Happy Columbus Day, a day in which many Americans of Italian heritage take pride.
Of course our sad, angry, progressive, socialist leftists find this day an affront to their ideological agenda. All that aside, let’s remember why it all happened. Why did Christopher Columbus set sail across the ocean blue in 1492 in those small ships, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria?
It had taken the Spaniards some 600 years to throw off the rule of the invading Islamic jihadists, the Moors of North Africa. Thanks to Charles “the Hammer” Martel, the global Islamic conquest of Europe was turned back in 728 AD, at the Battle of Tours.
The Spaniards were successful in breaking from under the conquest of the Moors, followed by the consolidation of the throne of Spain with King Ferdinand, of Aragon, and Queen Isabella, of Castile.
As this was happening, the global Islamic jihad took sight upon what had been the Byzantine Empire, but had become the Eastern Roman Empire, seated in Constantinople. Early on, circa 628 AD, after his conquest of Mecca, Mohammed sent a letter to the Byzantine Emperor, Heraclius, demanding their conversion, subjugation, or surrender by death. Mohammed’s dream was finally completed by the Ottomans who overtook Constantinople in 1453.
As the Ottomans controlled what was then the all important gateway to the east for trade, they demanded heavy payment, jizya tax, a tax of submission. It was 39 years later when a young Italian man named Christopher Columbus brought the idea to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to find a passage to the east by sailing west . . . what seemed an insurmountable feat, and folly to many. The persuasive Columbus won out and the rest, well, it is history.
What we must always understand, and realize is, the strategic impetus behind Columbus’ voyage was due to global Islamic jihad, which had cut off the eastern trade route. As a result, the Spanish were vehement about establishing Catholicism in the new world, to prevent the spread of Islamism, which they had suffered under. As well, the dark side of the aftermath of the Moors rule was the Inquisition, where the Catholic Church attempted to purge out any other religious belief . . . and, therefore, set in motion another flight of the Jewish people and expanding the diaspora.
It is my hope that this history, not the revisionist version, is being shared with our students — your children — today. I doubt it, hence the reason I am sharing it with you, each and every Columbus Day.
Some would say that ol’ Christopher Columbus got lost, well, I am just glad that he had the courage and conviction to challenge the orthodoxy of the day. He saved western Europe from being forced into hostile trade negotiations with the Ottomans who renamed Constantinople to Istanbul.
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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.