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Rembering Vlad Dracula

And his responsiveness to Muslim invasions

Is there any relevance to this historical figure, a man who has been vilified across the world as a monster, a tyrant, a bloodthirsty psychopath and of course a vampire in the realm of popular entertainment?

One must realise that troubled times breed men and women who act 'abnormally' to deal with the various shapes of adversity. What the teenage Vlad Țepeș (the second son of Vlad Dracul, who became the ruler of Wallachia in 1436) was dealing with were the divisions of a newly Christianised Europe and rule by fear. As Christianity took root, society became more pleasantly capitalist for some  with a more clearly defined class structure or cast system. The nonconformists became the lowest cast and the last of the true European spiritualists based on ancient knowledge from India.

The church was enthusiastic about stamping out paganism and Eastern spiritual understanding, and this is the period of witch-hunts of Early Modern Europe (from about 1450 to 1750). During the upheavals of the Reformation and the Thirty Years' War, an estimated 100,000 mostly women were executed; many of them burned to death at the stake. Did Vlad torture as many?

In 1354 the Islamic Ottomans crossed into Europe and by 1526, they had conquered the territory of present-day Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia, and Hungary. Islam had already spread across Persia, North India and was making its way down through Southeast Asia.

"Muslim historian Firishta, the author of the Tarikh-i Firishta and the Gulshan-i Ibrahim, was the first to give an idea to the medieval bloodbath that was India during Muslim rule, he declared that over 400 million Hindus got slaughtered during Muslim invasion and occupation of India." ~ The Muslim Issue

In the traditional manner of Islamic expansion, the Muslims brutally killed everyone hesitant about conversion to Islam, they raped the women and children, and out-bred the indigenous populations. The Europeans were terrified as the Islamic onslaught seemed to be so unstoppable and this 1354 invasion laid the foundations for the much later Balkan wars (1912-13) and the more recent Bosnian war 1992 - 1995.

Count Dracula; Vlad's father had been charged by the Pope of the time to do all he could to hold back the Islamic horde because the Islamists seemed to be so unstoppable. They'd already conquered the Balkans and it wouldn't be long before they were at the gates of Vienna. It was clear that traditional warfare was not working because the Muslims had inherited the technology of Persian, Greek and Roman warfare and their goal was world domination without any social and political niceties. In other words Vlad's strategy against the Muslims was actually taken from the Muslims (terror)  and used against them. Even today, Russia has worked out that the only way to contain Islamic aggression is to “take out the families of terrorists”, in other words, terrify them into obedience.

As we have seen in all the modern Islamic sponsored wars, they don't display any social nicety, it's a case of convert or be raped in the case of women and killed if you happen to be male. The survivors of Islamic conquest end up in a gentle way as taxpayers to the Islamic state or less gentle ways as slaves to be bought and sold for Muslim pleasure and the woman typically used to breed more soldiers for the cause.

Western civilisation grew up with the understanding that 'might is right' and that conquest is a natural way to survive. The killing of an individual within a society is a crime, yet even today, invading another country although it causes outrage in some quarters is condoned. In other words we have not evolved much in a hundred thousand years and given the state of play in today's world, you could say that we are devolving as primarily capitalist forces compete for global domination.

Vlad the Impaler as he came to be known was doing what he thought was his best to save his people from Islamic forces. He demanded total loyalty and ruthlessly punished anyone opposed to him but he put up a successful deterrent to the spread of Islamism. In this sense he is no different to Winston Churchill who bombed civilian populations, starved millions of Hindus to death by taking their food supplies to feed the war effort and in a cruel twist of fate forced India to pay for the war.

It would be fair to say that wars make people insane, if there wasn't all the political nonsense going on in Europe at the time and the Muslims hadn't been invading, it's reasonable to assume that Vlad would have grown as any normal young man and had a happy life.

He began his rule at age 17 in 1448 within a European society where Christian brutality was extreme, after all immolation by fire must be the cruellest of executions and Vlad must've considered the Roman style of crucifixion to gentle, he wanted something more startling and skewering people was what he came up with although for centuries before, the Romans and others had been leaving dead bodies and heads tied up on display as a warning for people to be obedient. Most cultures have specialised in the art of torture and gruesome execution so Vlad should not be vilified his actions.

In Romania today he is regarded as a national hero because he saved Romania from the Muslims. As he was pressured into acting as he did, it's probable he became a very tormented person but in the analysis, he did what he thought best for his country and had what it takes to stand up to Muslim invasion. Today only Russia and China are containing Islamist expansion, the third great invasion of Europe is well underway and is only a matter of time before more open conflict breaks out. Will you bow your head to the sword or stand and fight?

Books about Vlad Dracula The Impaler
Vlad Ţepeş  The True Life of Dracula [Romanian with English subtitles 1979]
History's Mysteries The Real Dracula The main narrative begins at 20 munites
The Real Dracula movie
A summary of Muslim Invasions into Europe

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