CHARLOTTE, N.C. One of the best and most prolific current analysts of Arabic history and language is American author, columnist, translator and research librarian Raymond Ibrahim. On August 18, Ibrahim’s newest book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, will debut. It offers a broad and compelling analysis of the ongoing violence between Islamic nations and the West. Dating from the 17th century Battle of Vienna and before, this neverending conflict continues to dominate headlines in our own day.
Polish resistance to ongoing Islamic jihad
Among the topics upon which Ibrahim sheds light is how the Poles in particular have long prevented Islamic invaders from overrunning their borders. Their vigilant attitude dates back at least to the Battle of Vienna and even earlier. Particularly notable today is the vigorous Polish – and also Hungarian – resistance against successive waves of Muslim refugees and jihadis currently invading modern Europe. Largely unassimilable and scornful of Western democratic values, these “asylum seekers” pour into Western Europe virtually unhindered.
As Ibrahim sees it, the answer to this modern Muslim invasion is simple: history.
Though largely unreported in the American press, late last year, thousands of Catholics formed a human chain along the borders of Poland to “pray for peace and against the Islamization of Europe.”
Such deeply seated emotions are nothing new for the Poles. It’s an important part of their DNA. This dates back several centuries ago when they and their allied armies the command of their King stood firm at the gates of Vienna against the Ottoman Empire.
Remembering the great Battle of Vienna
The 335th anniversary of the Battle of Vienna occurred on July 14, 1683. But that date is long forgotten in most Western European countries. Yet it vividly lives on in the hearts and souls of Eastern Europeans, most especially the Poles. Their great King John II Sobieski led the victorious Polish and allied forces in that final, legendary battle that decisively defeated the invading Islamic army led by the Ottoman Turks. Sobieski’s historic victory saved European civilization and European Christianity from violent Islamization for over the next three centuries.
As Ibrahim points out, much of that historic conflict was initially due to the geographical proximity of the Islamic world and Eastern Europe. In the run up to the Battle of Vienna, the largest Islamic army ever to invade Europe surrounded and lay siege to that key European city. The reason? Vienna was at that time the heart of the Holy Roman Empire and a well known adversary of Islam as well.
Halting a massive invasion
Given that there had been countless Islamic incursions and invasions of Europe from the Middle East since the 8th century, the size of the Ottoman Turks’ invasion was remarkable in its scope. With the Ottomans leading the charge, some 200,000 combatants launched their attack on Vienna, citing the same intolerant rationale jihadi radicals use today to justify their savage assaults on “infidels.”
As former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell said when he was overseeing Operation Desert Storm in 1991, the key to America’s victory was to “cut off the head of the snake.” The same notion held true for the Muslim invasion of Europe in 1683. The Ottomans regarded Vienna as the head of the infidel snake. They intended to cut it off.
Enter Polish King John III Sobieski
Fortunately for the European continent, John III Sobieski, the menacing and determined king of Poland, would have none of this militant Islamic challenge. Taking decisive charge of 65,000 heavily armed Poles, Austrians and Germans, his combined forces eagerly went to the aid of the defenseless city.
Their battle cry:
“It is not a city alone that we have to save, but the whole of Christianity, of which the city of Vienna is the bulwark.”
Adhering to that mission, Sobieski advanced with the largest cavalry charge in history. Culminating in the decisive Battle of Vienna, Sobieski and his combined forces completely routed the Muslim attackers.
Long history of Islamic aggression
The story of Islamic aggression against the West began in earnest in the 14th century. It was during that era that Islam began its vigorous efforts to establish roots, first based in Eastern Europe. This important element of history serves as a constant reminder for the Polish people of the nation-crushing malignancy of violent Islamic aggression. They know this holds true even in the 21st century. The Ottoman Empire breathed its last at the end of the First World War. But the persistant tradition of Islamic jihad continues unabated, supported by violent elements scattered throughout the Islamic world. And now throughout the West.
Regarding the Battle of Vienna, one unfortunate but key item of historic significance remains astonishingly overlooked. While Sobieski’s stunning victory was a remarkable success, it did not come without tragic consequences. Before the Islamic retreat from Vienna began, Muslim forces slaughtered 30,000 captives they had collected during their march to Vienna. Notably, they took care to rape the women before killing them. Today, European women in Sweden and elsewhere know that nothing much has changed in the conduct of the current wave of Muslim “asylum seekers.”
Islamic jihad never changes
The long history of violent Islam speaks for itself. It’s a major reason that explains why Eastern European citizens do not accept the mass immigration of Muslim societies with the same kind of “tolerance” demanded by the elitist governments of Western Europe. Their fury is slowly reaching a boiling point.
Eastern European nations recognize only too well that nothing about Islamic jihad has changed. Consequently, they recognize there will be an inevitable relentless continuation Islamic hostilities in Europe far into the future. In the main, today’s “asylum seekers” have no intention of assimilating into the West. This daily proves catastrophic for a great many innocent European citizens. They continue to suffer through mass murder, shootings, beheadings, stabbings and an epidemic of rapes. Nearly all the latter are perpetrated by ungrateful Muslim “asylum seekers.”
One Polish demonstrator who participated in blocking the Polish border from the invaders last year summed it up quite clearly. He stated matter-of-factly, “a religious war between Christianity and Islam is once again underway in Europe, just like in the past.”
There is no other way to describe the Islamic violence currently taking place.
Western Europe needs to wake up. In addition, they also need to remember the immortal words of William Burke and many others throughout Western history.
“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
Battle of Khotyn, 1673, with forces led by Polish King John III Sobieski. It was a prelude to the key battle during which Sobieski and his combined forces broke the Seige of Vienna. The King’s forces back and defeating the Islamic invasion led by the Ottoman Turks. 1674 portrait commissioned by the King, currently resides in the Lviv National Art Gallery. Portrait and 2-dimensional image are in the public domain, image via Wikipedia entry on Sobieski.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.