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Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Email - Part I - The Crusades


Apparently a girl in Australia (I'm guessing from her email addy and I won't use her name without permission) read a lot of what I've written over time--God know why. Anyway, she felt strongly enough--or had been so conditioned by the pc police--to write me at length. At such length, in fact, it will take a few posts to respond to all her misconceptions.

The crusades were never about religion

It was indeed about strong religious beliefs, especially when the European Christians learned how the Islamicists were harassing Christian pilgrims and teachers in Jerusalem, and attempting to destroy the Eastern Orthodox Church. Read the letters written during that time if you're really interested in "learning history."

and it was the christians who started it.

Wrong. It was the Muslims who started it--by invading Christian Europe, then attempting to push Christians out of Jerusalem after they had lived there for over 1,000 years. In case you can't figure it out on your own, Islam was created by Mohammed 622 years after  Jesus was crucified and at least 3,000 years or more after the Israelites settled the area.

For the first ten years of Islam, Mohammed spent his time solidifying his base in Medina and gathering his forces to take Mecca. He died two years after that event and the Koran was compiled a year later. The over the next 100 years, the leaders who followed Mohammed expanded their conquest across the Middle East, pushing into France, where they were finally defeated at Tours by Charles Martel in 732 AD. During this period the Muslims conquered Syria, Palestine, Persia, North Africa, Spain, and Egypt--where they destroyed the famous library and bookcopying industry of Alexandria because no book aside from the Koran was to be read. They had also pushed as far east as India and managed inroads in Sicily within the next fifty years. Christian Europe was very aware of the "personality" and intentions of the Muslims.

The European kings, dukes and othe aristocrates had too many sons and couldn't divide their wealth amoung them after their death. So the father's told the son they least liked to go to the middle east, kill a few people and get your own land and wealth. It took many years before people were fighting for religion.

Wrong again. For your edification, modern movies are not a good way to learn history. Unfortunately a number of peasant groups did leave before the official start of the First Crusades, all of them engaging in various forms of villainy, from massacring Jews to looting and raping.

The nobles themselves who led the Crusades did so out of a desire to restore the Holy Land to Christian control. Philip I of France, William II of England, and Henry IV of Germany, led the First Crusade--probably to get back into the good graces of the Pope--but they led it nevertheless.

A partial list of other participants in the successful First Crusade includes Count Stephen of Blois and Chartes; Bohemond of Taranto, Count of the Normans; Godfrey, Duke de Bouillon of Lorraine; Raymond of Toulouse, Count of St. Gilles (?), Hugh (the Great?) of Vermandois, brother of the King of France; Baldwin of Boulogne; Robert, Count of Flanders; and Robert, Count of Normandy.

Others involved over the years:

Second Crusade - Conrad III of Germany and Louis VII of France led it and Louis' wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, accompanied him.

Third Crusades started when Saladin took Jerusalem in 1187. Philip Augustus of France, Frederick Barbarosa of Germany and Richard the Lionhearted of England led the armies.

Although some kings and many, many vassal nobles took part in the next half dozen Crusades (Emperor Frederick II - Sixth Crusade; Louis IX of France - Seventh Crusade; Louis IX and Prince Edward of England - Eighth Crusade) the bottom line was: with the exception of the Knights Templar (who were rumored  to have found the treasures of Solomon's Temple) neither wealth nor lands were acquired by anyone, rich or poor.


Comments:
Your absolutely right about this. The Muslim religion is based on "evangilism at the point of the sword". It is not a religion of love and freedom. They set out to conquer and we just fought back. They still have the same goal that they have always had and that is to kill us or convert us.
 
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