12/09/2005

Crusades

History is a fascinating subject and lately a lot has been on television about the Crusades that Europeans under took during the Medieval Age and were for the most part a response to the encroachment of Islam. Little has been said about how Islam was spread. While the European Crusades were at times barbaric, they are no match for the crusades done to spread Islam.

Historical facts say that Islam has been imperialistic and would still like to be, if only for religious reasons. Many Muslim clerics, scholars, and activists, for example, would like to impose Islamic law around the world. Historical facts say that Islam, including Muhammad, launched their own Crusades against Christianity long before the European Crusades.

Today, Muslim polemicists and missionaries, who believe that Islam is the best religion in the world, claim that the West has stolen Islamic lands and that the West (alone) is imperialistic.One hardline Muslim emailer to me said about the developed West and the undeveloped Islamic countries: You stole our lands and then he held his finger on the exclamation key to produce a long string of them.

Thus imperialism, a word that has reached metaphysical levels and that is supposed to stop all debates and answer all questions, explains why Islamic countries have not kept up with the West. The emailer did not look inwardly, as if his own culture and religion may play a role. Instead, it is always the West's fault.

Westerners even academics accept the notion that the West alone was aggressive. It seems that Islam is always innocent and passive. It is difficult to uncover the source of this Western self-loathing. It is, however, a pathology that seems to strike Westerners more than other people around the globe. This anti-West pathology shows up in Westerners hatred for the European Crusades in the Medieval Age.

The above is from The American Thinker who has a good timeline and the tactics that were used to spread Islam. It was not a peaceful spread. Since it's inception, Islam has for the most part used the sword to spread it's message. Some balance and prespective is needed when viewing the European Crusades and it's response to this spread.

2 Comments:

Blogger MissingLink said...

Crusades were in fact a clumsy attempt to stop the spead of the Islamic desease.
Pitty they weren't organizes properly.

2:25 PM  
Blogger SEAWITCH said...

felis,

That's what a lot of people don't realize.

3:43 PM  

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