The article on the fall of Constantinople is highly relevant to the battle against Islamic terrorism. The Eastern Roman Empire for centuries was the foundation of order and civilization in the Middle East, it survived repeated Islamic invasions and always managed to keep the invaders out of Europe. Once the Empire had fallen the Turks occupied the Balkans and twice reached the walls of Vienna, creating the conditions for wars that we are still dealing with now. Once Islamic armies are entrenched, you lose everything and it might take centuries and a lot of bloodshed to get your liberties back.
The Eastern Roman Empire might well have survived but for internal disunity, bad leadership and attacks from Christian forces who should have been allies (in particular the Venetians) that sapped the Empire’s strength at critical times. Constantinople had been undermined by bad and corrupt government when it was sacked in 1204 by the Fourth (Unholy) Crusade after Venice managed to divert the crusaders from going to the Holy Land to attacking Constantinople instead. You never hear the jihadists complaining about that particular crusade — it was a catastrophe for the West that gets nothing like the attention it deserves in the history books. The Empire never recovered from this defeat and the civil wars that followed and the Ottoman Turks managed to pretty much walk in and pick up the pieces one by one. The Empire rotted from within well before it was defeated from without, two centuries later.p>The war against Islamic terrorism is going pretty much the way it went for the Eastern Roman Empire — worthless allies, disunity, internal moral weakness and failure, incompetent and self-serving leaders and endless failures to recognize threats and to act decisively against them in good time. Leaders who can’t warn against these things and organise their people to oppose them in their own interests do not deserve to be appointed. Too bad they will not be around in 500 years to explain, once again, how a second great empire crumbled to dust in the face of a threat that it should have soundly thrashed centuries before. br> — Christopher Holland br> Canberra, Australia /p>
One has to wonder how future historians will chronicle our fall. A Nation of 300 million with the highest standard of living on the planet, the strongest economy, the strongest military on a man for man basis and we can’t control our own borders or subdue a third world back water Nation like Iraq where most of the people there want peace and a rising standard of living. Over 10 million foreigners have invaded our country and no one takes the least bit of offense at that.
Add to all this a divided Nation, half wanting what no signer of the Declaration of the Independence would have signed for and willing to sell out their mother for one more vote on election day and you have the stage for the eventual fall of the greatest Nation this world has ever known. If self government is to survive it will either rise to the occasion as required or fall by the way side like Rome did. Rome and Greece both fell from the pentacle of achievement when they stopped believing in themselves. Half this Nation’s population would feel better living somewhere else. Every hyphenated American is testament to this. Our strength does not come from our diversity. It comes from our common ground born and paid for in blood not ballots on Election Day.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online