A Long Time Ago, In A France Far, Far, Away

France wasn't always filled with cheese eating surrender monkeys.

In October of 732, Charles Martel ("The Hammer") and his Frankish horde stopped cold the onrushing cavalry of Allah's finest, halting Islam's desire to break out from Spain and subjugate the rest of Europe.

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.

Posted by: Vinnie at 10:45 PM


1 1 for the French - well even the Whitesox finally won a series and it took them only 90 years.

Posted by: hondo at October 31, 2005 01:09 AM

2 Unfortunately we didn't know when to stop enlightening ourselves and we ended up with lobby groups and political correctness. Now the enemy hordes can go wherever they please and cause chaos under the protection of "free speech and equality".

Posted by: Graeme at October 31, 2005 04:36 AM

3 But, Charles Martel was Germanic...starting a long tradition of foreign armies saving France.

Posted by: David Paulus at October 31, 2005 04:47 AM

4 There are some French who have managed to retain their guts. The Dissident Frogman is decidedly pro-American and has no problem in exposing Euroweenies. Shame he hasn't posted since January. We should all email him and prod him into posting more. Just push the yellow button in the upper left corner.

Posted by: Oyster at October 31, 2005 06:00 AM

5 Charles Martel is truly one of the greatest men in the history of Western Civilization. And when the French were great, they truly were the bravest, and yes, possibly the most foolish of the European knights. The charge of the French knights at Nicropolis, and the subsequent capture and beheading of 3000 of them by the Turks is certainly one of the most gruesome and tragic incidents in the European struggle against the jihad.

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.

Posted by: jesusland joe at October 31, 2005 08:43 AM

6 But the frogistanis are now far more concerned with the grave threat that we evil Americans pose to them than with the over-hyped threat of islam. I say we let the ragheads take France and exterminate the frogs, then we invade and exterminate the ragheads. France has some nice countryside, especially in the south.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at October 31, 2005 08:48 AM

7 Make sure you take the correct turn when you hear those songs......I understand they may also be heard in the other direction

Posted by: john Ryan at October 31, 2005 08:56 AM

8 October 10 should definitely be a Western holiday or at least marked on a calendar somewhere as Hammer Day or Thank-God-My-Ancestors-Were-Not-Slaughtered-By-Muslim-Invaders Day.

Posted by: Ernie Oporto at October 31, 2005 10:18 AM

9 Except Charles Martel wasn't French, he was a Frank, a Germanic tribe, just like Charlemagne. Which started a trend -- Napoleon wasn't French, he was Corsican. And the toughest unit in the French Army? The Foreign Legion -- again, not Frenchmen.

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

10 Often unsaid (but not by me) is that the Muslim invasion that Martel thwarted was 3 centuries before the First Crusade.

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

11 To the moroon who states that Frank is not french. I ask him where does he thinks the name France comes from ? from the Gauls ?
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.

Posted by: Michel Meyer at November 01, 2005 09:49 AM

12 "Loosing" the war? As in to loosen, to make unfast, to set free? As in "loose the dogs of war"? You stupid chickenshit libtard, you can't even spell, but in misspelling, you unknowling state a fact. We have loosed the dogs of war and islam, socialism, and liberalism are losing at every turn.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at November 02, 2005 10:11 AM

13 The Franks. Wasn't that the German tribe who invaded modern France (Gaul) and named it after themselves?

Posted by: Greyrooster at November 03, 2005 07:21 PM

14 Calling Martel and his troops french is like calling William the conquerer and his normandy troops french. They were not of what we now call the french race. The Franks were Germanic and the Normans were Norsemen. And we all know where they came from. No glory for the frogs in this one.

Posted by: Greyrooster at November 03, 2005 07:29 PM

15 Michel Moorer er Meyer: The truth is that every country in Europe hates the French. I've been there and listened to locals. The truth is todays france is nothing but a collection of left overs from invasion after invasion. Even their language. France's inferiority complex continues to jump out at every opportunity to belittle those that saved its ass. We know why France tried to pull the rug out from under America and England prior to the action in Iraq. #1 jealousy. Cowardice and jealousy. Cowardice caused by their fear of the Muslim hoard now slowly taking over their country. Now, they are reaping what they sowed and france is burning. Muslims and blacks are taking over the streets and I say tough shit. Should have listened to Bush. What will France be in twenty years? The call to prayer will be heard thoughout the land unless the frogs start taking testosterone shots. As a race they don't produce it on their own.

Posted by: Greyrooster at November 04, 2005 06:11 AM

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