Saturday, October 10, 2009
The Battle of Tours: October 10, 732
Today is a major date in history. It is the 1277th anniversary of the Battle of Tours, up in west-central France. This is said to be the battle that stopped the advancement of Islam in Western Europe. The high water mark if you will in 732. It took until 1492 for the forces of Islam to be ejected from the European continent, out of the Spanish port of Grenada. Thus you sometimes hear Osama Bin Laden refer to "the crime of Iberia" meaning the ejection of Islam from the Iberian peninsula. The high water mark for the spread of Islam in eastern Europe came on September 11, 1683 when the Ottoman Empire was stopped at the gates of Vienna. And now you know why 9/11 happened on September 11th.