September 11th has now several times become an important date in the history of the West versus the Muslim world. On September 11-12 of 1683, the Ottoman Caliphate made its last bid to finally take Vienna and open up the heart of Europe for its ever expanding conquests into Christendom. Due to the fractious nature of European politics, there was little in the way of support for the beleaguered Viennese available from their scheming and forever bickering European neighbors.
The Ottomans counted on this, knowing they could not successfully
invade a united Europe. But Poland, traditionally enemies of Austrians,
managed to bring a force to their aid, and with the largest cavalry
charge in history sent the Muslim army fleeing Vienna, never to return.
They had just been on the cusp of breaching the city, but were dealt
such a blow that over the following centuries the Muslim occupation of
significant portions of Europe gradually receded into what is now modern
The West had won its “final” war with Islam and greatly surpassed the
Islamic world technologically to the point where no united Caliphate
army could ever seriously threaten invasion again. And so the West
forgot about it.
But Islamists did not. They merely changed tactics using a
combination of terrorism to undermine the morale and determination of
their enemies, and the original jihad of immigration which has its roots
in the immigration from Mecca to Medina by Mohammad himself and his
followers. To Islam, immigration is conquest.
Various terrorist attacks occurred in the latter part of the 20th
century, but none quite accomplished what the Islamists intended: to
send the great western powers flailing about in wars they could not
truly win, demoralizing their people and draining their resources.
On September 11, 2001, the key terrorist attack finally happened that
would accomplish this Islamic goal. Due to the heroism of the patriots
on Flight 93, their full plans were not realized; however it was enough
to bring the USA and their allies into multiple wars, shaking up the
power structure of the Middle East and ultimately unshackling many of
the Islamist who had been suppressed by dictators for years.
On September 11, 2012, Islamists attacked a US consulate in the city
of Benghazi, Libya leaving the US Ambassador to Libya and three American
agents dead. In the following years, ISIS, a group whose roots began in
1999, took vast amounts of territory in the war torn countries of Iraq
and Syria and for the first time since the Ottoman Empire was dissolved,
declared itself a Caliphate. The primary goal of all the previous
terrorism was now realized.
But that will not be the end of it. There will be more September 11s
to add to the history books, unfortunately. It is an important date to
Islamists, and they understand the psychological impact of attacking the
West on that date.
You will read all over the internet today about American resolve and
how no matter what the terrorists do, we will still “rise up” from it.
While our resolve is great and our people are exceptional, I ask rise up
to do what?
There still seems to be reluctance, in general, among our people and
especially our government to identify who the enemy truly is and what it
is they want. Without that, we will never defeat them. How many times
can a people be attacked and then rise back up, only to simply go on
with their lives while their leaders throw yet another trillion dollars
into misguided military campaigns?
I think the best way that we as Americans can honor those who died in
attacks such as 9/11 is to really come to grips with who and what the
enemy is, what they intend to accomplish, and find a way to stop them
with the clarity of understanding them. Toppling regimes in the Middle
East obviously doesn’t work. Simply bombing things does not work. Trying
to be “nice” to Muslims does not work.
It is not the Islamic world that is confused, it is us. They do not
fit into our understanding of how the world works. The West in general
seeks to apply its own set of principles to these people, when those
principles do not apply in reality. Their culture is at odds with ours
and it seeks to dominate the planet.
I don’t have a solution, but simply “destroying ISIS” is not enough.
You can’t destroy an ideology with the military. But we had better come
up with a solution quickly, or the 9/11s will continue. I ask everyone
to pray for the families of the victims of all terrorist attacks and to
honor those lost in the fight against Islamists, but to also understand
that we are Vienna of 1683.
The enemy is at the gates and the cavalry isn’t coming.