My Name is Crusader

If I were alive back then, I’d be proud to be a Crusader, helping to defend my culture from attack. If it weren’t for the brave Crusaders and Islam had spread west into Europe, we all may be living in a Dark Age squalor like a lot of them are today. Keeping women subservient, scared of pigs, daily beheadings, no sports to worry about….all that good stuff and more might be part (or not a part) of our everyday life.

Remember when terrorist madman bin Laden invoked The Crusades in his famous cave videos? When President Bush used the term, not realizing that its meaning would be twisted to fit the terrorists’ and liberals’/anti-war/appeasers’ propaganda agenda?

(Does) the Islamic world have a just grievance against the West? Doesn’t the present violence, they persisted, have its roots in the Crusades’ brutal and unprovoked attacks against a sophisticated and tolerant Muslim world?…

Osama bin Laden certainly thinks so. In his various video performances, he never fails to describe the American war against terrorism as a new Crusade against Islam. Ex-president Bill Clinton has also fingered the Crusades as the root cause of the present conflict. In a speech at Georgetown University, he recounted (and embellished) a massacre of Jews after the Crusader conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 and informed his audience that the episode was still bitterly remembered in the Middle East. (Why Islamist terrorists should be upset about the killing of Jews was not explained.) Clinton took a beating on the nation’s editorial pages for wanting so much to blame the United States that he was willing to reach back to the Middle Ages. Yet no one disputed the ex-president’s fundamental premise….

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….

So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression – an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.

Read the whole Real History of the Crusades (a delayed hat tip goes to Hugey for this link).

Also see Wikipedia’s Crusades Page

Also interesting is how, due to The Fourth Crusade in the 13th century, the Greek Orthodox and Catholic church split was brought on….

The tragic events of 1204 closed an iron door between Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox, a door that even today Pope John Paul II has been unable to reopen. It is a terrible irony that the Crusades, which were a direct result of the Catholic desire to rescue the Orthodox people, drove the two further – and perhaps irrevocably – apart.

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