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The Tenth Crusade

I watched a history documentary about the Crusades, and it made me wonder if those people who participated couldn't be categorized as European terrorists who went after the Muslims?

Not an original thought, for sure, but then, I Googled...as usual, I'm late to the party:

http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn0907.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenth_Crusade
Permalink sharkfish 
January 15th, 2006
Before the Crusaders killed any Muslims, they went after European Jews, the Orthodox Byzantine Empire, and a Christian Nation in Turkey/Syria.
Permalink Erik Springelkamp 
January 15th, 2006
Well, there are many parallels to terrorism, but the main feature of the crusades, in my opinion, was that they were the start of the proud western tradition to go and do war on some far away country for some bullshit reason as a means to solve domestic political problems.
Permalink Eric Debois 
January 15th, 2006
The original purpose of the Crusade was to prevent war inside Europe by uniting the most aggressive knights into an expedition abroad.
Permalink Erik Springelkamp 
January 15th, 2006
I see more parallels with the age of colonization and empire-building.

The 'war on terror' just accidentally focusses on gaining strongholds in strategic areas, as literally argued by Cheney's think tank long before 9/11.

9/11 was their god-given excuse.

I am sure Dick had a little celebration on the night of 9/11.
Permalink Erik Springelkamp 
January 15th, 2006
Foreign adventure. Booty! It's a fine old Viking tradition.
Permalink trollop 
January 15th, 2006
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