A Long Time Ago, In A France Far, Far, Away
Creasy argues also that the Martel victory "preserved the relics of ancient and the germs of modern civilizations ." That is, in a Moslem Dominion, the ferment of the Middle Ages, which sparked the Enlightenment with all of its scientific, economic, and political fruits, would never have occurred. Look at the modern Islamic world: backward, unfree, poor--in sad fact, scarcely modern at all. This could be the state of all humankind if not for a Europe where, as Strauss notes, "church and state were [often] at loggerheads," helping form a culture that was, "compared to Islam, decentralized, secularized, individualistic, profit-driven." Half-educated Christophobes who think the faith contributed nothing but superstition and inventive torture to the human story should ponder Strauss' words. So should modern zealots who would happily marry church and state. Without the victory at Tours, there would be no suds-swinging Oktoberfest, no Halloween (because no All Hallows Eve), indeed little fun now or at any other time of the year under a Shari'a, or religious law, not noted for winking at petty vices.Victor Davis Hanson notes the Battle of Tours, or Poitiers, as he refers to it, as one of the landmark battles in Western civilization in his book "Carnage and Culture."
Pray for Europe. But save a few prayers, too, for a band of bearded, coarse, but faithful men who stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a cold dawn and faced proven death galloping full-speed toward them--only to unhorse that grim rider and break his bones to bits. Which is to say that if in the next life you can't find the Pearly Gates, just follow the sound of the loud German drinking songs. You'll get to the right place.So when you're out running around having a fun Halloween, stop for a moment, look up, and thank a Frank. Stein hoist to Clarity and Resolve.
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Posted by: Oyster at October 31, 2005 06:00 AM
Some of my ancestors are from the Rheims area of France and my cousin has made it her second job to discover and point out what was the greatness of France. And she still believes in France, I do not.
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I swear, though, the way Europe in general is today, Charles Martel and El Cid must be spinning like wood lathes in their graves.
Posted by: Brian B at October 31, 2005 03:41 PM
The Crusades were a RESPONSE to Muslim aggression and therefore using it as a basis for present so-called Muslim grievances is not merely deceptive, it's pure intellectual fraud.
Posted by: Aaron's cc: at October 31, 2005 06:10 PM
Maybe if you would have listened to the advice of these "surrender monkeys", you would not be loosing the war. (oh you didn't know ? probably your leaders didn't tell you). Instead of going like Charles Martel, you're doing it like General Custer.
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