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Tuesday, January 20, 2004


This is coolbert:

Here is something for military historians to consider.

The first Gulf War began on January 17th, 1991 with five AWACS aircraft taking off from Riyadh to direct the air war.

In the year 1258, the Mongols began their climactic attack on Baghdad on January 16th.

In 1942, the Germans, advancing from west to east in their campaign against the Soviet Russians, decided to cross the Volga river at Stalingrad.

In 1237, the Mongols, moving from east to west during their attack against medieval Russia, decided to cross the Volga river at the point that became Stalingrad seven hundred years later.

These things are not coincidence!!

Osama bin Laden specifically mentioned the attack by the Mongols in one of his latest tirades, comparing what happened in 1258 to what is happening in Iraq today.

Curiously, the 1237 assault on Russian by the Mongols was carried out in the winter, when the Volga was frozen, making crossing easy on horseback!



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