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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Friday, July 28, 2006

Remember Pelayo!! Because They Certainly Have Not Forgotten

If you know your history, you know that the Muslims invaded and conquered a sizeable chunk of the civilized world beginning in the 7th and 8th Centuries. The Moors had taken nearly all of what is modern-day Spain from the Christians. Inexplicably, if seen only through secular eyes, one man stood his ground and began the Reconquista that would liberate Hispania from Muslim conquerors centuries later in 1492 (Portugal had managed to do it by 1249, but that's for another post).

A nobleman, Pelayo, was literally backed into a corner facing death, but managed to escape, strengthen his band, and, with God's Grace, he dealt the Moors a serious defeat at the Battle of Covadonga. He is a great example of one man's ability to shape history, and his efforts eventually led to the liberation of Spain nearly 800 years later.

800 years . . . that is a long time. It has also been 500 years since Spain completed its Reconquista. Some folks still hold a grudge.

Osama bin Laden's 1st Lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahri, had some nasty, but illuminating things to say in his call for a Muslim uprising against Israel:

"It is a jihad for the sake of God and will last until [our] religion prevails ... from Spain to Iraq," al-Zawahri said, using the Arabic word meaning holy war. "We will attack everywhere."

"My fellow Muslims, it is obvious that Arab and Islamic governments are not only impotent but also complicit ... and you are alone on the battlefield. Rely on God and fight your enemies ... make yourselves martyrs."

I am happy that many Muslims practice their faith in a benign way, and not as the early Muslims did. But don't fool yourself about the nature of the strife in the Middle East. This isn't just about Israel. Some Muslims adhere strongly to the old Muslim ways. Some never forget.