THE Ottoman Empire
The Ottoman Empire[dn 4] or Sublime Ottoman State (Ottoman Turkish: دَوْلَتِ عَلِيّهٔ عُثمَانِیّهDevlet-i ʿAliyye-yi ʿOsmâniyye (also عثمانلى دولتى Osmanlı Devleti),[dn 5] Modern Turkish: Osmanlı Devleti or Osmanlı İmparatorluğu) was an empire which lasted from 27 July 1299 to 29 October 1923. It was a Turkish empire inspired and sustained byIslam and Islamic institutions.
The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest and longest lasting empires in history; such that the Ottoman State, its politics, conflicts, and cultural heritage in a vast geography provide one of the longest continuous narratives. During the 16th and 17th centuries, in particular at the height of its power under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, the empire became the most powerful state in the world – a multinational, multilingual empire that stretched from the southern borders of the Holy Roman Empire (until the outskirts ofVienna), Royal Hungary (modern Slovakia) and the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in the north to Yemen and Eritrea in the south; from Algeria in the west to Azerbaijan in the east; controlling much of southeast Europe, western Asia, and North Africa. The empire contained 29 provinces and numerous vassal states, some of which were later absorbed into the empire, while others were granted various types of autonomy during the course of centuries.[dn 6]
THE REASON I am writing about this today is that last night at ABC’s Iowa GOP debate I thought it was one of the most important issues. As told in the UK’s Guardian News, ” Leading Palestinian officials have rounded on the Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich for his description of Palestinians as an “invented” people and “terrorists”.
Last night’s (12/10/11) moderators took Gingrich to task on this issue and he played the “Historian” card and referenced the Ottoman Empire in his response (the other 5 Hopefuls did not challenge him). I sure had to do a bit of research to refresh my memory. That Empire went 700 years, not bad! We could fill this blog with a lot more information on how the Palestinians got to where they are today but we have enough to get to my next point, should we ask the many Native tribes of North America if the United States exists, and it’s People invented? How about the beautiful Hawaiian islands, our 50th State?, is it really?
Basically Newt is very smart, he knows how to get elected by saying the right things to the right people, calling Israel’s Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu , these guys must be tight to call him Bibi. Maybe Ben has some clout with the U.S. via the AIPAC?
I think Ron Paul made sense when he said we need to let them settle their own issues and stop nation building( I think there is a 12 step program for that), bring our Military home, not just from Afghanistan and Iraq, but all over the world, and stop the military aid, 1 Billion to Egypt, 3 Billion to Israel…
I’m pretty sure the sign in bright red lights at the RNC still reads “Landslide Warning” after last night’s debate.