Kilo Echo 4 reminds us that today, October 7th, is the 434th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto. In the fall of 1571 an alliance of Christian nations assembled off the coast of Greece and defeated the Turks.
|One thing is historically provable: the clash between Islam and the West (Christianity and Judaism) is the LONGEST STANDING CONFLICT IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD! What we are seeing today is only the advancing wave from a ripple that began over 1400 years ago! The Middle East is surely at the heart of the struggle, and Jerusalem and the Temple Mount are without doubt the biggest symbols and prize for each side. Capture of Jerusalem and possession of the Temple Mount is like capturing the enemy’s battle flag or standard on the battlefield! It symbolizes the tide of the battle and eventual promise of victory.|
|And I believe that we must also see things in this larger historical context, because the enemy certainly does, and to ignore history is only to deceive ourselves. Remember Lepanto!|
The Great Islamic Jihad had been going on for centuries as of 1571 and 1683.
In 1967 and 1979 and 1982 and 2001 it had been going on for more than a millenium. And so it continues to this day.
Update: CDR Salamander has an excellent post on this topic. With a better title ,too.