just came back from a visit, the people are in great distress. She also said “There may be some hope for change in Transnistria because they have a new President who is trying to get the country recognized by the global community and end the Sheriff monopoly.” (explained in video). However, we know that where there are great amounts of “black-market” money to be made, it is hard to make changes. Corruption then becomes a way of life.
This is a fascinating video…and somewhat chilling for we know more since this video was made about the religious radicals and terrorists. I would suggest, if you have 25 minutes to view this, that you do so with great thought about today’s world. It is not to be viewed lightly or quickly.