Crusades?

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Excellent analysis and writing at Smoke on the Water. They are talking about a word that needs to re-enter our vocabulary again, soon, now, or maybe four years ago... bq. The New Crusade The word we're not supposed to say. Crusade! What, we're afraid of offending the murdering jihadist scum who just killed over three hundred people in Beslan, all in the name of Islam? bq. Let me get this out of the way right up front. Islam is not a religion of peace. Since Mohammed returned from Medina to take Mecca under the sword, Islam has always been spread by force, and rejected on pain of death. They also link to a good writeup on the Crusades here: bq. Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common. The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics. They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general. A breed of proto-imperialists, the Crusaders introduced Western aggression to the peaceful Middle East and then deformed the enlightened Muslim culture, leaving it in ruins. For variations on this theme, one need not look far. See, for example, Steven Runciman�s famous three-volume epic, History of the Crusades, or the BBC/A&E documentary, The Crusades, hosted by Terry Jones. Both are terrible history yet wonderfully entertaining. And more: bq. Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics. Muslims really were gunning for them. While Muslims can be peaceful, Islam was born in war and grew the same way. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the Abode of Islam and the Abode of War. Christianity�and for that matter any other non-Muslim religion�has no abode. Christians and Jews can be tolerated within a Muslim state under Muslim rule. But, in traditional Islam, Christian and Jewish states must be destroyed and their lands conquered. When Mohammed was waging war against Mecca in the seventh century, Christianity was the dominant religion of power and wealth. As the faith of the Roman Empire, it spanned the entire Mediterranean, including the Middle East, where it was born. The Christian world, therefore, was a prime target for the earliest caliphs, and it would remain so for Muslim leaders for the next thousand years. bq. With enormous energy, the warriors of Islam struck out against the Christians shortly after Mohammed�s death. They were extremely successful. Palestine, Syria, and Egypt�once the most heavily Christian areas in the world�quickly succumbed. By the eighth century, Muslim armies had conquered all of Christian North Africa and Spain. In the eleventh century, the Seljuk Turks conquered Asia Minor (modern Turkey), which had been Christian since the time of St. Paul. The old Roman Empire, known to modern historians as the Byzantine Empire, was reduced to little more than Greece. In desperation, the emperor in Constantinople sent word to the Christians of western Europe asking them to aid their brothers and sisters in the East. bq. That is what gave birth to the Crusades. They were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense. To quote Willy the Shake: "What is past is prologue" (also quoted on the plinth of a statue at the US Library of Congress)

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Thanks for the links synth. Every day since the school incident in Beslan, I have thought of nothing but a modern crusade to put Islam back in its rightful place. Am I the only red blooded American that wishes instead of hearing "Play ball" after the national anthem that we will soon hear "Death to Islam!"?

Time for a new crusade. Wipe them off the face of the Earth.

God Bless America!

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