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1492 Revisited.

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Submitted by Reynald de Chatillon (United States), May 20, 2018 at 06:33

In 1492 Christopher Columbus departed Spain for the New World, it's discovery being what was probably the single most significant event of the millennium. A less well known event that year was the fall of the Emirate of Granada, completing the Spanish reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula. It was one of the few victories Christendom experienced during the 15th Century. During that period the Ottomans were remorselessly advancing into the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean, culminating in the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, arguably the greatest calamity of the 15th Century.

American historian Warren H. Carroll wrote a mammoth six volume History of Christendom. In the second volume he describes the early Islamic conquests of the 7th and 8th centuries. He also notes that Islam's original conquests have only been rolled back in two places, "Spain and possibly Israel?" Why did Warren Carroll put a question mark after Israel? Could it be that he, like Rabbi Meir Kahane, Richard Nixon and Ehud Olmert had foreseen the demographic time bomb which Israel is sitting on. The Spanish, by getting rid of the Muslim population, succeeded in getting their country back, the mosque in Cordoba being converted into a cathedral.

The best advice for Israel if it wants to survive the millennium is to forget about a two state or a three state solution and opt for a single state solution. Annexing Samaria, Judea and Gaza (these areas were all part of the United Monarchy of David and Solomon) and removing the Muslim population to neighbouring countries. However, like the Spanish, the Israelis should give these people the option of converting to Judaism or Christianity. There may be a significant number who genuinely wish to leave Islam, but are afraid to do so. They should given all the encouragement to do this. It may be easier for them to convert if the malevolent influence of the imams are removed. Shin Bet should be given the task of monitoring suspected bogus conversions.

Pat Buchanan called it "the war that dares not speak it's name". We are in a religous war which has been going on since the 7th Century, in varying degrees of intensity and as American historian Diane Moczar wrote: "the final outcome remains in doubt" (Islam at the Gates).

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"[Israel should be annexing] Samaria, Judea and Gaza (these areas were all part of the United Monarchy of David and Solomon) and removing the Muslim population to neighbouring countries. However, like the Spanish, the Israelis should give these people the option of converting to Judaism or Christianity."

Now, that's an original, if medieval, idea. Sorry, I'd rather keep to the political level.

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