The enemy within
At the Gates
The military leader of the city refused to surrender. He knew that the enemy's promises were not worth even the words taken to utter them.
Together they assembled a force of some 74,000 men with the express intent of relieving the siege and breaking the enemy's lines around the shattered city. The army arrived barely in time; another few days, and the city would surely have fallen, with all of its inhabitants slaughtered and the path to the conquest of Europe laid open.
The Day the World Ended
These were the same Ottomans who would take Christian boys by force from their families, convert them to Islam at the point of a sword, and condemn them to a life of indoctrination and blind obedience to the Caliphate as the much-feared Turkish janissaries.
To say that their way of life was a bit different from the West's would be an understatement for the ages.
As with Lepanto, over a century before, the West as we knew it then was faced with a mortal threat to its very existence. And just as He did then, the Lord Himself appeared to intercede at Vienna, saving not only the city but the lands of His own people.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to read the stories of what happened at the Battle of Vienna and yet deny that there was some kind of divine purpose at work that day.
The Lessons of 9/11
That day was a kick in the teeth to all of us who had, for so long, taken the primacy of Western civilisation for granted.
The Beast Within
Instead, the West is under attack from within, on two different fronts.
Let me repeat this, so that I am not misunderstood: conservatives are DIRECTLY to blame for the current, parlous, state of Western civilisation.
To be absolutely clear, conservatives are not alone in shouldering the blame. The Left, which believes in progress for the sake of progress without ever stopping to think about the consequences of their folly, have been happy to destroy Western civilisation one small step at a time. They tried to transform the West overnight during the Progressive Era, starting from about 1870 through to 1940 or so. Other than the singular victories of the welfare state and social security, they largely failed- because the people would not accept such radical changes so quickly.
The Left learned from those failures, and adopted a "death by a thousand cuts" strategy. Instead of requiring huge sweeping changes that send the West rolling out of control straight into the jaws of Hell, they simply take things one small step at a time, playing the long game.
Mass immigration, especially from lands openly hostile to the ideas that founded and shaped America, is one such step. Limited immigration at first from Western nations- nothing wrong with that, surely. Then the opening of the floodgates in 1965 to all of the nations of the world- but of course, only specific nations were to be favoured. Then, step by step, the gradual dismantling of all of the sensible safeguards to immigration and the destruction of the American nation that previous generations had created.
And now, here we are today, where even to question Muslim immigration is seen as deeply racist and dangerous.
You conservatives had a chance to stop this madness. You had many chances, in fact. You FAILED. Every. Single. Time.
You failed because you really don't have an ideology to defend, merely a set of principles that amount to little more than "muh FEELZ" about the way the world works.
Those principles are, in fact, realistic, hard-headed, and quite correct- but principles alone won't defend the West.
Only blood and faith can defend it now- just as they defended it over three hundred years ago.
You hallow this day as the anniversary of the greatest tragedy in living memory, yet you ignore its clear lessons. You carry on useless Syracuse Expeditions in the Middle East that sap your military strength and drain your public fisc, and waste the infinitely precious fighting spirit of your troops; yet you refuse to even consider the possibility of mass expulsions of Muslims and the permanent ending of all immigration from Muslim nations.