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Why We Don't Speak Turkish

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, which is one of those world-changing events that is only obvious in hindsight. Besides being the battle where Miguel Cervantes lost an arm (and thus perhaps later became a writer), it's also the battle that prevented the Ottoman Turks from overrunning Europe via the Mediterranean.

My belated thanks to the Venetians and Spaniards and Papal legions who won the day. Well done, O soldiers long ago, in the Gulf of Corinth.

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