Coda for 9/11

G. K. Chesterton wrote a poem , Lepanto,  about the eponymous naval battle in 1571 between the Holy League and the Ottoman Turks.  It wasn’t the end of their depredations in Europe, but it was pretty decisively the end of their naval power.    And we have our own “Don John” —DJT.  We can look back on his victory over the Muslims as GKC was doing. It’s a thrilling poem, please read.  But here’s just a bit of it:
Mahound speaking:

“And he saith :‘Break up the mountains where the hermit-folk can hide/And sift  the red and silver sands lest bone of saint abide,/ And chase the Giaours flying night and day, not  giving rest/For that which was our trouble comes again out of the West./ We have sEt the seal of Solomon on all things under sun,/ Of knowledge and of sorrow and endurance of things done,

But a noise is in the mountains, in the mountains, and I know/The voice that shook our palaces —four hundred years ago:/ It is he that saith not ‘Kismet’, it is he that knows not fate;/ It is Richard, it is Raymond, it is Godfrey at the gate!/ It is he whose loss is laughter when he counts the wager worth,/Put down your feet upon him, that our peace be on the earth.’
For he heard drums groaning and he heard guns jar,
Don John of Austria is going to the war. “ 

9/11 will never be easier for us, at least not those of us with living memory of it.  Lepanto was nearly 4 centuries after the fall of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem .  Our “Don John” has avenged our dead in less than one quarter of a century.  Wherefore let us give thanks and rejoice.

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  1. Link to Lepanto at the Poetry Foundation.

    I’ve been watching the series Marseille on Netflix. A major theme is the Muslim gangs in France’s second city. Turns out that Muslims make up about 25% of the population and growing. Given the number of atheists there, Muslims will soon outnumber Christians in Marseille. There’s more than one way to invade a country.

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  2. drlorentz:
    Link to Lepanto at the Poetry Foundation.

    I’ve been watching the series Marseille on Netflix. A major theme is the Muslim gangs in France’s second city. Turns out that Muslims make up about 25% of the population and growing. Given the number of atheists there, Muslims will soon outnumber Christians in Marseille. There’s more than one way to invade a country.

    Yes.  And that’s the same thing that was going on, pre-Trump, with Spanish speaking illegals in our country.  They openly referred to the influx as a “Reconquista”.

    The Old Gods Laugh… I’m not sure what work that title is attached to, butI imagine they would guffaw,  confronted with the spectacle of American functionaries plunging into the Rio Grande to rescue the soggy spawn of the Spanish Conquistadors…..

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  3. Thanks so much drL, for linking.
    I particularly like the lines  about the hermit-folk in the mountains, and the bones of the saints.  Everybody forgets that what areas we now call the Middle East, and consider eternally Muslim,  were in fact the strongholds of  early Christianity.  The “hermit-folk” and the saints whose bones lie in the sand would be the “desert Fathers” of the church.  Fill in the blank: “Saul on the road to ________.”

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  4. Remember, remember!
    The fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder treason and plot;

    Remember, remember!
    Eleven September,
    The Borderless treason and plot;

    9-11 was not a tragedy.  9-11 was a conspired political softening of America – unstoppable, unprosecutable, unreprisable.   Danegeld forever!  Donald Trump stopped it, prosecuted it, and reprised it.  One man remains the fulcrum of America.

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  5. Uncle Al:
    Remember, remember!
    The fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder treason and plot;

    Remember, remember!
    Eleven September,
    The Borderless treason and plot;

    9-11 was not a tragedy.  9-11 was a conspired political softening of America – unstoppable, unprosecutable, unreprisable.   Danegeld forever!  Donald Trump stopped it, prosecuted it, and reprised it.  One man remains the fulcrum of America.

    This is brilliant!  And I love the gunpowder Plot rhyme!  Yes why don’t we make up jingles like that?,We could use the same last line for your rhyme above:

    ”We see no reason why Islamist treason/ Should EVER be forgot!

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  6. Hypatia:
    Thanks so much drL, for linking.
    I particularly like the lines  about the hermit-folk in the mountains, and the bones of the saints.  Everybody forgets that what areas we now call the Middle East, and consider eternally Muslim,  were in fact the strongholds of  early Christianity.  The “hermit-folk” and the saints whose bones lie in the sand would be the “desert Fathers” of the church.  Fill in the blank: “Saul on the road to ________.”

    It’s surprising that it’s still up over at the Poetry Foundation after they groveled so hard to BLM. Just as statues can be toppled, so can literature be erased. Poetry news:

    University of Manchester Students Replace Rudyard Kipling Mural With Maya Angelou Poem

    University of Manchester students have defaced a mural featuring Rudyard Kipling‘s “If,” a poem deemed not in line with their values, after it was painted on a wall of a newly renovated union building…
    Sara Khan, liberation and access officer at the union, wrote on Facebook that Kipling’s “racist” work supported the role of the British Empire and Angelou’s poem was chosen as a “reclamation of history by those who have been oppressed by the likes of Kipling for so many centuries”.

    Dennis Hopper read If– for Johnny Cash at a very different time and in a very different country.

    N.B.: That news quoted above was from 2018. This has been going on for some time. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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  7. 19 hijackers. 1 from Lebanon, 1 from Egypt, 2 from UAE, 15 from Saudi Arabia.

    No one in the USA could fly on a plane for a week, except the Saudi royal family members who were hustled out by George “shrub” Bush.

    Saudi Arabia was given legal protection from lawsuits, Iran was sued instead.
    FBI HQ Accused of Quashing Pre-9-11 Probes  
    https://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=91617&page=1

    “FBI agents in Minnesota asked for authority to get a warrant to check Moussaoui’s computer, but were turned down, FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress recently, because there was insufficient probable cause. Moussaoui has since been charged as the so-called 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11 attacks.”  So some guy named Mueller helped block the investigation that possibly could have prevented the 9-11 attacks. Where have I heard that name before? Coleen Rowley, the the FBI agent who tried to investigate before the attacks was pushed out of the FBI. The person in the FBI (sorry can’t find the name now) who stopped the investigation was given an award by Bush.

    This brings me to my favorite quote from G. K. Chesterton:  “It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged”

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