By Bill Federer, staff writer
“Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended,” spoke President Bush, SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, after Islamic terrorists hijacked passenger jets, flying two into New York’s World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and one which crashed in Pennsylvania.
That evening President Bush stated:
“Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. Pictures of planes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger.”
President Bush continued:
“America was targeted…because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world…I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve…I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us spoken through the ages in Psalm 23:
‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me.’”
On September 13, 2001, President Bush stated:
“Scripture says: ‘Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.’ I call on every American…to observe a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance…
In the face of all this evil, we remain strong and united, ‘One Nation Under God.’”
Also on SEPTEMBER 11, 1683, was the Battle of Vienna.
Over 138,000 Muslim Ottoman Turks surrounded Vienna, Austria.
For two months they had starved the 11,000 Hapsburg-Austrian defenders.
Sultan Mehmed IV had sent the message to Austrian King, Leopold I:
“Await us in your residence…so we can decapitate you.”
Secretly, Polish King Jan Sobieski, gathered 81,000 Polish, Austrian and German troops and on SEPTEMBER 11, 1683, led a surprise attack causing the Turks to flee in confusion.
Upon entering the abandoned Turkish tents, Sobieski found bags of beans – coffee beans – revealing how Turks could fight day and night.
Shortly thereafter, Polish General Kulczycki opened one of Vienna’s first coffeehouses and coffee quickly spread across Europe.
Whereas the Pope and European leaders hailed Jan Sobieski as the “Savior of Western Civilization,” the humiliated Muslim army beheaded their general, Mustafa Pasha, and sent his head back to Sultan Mehmed IV in a velvet bag.
President Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his 1916 book, Fear God and Take Your Own Part:
“From the hammer of Charles Martel to the sword of Jan Sobieski, Christianity owed its safety in Europe to the fact it…could and would fight as well as the Mohammedan aggressor.”
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