by Jean-Jacques COURTEY, Doctor in Economic Geography, Ph. D
When he took possession of the Persian empire, after the defeat of Darius III (c. 380 - 330 BC) at Issos (333 BC), Alexander the Great (356 - 323 BC) was introduced to princess Stateira, the Shah's daughter.
She was confused about him as she took his friend Hephaestion for him (they looked alike).
She was frightened with her family to be badly treated by Alexander, as he was the winner. But nothing wrong happened at all. He neither took her life, nor tried to enslave her or humiliate her. As a noble character, he treated her accordingly to her rank, and also as a Lady. So then there wasn't any mistreatment, jail or health fragilization.
As a king, he granted his royal grace to her and all her family : his grace was "graceful", and connected to the godly image he wanted to give himself as a "son" of Zeus (Jupiter).
He did it by magnanimity and generosity, without her having to bend down to him pressurized by his force, and his glory remained through ages : Alexander was really great !
Ancient time had humanitarian and gentlemen's rules also, more simple than the modern ones, but often far more immediate and efficient.
We are living in a world of "blablablablabla" where words are more and more often meaningless.
The cry of Alexander was "Alalalalai, Alalalalai, Alalalalai", and it has been meaningful for 2 345 years till now.
At the moment, Yuliya Tymoshenko (born in 1960 in Dnipropetrovsk), once super pretty and energetic Prime Minister of Ukraine, is in jail in the penal colony of Kharkov, for a minimum of seven years. And she has claimed to be innocent of the funny charges she is accused of, comparing the present Ukraine with Staline time.
Her health seems to be damaged and her life is at heavy risk.
She was very recently unconscious in her cell, and her co-prisoner tried to reanimate her for twenty long minutes. It was the time needed for a doctor to finally come...
She narrowly escaped death by body exhaustion. So then something is really wrong about medical and human care in Kharkov.
As a matter of fact, it seems also she is prevented to sleep normally, to force her signing a certain document recognizing her faults. And this is neither graceful, nor fair at all !
To be accepted by European Union, Ukraine has to be a democracy and to respect the European Convention of Human Rights of the Council of Europe it signed.
There is certainly no possible compromise about that, and a huge - but not impossible - progress has to be accomplished.
A sign that this progress is actively running would clearly be a "graceful" grace given spontaneously by her president to Yuliya - which in Ukraine is called "pardon"-, for humanitarian reasons and equity also. King Alexander's way is the best to do so.
In our previous article of january 21st 2012, we asked for her grace, and we reiterate that for Yuliya Tymoshenko's quick freeing.
She will certainly need a certain time to recover her health.
But care, affection, and love will help her to readapt herself in a better life and environment.
And joy will reappear on her beautiful face, radiating like a little sun.
Even in France, which is classified as a democratic country, it's not so easy to express personal thoughts : it strangely seems always on the verge of civil war with words. There is officially a freedom of speech like in Ukraine. But generally people don't accept so easily original independent expression, especially if it's not binary (yes/no, good/bad, won/lost and so on), and standardized - not to be illogically pointed out as a mole under a slipping away ground.
So the gap Ukraine has to fill to become a democracy and show it by freeing Yuliya Tymoshenko is not so huge. In fact, this target is quite atteignable with good will and an absence of prejudice, just by following the way inner soul indicates for a luminous solution. Beyond words, saving her really should be the most important, even for Viktor Ianoukovych (born in 1950 in Enakievo).
Ukraine can make an unexpected and superb move about her for its own greatness, recalling the glorious past of Anna of Kiev (c. 1024 - c. 1075), at the very beginning of its history.
In the hands of its very tall present president, Viktor Ianoukovych, lays the unique possibility to make an unbelievable and very noble gesture by himself, to remember through ages as glorious !