Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Different 9-11

Jan III Sobieski confronts Pasha Kara Mustafa at the Gates of Vienna

To turn your mind away from what happened ten years ago today, read about the Other September 11th.


Elisabeth said...

The Other 9/11 will be one not celebrated by Austrians, as mention of the Turkish siege and the subsequent victory by Sobieski will no longer be taught to Austrian grade school students: the feelings of children of Turkish descnet might be hurt.

God help us and the Austrian people.

A Common Loon said...

From Wikipedia: "When George Ducas, Prince of Moldavia and Şerban Cantacuzino, Prince of Wallachia learned of the Ottoman plans, they tried to warn the Habsburgs. They also tried to avoid participating in the campaign, but the Ottomans insisted that they send troops. There are a great number of popular legends about the Wallachian and Moldavian forces in the siege. Almost invariably, these legends describe them loading their cannons with straw balls, in order to make no impact upon the walls of the besieged city."

it's heartwarming in a strange way

Miki said...

Thanks for remembering about Jan III Sobieski and many sympathies from Poland to the families of the victims of 9/11 from 10 years ago and to all of America.

costin said...

"The war we are in right now is an information war, as described so masterfully by Owen Johnson in his recent articles on Shrinkwrapped’s blog. In the conclusion of the series, Mr. Johnson says this:

In this war there are no noncombatants. Not only are we all military targets in the eyes of our enemies, but we all take part in the fighting. Every opinion we form and express, every conclusion and argument we make, and particularly every vote we cast, influences our enemy and affects our collective will. We need to be aware of this.

And that’s why I’m here, writing this. Any effect I can have on the events of our time will be miniscule at best. But when there are many thousands of us doing the same thing…"

amazing post!