A note of thanks to the people at
for affirming the importance of “El Cid.” The title of their site, incidentally, refers to the battle outside Vienna in 1683 between an enormous Turkish army and a coalition of European armies, led by Poland’s King John Sobieski, come together to save Europe from conquest. This was the culmination of 1,000 years of Islamic assault. 1683! Less than 100 years before the Declaration of Independence. Certainly one of THE crucial battles of world history—yet it’s untaught in our schools, which in the name of political correctness fecklessly portray Western Civilization with its panoply of ideals as the bad guys.