On Oct. 15, 1529, Suleiman “The Magnificent” began a retreat from Vienna which his armies had just failed to capture.
So he turned to attacking the West in the Mediterranean, leaving it to his successors to again besiege Vienna in 1683. He also imposed a rigid law code on the Ottoman Empire that contributed to its long slow agonizing decline.
In the West rulers are considered great if they defend their own people not if they attack others, and if they respect laws arising from the people. The Ottomans would certainly have been much better off if they’d used the same criteria.
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