Medicine Globally by Dr. Rene Menguy


Dr. René Menguy

Given that I have just posted several pieces on the problems posed by Muslim immigration to our country, the reader may conclude that I am obsessed with the matter. Not really. Let’s just say I’m concerned.
Why so? Firstly, I must point out that anyone educated in the French system, as I was, tends to view Muslims through a different prism; and its not rose-colored. My childhood heroes were paladins like Roland who died fighting Saracens at the Pyrenean pass of Roncevaux in a war that began in 711 when Moorish forces under the command of Tarik-Ibn–Ziyad landed at Gibraltar. They called it Djebel (hill or mountain in Arabic)-al –TARIk, thus Gibraltar.
GET IT? Got it. GOOD!
Reinforcements followed and over the ensuing eight years, the Moors, momentarily arrested at the Pyrenees, brought under Islamic rule the entire, Iberian Peninsula populated by Christian Visigoths They named their new conquest AL-ANDALUS. At first an Emirate, it later became an Umayyad(prominent political family in Mecca) Caliphate, the Caliphate of Córdoba. Does this ring a bell? The Mosque in Manhatten?).
In 721, Abd-ur Rahman, an Arab soldier and Emir of AL-ANDALUS, energized by the Muslim’s seemingly insatiable appetite for land, spoils and the desire to convert the known world to Islam, led a large army through the Pyrenees into southwest France, the dominion of the Franks, who were of Gothic (Germanic) origin. His Jihad was preceded by countless tales of the unspeakable cruelty, deceptive practices and ruthlessness suffered by the Visigoths at the hands of their Moorish occupiers. These tales related by Visigoths, fleeing their occupiers, to their Gothic cousins on the other side of the Pyrenees gave the latter plenty of incentive to prepare for and resist the invasion.
The large, battle hardened Moorish army, boasting of the best cavalry in the world at the time, set upon the hapless population of southern France with all the ferocity of a pack of hungry hyenas sinking their teeth into a lonely wildebeest. At first, they attacked the dominions of Eudes, the Duke of Aquitaine in Southwest France. After a minor setback at the battle of Toulouse, Rahman defeated Eudes decisively, killing him in the process, at the battle of the Garonne River. This freed him to overrun and pillage Northern Aquitaine. He then swung to the northeast toward Lyons, cutting a wide swath through the country, killing, raping and pillaging, especially churches and monasteries. His army’s baggage train became so overloaded with loot that, today, one would say that his forces had a very low boots to tail ratio. Nevertheless, he soldiered on; aiming to secure the enormous treasures located in a famous basilica near the city of Tours. In early October 732, Rahman reached a road running from Tours to Poitiers. At that point, he was only 300 miles or so south of Paris. There, he encountered a Frankish army led by Charles Martel. Although accounts vary, the Saracens had, in addition to numerical superiority, the advantage of their redoubtable cavalry. On their side, the Franks had chosen the high ground and presented to their opponents a formidable battle line. Each soldier carried a shield, a sword and an axe called the francisca by the Romans who had learned to fear it. The weapon had a heavy, sharp on both sides, iron head and a short handle. On signal, and immediately before charging, the entire line would throw their axes and then attack with their swords an enemy line disrupted by the volley of iron.
As the two armies faced each other, Charles Martel figured he had another ace in hand. Abd-ur –Rahman, nursing his pillaged loot with all the angst of a Las Vegas poker player drooling over his pile of chips, had assigned most of his reserves to guarding his baggage train, thus losing some of his numerical superiority. Nevertheless, on or around October 10, Rahman fully confident in his army and anxious to “get it over with” because his forces were beginning to suffer from the cold, engaged the Franks. Martel routed the Saracens decisively, killing Rahman in the process and sending his forces reeling back to Southern France where they remained near Narbonne for a few years before returning to Spain.
Historians have called the battle of Tours the most important one in the history of the Western world. Had Charles Martel not prevailed, the Mediterranean might have become an Islamic lake.
Thus, the attempted Islamic conquest of Europe and its conversion to Islam was defeated; definitely. Well, not exactly.
Without shedding a drop of blood, waving a sword or firing a shot, Muslims have returned to France; in force. They constitute between 6 and 10 percent of the total population of France and are making their presence felt.
To be continued.

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