Great exertions towards Russia by a masculine woman
To vex Europe and almost all the Universe.
The two eclipses will be put into such a rout
That they will reinforce life or death for the Hungarians.
That woman may have finally arrived on the scene: in Ukraine.
Actually, Yulia Tymoshenko has been on the scene for the last over nine years, catapulted to fame during the Orange Revolution of 2004-05. At that time I speculated about her potential role as the aggressive female of Quatrain 8.15. Why? Because she was in the thick of Eastern Europe where her actions ("exertions") could anger Moscow and, in so doing, bring angst to the EU, the US, and much of the world.
For many of the Ukraine protesters, Tymoshenko's release from prison was a condition for ending the violent confrontations in Kiev and elsewhere. Now that she is free, the Maidan or Euromaidan has a real face (despite the fact that Maidan actually is Independence Square, one cannot ignore the close spelling of Maidan and Maiden, making the revolution feminine much as the French Revolutionaries of 1789 identified their movement with Marianne, a female who embodied the ideals of Liberty, Reason, the Nation, and the Homeland).
Tymoshenko has made it clear she will run for president when new elections are held in May ... if they are held, that is. The "great exertions" by the masculine woman have already begun as she has accused Russia and Putin for inciting the violence that killed 88 protesters and for supporting and then harboring the fugitive former president Yanukovych ... now believed to be hiding in the Crimea (southern Ukraine).
Learning the lessons of "Arab Spring," what could happen is quite obvious. In all, only Tunisia's revolution has been bloodless and successful. Egypt's once-successful revolution has shattered into periodic revolts, with discontent and turmoil growing as government leaders are as quickly overthrown as they are created, and two former presidents on trial facing the hangman's noose while the military remains in control. Libya's "Arab Spring" turned into a civil war. Today, in the aftermath of civil war and Gadhafi, part of Libya is in the hands of the AQIM, an Al Qaeda affiliate seeking control of North Africa. Much worse is the Syrian Civil War which has all the potential of becoming a region-wide Middle East conflict and eventually the mother of all Arab-Israeli wars.
Likewise, Slovenia (1991), Serbia-Croatia (1991), Bosnia (1992-95), Kosovo (1998-99), and Macedonia (2001) give us one idea of what would happen if "Ukraine Spring" became "European Spring" and "European Spring" became like "Arab Spring." Already the southern and eastern portion of Ukraine, which prefer to be allied to Russia's sphere of influence, have begun to express their anger in the Crimea with the new revolutionary government in Kiev. Russia has moved warships to the Crimean coast and are now to hold war games. Putin is furious and embarrassed by the release from prison of Tymoshenko and her speech before hundreds of thousands in Kiev where she vowed that Ukraine would join the EU and congratulated the crowd for removing the "cancer" from their country, accusing Russia of orchestrating the crackdown that killed at least 88 protesters.
And leading the charge may well be future Ukrainian president Yulia Tymshenko, mother of Ukraine, a potentially tragic heroine like Pakistan's former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto. Yes, based on events in Pakistan seven years ago, there is a great personal danger to former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who may be Nostradamus' "masculine woman," by December 2014. She may well come to the same tragic end as Bhutto.
But whether she does or doesn't, the greater tragedy may be an "Arab Spring" type chain reaction throughout Europe, the former Soviet Republics, and even Russia itself ... all leading to a great and terrible confrontation between East and West by the year 2016, if not before.
April 26, 2014
Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko says Ukraine 'must be a member of NATO' in order to protect itself from Russian aggression.
Tymoshenko, who is running in the May 25 presidential election, said that while only a minority of Ukrainians supported NATO membership previously, Russia's aggressive actions in the country's east had forced a "fundamental change" in public thinking.
She says 'with his war against us, (Russian President Vladimir) Putin was able to change the mentality of Ukrainians and turn us in a different strategic direction. NATO is the best choice for Ukraine'.
While Tymoshenko hadn't previously backed NATO membership publicly, she and other Ukrainian politicians have ramped up the tough rhetoric as pro-Russia militias seized police stations and government buildings across eastern Ukraine.