Obama’s Syrian “crusade”: Identifying the enemy within

In some ways the Obama strategy in Syria has parllels to The Crusades. They began in the 11th century and we are still fighting. Photo: The Bayeux Tapestry (sodahead.com)

CHARLOTTESeptember 2, 2013 – The Crusades represent a series of events that are frequently misinterpreted by the West, a source of victimization for Muslims and, in some respects, a parallel to current United States policy in Syria.

Whenever debate arises between Muslims and Christians, which today is a 24/7 phenomenon, the Islamic response is almost always couched in two questions:

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What about the violence of Christians in the bible? What about the Crusades?

Muslims would have us believe the Crusades were Islamophobia to the extreme played out on a massive scale unparalleled in history. Many Westerners nod in agreement, lower their heads in disgrace and cower away without argument.

As with most disputes, there are two sides, however, making it worthwhile to examine some facts about The Crusades that demonstrate modern day equivalency.

More than 450 years elapsed between the Prophet Muhammad’s death until the first crusade in 1096. During that period, Muslim expansion to the west known as the Caliphate laid siege to Jerusalem, conquered previously Christian Egypt and spread into Europe. Four and a half centuries of conquest by Muslims and Christians did nothing.

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All bark, no bite

In Syria today, if reports are confirmed, President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people.

To which an incensed Western world spoke loudly of “red lines,” human rights violations, condemnation and outrage.

Boldly we vowed to respond.

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And then we did nothing. “It can wait,” we said. “There is no urgency.”

Christians failed to react between the 7th and 11th centuries, too. In hindsight, the world remembers a self-defense response called The Crusades disguised as aggression against Islam. We live in a topsy-turvy world of distortion where words can easily alter truth.

When non-Muslims do not retaliate in their own self-interest, it is certain that Islamic aggression will follow. It was true in the 7th century, the 11th century, the 17th century, and it is true today.

Barack Obama and his advisors create illusions of being thoughtful as they battle a religious/ political system that has a bipolar world view. Unfortunately, an academic Western approach does not in any way blend with an instinctive philosophy based upon emotion and devoid of rational thinking.

If it is good for Islam, then it is good.

Everything else is bad.

Given the president’s earliest upbringing, he should understand that concept. He has often quoted the Koran. He has bowed to Saudi royalty. He has lectured us about the contributions of Islam to world history and American Muslims to our culture.

So why doesn’t he get it?

Flashback in history again to the conventional wisdom that Saladin was a benevolent conqueror when he recaptured Jerusalem. All well and good if the story ended there, but Saladin determined that a workforce of living captives were more valuable than a graveyard.

Saladin was not greeted with open arms. He was courageously resisted and, in the process, people were brutally slaughtered.

Once in control the Muslim conquerors initiated Sharia law with severe penalties against religious minorities. Can we see any parallels with the Middle East of today?

Then the inevitable argument follows, “but all Muslims are not violent” or “Islam is a religion of peace.”

Ibn Warraq, a pseudonym for a prolific Muslim critic, answers by saying, “There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate.”

Meanwhile Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch has the perfect squelch for “Islam is a religion of peace.” Spencer adds the two words “for Muslims” to the end of such statements and the picture suddenly comes into focus.

Therefore, “Islam is a religion of peace….for Muslims” now takes on a more accurate context.

Middle East pawn

The Crusades as we knew them may be a thing of the past, but jihad still exists and so does the concept of a “crusade.”

While “crusade” may be a profanity for Islamists, it defines their goals.

Jihad, on the other hand, means “struggle” but it as much of a struggle for the West to avoid the inhumanity of Sharia law as it is for the Islamists to fulfill it.

Making a token gesture in Syria with delayed military action or “talking loudly and carrying a small stick” is not much different than Nero “fiddling whileRome burned.”

A military response is not desirable. The sane world is weary of war. But the multi-headed monster of radical Islam is not going away, and doing nothing is even worse than the alternative. Especially when the United States continues to tell the world otherwise.

No worry though, there is still plenty of time.

About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).

His goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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