Crusades

Western civilization in decline — Part 2: Danger ahead but where are the statesmen? by Miguel A. Faria MD

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Presently, America and the West are fighting a war against a barbaric enemy, Islamic terrorists of the Islamic Caliphate (ISIS), in various countries particularly Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. But random acts of terrorism perpetrated against innocent people by ISIS and other Muslim factions, Hamas, Hezbollah, etc., are also occurring throughout the civilized world in Europe, Israel, Russia, and the United States. The tragedy of 9-11 in which nearly 3000 Americans died, more victims than in the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, seems already to have been forgotten.

A defense of Western culture and civilization without apologies

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

If the errors committed in the building of the edifice of Western civilization are compared with Plato’s ideal Republic and the perfect State, protected by intelligent but disinterested Guardians and ruled by equally disinterested and totally just Philosopher-kings, then Western civilization loses hands down.(1) But as Aristotle pointed out in his Nicomachean Ethics and Politics, man is subject to errors and thus such ideal utopias created by real men are unworkable and nonexistent.(2) Despite over two millennia of history, no such state has ever been created, and the half-baked facsimiles

Suleiman the Magnificent and His Time

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Suleiman the Magnificent — Scourge of Heaven by Antony Bridge is an engaging, but not exhaustive, narrative of the major events in the life and times of the great Ottoman Sultan Suleiman (r. 1520-1566). I was not disappointed in this book, which reads like a charming storybook. The tome is at times suspenseful, always informative, and frequently suitably illustrated, including excellent illustrative maps.

The Story of the Mamlukes by British Commander Glubb Pasha (1897-1986)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Soldiers of Fortune — The Story of the Mamlukes (1973) is another undiscovered gem of a book by a scholar, historian, author, and soldier, a British Lieutenant General, Sir John B. Glubb (1897-1986), better known as Glubb Pasha by the Arabs he commanded in the Middle East in his many years of service while in the British army. The tome is a masterpiece of research on a topic little known to students of history — arcane, indeed, to most Western scholars and historians!

On the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades

I apologize in advance to those here who have already assiduously learned these Medieval history lessons and find them redundant in their intellectual ordnance. If you know the facts on the much-maligned Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades — and their historic relationship to Western civilization from your own investigation, you may skip this article. But if you only think you know and have depended for your knowldege on the usual pabulum of standard contemporary education, you should read on.