Monday, March 20, 2006

A Scene From The Jihad, III

Tell your master that this is the only territory that I will give him. There lies the land which he may have for his own - provided only that he fills it with the bodies of his Janissaries.
-- Jean Parisot de la Valette, Grand Master of the Sovereign and Military Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and of Malta, referring to the ditch in front of the fortifications of Birgu. 30 June 1565

Good thing all cultures are the same except for headgear and cuisine, right? Else it might have mattered, a lot, who won that battle--the Turks or us.

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