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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Vlad The Impaler, Part 1

Here is Part 1 of a two-part piece on Vlad the Impaler by me, Pastorius:

Vlad III reigned on and off, as Prince of Wallachia, between 1448-1476. He was born, the son of Vlad II, in Transylvania. Wishing to assert his authority in an untamed world, Vlad II had been an early believer in the rallying power of images, and, had thus, used the Dragon, symbol of Order, as the logo of his reign. The people began calling him Vlad Drakul, meaning Vlad the Devil, a name which he seemed to have liked.

When Vlad III ascended to power, he signed his name to documents, Vlad Drakulea, meaning Son of the Devil.

Yes, this Vlad III, or Vlad Drakulea, is the inspiration behind the book Dracula by Bram Stoker. And with good reason, for he seems to have been a blood-thirsty man, both literally, and figuratively. Legend has it, a favorite delicacy was bread dipped in pig's blood. Whether or not that was true, Vlad Drakulea was an extraordinarily cruel ruler. And, guess where he learned much of his cruelty from?

Yes, that's right; the Muslims.

His father's reign as Prince of Wallachia was troubled by the need to balance the competing interests of the Hungarians of the realm with that of the invading Ottoman Empire. Vlad II chose appeasement much of the time, and thus, he was assasinated on the order of John Hunyadi, regent of Hungary.

This left Vlad III with no father, and, as those who assassinated his father did not trust his family, no throne.

In the years leading up to the assassination of his father, Vlad III had lived in Turkey and had familiarized himself with the customs, lifestyle, and military structure of the Ottoman Empire, as well as the language. Thus, when he found himself cut off from his royal lineage he turned to the Turks to help him successfully regain what he believed was rightfully his.

His reign was troubled from there on in. All told he gained and lost the throne three times, spending some years in prison during one fall from grace. One constant, though, was his reputation for cruelty. One of his nicknames was Vlad Tepes, which meant Vlad the Impaler.

The process of impaling an enemy is particularly gruesome. This, from Wikipedia is not for the fainter flowers among us:

Impalement was Dracula's preferred method of torture and execution, which he had learned in his youth as a prisoner of the Turks. It was and is one of the most gruesome ways of dying ever imagined.

Dracula usually had a horse attached to each of the victim's legs as a sharpened stake was gradually forced into the body. The end of the stake was usually oiled and care was taken that the stake not be too sharp; else the victim might die too rapidly from shock.

Normally the stake was inserted into the body through the anus and was often forced through the body until it emerged from the mouth. However, there were many instances where victims were impaled through other bodily orifices or through the abdomen or chest.

As expected, death by impalement was slow and painful. Victims sometimes endured for hours or days. Dracula often had the stakes arranged in various geometric patterns. The most common pattern was a ring of concentric circles in the outskirts of a city that constituted his target. The height of the spear indicated the rank of the victim. The corpses were often left decaying for months.

Vlad was known for many of the other cruel punishments he levied on his subjects. He would cut out the genitals of women who committed adultery. He once invited a large group of the sick and the lame to a big banquet, and at the culmination of the banquet, put the question to them, "Would you like to live with no care in the world?" When they answered in the affirmative, he had the doors locked and the building burned to the ground. There were no survivors. He then told his court that he had done what he had done, because he didn't want weak people in his land.

One lesson he seemed to have learned from the Turks was the hudna. For after just a few years of aligning himself with the Turks in order to establish his power, he turned on them.

The most famous scene of Vlad's life came in a battle against the Ottoman forces of one Sultan Mehmed II. Here is a description:

In the beginning of 1462, Vlad launched a campaign against the Turks along the Danube river. It was quite risky, the military force of Sultan Mehmed II being by far more powerful than the Wallachian army. However, during the winter of 1462, Vlad was very successful and managed to gain many victories.

To punish Dracula, the Sultan decided to launch a full-scale invasion of Wallachia. Of course, his other goal was to transform this land into a Turkish province and he entered Wallachia with an army three times larger than Dracula's.

Finding himself without allies, Vlad, forced to retreat towards Tirgoviste, burned his own villages and poisoned the wells along the way, so that the Turkish army would find nothing to eat or drink.

Moreover, when the Sultan, exhausted, finally reached the capital city, he was confronted by a most gruesome sight: thousands of stakes held the remaining carcasses of some 20,000 Turkish captives, a horror scene which was ultimately nicknamed the "Forest of the Impaled."

This terror tactic deliberately stage-managed by Dracula was definitely successful; the scene had a strong effect on Mehmed's most stout-hearted officers, and the Sultan, tired and hungry, admitted defeat.

Now, see, I know you were thinking to yourselves, "Since when does Pastorius do history?" The answer, of course, is rarely. But, this one is rather important, isn't it?

I'm not going to comment further. Talk among yourselves. Can't wait to hear what you have to say.
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Blogger Citizen Warrior said...

That's some good writing, Pastorius. And it's a piece of history I was unfamiliar with.

Vlad the Impaler lived among the Muslims, and so knew how to fight against them effectively.

It holds a lesson for us. It seems all of us have come to the same conclusion: For free countries to effectively defend themselves against the relentless jihadi invasion, infidels need to learn about Islam; at least the basics of Shari'a and jihad.

With widespread knowledge, the jihad will lose much of its ability to invade.

I don't know if you've ever gotten one of those letters from someone in an African country that says they need your help to transfer funds and what's in it for you is a cool couple of million dollars. I've gotten hundreds of them. The story changes all the time, but the method is the same: If I just send my bank account information, they can transfer all that money into my account.

Yeah, right.

And yet, there are people who have fallen for this. Probably more in the beginning than now. As people find out about the scam, they tell their friends, and pretty soon everybody knows about it and nobody but a complete ignoramous falls for it any more.

That's what the knowledge of the Qur'an can do for us. When the jihadists try their deceptions and try to set up pretexts, they will fail because everyone will know what they're doing. The game won't work.

Anyway, I drank a little too much coffee and I'm off on a tangent, but all I wanted to say was, "Thanks for the history lesson. I'm looking forward to Part II."

Saturday, November 03, 2007 6:09:00 am  
Blogger Citizen Warrior said...

I was just looking at the image at the top of the Infidel Blogger's Alliance home page and for the first time noticed over on the left side the impaled people on poles there in the distance.

Saturday, November 03, 2007 8:03:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

What I like about the logo is that it is, at the same time, subtle and blatant. And, it is quite a piece of artwork at the same time.

The sad truth is, in my opinion, this is the only kind of "shock and awe" Muslims understand. We are going to have to resort to some sort of tragic brutality to beat them.

Vlad seems to have spooked them. I have to wonder if, because their "culture" is so pathetic and primitive, they are more susceptible to being spooked. Are they more superstitious? Are they more given to weird conspiracy theories (yeah, we pretty much know that for a fact)? Are they more likely to attribute strange magic powers to their enemies?

I've written a few different pieces, over time, about how to beat the Muslims. For some reason, the right blogosphere seems to ignore these pieces and concentrate on shit by people who tell us why we are going to lose instead.

Thus far, we are getting what we deserve.

Now, really, considering how completely superior our culture is to theirs, how could we lose (if we really wanted to win)?

Saturday, November 03, 2007 12:38:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I have to wonder if, because their "culture" is so pathetic and primitive, they are more susceptible to being spooked. Are they more superstitious?"

Yes - for some people the Middle Ages never ended:

"Saudi executes Egyptian for practising 'witchcraft'

Saudi Arabia executed an Egyptian man convicted of "sorcery", desecrating the Muslim holy book and adultery, the country's official news agency said... Clerics of Saudi Arabia's austere form of Islam, known as Wahhabism, take accusations of sorcery seriously and recently held a conference in Riyadh on how to combat it. Clerics dominate the legal system, acting as judges."


Saturday, November 03, 2007 2:46:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

I think we'll be talking about this subject more here at IBA.

I think the Muslims are easily defeatable. As Always on Watch commented to me this morning, "The Muslims think we possess big magic."

They are, indeed, spooked by us. The more I think about it, the more clear it is.

The reason they keep trying to hit us with airplanes is because they are transfixed by the "big magic" of airplanes. They can not build one themselves, so the airplane seems like a magical device to them. It's a Magic Carpet. It is the Western equivalent of Mohammed's night flight.

And, they can't make it work on their own.

Always on Watch also commented to me that many Muslims believe that the fact that they have oil is "the will of Allah." It is Allah's way of signaling to them that their civilization is better and is destined to win.

Magical thinking.

It is pathetic and primitive, and easy to beat if one concentrates on what makes them tick.

Saturday, November 03, 2007 3:25:00 pm  
Blogger Citizen Warrior said...

About their superstitiousness, when I read the Qur'an, I was surprised there were so many references to "Jinns." That is, Genies. Muhammad clearly accepted them as real. So I am assuming that most Muslims must believe they are real (if they've read the Qur'an in their own language and believe it to be the word of Allah).

Saturday, November 03, 2007 10:20:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Hee hee. That's funny, if true.

Although, I thought a Jinn was the equivalent of a demon.

Saturday, November 03, 2007 10:23:00 pm  
Blogger Hesperado said...

It's also important to note that Vlad the Impaler had been horribly abused, traumatized and tortured by Muslims when he was a youth:

Some historical context, revolving around the fact that Muslims had been attacking and trying to conquer Southeast Europe for centuries:

The sultan [Sultan Murad], upon hearing that Hunyadi [Jonas Hunyadi, the White Knight, Viceroy of Transylvania who repeatedly marshalled armies to repulse the invading Muslim Turks] was on the attack, had the Dracul's boys [Vlad being one of the Dracul's boys] locked in the dungeon.

There, they received daily floggings and endured long periods of hunger. Dracula's insolence harshened his treatment; he suffered various tortures to mind and body. Still, he was kept alive, probably due to the fact that the sultan figured he could still be employed as a bartering tool.

From a narrow window above his cell, Dracula witnessed the executions of less-fortunate prisoners taking place in the yard outside. Depending upon their crime, they were hanged, shot with arrows or spears, beheaded, crushed under wheels, or given over to a wild beast of prey. Many were impaled.

At first, the teenage boy may have been repulsed at the site of impalement. But, after a while, he certainly grew fascinated by it. Impalement, the most inhuman of punishments, involved piercing a body length-wise with a sharpened pole, the victim then left to die atop the raised pole. Death was excruciating and sometimes slow. Men were usually struck through the rectum, women through the vagina. Dracula watched the victims squirm, scream, hemorrhage, then die. He saw the crows pick at their carcasses that often remained under the hot Turkish sun until they were only blistered meat.

Dracula learned to detest his captives for their cruelty, yet wished that he would be given the chance to serve his captives likewise. Not knowing if and when he might be next, he imagined, if he survived, a day that he could inflict such torment on the Turks. Battered, starving, cut, singed and now having to view what the Turks did several times a week just beyond his windowsill, he probably went mad.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007 8:34:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, see, I know you were thinking to yourselves, "Since when does Pastorius do history?" The answer, of course, is rarely. But, this one is rather important, isn't it?
That is probably the only clever thing I found in this blogg. I can tell you don't 'do' history much, otherweise you would not be so prone to making a mess of it. I'm not going into every wrong detail in your rant, it would take me ages, I would grow a beard 3 meeters long and it would turn white by the time I was finished, but consider this... If it take a mere hour to impale someone there would be need of 834 days to impale 20.000 peopple. Can you do the rest of the math?
As for the cultural superiority-inferiority concep... I'm speachless for I have never read such a load of crap before.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008 1:38:00 pm  
Blogger Citizen Warrior said...

On the other hand, if you had 20,000 soldiers doing the impaling for you, it would take you only one hour to impale 20,000 people.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008 9:17:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

And, it doesn't take an hour to shove a spear through a guys anus and out his mouth. However, it takes an hour, or hours for him to die.

Anonymous, do you smoke marijuana?

Wednesday, January 09, 2008 9:22:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Islam the fastest growing religion... Prophet the most influential figure.. Sit back and think...

What is the purpose of your life..? Search for the truth..

Saturday, May 14, 2011 11:38:00 am  

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