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History of Jihad Against The Russians (1444-1918)

How the Russians started as victims of the Muslim Turks and finally victimized the Turks to roll back their invasion of Ukraine and the Balkans.

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According to al-Bukhari [d. 869] an early Muslim jurist; "In the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the [Muslim] mission and [the obligation to] convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force…"

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Russia is one country which has carried every war into its enemy’s home be they Mongol-Tatars or the French under Napoleon or the Nazis under Hitler.

Russia is one country which has carried every war into its enemy’s home, destroying the enemy utterly. In 1812, the Russians burned down Moscow to prevent Napoleon from taking it. Then they harassed his retreating army. Eventually they drove the French not just out of Russia, but marched up to Paris to put and end to Napoleon’s threat.

Earlier the Mongol-Tatars had occupied the whole of Russia and had subdued the Russian population. But the will of the hardy Russians was not to be broken. They fought a four hundred year long war against the Mongol-Tatars from the 10th century up to the 14th century and ultimately not just drove the Mongol-Tatars out of Russia, but invaded the homelands of the Mongol-Tatars in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan) up to the borders of China and reduced the Mongol-Tatars into a subject race.

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The Russians with their British allies prepare for battle against the Turks. Although not always on the same side, the British did ally themselves with the Russians during some stages of the Russian struggle against the Ottomans.

The forward policy of the Russians of taking the war into enemy territory had stopped Islam from spreading further into Europe. The hardy Russians also waged a four hundred year crusade against Islam. Had it not been for the indomitable Russian resistance from 1444 up to 1918, the whole of Russia would have been Muslim today. The Russo-Turkish Wars were a series of ten wars fought between the Russian Empire and the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Their conflict during World War I should also be counted as an eleventh and, so far, the last war in the series of Russian wars against the Islamic Jihad.

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The Russians have decimated all their tormentors including the Nazis

The same story was repeated in the Russian struggle with the Nazis. The Nazis were undefeated till 1942. The Russians were the first to halt and reverse the Nazis’ triumphal march at Stalingrad. They pushed the Nazis out of Russia, and back into Germany, till they joined up with the Anglo-American forces on the Elbe river, making the Nazis history. Time and time again it has been proven that after the Russians, were attacked, not once did the thought cross their minds of a compromise with the enemy. The war did not stop, till the Russian army had gone right up the heartland of the enemy and decimated the enemy completely and permanently. It happened with the Mongols (in the 14th century), with the French under Napoleon (in the 18th century) and with the Nazis (in the 20th century). This speaks for the Russian mind and tells us how the Russians will deal with the Jihadis who ravaged Russia at Moscow (the Nord-Ost theatre episode)and the slaughter of school kids at Beslan. Thus the Russians have proved that they can be ruthless after they are aroused.

Why do Russians pander to the enemy, before they are singed?

But till this happens, the Russians will play their usual game of pandering to the enemy and trying to turn him (the Jihadis in this case) against their Western rivals. The Russians did this during WW2, when they signed the Hitler-Stalin (Ribbentrop-Molotov) Nazi-Soviet pact, that unleashed the full fury of the Nazis on the Western Democracies, till Hitler stabbed Russia (USSR) in the back in 1941. But once the Russians had been stung they rose in their full fury to decimate the Nazis utterly. History is repeating itself today.

The Russians are again pandering to the enemy, cozying up to the Hamas, building a Nuclear Reactor at Bushehr in Iran, building alliances with the Syrians. This is a flashback to their 1938 dalliance with the Nazis. And as the Nazis stung them in 1941, so will the Jihadis too in the near future. Beslan was only a sneak preview.

The only difference this time around will be that the Chechen Jihadis will help themselves to some of the nuclear arsenal of the Soviet vintage that is floating around use it blow the Kremlin sky high, killing millions of Muscovites in the bargain. Only after this attack will the Russians rise up in their full fury and then they will unleash their nuclear arsenal to decimate the Islamic world and take the War on Terror to its natural and bloody end (mark the clairvoyance here).

They will not go to the UN Security Council and seek a resolution under Chapter 7 of the UN charter before they unleash their nuclear arsenal on the Islamic world. They did not do so when they decimated the Nazis. The Western world will then follow the Russian example to make short shrift of the Islamic world with their ample nuclear arsenal. But for this to happen, we need to hang around till the Russian dilly-dallying and pussy-footing goes around before the nuclear carnage at Moscow can signal the nuclear phase of third world war.

Russia is one country which can carry the crusade against Jihad into the Middle East, destroying the enemy utterly.

Today Beslan (the site where hundreds of school kids were slaughtered by the Chechen Jihadi terrorists) is a challenge to the Russian spirit. Russia needs to awaken its spirit if it is to save itself from further savagery. Russia can do it, and Russia can do it alone as it did with the Tartars, with Napoleon and with the Nazis. The Tartars were defeated by Russia absolutely single-handedly, while in the war with Napoleon and with the Nazis too, the Western allies came into the picture after Russia had defeated the invader on Russia’s home ground single-handedly staring from Stalingrad in 1942. Today once again, Russia needs to take the lead in the war on terror – America and the West will follow, as Waterloo (in 1815) followed Borodino in 1812 and Normandy (in 1944) followed Stalingrad in 1942.

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The Russians engage the Turks on the battlefield.

The indomitable spirit of the Russians was such that for three centuries together they did not give up the struggle till they finally destroyed the Jihadi threat not only to Russia but also to Eastern Europe. Although the wars are described as Russo-Turkish wars, they were not national wars, but those of the Christian resistance to a Muslim assault in the name of Islam and Jihad. A resistance in which Russia as the vanguard of the Christendom, came out a winner and with flying colors, that made the haughty and cruel Ottomans scamper back to where they came from and made Turkey from an invading imperial power into a sick man of Europe.

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A few years back, the Russians again displayed their ruthlessness against a beastly enemy when they used poisonous gas as a weapon to disable the Chechen (Jihadi) terrorists along with the eight hundred hostages which they had held at a theater in Moscow (the Nord-Ost attack). The Russian President Vladimir Put
in along with authorities took a hard-hearted decision to use the gas which disabled the terrorists along with the hostages. For the Russians, no price was small to defeat the terrorists.

Meanwhile, the West is fighting a reactive war by unnecessarily razing the cost of waging this war, by being defensive. The costs of Homeland security, airport security, espionage, rebuilding defeated Jihadi countries like Afghanistan and Iraq are a drain on the treasuries of the USA and UK and is making the cost of this war prohibitively high, while weakening Western economies. The West needs to learn from Russia, and strike at the enemy’s jugular, by taking the war into the enemy territory, while not wasting any effort and resources in re-building defeated Jihadi countries.

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The Russians looked upon their struggle against the Turks as a Holy war and invoked the blessings of various Eastern Orthodox Saints to motivate them in this long and arduous war against the Islamofascist Jihadis.

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The point is to make the cost of terrorism, unacceptably high for its sponsors in the Middle East an in the larger Muslim world, so that they see sense and stop. And in case they don’t, as they won’t, then the only option is to bombard them into radioactive dust. The forward policy of the Russians of taking the war into enemy territory was what stopped Islam from spreading further into Europe.

The Russian crusade against Islam from 1444 up to 1918

The Russians actually waged a four hundred and fifty year crusade against Islam, although we do not recognize it as such. Had it not been for the Russian resistance from 1444 up to 1918, the whole of Russia would have been Muslim today. The Russo-Turkish Wars were a series of ten wars fought between the Russian Empire and the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Their conflict during World War I should also be counted as an eleventh and, so far, the last Russo-Islamic war in the series.

Such was the indomitable spirit of the Russians that for four centuries together they did not give up the struggle till they finally destroyed the Jihadi threat to not only to Russia but also to Europe.

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In the long struggle of the Russians against the Islamofascist Jihadi Ottoman Turks, it was not Russia that had invaded a Muslim country to start this long series of wars. But it was a Muslim brigand state (Ottomans) who started the aggression against Russia in the second half of the 17th century. In doing this, the Ottoman Turks were following the tradition of the founder of Islam Mohammed-ibn-Abdallah, of raiding the caravans from Mecca to start a war This was in fact how the Jihad originally began to spread Islam through coercion on the pre-Muslim Arabs.

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Although the wars are described as Russo-Turkish wars, they were not national wars, but those of the Christian resistance to a Muslim assault in the name of Islam and Jihad. A resistance in which Russia as the vanguard of the Christendom, came out a winner and with flying colors, that made the haughty and cruel Ottomans scamper back to where they came from and made Turkey from an invading imperial power into a sick man of Europe.

The series of Russo-Turkish Wars

• Russian resistance to the initial Turkish incursions into South Russia through the Caucasus and the Balkans from 1444

• The first Russo-Turkish War, 1676-1681

• The second Russo-Turkish War, 1686-1700

• The third Russo-Turkish War, 1710-13 (part of the Great Northern War)

• The fourth Russo-Turkish War, 1735-39

• The fifth Russo-Turkish War, 1768-74

• The sixth Russo-Turkish War, 1787-92

• The seventh Russo-Turkish War, 1806-12

• The eight Russo-Turkish War, 1828-29

• The ninth Russo-Turkish War, 1853-56 (Crimean War)

• The tenth Russo-Turkish War, 1877-78

• The eleventh Russo-Turkish War, 1914-18 (World War I)

The Russians looked upon their struggle against the Turks as a Holy war and invoked the blessings of various Eastern Orthodox Saints to motivate them in this long and arduous war against the Islamofascist Jihadis.

Russia came face to face with Islam on its Western frontier after the Polish and Hungarian armies under Wladyslaw III and Janos Hunyadi were crushed at the Battle of Varna in 1444 by the Ottoman Turks under Murad II. The defeat ended any serious European attempts to prevent the conquest of Eastern Europe by Turks for several decades and the death of Wladyslaw II in the battle left the realm in the hands of his six-year old son, Ladislav V.

After this battle, Russia lay open to Ottoman attacks, as from then onwards the Polish resistance in the Ottomans in the Balkans had weakened. While for the next two centuries the Turks concentrated on their incursions further Westwards into Hungary, Southern Poland and Austria, they turned the attention eastwards towards Ukraine and Russia from 1650 onwards. The Jihad reached Ukraine with the Ottoman attack on Russia. – In the seventeenth century, the Turks hyena had begun casting eyes towards the Russian bear, but the Turkish hyena was to be severely mauled and was lucky to escape alive

The first Russo-Turkish War of 1676-1681 From 1650 onwards the Turks had started attacking Austria and Poland. With the Ottoman Jihadis in Poland, Prussia (Germany) and Russia were under threat of invasion. After having captured the region of Podolia in the course of the Polish-Turkish War of 1672-1676, the Ottomans tested the Russian preparedness by attacking Ukraine and bringing under their rule that part of Ukraine that lay on the right-bank of the Dnieper river.

Muslim subterfuge begins its work in the Ottoman Jihad

The Ottomans could make an entry into Russia, by dangling the carrot of independence from Russia before the local chieftain (Hetman) Petro Doroshenko in 1669, promising to make him the sovereign of Ukraine. But this treason on his part caused discontent among many Ukrainian Cossacks, who deposed him and elected Ivan Samoilovich (Hetman of the Left-bank Ukraine) as a sole Hetman of all Ukraine in 1674.

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After overrunning parts of Ukraine and Southern Russia, the Ottomans began to show their true fangs by starting to tyrannize the local Slavic population and compelling them to embrace Islam. This was the first turning point, where the Russians and Ukrainians under Ottoman tyranny left the towns and villages and became partisan fighters against Ottoman repression. These efforts were helped by the Russian noblemen and the Czar. The Czars appealed for European help to eject the Ottomans from Ukraine. This led to the war of Russian resistance to the Jihad. This is also known as the Russo-Turkish War of 1686-1700.

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So we see that it was not Russia that had invaded a Muslim country to start the long series of wars. But it was a Muslim brigand state (O
ttomans) who started the aggression against Russia in the second half of the 17th century. In doing this, the Ottoman Turks were following the tradition of the founder of Islam Mohammed-ibn-Abdallah, of raiding the caravans from Mecca to start a war This was in fact how the Jihad originally began to spread Islam through coercion on non-Muslim Arabs.

But in Ukraine, the deposed Hetman (Chieftain) Doroshenko turned traitor and decided to conspire against his countrymen. In 1676 his army of 12,000 men seized the Ukrainian city of Chigirin, counting on help from the approaching Turkish-Tatar army. However, the Russian and Ukrainian forces under the command of Samoilovich and Grigory Romodanovsky besieged Chigirin and made Doroshenko surrender. Leaving a garrison in Chigirin, the Russian and Ukrainian armies retreated to the left bank of the Dnieper. The Turkish Sultan appointed Yuri Khmelnitsky Hetman of the Right-bank Ukraine, who had been the Sultan’s prisoner at that time. In July of 1677, the Sultan ordered his army (120,000 men) under the command of Ibrahim Pasha to advance towards Chigirin. But the Russians repulsed this attack.

In July of 1678, am even larger Turkish army (approx. 200,000 men) of the Grand Vizier Kara Mustafa besieged Chigirin once again. In this battle, the Russian and Ukrainian armies (120,000 men) broke through the Turkish covering force, however, the Turks had already managed to occupy Chigirin a few days before the battle was joined. In this battle, the Turks again used the carrot of Ukrainian independence from Russia to break off some Ukrainian units from the combined Russian-Ukrainian army. The Ottomans also enlisted support of the Crimean Tatars (Mongols) who had converted to Islam to attack the Russians from the rear. As a result of such subterfuge, the Russian army was defeated and retreated over the Dnieper, beating off the pursuing Turkish army.

In 1679-1680, the Russians repelled the attacks of the Crimean Tatars and signed the Bakhchisaray Peace Treaty on January 3, 1681, which established the Russo-Turkish border by the Dnieper, dividing Ukraine into half with one half under Ottoman rule. Now the Ottomans began to show their true fangs by starting to tyrannize the local Slavic population and compelling them to embrace Islam. This was the first turning point, where the Russians and Ukrainians under Ottoman tyranny left the towns and villages and became partisan fighters against Ottoman repression. This resistance was helped by the Russians and the Czar appealed for European help to eject the Ottomans from Ukraine. This led to the war of Russian resistance to the Jihad. This is also known as the Russo-Turkish War of 1686-1700.

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The Bosnian government commemorated Turkish rule over Bosnia, by issuing this postal stamp. But the Bosnians (and Albanians) of today are Slavic converts to Islam who were forced to give up Christianity at the point of the sword by the Ottoman Turks. But today the Bosnians have forgotten how they came to become Muslims. The same is true of all Muslims, whose ancestors were tormented and tyrannized to submit to Islam, but today their descendants celebrate the faith and culture (or lack of it) of their ancestors’ tormentors!

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The Second Russo-Turkish War of 1686-1700

The Second Russo-Turkish War of 1686-1700, was a part of the joint European effort to stop the continuing aggression of the Ottoman Empire. This Russo-Turkish War began after Russia had joined the European anti-Turkish coalition (comprising Austria, Poland, Venice) in 1686. During the war, the Russian army organized the campaigns of 1687 and 1689 to liberate Crimea, and the Azov campaigns of 1695 and 1696.

But these campaigns met with limited success as the Russian attempts to liberate the whole of Ukraine had to be abandoned in the light of the Swedish invasion of Russia from the north. Russia had to end this campaign by signing the Treaty of Karlowitz in 1699, which was followed up by the Constantinople Peace Treaty with the Ottoman Empire in 1700. But in spite of this treaty, the Turks continued their plotting to overrun Russia at the first opportunity. This led to the third Russo-Turkish War of 1710-1713.

The third Russo-Turkish War of 1710-1713, started after the Russians had defeated the Swedes in the Battle of Poltava. With the help from Austrian and French diplomats, Charles XII of Sweden managed to persuade the Turkish Sultan to declare war on Russia on November 20, 1710. The principal event of this war was the Prut campaign of 1711, in which Russia unsuccessfully attempted to regain that part of Ukraine occupied by the Turks. Although this campaign did not succeed, it paved the way for Russia’s final success against the Turks.

The fourth Russo-Turkish War of 1735-1739 reversed the Jihadi advances into Russia, This war which was an indirect fallout of the endless raids by the Crimean Tatars finally turned back the tide of the Jihad from Russia. The war also represented Russia’s continuing struggle for the access to the Black Sea.

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During the Napoleonic wars, with Austria getting increasingly entangled on its Western frontier with France, it fell on Russia’s shoulders to hold the fort against further Ottoman incursions into Europe. This war saw Russian armies inflict a string of defeats on the Turks, softening them for the assaults to follow in the next hundred and fifty years that were to finally drive the Turks from Europe and place Turkey at the mercy of Russia and other Christian powers of Europe.

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Russian diplomacy before the war

By the outbreak of the Russo-Turkish war, Russia had managed to secure a favorable international situation by signing a few treaties with Iran in 1732-1735 (which was at war with Turkey in 1730-1736) and supporting the accession to the Polish throne of Augustus III in 1735 instead of the French protégé Stanislaw I Leszczynski, nominated by pro-Turkish French.

Austria was Russia’s ally from 1726. The casus belli was the raids of the Crimean Tatars on Ukraine in the end of 1735 and the Crimean khan’s military campaign in the Caucasus. In 1736, the Russian commanders envisioned the seizure of Azov and the Crimea.

On May 20, 1736, the Russian Dnieper army (62,000 men) under the command of the Prussian Field Marshal Burkhard Christoph von Munich took the Turkish fortifications at Perekop by storm and occupied Bakhchisaray on June 17. However, lack of supplies coupled with the outbreak of an epidemic forced the Russians to retreat to Ukraine. But nevertheless, this marked the successful Russian campaign against the Ottomans in rolling back the Jihad from Russian soil. A campaign that as to take the Russian armies all over the Balkans up to Greece, to finally eject the Ottomans from Europe.

Now there were more victories in store for the Russians. On June 19, the Russian Don army (28,000 men) under the command of General Peter Lacy with the support from the Don Flotilla under the command of Vice Admiral Peter Bredahl seized the fortress of Azov. In July of 1737, Von Munich’s army took the Turkish fortress of Ochakov by storm. The army (already 40,000 men strong) marched into the Crimea the same month, inflicting a number of defeats on the army of the Crimean khan and capturing Karasubazar.

In July of 1737, Austria entered the war against Turkey, but was defeated a number of times. In August, Russia, Austria and Turkey began negotiations in Nemirov, whic
h would turn out to be fruitless. There were no significant military operations in 1738. The Russian army had to leave Ochakov and Kinburn due to the outbreak of plague.

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Russia is one country which can carry the crusade against Jihad into the Middle East, and destroy the enemy utterly.

In our age, Beslan (the site where hundreds of school kids were slaughtered by the Chechen Jihadi terrorists) is a challenge to the Russian and the general human spirit. Russia needs to awaken its spirit if it is to save itself from further savagery. Russia can do it, and Russia can do it alone as it did with the Tartars, with Napoleon and with the Nazis. The Tartars were defeated by Russia absolutely single-handedly, while in the war with Napoleon and with the Nazis too, the Western allies came into the picture after Russia had defeated the invader on Russia’s home ground single-handedly. Likewise today, Russia needs to take the lead in the war on terror – America and the West will follow, as Waterloo (in 1815) followed Borodino in 1812 and Normandy (in 1944) followed Stalingrad in 1942.

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In 1739, Field Marshal Munich’s army crossed the Dnieper, defeated the Turks at Stavuchany and occupied the fortress of Khotin (August 19) and Jassy. However, Austria was defeated by the Turks once again and signed a separate peace treaty with the Ottoman Empire on August 21, 1739. This, coupled with the imminent threat of the Swedish invasion, forced Russia to sign the Belgrade Peace Treaty with the Ottomans on September 18, 1739 which ended the war.

The fifth Russo-Turkish War, 1787-92

This war took place in the shadow of upheavals taking place in Western Europe, like the French Revolution and the beginning of the revolutionary wars that later turned into the Napoleonic wars. With Austria getting increasingly entangled on its Western frontier with France, it fell on Russia’s shoulders to hold the fort against further Ottoman incursions into Europe. This war saw Russian armies inflict a string of defeats on the Turks, softening them for the assaults to follow in the next hundred and fifty years that was to finally drive the Turks from Europe and place Turkey at the mercy of Russia and other Christian powers of Europe.

The sixth Russo-Turkish War, 1806-1812 – final defeat of the Jihadis in Russia

Russo-Turkish War, 1806-1812 was one of the crucial wars fought between Imperial Russia representing orthodox Christianity and the Ottoman Empire that represented the Jihadi assault on Russia and on Europe in general in the 15th to the 18th centuries. This war and subsequent wars took Russians armies out of Russia proper into Moldavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Georgia, Armenia and into Turkey proper in their battle against the Ottoman Jihadis.

Although the wars are described as Russo-Turkish wars, they were not national wars, but those of the Christian resistance to a Muslim assault in the name of Islam and Jihad.

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The Greeks’ struggle for independence sparked the Russo-Turkish War of 1828-1829, in which Russian forces advanced into Bulgaria, the Caucasus, and northeastern Anatolia itself before the Turks sued for peace. The resulting Treaty of Adrianople (Edirne) in September 14, 1829 gave Russia most of the eastern shore of the Black Sea and the mouth of the Danube. Turkey recognized Russian sovereignty over Georgia and parts of present-day Armenia. Serbia achieved autonomy and Russia was allowed to occupy Moldavia and Walachia (guaranteeing their prosperity, and full "liberty of trade" for them) until Turkey had paid a large indemnity.

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This war broke out in 1806, when Turkey deposed the Russophile governors of its vassal states Moldavia and Walachia. Since Russia was reluctant to concentrate large forces against Turkey while its relations with Napoleonic France were so uncertain. In 1811, with the prospect of a Franco-Russian war in sight, Russia sought a quick decision on its southern frontier. The Russian field marshal M.I. Kutuzov’s victorious campaign of 1811-12 forced the Turks to cede Bessarabia to Russia by the Treaty of Bucharest in May 28, 1812

The seventh Russo-Turkish war of 1828-1829

The Greeks’ struggle for independence sparked the Russo-Turkish War of 1828-1829, in which Russian forces advanced into Bulgaria, the Caucasus, and northeastern Anatolia itself before the Turks sued for peace. The resulting Treaty of Adrianople (Edirne) in September 14, 1829 gave Russia most of the eastern shore of the Black Sea and the mouth of the Danube. Turkey recognized Russian sovereignty over Georgia and parts of present-day Armenia. Serbia achieved autonomy and Russia was allowed to occupy Moldavia and Walachia (guaranteeing their prosperity, and full "liberty of trade" for them) until Turkey had paid a large indemnity.

The eight Russo-Turkish war (the Crimean War)

The Crimean War lasted from 1854 to 1856. It was fought between Russia and an opportunistic alliance of the Ottoman Empire with United Kingdom and France.

This opportunistic alliance showed that the European powers no longer viewed the Turks as a threat to Europe, although they were still occupying a part of the Balkans. The British looked upon Russia as a competitor in their race for colonies in Asia and wanted to prevent Russia from emerging as a naval power. Had Russia defeated and crushed the Ottoman empire in this war, Russians navies would have entered the Mediterranean and eventually countered British efforts to dominate the Middle East and South Asia. So Britain shrewdly decided to ally itself with the eternal foes of Christendom, the Muslim Ottoman Turks. This war is called the Crimean war, since the majority of the conflict took place around the Crimean peninsula on the Black Sea.

Religions overtones and origins of the Crimean war

After a dispute with the Ottoman Empire over the guardianship of several holy towns in Palestine and the protection of Orthodox Christians, Russia invaded Moldavia and Wallachia, both semi-autonomous vassals of the Ottoman Empire, resulting in a declaration of war by the Ottomans in late 1853. The Russians, under the command of Admiral Nakhimov, the hero of the Battle of Navarino, sank the Ottoman fleet at Sinop on November 30.

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During the Crimean Russo-Turkish war, Ottoman troops landed in the Crimea and besieged the city of Sevastopol, home of the Czar’s Black Sea fleet and a threat of future Russian penetration into the Mediterranean. The Russians had to scuttle their ships and use their naval cannons as additional artillery, and the ships’ crews as marines. Admiral Nakhimov was mortally wounded in the head by a sniper shot, and died on June 30, 1855. The city was finally captured in September 1855. In the same year, the Russians occupied the Turkish city of Kars.

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The Ottomans were joined by Britain and France on March 28, 1854, and by Piedmont-Sardinia (though her participation was merely token) in January 1855. Austria also shamefully threatened to enter the war on the Ottoman side, causing the Russians to withdraw from the occupied areas, which were immediately occupied by the Austrians, in August 1854.

Siege of Sevastopol

The following month, Ottoman troops landed in the Crimea and besiege
d the city of Sevastopol, home of the Czar’s Black Sea fleet and a threat of future Russian penetration into the Mediterranean. The Russians had to scuttle their ships and use their naval cannons as additional artillery, and the ships’ crews as marines. Admiral Nakhimov was mortally wounded in the head by a sniper shot, and died on June 30, 1855. The city was finally captured in September 1855. In the same year, the Russians occupied the Turkish city of Kars. After the occupation of Sevastopol following large-scale devastation and the accession of Alexander II peace negotiations began. The war ended with the Treaty of Paris (1856).

The Infamous character of the Crimean war

The war became infamously known for the division of the Christendom’s forces in a battle against the Saracens. While Christian nations of Europe had battled fiercely amongst themselves all through history, they had not till the Crimean war, sought to defeat another Christian power by aligning themselves with a Muslim power.

But from the Crimean war onwards till, 9/11, this opportunistic trend was to continue, with one European power aligning itself with one Muslim nation and another European power with another Muslim nation.

With the Crimean war, the Crusade against Jihad was to get overlapped with national, colonial and imperialistic considerations, in which the cause for the war was narrow nationalistic gain. But this was to be largely (if not totally) reversed on that fateful day on 9/11.

The ninth Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 had its origins in the Russian goal of gaining access to the Mediterranean Sea and dominating Constantinople (Istanbul) and the adjacent Turkish Straits. However, due to the bad experience of seeing Christian European powers aligning themselves against Russia and in favor of the Muslim Turks during the Crimean War, Russian diplomacy advertised the war as an effort of liberating the Christian Slav and Hellenic peoples of the Balkan Peninsula of south-eastern Europe from the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire.

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To suppress the Bulgarian April uprising the Turks followed a time-tested Muslim policy of beheading the leaders of the Bulgarian rebels and parading their severed heads through the rebel held cities to force a surrender. Despite these despicable and gory inhuman practices, the Bulgars held their own against their tormentors and forced Turkey to negotiate a Conference for granting autonomy to Bulgaria.

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An anti-Ottoman uprising occurred in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the summer of 1875. The main reason for this revolt was the heavy tax burden of Jaziya imposed by the fanatic Ottoman administration. Despite some setbacks, the uprising continued well over the end of 1875 and eventually triggered the Bulgarian April uprising of 1876.

Tension in Bosnia and Russian support encouraged the principalities of Serbia and Montenegro’s declaration of war against their nominal Ottoman overlords early in July.

The war led to the superpowers Russia (Prince Gorchakov) and Austria-Hungary (Count Andrássy), into making the secret Reichstadt Agreement in July 8, on partitioning the Balkan peninsula between themselves depending on the outcome.

In August 1876, Serb forces were defeated by the Turkish army, which was the worst-case scenario for Russians and Austrians as they couldn’t claim any Ottoman possessions. However the atrocities committed against the civilian Slav population during the war and during the Bulgarian April uprising had a wide-spread response throughout Europe.

To suppress the Bulgarian April uprising the Turks followed a time-tested Muslim policy of beheading the leaders of the Bulgarian rebels and parading their severed heads through the rebel held cities to force a surrender. Despite these despicable and gory inhuman practices, the Bulgars held their own against their tormentors and forced Turkey to negotiate a Conference for granting autonomy to Bulgaria.

As a result the Constantinople Conference was held in December 1876 in Constantinople (Istanbul). At this conference, at which Turkey was not represented, superpowers discussed the boundaries of one or more future autonomous Bulgarian provinces within the Ottoman Empire.

The Conference was interrupted by the Turkish foreign minister, who informed the delegates that Turkey had approved a new constitution, which guaranteed rights and freedoms of all ethnic minorities and Bulgarians would enjoy equal rights with all Ottoman citizens. Despite that, Russia did not trust the Ottomans, given the Ottoman policy of deceit based on the Islamic practice of Taqiya (deception). The Russians remained hostile towards the Ottoman Empire, speculating that this Turkish overture was no permanent solution to the liberation of the Balkans. The remaining European powers were paralyzed by strong civil support for the idea of Bulgarian independence.

Russia declared war on Turkey on 24 April 1877. In the beginning of the war the outcome was far from obvious. The Russians could raise a larger army of about 200,000 was within their reach. The Turks had about 160,000 troops on the Balkan peninsula. Turkish troops were better armed. The Turks had the advantage of being fortified, and they also had a complete command of the Black Sea, and had patrol boats along the Danube river.

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With the European nations battling each other in the First World War, Turkey miscalculated that the Germans and Austro-Hungarians would win, and it joined this alliance, as against the alliance of the Russians, British and French. The Russian army in the initial stages of the war, gave a severe drubbing to the Turks. The Russians were to eventually get embroiled in their Revolutions in 1918 and 1920. Despite this the Turks got a body blow from which they were to never recover. For all their fearsomeness and cruelty, the Turks were finally reduced to dust by the Russians, British and French in World War 1, which saw the sun set over not just the Ottoman jihad’s threat to Europe, but also to the last Islamic Caliphate (Khilafah). The corpse of which Osama Bin Laden and his one billion Muslim cohorts want to revive!

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In reality, however, most of the time Turks used only about 25% of their military capacity. In addition to that, Turks had no idea of Russian plans and made little attempt to predict their actions and to counter them. They preferred to stay fortified and wait until the Russians knocked on their doors. At the beginning of the war Russians destroyed all vessels along the Danube, and mined the river, thus ensuring they could cross the Danube at any point they want. This again didn’t ring the bells of alarm for the Turkish command.

In June a small Russian unit passed the Danube close to the delta, at Galatz and marched in the direction of Ruse. This made the Turks even more confident that the big Russian force is to come right through the middle of the Turkish stronghold. Then in July the Russians constructed a bridge up the Danube at Svishtov, and started passing unobstructed. There were no significant Turkish troops in the area. The command in Istanbul ordered Osman Pasha to march in that direction and fortify in the nearby fortress of Nikopol. (Remember this was the town of Nicopolis which saw the first Bulgarian and Turkish battles, when the Turkish Jihadis had first invaded the Balkans.)

On his way to Nikopol Osman Pasha learned that the Russians had already assumed firm control of that fo
rtress, so he moved to Pleven. Less than 24 hours after Osman Pasha’s fortification at Pleven, numerous Russian forces under charismatic General Skobelev attacked the city. At that point the two sides were almost equal in numbers and the Russian Army was quite discouraged, so most analysts agree that a counter-attack would have allowed the Turks to gain control and destroy the passing bridge. However, Osman Pasha had orders to stay fortified in Pleven, and that’s exactly what he did.

Russians had no more troops to throw against Pleven, so they laid a siege on it, and asked the Romanians to help with troops. Soon after that Romanians passed the Danube and joined the siege. They fought bravely to capture the Grivitza hills around Pleven, and kept them under their control from there on, to the very end of the siege. The siege (July-December 1877) turned to victory only after Russians cut off all supply routes of the fortified Turks, starving them and thus forcing them to surrender.

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A monument in Armenia to commemorate the Armenian resistance to Islam’s Jihad under the Ottoman Turks.

The string of defeats of the Turks by the Russians and the defeats inflicted by the British using Lawrence of Arabia to foment rebellion in the Turkish vilayets (provinces of the Ottoman empire) in the Middle East, eventually led to the downfall of the Ottoman empire and the liberation of Christian lands in Armenia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece. While some of the lands like Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo had been lost to Christendom as its original Christian population had been converted by the Turks to Islam with their merciless tyranny over six centuries. But the chivalry of Russian arms along with the valiance of freedom fighters in Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Armenia finally lead to the end of the Turkish Jihad against Russia and Europe in a disgraceful defeat for the Muslims and a cherished victory for the Russians and liberated the people of the Balkans.

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The Russians also succeeded in capturing the passes at the Stara Planina mountain which was crucial for maneuvering. Ironically they took control of the Shipka pass, after the Turkish troops there, having repelled several attacks evacuated. Later on Turks made considerable efforts to recapture this important route that could help them reinforce Osman Pasha in Pleven, but all in vain. The Turkish offensive against the Shipka pass is considered one of the major mistakes of the war, as there were other passes that were virtually unguarded.

All this time a huge number of Turkish troops stayed fortified along the Black Sea coast and engaged in very few operations. A strong Finnish contingent as well as a Romanian corps and volunteer brigades from the local Bulgarian population took part in the war fighting on the side the Russians. This showed that the different kingdoms in Christendom, still had the vision of looking upon the Muslim Turks as their common enemy.

Russians almost reach Istanbul, British intrigue saves the Turkish capital from being captured for Christendom in 1878

In February 1878 the Russian army had almost reached Istanbul, but scared the city might fall to the Russians, the British sent a fleet of ships. Under negotiating "help" from that fleet and the fact that the Russians had suffered such enormous losses (by some estimates about 200,000 men) Russia settled for the Treaty of San Stefano (March 3), which was later (July 13) succeeded by the Treaty of Berlin, 1878.

The stellar role played by the Finnish battalion was recognized by the Tsar. In his gratitude to the Finnish battalion, the Tsar elevated the battalion to the name Old Guard Battalion, which they still hold in the modern Finnish Military. But unfortunately, this eight Russo-Turkish war saw how British intrigue saved the Turkish capital from being captured for Christendom in 1878 a city that had been lost by Christendom to the Muslims more than four hundred years back, in 1453.

The last Russo-Turkish War (First World War 1914-1918)

With the European nations battling each other in the First World War, Turkey miscalculated that the Germans and Austro-Hungarians would win, and it joined this alliance, against the alliance of the Russians, British and French. The Russian army in the initial stages of the war, gave a severe drubbing to the Turks. The Russians were to eventually get embroiled in their Revolutions in 1918 and 1920.

These string of defeats of the Turks by the Russians and the defeats inflicted by the British using Lawrence of Arabia to foment rebellion in the Turkish vilayets (provinces of the Ottoman empire) in the Middle East, eventually led to the downfall of the Ottoman empire and its replacement by the secular republic by Mustapha Kemal Pasha. This lead to the end of the Turkish Jihad against Russia and Europe in a disgraceful defeat for the Muslims but a cherished victory for the Russians and for the liberated people of the Balkans.

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* For those uninitiated, PBUH expands to Perpetual Battle Upon Hagarism (Islam) – founded by the mass-murderer and pedophile pretenderprophet Mohammed-ibn-Abdallah (Yimach Shmo – May his name and memory be obliterated).

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Select Bibliography

Samson Blinded: A Machiavellian Perspective on the Middle East Conflict, by Obadiah Shoher

Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries (Hardcover) by Paul Fregosi

The Sword of the Prophet: History, Theology, Impact on the World by Srdja Trifkovic

Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World’s Fastest Growing Faith by Robert Spencer

Studies in Muslim Apocalyptic (Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam) by David Cook

Why I Am Not a Muslim by Ibn Warraq

Onward Muslim Soldiers by Robert Spencer

Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis by Bat Ye’Or

Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide by Bat Yeor

What the Koran Really Says: Language, Text, and Commentary by Ibn Warraq

Islam and Terrorism: What the Quran Really Teaches About Christianity, Violence and the Goals of the Islamic Jihad by Mark A. Gabriel, Mark A. Gabriel

A Concise History of the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) by Robert Spencer

The Great Divide: The failure of Islam and the Triumph of the West by Marvin Olasky

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The Koran (Penguin Classics) by N. J. Dawood

Don’t Keep me Silent! One Woman’s Escape from the Chains of Islam by Mina Nevisa

Christianity And Islam: The Final Clash by Robert Livingston

Holiest Wars : Islamic Mahdis, Their Jihads, and Osama bin Laden by Timothy R. Furnish

The Last Trumpet: A Comparative Study in Christian-Islamic Eschatology by Samuel, Ph.D. Shahid

Unleashing the beast: How a fanatical islamic dictator will form a ten-nation coalition and terrorize the world for forty-two months by Perry Stone

Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic Literature (Religion and Politics) by David Cook

Islam and the Jews: The Unfinished Battle by Mark A., Ph.D. Gabriel

The Challenge of Islam to Christians by David Pawson

The Prophetic Fall of the Islamic Regime by Glenn Miller, Roger Loomis

Prophet of Doom : Islam
‘s Terrorist Dogma in Muhammad’s Own Words by Craig Winn

The False Prophet by Ellis H. Skolfield

The Approach of Armageddon: An Islamic Perspective by Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God by George Weigel

Infiltration : How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington by Paul Sperry

Unholy Alliance : Radical Islam and the American Left by David Horowitz

Unveiling Islam : An Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs by Ergun Mehmet Caner

Perfect Soldiers : The Hijackers: Who They Were, Why They Did It by Terry McDermott

Islam Revealed A Christian Arab’s View Of Islam by Anis Shorrosh

Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out by Ibn Warraq

The Origins of the Koran: Classic Essays on Islam’s Holy Book by Ibn Warraq

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