Most of us infidels in the West have been lied to. Trusting the education system, foolishly, we believed all the bunk bundled into our textbooks concerning the period in history (1096-1272 AD) when the Crusades took place. They left out an itty-bitty piece of info ... this will be great for all your 'enlightened' friends ...
The real reason WHY the Crusades took place ... and here's the shocker: It was a response to Islam's aggression!
That's right, it all began with Muhammed's implicit threat more than 450 years before the Crusaders entered Jerusalem. He said: "embrace Islam and you will be safe." (Muhammed's extortion letter to the Khaibar Jews.)
Some facts for your ill-informed friends / family / colleagues:
• The Crusades were a delayed response for CENTURIES of Muslim aggression, that grew ever fiercer in the 11th century. The Muslims focused on Christians and Jews, forcing conversions, plundering and mortally wounding apostates.
• The Crusades were a DEFENSIVE action, first called for by Pope Urban II in 1095 at the Council of Clermont.
• The Crusades were a response against Jihad, which is obligatory against non-Muslims entering 'Muslim lands'. (Muslim lands are any lands invaded and conquered by Islam.)
• The motives of the Crusaders were pure. They were jihad-provoked and not imperialistic actions against a 'peaceful', native Muslim population. The Crusades were NOT for profit, but rather to recover the Holy Land brutally invaded and conquered by Muslims ... who conquered for profit and as a notch on their superiority belt.
• The lands conquered by the Crusaders were NOT colonized under the Byzantine Empire. The Empire withdrew its support so the Crusaders renounced their agreement.
The Islamic world ripped through the Christian world on a bloody Jihad crusade to propagate Islam. Muslim imperialistic conquest wars were launched for more than 1,500 years against hundreds of nations and over millions of square miles (larger than the British Empire at its peak). The Jihad crusade went from southern France to the Philippines, from Austria to Nigeria, and from central Asia to New Guinea.
The dictionary defines imperialism as "the policy and practice of seeking to dominate the economic and political affairs of weaker countries." This historical Islamic Jihad WAS imperialistic ... and its goals remain the same.
Islam's greed and lust for bloody domination of non-Muslims and their property CAUSED the Crusades ... it doesn't get simpler than that!
Shalom through strength.
Audrey Russo is host of the weekly REELTalk Radio Show based in New York City. Her articles on the Middle East, national security, terrorism and cultural issues have been published widely. Audrey is also an active member of the NYC performing arts community as a singer and actor. Click here for Audrey's most recent interview with Liberty GB leader Paul Weston.