by Geoff Metcalf
who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat
America faces a critical choice: The Bush Doctrine of pre-emption
VS The Kerry 'Plan' of appeasement, UN 'approval' and Response.
Once upon a time long ago and far away (in 1389) the Ottoman
Turks were rolling across Europe. They crushed everything
and anyone in their path. It was a religious war. Anyone failing
to convert to Islam was doomed.
Like our terrorist enemies today, they could not be appeased,
compromised with, or offered any accommodation.
Serbian women were raped and sold into slavery with their
children. Men who survived the battlefield were castrated
and blinded to make them compliant slaves.
Entire cities became funeral pyres predating (as foreshadowing)
our national disaster of 9/11. The Turks at one point nailed
over 12,000 Serbians to crosses to mock the death of Christ
and the faith of the Serbs.
The Turkish invasion of Europe appeared unstoppable, inevitable,
and a done deal...until they reached the Kosovo Plain.
A Serbian prince, Lazar Hrebeljanovic, resisted the Turks
with faith, unbridled courage, and commitment.
The June 1389 battle at the Field of Blackbirds saw some
77,000 Christian knights and soldiers meet the Turks. They
all pledged (to each other and to Christ) they would die rather
than convert to Mohammedism. Much like our founding fathers
pledged, "with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine
Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our
Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."
liberal left has turned America into an effete sectarian society
eschewing anything 'religious' as a false violation of separation
of church and state. The misused fictional axiom ignores the
intent of the framers. The founder's intent was to keep 'government'
out of religion...not to banish religion from government.
77,000 Christian soldiers led by Serbian Prince Lazar engaged
in an horrific battle to the death. They literally sacrificed
their lives to stop the advance of Mohammed's horde...not
just to save the freedom of Serbia from the advance of Mohammed's
barbaric hordes...but of all Europe. When the battle was over
the best of Serbian men and their prince were dead on a field
soaked with their blood.
However, the martyrs for their faith fought so valiantly,
ripping such an epic cost from Mohammed, that the advance
into the heart of Europe was stopped. When word of the Prince's
death reached a group of knights they raced headlong through
the enemy lines...charging into the center of the enemy camp.
They killed the Turkish leader Emir Murad I in his tent.
Then they too died in hand-to-hand combat outnumbered two
hundred to one. Masada, Thermopylae, and the Alamo were mirrored
in Kosovo. Kosovo Field became to the Serbian people 'Acampo
Santo', The Holy Field. It is considered by many historians
of the Christian Church to be the single greatest tomb of
Christian martyrs killed in a single day.
Even if you ignore the religiosity of the framers, historical
fact demonstrates waiting to respond to aggression is fatal.
It was Bill Clinton's aggression siding with Albanian Muslims
against the Christian Serbs that wasn't only counter-intuitive
but literally put us on the wrong side of a conflict destined
to touch our shores. Six hundred years ago on the field of
Kosovo the Christian army marched toward death. In Constantinople
they remained in the town hoping to the last moment that death
would somehow turn its back on them. It didn't.
We are reluctant and diffident crusaders in a holy war no
one (other than our enemy) dare acknowledge. Political correctness,
revisionist history, and a silent, cowardly collection of
alleged 'moderate' Muslims ignore the empirical (and historic)
reality. Osama bin Laden and his gang consider this
'war on terrorism' as a continuation of the Crusades...and
it IS. I love dogs. I like most dogs better than most people.
But if a rabid dog threatens my family I will kill it.
I won't try to pet it, train it, or feed it. I will
The current crusade that no one dare acknowledge presents
a dogma that cannot be accommodated, appeased, OR negotiated.
The only solution is a campaign of annihilation.
We have tried the carrot only to have our hands cut off and
our children slaughtered. It is 'Slingblade' time...not
a Neville Chamberlain/John Kerry appeasement.
Like the soldiers of prince Lazar six hundred years ago,
and like the framers who gifted us with the republic, it is
time to commit "with a firm reliance on the protection
of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our
Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor." It is necessary
to defeat the enemy intent on converting or killing us.
That cannot and will not be done with 'summits', compromise,
appeasement, or compromise.
2002 Tocqevillian Magazine