The Crusades

Life of Illusion requested that this article be brought up for discussion.  Since religion has been such a hot topic as of late,  this should provide some interesting changes in the thinking of many, especially those who want to blame Christianity for the violence and death in the past.   This article was origanally posted here:  http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/08/the_crusades_reconsidered.html#ixzz2bf9A4A8l

One of the idiocies passed off for decades among Western historians is bemoaning the Crusades as evil. The Islamic world — the Ummah — has disseminated this imaginary charge against the West, and like fools, we have absorbed Arab lies and taken the blame to heart. But the most superficial reading of Western history should put that canard to rest.

Shortly before he died in June 632 AD, Mohammed ordered Muslims to prepare to wage war against the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire.

Upon his death, Mohammed’s successor, Abu Bakr, planned to fulfill those instructions. Plans were also made to conquer Zoroastrian Sassanid Persia.
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