Anestos Canelides’ latest essay is a meditation on the necessity for learning from history if we wish to avoid repeating it.
History is the Fairest Instructor
by Anestos Canelides
I have written a number of articles for Gates of Vienna about the history of Islam’s zeal to subdue the Infidel. I began to ask myself: Why should we care about the history of the Islamic conquests? Of what importance is it to us today?
It is not only important to know the ideology of Islam, but also the history of Islamic conquest and the intolerance of the conquerors.
I ask again: Why should we care about the Barbary Wars or the fall of Constantinople to the Muslim Turks? What is the real importance of knowing this history?
I don’t believe man has learned from history not to repeat the same mistakes, because we seem to be repeating history right now.
The Turks attempted to conquer Vienna several times but failed. Now the Austrians are allowing a stealth form of conquest by permitting massive Muslim immigration into their homeland. If the Austrians understood the Islam’s past goals for their nation, would they allow this stealth form of jihad to take place today in Austria? And yes, it is happening now!
Theophylact Simocatta, a Byzantine historian from the 6th and 7th centuries AD, sums up the importance of knowing history. We must not forget we are at war with radical fundamental Islam, and our enemies’ strategy is taking many forms.
How can we gain a clear picture of their current goals without understanding the past?
History is the common tutor of all men: it shows which course to follow and which to avoid as profitless. The most competent generals are those who have been instructed by history, for history reveals how to draw up troops and by what means to outmaneuver the enemy through ambush. History renders these generals more prudent because they know about the misfortunes of others, and it directs them through observation of the mistakes of others. Similarly, it has shown that men become happier through good conduct, pushing men to higher peaks of virtue through gradual advances. For the old man history is his support and staff while for the young, it is the fairest and wisest instructor…
We cannot allow history to be repeated through our ignorance. We must all become students of history if we are to truly understand Islam’s global intentions for the non-Muslim world.
Previous posts by Anestos Canelides:
|2010||May||29||The Last Empire|
|Jun||18||The Muslim Devastation of India|
|Aug||20||Are They Lying to Us?|
|Sep||28||Devshirme: A Muslim Scourge on Christians|
|Oct||6||AIFD: Friends of America and Freedom|
|Dec||3||A 19th-Century Jihad on American Shipping|
|2011||May||29||Borders, Language and Culture|
|Oct||18||The Jihad Against Dogs|
|31||Slavery and Jihad|
|Nov||15||Abuse of Power|
|Dec||10||Islam is not a Pacifist Religion|
|28||Those Evil Crusades|
|2012||Mar||25||Why Do We Tolerate Their Intolerance?|