Humiliation of Muslims and the coming Siege of Vienna
by Blake Gartner
11 April, 2007
The “Zionist entity” is at the forefront of the clash between the West and
Islam. And yet, it is a tiny country, less than half the size and population of
World Jewry stands at just 13 million people, so it has never been a titan in
global affairs. The two dominant world religions in a constant clash with each
other since the 7th century have been Islam and Christianity. Today’s war
between the West and Islam – whether against the Taliban in the mountains of Afghanistan or against the rioters on the streets
of Paris – is
an extension of the inevitable clash of titans. When Napoleon marched on Egypt,
defeating the Arabs with extreme ease, Christendom seemingly won. The Ottoman Empire fell as a result of WWI and the West
forgot about the Islamic threat. But Muslims did not. Muslims felt humiliated.
The only thing people dislike more than being attacked is being ignored. The
West ignored the Middle East, seeing it as an
uncultured backwater useful only for its oil resources. But to Muslims,
everything from the defeat to Napoleon to the dismantling of the Caliphate by
Ataturk is “humiliation”. At times it seems like “humiliation” is the Muslims’
favorite word. They do not lose wars – they get humiliated. They do not suffer
from economic stagnation – they get humiliated. They do not compromise on a UN
resolution – they get humiliated. Reading
Islamic press one sees the word “humiliation” with spectacular frequency.
What Muslims claim to want is “respect”. But what is respect? The Islamic
vision of “respect” is to be the dominant global power. It is to have the
military power, the economic wealth and the international prestige to get what
they want, whenever they want. Any compromise in any forum is immediately
condemned as “humiliation” due to their weakness – a humiliation that naturally
should be countered by pressing their political and military muscle.
But Islam was indeed a dominant power for much of its history. Today it is
hard to imagine Morocco
defeating Spain, Tunisia conquering Italy
and Turkey marching up to Vienna, but it did happen
in the past. Muslims were the dominant power in the world for many centuries,
and it is that “Golden Age” that today’s generation, whether Islamists or
Nationalists, seek to re-capture.
The first millennium of its existence was an almost unmitigated success for
Islam. From its roots in the Arabian peninsula, it
first spread its wings to Egypt,
and North Africa – all of which were then part
of the Christian world, culturally closer to the West than to the Arab states
we see there today. Armenians, during the war of 640-652, were among the few
able to stop the onrush of Islamic forces, preserving Armenia and Georgia as Christian nations to
With the Middle East under their control, Muslims proceeded to take over Spain, Portugal,
Sicily, and much of France,
reaching 2/3 of the way to Paris.
In the first half of the 9th century, Rome and
most of what is now Italy
fell to the newly dominant Religion of Submission (islam means “submission”).
Before the rise of water travel enabling countries along the Atlantic Ocean,
(England, Spain, Portugal, Holland, France) to set up empires, the dominant
military and economic powers were located in southern Europe and Middle East –
that being the trades routes where people exchanged not only goods, but
information and ideas. Northern and western Europe
was mired in what are commonly known as the Dark Ages. These were not the
powers that could stop the Islamic invasion.
The ever-shrinking Byzantine Empire struck back in the 840’s, but its
limited successes were soon turned back as Muslims sacked Messina in 842, Enna in 859, Syracuse in 878, Catania in 900.
In 904, Thessalonica, the second-largest Byzantine city, was taken over by
Arabs from Tunisia.
Seven years later, the Byzantines suffered another embarrassing defeat in Crete.
After a brief respite, Muslims sensed another opportunity to spread their
religion and civilization to the “darkness of barbarism and unbelief”, when the
Byzantine rulers decided to disband most of their military, preferring to pay
mercenaries when troubles arouse. The Byzantine army consisted largely of the
elderly officers and untrained young kids (for centuries after its destruction,
the word “Byzantine” was used to mean “effeminate decadence”).
Faced with the decaying of what was arguably the only stable, viable state
in Europe, the West was again on the brink of
annihilation. In 1095, Pope Urban II hoped to organize Christendom around a
fight for Jerusalem,
a tactic frequently used before and after by Muslims. But the first military
engagement failed miserably, as the Turks slaughtered almost every man sent
into battle. The second battle was much more successful and some of the lands
previously lost to Muslims were recovered.
The Crusaders established the Kingdom
of Jerusalem in 1099. At
its height, the Crusader Kingdom was about the size of Israel and West Bank.
For more than a hundred years, Muslims could do little about the new country,
fighting occasional wars, mostly to contain the Christians. But in the 12th
century, a Jihad on Jerusalem
was organized. In 1187, settlers lost Jerusalem
– it was now the Kingdom of Jerusalem... without Jerusalem. A small strip of land along the
seaside of what is now Israel
and the southern half of Lebanon
was all that remained. Subsequent Crusades recovered Jerusalem,
but all was lost when Sultan Khalil captured Acre, the new capital of the Kingdom, and proceeded to
either slaughter or enslave all remaining settlers.
The Crusades were a failure. Islam won, forever reinforcing its sense of
invincibility against the infidels. I’ve heard many Muslims say, “It took us
200 years to defeat the Crusader
Kingdom. Israel has
existed less than 60. We have another 140 to destroy it, and we will.”
But Islam did not stop at the defeat of the Crusader Kingdom.
In the 15th century, the Turks finally destroyed the Byzantine Empire,
conquering its capital Constantinople.
At the other end of Europe, much of Spain
was under Islamic rule for 781 years until 1492. Faced with Arab Muslims
threatening from the West and Turkish Muslims threatening from the East, Europe struck back with a vengeance again. Spain and Portugal
were won back, pushing Islam back into North Africa.
But just like the first time when the West responded to Islamic aggression with
violent Crusades, the new European attempt to defend itself and even the
genocidal Inquisition fell short of taking back everything that was lost. Constantinople remained part of the Islamic world.
In 1526, Sultan Suleiman conquered most of Hungary,
already under his control. Three years later, the Turks reached all the way to Vienna and laid siege to
it. The city stood up only because it was attacked too late by a Turkish force
that was too tired from prior battles. In 1532, the Ottomans tried again, but
faced stiff resistance in western Hungary.
For 150 years, the Ottomans tried to jump from southeastern Europe into its heartland before the epic Battle of
Vienna. This time, the siege began in July of 1683. During the siege, 10,000
Viennese troops were surrounded by 140,000 Turks. They would probably fail, and
allow Islam into the center of Europe, but King Jan III Sobieski
sent a 30,000 man army to protect the city, possibly saving the Western
civilization. The Battle of Vienna began on September 11. When the battle was
over next day, 4,000 Christians had been killed – and 15,000 Muslims. Vienna survived again.
The rest is history. The Enlightenment and later the Industrial Revolution
sent the West far ahead of Islam. In the 19th century, Napoleon showed just
show dominant Christendom was over Islam. The Caliphate was eliminated when the
Ottoman Empire ceased to exist. The West
stopped fearing Muslims, viewing them as nothing more than “oil cows”. And
Islam truly ceased being a power.
That, of course, is what the West wanted to believe. Truth is that
Christendom still didn’t recover most of the territories lost since the rise of
Islam. Constantinople (now Istanbul), Egypt, Syria,
Bosnia and Chechnya were
all Christian lands in the past.
Islam did not invade the West continuously for a thousand years. Instead,
there were many generations of peace, but that peace was eventually always
interrupted by Muslim attacks on Europe. Each
time Christians lost large parts of their territory, then fought back, but
never fully recovered the lost territories.
For two centuries now, the West was strong enough to ignore the threat from
the south. But Muslims felt “humiliated” because they did not have the strongest
army, the wealthiest economy and the dominant political power.
Islam began to resurge in the 1960s (some say in the 1920s, but Islamists
weren’t strong enough until after Israel “humiliated” Arab
nationalists in 1967). First came terror. Then global Jihad. In the 1990s, massive Islamic immigration
into Europe began to threaten a demographic
takeover. Islam is on the move again. Will Vienna be under siege once more?