The Crusades in Perspective

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Facebook is again filled with defenders of Islamist “feelings” in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Eventually but invariably they invoke that favorite liberal trump card, the Crusades.

But I have to marvel at the tendency of these people to focus so heavily on a handful of European invasions of a tiny part of the western Levant (primarily modern Israel, which is the size of a postage stamp), all of which happened 800 to 900 years ago anyway, without a thought to:

  1. The Muslim conquest and forced conversion of that same area just a few centuries earlier.
  2. The Muslim conquest and forced conversion of all of Christian Egypt
  3. The Muslim conquest and forced conversion of all of Christian Libya
  4. The Muslim conquest and forced conversion of all of Christian Tunisia and Algeria (as they are called today)
  5. The Muslim conquest and forced conversion of all of Christian Morocco (as it is called today)
  6. The Muslim conquest and forced conversion of all of Christian Spain and Portugal, resulting in a 700 year war of liberation which was only won by the conquered native inhabitants a month before Columbus sailed to the New World.

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