Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Wake Up and Smell the Turkish Coffee
I am about halfway through reading The Sword of the Prophet. I highly recommend it. I am reading history that was never presented to me in school, or if it was it must have been a mere sentence or two slipped in nonchalantly.
The Muslim conquest of India, to refer to just one area of this veiled history, resulted in the complete obliteration of a highly developed civilization, one which until the Islamic invasion was one of the most advance civilizations of all time. The reaction of the less developed warriors to a more refined people was resentment and appalling violence. In many ancient cities of India every single temple was leveled and mosques built in their places.
Will Durant is quoted in his The Story of Civilization. He called this "a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex order and freedom can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without and multiplying from within." There is prevalent evidence of that across Europe today. Here's a news article from the UK Telegraph I read this morning, the one that spurred this post
Today the violence is an undercurrent, attributed by academia and the media as belonging only to proponents of radical Islam. They do not know history. They do not know the Koran or the life of Muhammad. If they do, they hold their tongues because the history of what non-Muslims have suffered under Islamic rule is politically incorrect to tell.
So those of you who can, book a flight to Europe. Visit the churches and cathedrals. View the religious and secular art that is to be seen literally everywhere. It may all be so much rubble and ashes before you know it.