Old Enough to be Drafted

Today is the eighteenth anniversary of the founding of Gates of Vienna.

In preparing for this post I went through a lot of archival material stored in the Auxiliary Brain, and now I’m suffused with nostalgia. Dymphna and I started this blog together, but it’s been a one-man operation for the last three and a half years. I remember those early days, which simultaneously seem so recent and so long ago. A lot has happened since then.

Looking through the graphics and documents from the old days reminded me of how naïve we were when we started out. In the intervening years, as my hair turned white, I became quite cynical and skeptical, not to mention paranoid. Jamaat ul-Fuqra, death threats, intramural wars in the Counterjihad, and the gradual realization that Islamization was continuing apace regardless of anything we might do or what the ordinary citizens of the West might want — our culture was being systematically deconstructed, and there wasn’t a damned thing we could do about it.

The last six or seven years, culminating (so far) in the Corona hysteria and the war in Ukraine, have brought an increasing ghastly awareness that the controlling oligarchy in the West is a force for evil that intends the destruction of everything Europeans have accomplished and hold dear.

At this point the juggernaut can’t be stopped. It’s too late. My role in the time that remains to me is to chronicle what happens as best I can, knowing that at some point everything is going to come to grief. I may not live to see that dire time, but it’s definitely on the way.

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The photo at the top of this post shows a panorama of Vienna as seen from the Upper Belvedere Palace. I took it in May of 2008 during my visit to the city for one of our Counterjihad conferences. I got as close as I could to the view used for the masthead of this site, which was painted by Bernardo Bellotto (Canaletto) in 1758. He must have been painting somewhere a little further to the left, perhaps from a balcony at the far west end of the palace.

To reach the location I took the U-Bahn to the Karlsplatz station, walked across the Karlsplatz and up the hill on Prinz-Eugen-Straße to the western entrance of the upper palace. The Turkish embassy with its ominous red crescent-and-star flag sits across the street and just down the hill from where visitors enter the palace grounds.

The view from the palace includes the spire of the Domkirche of St. Stephan in Central Vienna. Closer at hand is the Lower Belvedere Palace, and in the far distance is the Kahlenberg, where King Jan III Sobieski of Poland arrived on September 11, 1683 to break the siege of Vienna by Kara Mustafa Pasha and the Ottoman Turks.

In the Bellotto painting the Karlskirche is visible in the distance on the left, with the reflecting pool in the Schwarzenberg-Garten in the middle distance. The border trees and shrubbery are much taller now, so those landmarks are no longer visible, at least not when the leaves are on the trees. I never saw the reflecting pool, but based on the Google satellite image, it’s still there.

There’s almost no remnant of the original city walls, so I was never able to take a photo of the actual gates of Vienna. As far as I know, there is nothing left of those gates.

If I make it to the nineteenth anniversary this time next year, who knows what I might have to talk about by then?

Deo Vindice.

17 thoughts on “Old Enough to be Drafted

  1. Very nice web page. The juggernaut cannot be stopped but it will overshoot itself. Do not be too down, my brothers and sisters. Like the vikings we should laugh at what is facing us, unlike the vikings we will live to see another day.
    With God always.

  2. Baron, you are a force for good. Can’t tell the players without a blog like yours. You give early warning to us mere mortals and proto – thralls.

  3. Your and D’s work made me understand, back in the early days of WRSA, that the whole world was now and has always been in play between the dark and light forces of the planet.

    If we good guys survive, GoV will be remembered as one of the early and consistent leaders against Evil.

    Well done, and for a long time as well.

    • Thank you, CA.

      And if the good guys don’t survive, at least we’ll know that we did what we could.

      And I may not live long enough to see how that turns out.

    • Bonne anne, Ned and GoV. We began at the same time, and we are several here in Denmark who are happy for friendship, partnership and the several times we met in Copenhagen and Brussels. I hope for many more years of corporation and partnership between us, Europe and the US. * Steen


  4. Hello. You have done great work. Over the past five years, similar sites have disappeared from the network, they were inactive for several years, but they had valuable archives. I will never translate these articles again.
    I hope you have someone in mind to whom you will pass the crown.

  5. Super, I lived nearby Castle Belevedere in Vienna between 2014-2019. I was a hundred times in this glorious park area for jogging.

    The name games of vienna was the reason I found your website, baron. You may be right that we dont have any chance, but also islam and globalism will perish one day, like all imperialist ideologies.

  6. The once almighty USA and it’s $ are also in serious decline. Their motto is “In God we trust”. Can they ? Should we ? And lastly, which God ? Unless the Pope’s Polish divisions come to our rescue once again, I fear the Baron’s predictions may be right . Thank you Sir. We are behind you.

  7. Many years ago, I use to marvel at my father’s grand mothers.
    Both died in the late 1920’s.
    So they knew many grand children, and times ahead seemed to be, good & rosy.
    Departing at a time when everything looked so good.

    With in a few years for nigh on a decade the 1930’s Depression, near poverty, struggle & much work, then the sacrifice made over 6 years of war, which took nigh on 3 years before the “end of the beginning, and the beginning of the end.”

    The stress, strain, tribulations, finally ended, and for many years, the rebuilding, that became a boom, also in weddings and offspring.

    Now it was almost an acknowledgement of change, the feelings of grief when Queen Elizabeth II died, as recognizing that many things have already changed & the future does not ‘look’ so good, when really it appears as unknown.

    I think of the how the practicalities in life had been laid by those grand mothers, though not perfect, as I know of some of their skeletons, but the essential parts from their experiences were well laid. That basis the carries a “remnant” factor.

    That remnant factor that may be tested, but leaves a foundation stone to be built on, for the ones who seek greater understanding of life.
    Not only information, but a knowledge and to bring forth much more deeper thinking.

    Trust in God, that we sometimes do not know just how he can use us, for his purposes.
    Nor to find things a strain or stress, as the “yoke is easy” so life is to be lived with some joy as well.

    Thank you Baron & the late treasured Dymphna

  8. I’m moved by the tributes above, and especially to Dymphna, but woudn’t presume to “improve” on them.

    Nice to see the Belvedere referenced just a few days after the last time, with the painting of the Harpy- sorry, Ms van der Leyen.

  9. Thanks mate. Perhaps all our little efforts will be met with encouragement on that Day. Like the widow’s mites “she did what she could”. Perhaps it is enough to know that we have performed our, albeit limited, part in the cosmic battle. And to remain faithful, forgiving and devoted to honour our Saviour. What more can we do? What more does He ask?

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