Moors Enter Spain!

After several centuries of priestcraft, the intolerable burdens “compelled a Christian nation to seek relief under the dominion of the Moslem. A mere handful of Saracens, thus aided [by the Spanish people], not only vanquished an army tenfold their number in the field, but, in a single month, subjugated the entire peninsula.” And this rule by the Saracens marked a wonderful, tolerant time in Spain. (Wilson, Robert Anderson. A New History of the Conquest of Mexico. Philadelphia: James Challen & Son, 1859)

“There is evidence that large portions of our modern literature, and our architecture, whether Gothic, Lombard, Norman, or Saxon so called, – and most of our modern improvements and inventions, even the first hints of our Protestantism, are of Saracenic origin.” In Spain, “the imprint of the Arabian is everywhere still visible…” (Ibid.)

Surprised Christians were taught by the Saracens “that truth, honesty, and fair dealing in this life, were a more necessary qualification for that to come, than the absolution of a priest, or the holy oil of the last sacrament. To those Christians and Jews, who did not embrace this novel doctrine, toleration was so fully conceded, as to cause others to desire the dominion of the Saracen also, and to sigh for that prosperity, which their co-religionists enjoyed under Moslem rule.” (Ibid.)

Of course, this was the case at the dawning years of Islam and may not still be so today.

In Spain, the general feeling was one of welcome for Mousa, “leader of the faithful,” in the hope he would rescue the Spaniards from “their spiritual oppressors.” Tarif (also called Tarik), a Mussulman captain, and his forces “stealthily crossed the straits in boats, unobserved by the Gothic cruisers, and landed upon the inhospitable rock of Calpe, which from that time has born the name of ‘the hill of Tarik’ – Geber-al-Tarik, Gibraltar.” (Mount Abyla, the “Pillar of Hercules” on the African side, is called by the Moors after Mousa, who planned the expedition.) (Ibid.)

The Gothic king declared a “holy war” against Mousa and his invaders. “The approaching enemy was represented in the blackest colors in which demons could be painted. [Note: See also Bashar al-Assad and Syria.] But as it was not the people, but princes, prelates, and barons, who were to suffer in the approaching conflict, notwithstanding every deception practised to prejudice the minds of Spaniards against their coming deliverers, they stood aloof [from incited passions].” (Ibid.)

The battlefield of Gaudalete was haunted by ghosts of the past. Here, Osiris Denis (Rameses IV) had slain the eldest of the Gerions. Here, Hercules (Rameses V) had defeated the younger Gerions. “Here, too, the Grecian Hercules vanquished the Titans.” And it was here, on the battlefield of Gaudalete, that Tarik and his small army achieved a complete victory. (Ibid.)

Spain had been “worn out, and perishing, under a government of craft.” The common Spaniards, “who never dreamed for a moment of trusting to the pledges of their own rulers,” confided implicitly in the hope that the enemy might be better. (Ibid.)

After the battle of Gaudalete, there “was no more resistance, that deserved the name. The little band of Saracens then spread themselves like a fan over the country, not to conquer but to take possession, and to receive the submission of a willing people.” (Ibid.)


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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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