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Monument to the Ukrainian Cossacks who helped break the Siege of Vienna. dinkaspell / Shutterstock.com
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A passion of mine for many years has been well-produced historical films, especially those works that in some way support and elaborate cinematically more traditional perspectives on faith and history. Long ago the neo-Marxist Left understood fully well the importance of the visual arts, in particular cinema, in shaping a political mentality, of using film to inculcate certain cultural and religious “values” and beliefs into a captive audience. Here in the United States today the narrative presented in schools and colleges, and on the both big and small screen, about the history of Western civilization is not just warped, but also blatantly and viciously anti-Christian (a prime example being the recent ignorant and malicious tripe spouted by Obama regarding the Crusades).

Recently, some excellently produced—what I would call “traditionalist”—films have come out of both Russia and Poland. Unfortunately, mostt American movie viewers will never see those films because we use the NTSC format for DVD reproduction, while the PAL format is used in much of Europe and Asia. (Universal or PAL DVD format players can be had via Amazon.com inexpensively).

One recent Polish production is titled, fascinatingly, “September 11, 1683 – The Battle of Vienna”—the correspondence to another, more searing 9/11 date is chilling—and it chronicles the famous siege of Vienna by the Ottoman Turks that year, with an army of 300,000 fanatical Muslims against a Christian coalition army of about 60,000. The siege was lifted by the great Christian King John (Jan) Sobieski of Poland with his Winged Hussars at the battle of the Kahlenberg Heights, aided by military champion, Prinz Eugen of Savoy.

The film stars F. Murray Abraham as the holy monk who rallies the Austrians, Bavarians, and Poles in the name of Christ as they completely annihilate the Islamist horde. Towards the final climactic charge of the Polish Winged Hussars, Abraham rallies the troops, exclaiming: “If Vienna falls, then Rome falls, and if Rome falls, so does Holy Mother Church and Christendom! For your wives, your children and your families, go forth and defend our Holy Faith against the Infidels!”

Watching this stirring scene, my thoughts immediately turned to Syria and the imbroglio in which the United States has managed to insert itself.

As I recently asked a correspondent: other than Grenada, can you name one armed conflict (AKA “war”) that we have engaged in since Korea where we have actually been successful? Vietnam, Lebanon, Bosnia, Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Libya, etc?? American attempts to make the world over into a secularized utopia and impose liberal democracy on people who either do not want it, or who are incapable of understanding it—or both—have been singularly unsuccessful.

The era of the Christian Crusades, of Don Juan of Austria, and John Sobieski has long since passed. Presently, we are, whether we like it or not, de facto allied with the Iranians in Iraq opposing ISIS—that is, allied with the very same country that the Neoconservative talking heads on Fox and “war zealots” like John McCain and Lindsey Graham in Congress urge us to bomb. Funny thing about that—and the same country with which we are negotiating over possible future nuclear weapons.

There are 500,000 well-trained and well-armed Turkish troops on the Syrian and Iraqi borders that could, if Turkey wished, take out ISIS. Not only that, the government of Bashar al-Assad (which has the strong support of Syria’s large Christian population) has over a quarter of a million battle-hardened troops now fighting and killing ISIS militants in an horrific war on the ground. Yet, in our schizophrenic approach, while we de facto fight side by side with our proclaimed “major enemy,” Iran, against ISIS, we refuse to even consider a rapprochement with Assad’s Syria—a denominated “lesser enemy”—which is the only major power (other than Jordan) fully engaged against ISIS and against the al-Nusra front (and their so-called “moderate” allies, the Free Syrian Army, which is about as “moderate” as the Black Panthers!).

So there you have it: a fine recipe for another major disastrous foreign policy debacle by the United States, with Congress probably going along, offering another “blank check” that will not really defeat ISIS, but, at best, only temporarily disperse it back into agile and mobile terrorist cells (generously paid for by our “other” ally in the area, Saudi Arabia), while at the same time increasing the American body count and adding billions to our deficit.

And for what? How many times have we heard in recent years the same refrain about “human rights” and “supporting (liberal) democracy”? And what have we seen? A debacle in Libya; a Muslim Brotherhood dictatorship in Egypt finally overthrown by the military; abject failure in Iraq (with billions of dollars of taxpayer money totally wasted); the US run out of Somalia in shame; the establishment of a fanatical Muslim state, Kosovo, in the heart of Europe enforced by American arms; and an impending disaster in Afghanistan. How many dead American boys? How many maimed and disabled men and American families without fathers, brothers, sons? How many trillions of dollars spent for….making the world situation much, much worse? And what has been gained except to encourage more ISIS recruits?

No, it is time to re-examine our propositions; given the present situation and context, is it not time to reassert a smarter even-handedness in the Middle East, and, in fact, in the rest of the world, as well?

We could begin by seriously approaching the leader of the only major power now opposing ISIS on the ground in Syria, Bashar al-Assad, and acknowledge his combat against them, and offer him at least tacit support in his campaign. Yes, he’s a dictator, but the Saudi monarchy and the Gulf emirates are absolutist states, as well, and we’re allied to them. Recall what FDR supposedly said about Trujillo, the dictator of the Dominican Republic: “He may be a sonofabitch, but he’s OUR sonofabitch!” Arguments about “human rights” and “liberal democracy” pale in comparison when confronted by evangelically extremist Islamist groups like ISIS.

We could also engage Turkey in a much more effective and forceful manner and try to persuade it to become more active militarily. After all, ISIS is a serious potential threat to it, as well.

These two very practical actions, in the present context, might stave off disaster—for a while.

But the one thing we should not do in the present template is commit more American boys in an open-ended adventure, where our track record has been abysmal and when we fail to understand the deeply religious nature of the conflict we are in.

In all the talk today about Islamic extremism and what to do about it, think back about how Christian Europe responded centuries ago—in 1529 (first siege of Vienna), at Lepanto in 1570, and then at the gates of Vienna in 1683, as illustrated by that amazing film, “September 11, 1683 –The Battle of Vienna.” If the vibrantly crusading spirit of King John Sobieski existed today, perhaps we would really know how to deal with ISIS. But, as it is, in our era dominated by pervasive and decadent secularism, grasping and rootless Wall Street internationalists, and the egalitarian desire of the Neoconservatives to impose global liberal democracy, the fatally ill West talks of sending troops in the name of….what? Consumerism, same sex marriage, bought-and-paid-for elections, women’s liberation, and the right to all the porno they want?

This present secular “crusade” in Syria we’re going to engage in will, sadly and tragically, probably fail….because its sights are not focused on truth and the religious nature of the conflict. We are perishing today for the lack of a John Sobieski and the spirit of Lepanto. What giants our ancestors were, and how far we’ve fallen!

 
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    This is much deeper than most US citizens can evwen guess, Obama’s Brother Finance Officer for Muslim Brotherhood — Egyptian Official Much of this was discovered in the Holy Land Foundation trial, but has been supressed by DOJ

    http://godfatherpolitics.com/12243/obamas-brother-finance-officer-for-muslim-brotherhood-egyptian-official/

    Obama’s Brother Finance Officer for Muslim Brotherhood — Egyptian Official

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    One reason for the Obama Administration’s support of the terrorist umbrella group the Muslim Brotherhood is that President Obama’s half-brother Malik Obama is a finance officer in charge of the Brotherhood’s international investments, according to an official of the Egyptian Supreme Court.

    Tehani el-Gebali, vice president of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, said in a speech reported on Egyptian television that she would like “to inform the American people that their president’s brother Obama is one of the architects of the major investments of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

    What’s more, Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS’s tax-exempt division that is under congressional investigation for harassing Tea Party and other conservative groups, is apparently the official who signed off on Malik Obama’s tax-exempt Barack H. Obama Foundation, according to author Jerome Corsi.

    Lerner is on paid executive leave after taking the Fifth in May during testimony before Congress on whether her division inappropriately delayed or denied tax-exempt status to Tea Party, patriot and other conservative groups.

    Egyptians have good cause to be angry with the Obama Administration these days, after President Obama, most Democrats and the usual RINOs supported the results of the rigged election that put Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in power.

    The Muslim Brotherhood is an umbrella group for al-Qaeda and numerous other terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Its roots are in 1928 Egypt, when it was founded by Hassan al-Banna as a Wahabbist group bent on spreading sharia law in a worldwide caliphate.

    Egypt’s ambassador to Britain, Ashraf el-Kholy, this past week said, “The Muslim Brotherhood are like a Nazi group that demand that everything changes and people, everything to their way.”

    The Brotherhood is more than just “like” a Nazi group. Almost from its founding, it was supported by the Nazi Party, and during World War II it served as saboteurs, spies and guerillas for Germany in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, in the SS Hanjar Division in Croatia and other units. Even today, Muslim Brotherhood training often includes al-Banna’s Arabic translation of Mein Kampf, retitled as My Jihad.

    The Muslim Brotherhood is the world’s largest Islamist organization, with operations in some 70 countries including America, and with agents throughout the Obama Administration. Based on what Gebali said, it appears the Muslim Brotherhood even has its fingers in the Oval Office through the president’s brother.

    In her speech, Gebali said, “We will carry out the law, and the Americans will not stop us. We need to open the files and begin court sessions. … The Obama Administration cannot stop us; they know that they supported terrorism. We will open the files so these nations are exposed, to show how they collaborated with (the terrorists). It is for this reason that the American administration fights us.”

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    Tax payer funded the world wide rebuilding of mosque, $700,000,000 last year.. And why do you think Obama was the first to use the term Isil ? It is because a good muslim knows about the first goal is the Levant to hide it obsession with taking Syria from Bashar Hafez al-Assad. A goal that Obama, Mc Cain, Isis Turkey and many in Congress share! Yet he is the only one protecting Christians!
    The Levant is a geographical term that refers to a large area in Southwest Asia, south of the Taurus Mountains, bounded by the Mediterranean Sea in the west, the Arabian Desert in the south, and Mesopotamia in the east. It stretches 400 miles north to south from the Taurus Mountains to the Sinai desert, and 70 to 100 miles east to west between the sea and the Arabian desert. The term is also sometimes used to refer to modern events or “states” in the region immediately bordering the eastern Mediterranean Sea: Cyprus, Palestinian territories, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, and Syria. It is the first step, Mc Cain, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry are al in the tank, with Brotherhood with handing over Syria to Isis, just like we did with Muammar Gaddafi Now The Islamic State (Isis) militants in Libya have taken control of several government buildings in Sirte, according to local residents. al-Sham takes in not just Syria but also Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, and even a part of southeastern Turkey. Turkey sees itself as a major player to assist in bring down We are getting ready to assist Turkey to help train Isis to take over Syria. Sirte as the birthplace of Muammar Gaddafi, who was not harming US and was protecting Christian, World War II graves of US and British soldiers that died defending Africa, never attacked our was once a prosperous town that was almost destroyed or damaged during the final days of the Gaddafi government. The city was the final major stronghold of Gaddafi loyalists in the Libyan Civil War and Gaddafi was killed there by “rebel forces”/ Al-Qaeda. Dennis John Kucinich correctly said we are Al Quaeda’s air force! Because of the removal of our top brass in many of our Goverment agencies including military, FBI, by Obama and back by Mc Cain, Hillary Clinton, and others bought and paid for by the Muslim Brotherhood, the US has become a major play in the Project to take over the World. Why Has Obama Fired 197 Senior Military Commanders in 5 years (including 9 Generals in 2013)

    Are you one of the millions of Americans that are watching the final Transformation of America As Promised? and are sitting on the sidelines or worse yet don’t know what is really taking place IN YOUR COUNTRY. I did not take the below factual until I read in Investors Business Daily that 37 4 Star Generals have been relieved of duty during the Obama term…. I always thought that as long as the Armed Forces were Anti Obama that in spite of all the lies, misleading info, executive orders etc. we as Americans were holding one big Ace in the hole. Apparently BHO is far ahead of any thinking I might have had. I keep asking myself…… if he is leaving office in 3 years……. why does he want a Military who is stocked with an ideology of his …….. unless he can be confident that our own military leaders will not hesitate to use the military on fellow Americans??
    THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ‘Project’ – a plan to takeover the West
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    The Muslim Brotherhood ‘Project’ was drafted in 1982 when current tensions and terrorist activities in the Middle East were still very nascent. In many respects, The ‘Project’ is extremely prescient for outlining the bulk of Islamist action, whether by “moderate” Islamist organizations or terror groups, over the past two decades.
    The Muslim Brotherhood is directly linked to a huge number of Islamic organizations such as CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, MSA, MAS and others in America to create the framework for spreading the barbaric Islamic rules in the West.
    Why do you think the Brotherhood has from ‘our’ Goverment? ‘Direct Access’ Stimulus Grants for the Muslim Brotherhood
    Think of it as ACORN reborn, with a slice of Jihad on the side. On August 31, this coming Tuesday, the Muslim Brotherhood-associated “Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations” (CCMO) will bring 25-30 Muslim leaders of 20 national Muslim groups to attend a special workshop presented by the White House and U.S. Government agencies (Agriculture, Education, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services etc.) to provide the groups “funding, government assistance and resources.” The workshop will apparently provide special access for these Muslim Brotherhood organizations: the organizers pledge to provide “direct access” and “cut through red tape.” Government and Muslim groups will hold an Iftar dinner (breaking the fast of Ramadan) after the workshop.

    This is directly Obama/ Mc Cain/ Hillary Clinton/ John Kerry’s fault. and it was the cover up for the death of Chris Stevens. How our media no longer even reports the advances of Isis. They have now taken over Libya’s key institutions, the unofficial government controlling Tripoli and parts of western Libya to secure the state institutions, according to a military source. Additionally, BEST EFFORTS BY ADMIRALS AND GENERALS TO BRING OBAMA’S CRIMES TO LIGHT:

    Admiral: Obama Conspired With Enemies to Kidnap Chris Stevens
    Admiral: Obama Conspired With Enemies to Kidnap Chris Stevens
    FOUR STAR ADMIRAL: “Obama Conspired With the Enemy!”
    Top Admiral: Obama A Benghazi Co-Conspirator…
    Retired General: Muslim Brotherhood Inside U.S. Government
    Generals Say Obama Will Fire Anyone Who Disagrees With His Agenda
    TOTAL OF OVER 300 TOP RANKED OFFICERS PURGED BY OBAMA!
    Obama Fired 3 Generals, Admiral To Cover Up Benghazi…
    The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Obama September 25, 2012 it was espoused to blame and secrete the planed kidnaping of Chris Stevens. Brotherhood was angered by the unexpected firefight it received from two CIA contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty. Even though they were told to stand down they refused and killed 69 radical islamic attackers [8][9]Ten others were also injured in the attacks. Angered by what the attackers believed was to be an easy kidnaping to assist Obama election bid, they killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, but only after sodomizing him, to embarrass Obama for the double cross they believed had occurred. It sent the Obama administration scrambling for a cover story to attempt to explain “why we were surprised by the up rising in response to the ‘mean’ comedy video “Muhammad”
    The following tactics and techniques are among the many recommendations made in The Project. You’ll be shocked to see how many of them are going on in America right now. FYI: The Muslim Brotherhood has been officially banned in Egypt.
    Networking and coordinating actions between likeminded Islamist organizations; and the use of Islamphobia programs to eliminate any critics of islam, or Prophet Mohammed
    Avoiding open alliances with known terrorist organizations and individuals to maintain the appearance of “moderation”
    Infiltrating and taking over existing Muslim organizations to realign them towards the Muslim Brotherhood’s collective goals
    Using deception to mask the intended goals of Islamist actions, as long as it doesn’t conflict with shari’a law
    Avoiding social conflicts with Westerners locally, nationally or globally, that might damage the long-term ability to expand the Islamist power-base in the West or provoke a lash back against Muslims
    Establishing financial networks to fund the work of conversion of the West, including the support of full-time administrators and workers
    Conducting surveillance, obtaining data, and establishing collection and data storage capabilities
    Putting into place a watchdog system for monitoring Western media to warn Muslims of “international plots fomented against them”
    Cultivating an Islamist intellectual community, including the establishment of think-tanks and advocacy groups, and publishing “academic” studies, to legitimize Islamist positions and to chronicle the history of Islamist movements
    Developing a comprehensive 100-year plan to advance Islamist ideology throughout the world
    Balancing international objectives with local flexibility
    Building extensive social networks of schools, hospitals and charitable organizations dedicated to Islamist ideals so that contact with the movement for Muslims in the West is constant
    Involving ideologically committed Muslims in democratically-elected institutions on all levels in the West, including government, NGOs, private organizations and labor unions
    Instrumentally using existing Western institutions until they can be converted and put into service of Islam
    Drafting Islamic constitutions, laws and policies for eventual implementation
    Avoiding conflict within the Islamist movements on all levels, including the development of processes for conflict resolution
    Instituting alliances with Western “progressive” organizations that share similar goals
    Creating autonomous “security forces” to protect Muslims in the West
    Inflaming violence and keeping Muslims living in the West “in a jihad frame of mind”
    Supporting jihad movements across the Muslim world through preaching, propaganda, personnel, funding, and technical and operational support
    Making the Palestinian cause a global wedge issue for Muslims
    Adopting the total liberation of Palestine from Israel and the creation of an Islamic state as a keystone in the plan for global Islamic domination
    Instigating a constant campaign to incite hatred by Muslims against Jews and rejecting any discussions of conciliation or coexistence with them
    Actively creating jihad terror cells within Palestine
    Linking the terrorist activities in Palestine with the global terror movement
    Collecting sufficient funds to indefinitely perpetuate and support jihad around the world

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    Well, it is all good and sweet, however why on earth would you put a photo of “ukrainian cossacs” as illustration to the article? As far as everyone is concerned (with noble exception of Americans due to their world famous ignorance, and Ukrainians, who until recently have never had any formalised statehood nor “heroes”), the victory over muslim invasion was a great credit to western civilisation under the banner of the Polish King. Those “ukrainians” in 1683 would never consider or even call themselves “ukrainians”, as… there was no such term at the time.

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