The final crusade?


President Obama reminded Americans this week that while the murdering Islamists are beheading children, raping women and burning people alive, we can’t get on our high horse.  After all, there were the crusades.

Please.  We are long past (800 years past) the point where we should be trying to compare current atrocities to anything that occurred during the crusades.

I’m outraged by the mayhem occurring in the Middle East.  And there is absolutely no reason for me to temper that concern because of something that happened hundreds of years ago.  A past wrong doesn’t diminish a current atrocity.

In the middle of the last century, America fought a rather bloody war with Germany and Japan.  Both those countries clearly had lost their moral compass and engaged in despicable acts.  But 70 years later, Americans are buying Japanese cars and computers.  Germany is an important ally.  I even like the German soccer team.

But those crusaders?  Bad guys.  Ill-tempered.  Violent.  Murdering Franks.  They were so awful that I can never hold any other murdering butcher to account.


But just to give this a little important context…the crusades were a defensive action to confront Muslim armed invasion.  In that sense, I guess you can draw a comparison to what is happening today – except we can’t seem to get today’s crusade off the ground.  Perhaps we’ve seen our last crusade.

4 thoughts on “The final crusade?

  1. Reblogged this on Biltrix and commented:
    To readers of Biltrix: Yes, I’m still lurking on the blogosphere, here and there, even if I haven’t posted much since the summer. In case you missed my post explaining why my pastimes have changed, you can click here BUT this is not a plug for Biltrix — It’s a plug for my friend “Laughing Catholic” — great writer, humorist, and kind-of-nice-guy. If you enjoyed Biltrix, you’ll enjoy following his blog too!


  2. I think Crusades an offensive action to recapture Holy Land. The defensive war saving Europe from Moslem invasion was hundreds of years earlier by Charlemagne. In any event Obama’s talk sickened me. My respect for this present drops lower and lower each day. Certainly the savagery of centuries ago is not in the same realm of today. His state of the union address”the state of the union is strong” is the biggest of all his lies. More frightening is that he may really believe his own poorly thought out and misconceived assessments.


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