First Published in DelawareLiberal on 10/9/2014 by ProgressivePopulist
Overrunning towns, pillaging, plundering, setting fire, torture,
burning at the stake, rape, burning children alive, enslaving,
beheadings, sacking places of worship, taking body parts for trophies,
destroying libraries, cannibalism, crucifixions, opening bodies for
swallowed treasure. A special place in paradise for warriors. Justice
for infidels. Slaughter of their own. Robbing and keeping the riches.
heinous acts committed by 50-100,000 fighters saying prayers before
battle on middle eastern soil in such places as Nicaea, Urfa, Aantakya,
Aleppo, Ma' Arrak, Ascalon, Antioch, Edessa, Caesarea, Jaffa, Haifa,
Acre, Tyre, Sayda and countless other towns. Mass slaughtering of
innocents numbering 2,700, 100,000, 7,000 and tens of thousands of
Sounds familiar, doesn't it. Sounds like ISIL.
it isn't. This is narrative from historical research on the 13
crusades perpetrated by Christians, in the middle east alone, targeting
mostly Muslims over a two hundred year period. Also targeting Jews and
other Christians who did not swear allegiance to Rome. Hundreds of
thousands slaughtered. Whole cities laid to waste. Middle easterners
are thought to have long memories and a huge appreciation for history.
the atrocities endorsed by Pope Urban II and several successors over
this horrific period during the european dark ages and the middle east's
period of enlightenment. Soldier recruits, led by kings and nobility,
were granted huge financial favors and tax exemptions, the right to
pillage and guaranteed a special place in heaven by the reigning
Popes. That sounds familiar too, doesn't it? And led in prayer before
battle by clerics. Familiar too? Much of it taking place in what is
now Iraq, Syria and the "holy lands".
Not much of a battle plan
needed by ISIL. It is all pretty well laid out in the tragic historical
documentation of this region and period between 1095 and 1298. For a
detailed account, check out the writings of U.S. professor Dr. Abdullah
Mohammad Sindi, a middle east authority and historian.
What goes around comes around.