Memorial Day weekend and the anniversary of a great defeat

Posted by: Phineas on May 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Memorial Day is a holiday set aside for Americans to honor our servicemen past and present and to remember, if even for a moment, those who gave what Lincoln called that “last full measure of devotion.” But this weekend also reminds us of another war, one far older than the United States, and yet hasn’t ended.

Some people call our current struggle with jihadist Islam “The Long War,” meaning that this fight is expected to go on for years, if not generations.

But it’s a long war in another sense, too, because we of the West been fighting it, through periods active and quiet, since Muhammad first declared as Allah’s command:

Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

Today marks an anniversary in that nearly 1400-years long struggle, the Fall of Constantinople and the end of the last remnant of the Roman Empire:

"Siege of Constantinople," Jean Chartier c.1475

From Constantinople, the Turks, who had taken the Arabs’ place as leaders of the jihad, would march on into Central Europe, conquering the Balkans and twice besieging magnificent Vienna. This last great surge was stopped at the gates of the city in 1683; after that, Islam went into a long period of quiet that gradually ended in the final decades of the 20th century, until the jihad resumed amidst fire and terror on September 11th, 2001. Where once stood Franks and Greeks and Austrians and Spaniards and Italians, now there stands… us.

Is there a grand lesson in all this? I don’t know. What I do know, however, is that people who think this “long war” will end quickly and easily are only fooling themselves. As long as there remains in Islam a compulsion to fight everyone else until they submit:

And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah. But if they cease, then lo! Allah is Seer of what they do.

…this war will go on.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “Memorial Day weekend and the anniversary of a great defeat”


  1. Carlos says:

    Basically, then, what’s being said here is that the fight will last until the end times because the only time a real muslim can rest is when everyone is either of the same faith or in submission to that faith or dead.

    And by Allah, if you don’t submit to this religion of peace we’ll either make your life so miserable you will willingly give it up or, in the name of peace and Allah we’ll behead you.

    Yeah, I can see where people would really get into the “peace” aspects of that murderous, lying, thieving bunch of perverted wastes of good oxygen.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    The day will never come that I will call myself a “Shiite Methodist”. Besides, we differ from other Protestants in that we will at least speak to each other in the liquor store.

  3. captaingrumpy says:

    The west must realize one day that Islam is out to kill them,surely. BUT as long as we keep voting in part Muslim/part Christian Leaders,that will never end.
    Obama has tried his hardest to help Muslims every day.As much as he can without looking like a true Muslim.
    He is trying to help them destroy Israel and therefore thinks they will put him on the throne of America once the war is finished. It’s all about him.I hate him.

  4. DavidD says:

    And what was the date of the Muslims’ defeat in the Battle of Vienna in 1683?

    September 11.

    Does anyone wonder why September 11, 2001, was picked as the date for the Islamofascists’ attacks on New York and Washington, DC?