Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00
The year is 732 A.D., and Europe is under assault.
Outnumbered by perhaps as much as 2 to 1 on a battlefield between the cities of Tours and Poitier, Charles routs the Moorish forces, stopping the Muslim advance into Europe cold. It becomes known as the Battle of Tours (or Poitier), and many historians consider it one of the great turning points in world history. By their lights, Charles is a man who saved Western Civilization, a hero who well deserves the moniker the battle earned him: Martellus. We thus now know him as Charles Martel, which translates into Charles the Hammer.
Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common.
Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics. Muslims really were gunning for them. While Muslims can be peaceful, Islam was born in war and grew the same way. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword.
Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the Abode of Islam and the Abode of War....
[The Crusades] were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense.
(To take the current view of the Crusades as it is taught. . . . ) It is the Jihadist view. It is Osama bin Laden’s view. It is a bit like ignoring all history of WWII until December 8, 1941 — and then damning the United States for launching unprovoked attacks on Japan.
The Crusades were an attempt to retake conquered Christian lands.
Muslims would start using the false history against the West.
a time when Christendom was pushed toward the abyss and, outweighed and wobbling, pushed back.
But had they not defended the West, we might not be troubling over the past at all — because we might not have a present.
Read the full story here on The New American.