Originally posted by kryogenix
why do some muslims say christians are out to start another crusade then start terrorist attacks? there was a discovered attack on the vatican city that was supposed to take place on christmas... who's after who?
Keep in mind that a vast majority of islamic terrorist attacks are not against the Israelis, or Western culture, but rather are against other arab countries which these terrorist groups deem as holding an improper faith.
If one looks at the Hamas Covenant, they point to a universal Zionist plot for domination, the latest development being the creation of Israel. One can easily draw parallels between the two events (the crusades and the creation of israel), and in some respects, yes, the PLO or Hamas is correct in pointing out the injustice of Israel's formation.
As for who's after who, one also has to realize that the catalyst for the formation of "Europe" or "the West," was the crusades. It was only through Pope Urban's speech at Clermont that all the quarrelling fiefdoms and towns banded together forever in the spirit of fighting the greater enemy: Muslims. After the crusades, the large majority of Muslims were still ignorant of the west, even while the West continued to brand Islamic communities as their enemies. It was not until the late 19th century and early 20th century that we see a large Muslim concern for the west- a response to Western Imperialism.
So really, we are after each others necks, but let's also not be so quick to generalize. There are many christians, jews, and muslims who are willing to lay down their arms. Much of the violence we see today is not rooted in religion, but rather in politics.
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King Lear (V.3.300-304)