September 11th will long be remembered as the date of a major setback in the struggle between Islam and the West.
September 11th, 1683, that is.
The forces of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire had continued their expansion into Europe and had arrived at the very heart of Europe, Vienna, the capital of the Austrian Empire.
They were met by a combined force of Austrian, French, German and Polish troops, an alliance of Catholic emperors, princes and kings.
Together, they stopped the Islamic takeover of Europe.
Over the next two centuries, Muslim forces would be pushed back into modern day Turkey, which has a small foothold in Europe, but not much else.
Mindful of their defeat, Muslims significantly chose the same day to perpetrate 9/11 exactly fourteen years ago. This time, they scored a victory and hope to go on to bring about the Islamization of the western world.
After 9/11, President George W. Bush launched an attack on Afghanistan, commencing the longest conflict in American history. This was followed by a war in Iraq. The negative consequences of these two wars remain with us and are likely to continue indefinitely.
Amazingly, after the terror attacks on 9/11, the first new president chosen by the American people was the first one with definite Muslim connections! Refusing to allow members of the Administration to use terms like “Islamic extremism,” most Americans remain clueless as to the seriousness of the threat Islam is once again posing to the western world. Multiculturalism is another factor that contributes to this blindness, as western nations welcome hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees into their countries.
Ancient Rome suffered many setbacks before it finally fell, but the last blow came from the new religion of Islam, which swept all before it. We now see history repeating itself.
Michael Morrell, author of “The Great War of Our Time,” a book that helps us understand the very serious threat from militant Islam, was interviewed on CBS Thursday morning. Mr. Morrell is a former Assistant Director of the CIA. In his interview he was asked how the fight against extremism is going. He replied that there are three battlefields. One is a military battle in Iraq and Syria. Here, he said, we have a “stalemate.” The other two are the ideological battle to win the hearts and minds of young people in the West; and the battle against other militant organizations around the world linking up with ISIS. These two, he said, we are losing. In other words, we are not doing well against this very serious threat. One reason for this is that intelligence reports are being doctored to make it look as if the US is winning against ISIS. A report on this appeared in today’s Daily Beast.
He also discussed increasing Russian encroachment into Syria. Building an air base, with a view to making air attacks on behalf of Syria’s President Assad. The flow of Russian arms over Bulgaria and Greece has now been stopped, but Russia can still send arms via Iran. Moscow and Tehran are working together to keep Assad in power.
Although there are only 16 months left of the present Administration, there is no guarantee of any improvement under another. Political correctness has made it very difficult for anybody to see clearly the threat from militant Islam.
9/11 in 2001 was just the start of the latest Islamic push against the West.
It may yet turn out to be the “push” the biblical Book of Daniel predicts will happen “at the time of the end.”
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.” (Daniel 11:40).
This prophecy is about a powerful Islamic leader who “pushes” against the King of the North, a revived Roman Empire.
Interestingly, in the midst of the migrant crisis, where hundreds of thousands are fleeing Islamic lands and moving into Europe, there are increasing European calls for a united effort to deal with this crisis. The root of the crisis is the Syrian civil war. Russia is increasingly involved in the conflict, which means it will go on even longer.
It’s also possible that many of the refugees are being sent deliberately by ISIS into Europe, giving them a far greater advantage than they ever had in 1683. In the last hour, Saudi Arabia, which has taken no refugees from Syria, announced it will help those fleeing to Germany – by building 200 mosques in which they can worship. This will, of course, advance the cause of Islam even further.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was in London this morning where he told British Prime Minister David Cameron that the “Middle East is disintegrating.” The region remains the world’s most dangerous neighborhood. Recent developments and increasing threats pose real dangers for the West in general and Israel in particular.
The Middle East and Europe are still at the center of world events, just as they were on September 11th, 1683.