I feel welcome as a new member to the Free Republic community. Furthermore, I am extremely thankful for the content here and with its service to our country's patriots.
The enlightened and polished views of the members of Free Republic are very interesting to me, since I am a student of Catholic social policy and its relation to the United States of America.
How did I hear about Free Republic? Around 2004 I listened to the George Putnam radio show on KRLA 870 AM and a caller, Ron in Chino Hills, mentioned "Freerepublic" about ten times. Thus, I was motivated to visit the web site, started reading it daily and signed up to make comments. Of course, my lame comments for the first two years were pulverized by sharp Freepers. Now I trust that my comments are helpful.
My thesis. All patriotic Americans have the duty to save the Catholic Europeans from the tyranny of the EU and invading immigrants. Why? Because the Catholic Europeans assisted us during the American Revolution. Thus, if a Freeper writes that Europe is on its own and we cannot help them after WWI and WWII, then I hope the Freeper takes a walk around the block and arrives at a new conclusion.
To support my thesis, Annie Hurley wrote on July 20, 1889 in the Scared Heart newspaper from Boston, "In looking over the history of the Revolution we must conclude that the foes of the young republic were Protestant England, Protestant Tories, and a hired band of Protestant Hessians, while all the external assistance, and words of cheer came from Catholics and Catholic nations, and the Catholic names of Carroll, Moylan, Barry, Lafayette, Dc Grasse, Rochambeau, Pulaski, and Kosciusko will live side by side with those of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, Henry, and Hancock in the immortal story of the American Revolution."
Concerning the present hostile forces today, not much has changed about the tribesmen in the Middle East for over a thousand years. Here are quotes from an interesting book, Chronicles of the Crusades (New York: Weidenfeld), 1989.
According to Matthew of Addessa from Armenia in 1136: "The Greeks were at particular pains ceaselessly to remove from the east all the great-hearted men and valiant war leaders of Armenian origin. They transformed the young boys into eunuchs and instead of strong breastplates, they gave soldiers garments with full, floating pleats; instead of helmets they covered their heads with bonnets; and they encase their shoulders, not with coats of mail but with wide shawls. They whisper and talk in secret, forever plotting the ruin of brave warriors. And it is thanks to the Greeks that the fiathful have been driven into slavery among the Persians."
According to Frederic Barbarossa from Germany in 1189: "Some bandit Byzantine archers were lurking in the dense thorn bushes by the highway and never ceased ambushing our large German army with poisoned arrows. Then the bandits were completely surrounded by our knights. Being caught red-handed they paid the price and met their just deserts. On a singly day, thirty-two were strung up like outlaws and ended their lives miserably on a bigget."
According to John Coucicaut from France in 1396:"The Hungarians do not usually stand firm in battle and are not able to hurt their enemies except as they gallop away in flight. They retreat and fall back for fear of arrows like cowards and cravens."
Also according to John Coucicaut from France in 1396: "When Sultan Bayezid saw this, he was so alarmed by the great valor of the French that neither he nor his huge battalion of cavalry dared to attack our men but fled, he and his troops, as fast as he could. And it is an amazing thing to tell and yet quiet true, as those who saw it bear witness, that the good marshal Boucicaut rode right through all the Saracen battalions and then turned and rode back through them again to his comrades. Oh God, what a knight! God keep him in strength.
According to Gilbert Lannoy from France in 1421: "It should be realized that Egypt and Syria are controlled by one lord, namely, the sultan of Cairo who rules over them all. The people are too wicked and to weak to protect their country properly, so they choose a sultan who has acquired power and friends from the previous sultan. Nevertheless, the sultan cannot rest easy and is always in danger of being overthrown by some other emir who may ursurp some of his power by betraying him and conspiring with others."
Also according to Gilbert Lannoy from France in 1421: "The Saracens, the true natives of Egypt, are a wretched people who just wear shirts with no breeches. As for the common people, they have very few bows, arrows, swords or weapons of any sort."
According to Niccolo Barbaro from Italy in 1453:"They entered Constantinople and sought out the convents and all the nuns were taken to the ships and abused and dishonoured by the Turks. Then they were all sold at auction as slaves to be taken to Turkey. Similarly, the young women were all dishonoured and sold at auction. Some of them preferred to throw themselves into wells and drown."
According to El Cid from Spain in 1094: "The Almoravid Muslims did not dare join battle with the Spanish. Terrified and struck with fear they fled under cover of darkness and retreated in confusion to their own territory.
According to Fulcher from France in 1110: "The Saracens often attacked in the manner of pirates and they were strengthening the defenses of the coastal cities. But when they heard rumors about the Norwegians, they did not dare to leave the port or to meet them."
Also according to Fulcher from France in 1110: "The Saracens passed on their right the port and town of Arsuf near Jerusalem, and then went through the city of Ramleh from which the Saracen inhabitants fled on the day before the Franks arrived." Fulcher of Chartres, French 1099
According to Heimskringla from Norway in 1110: "When the kings had besieged the town for a short time only, the heathen men gave up. The kings took possession of the town, and their troops of the booty. King Sigurd of Norway gave possession of the whole town to King Baldwin of France."
According to the author of the Chronicles:"The Reformation permanently split Christendom and restricted crusade preaching to countries which remained Catholic. The crusade was one of the features which most aroused the anger of the reformers, because of the sale of crusade indulgences and Protestants believed that war sponsored by the Church to be contrary to Christian doctrine."
According to Cardinal Henry Beaufor from France in 1447: "I shall diligently apply myself, as far as I am able and through the grace of God, to the gathering up of Catholic forces for the extermination of the Bohemian infildels. For the Most High knows of the excessively perverse types of torture which Christ's faithful have undergone at the hands of the incorriglbe heretics who are neither a noble people nor experienced in arms."