Hatttip to John Hinderacker at Powerline for the above video by Dr. Bill Warner in which he states a fact that is obvious from the historical record: the Crusades were a tardy, and defensive, reaction to an ongoing Islamic Jihad that would continue against Christendom until the technological gap in the nineteenth century rendered Islamic states, for the moment, largely militarily impotent:
It has been a couple of months since Barack Obama suggested that the Crusades were somehow on a par with, or even a justification for, 21st-century Islamic terrorism. I objected to Obama’s casual slur at the link, saying, among other things:
There was nothing wrong, in principle, with the Crusades. They were an appropriate (if belated and badly managed) response to the conquest of the Holy Land by Islam. Did marauding 11th century armies inevitably commit outrages? They certainly did. In fact, that still happens today. But the most unfortunate thing about the Crusades is that they failed.
I have been hanging on to this video by Dr. Bill Warner of the Center for the Study of Political Islam for a while now, waiting for the Crusades to come back into the news. Which hasn’t happened. So here it is. Dr. Warner’s point, which he makes persuasively, is that the Crusades were a mere blip compared to the centuries-long, and nearly successful, assault on Christendom by Islamic armies bent on conquest.
If our history is properly understood, and just not about the Crusades, the politically correct rubbish trafficked in by leftists would usually appear laughable. Hence history is distorted today by fables and outright lies. All Americans and all Catholics need to understand history. It definitely is not merely history, but rather gives us a very good description of how we arrived at the modern world, and often has some hints of the best ways to proceed in the future by telling us what has worked, and failed, in the past. There is little new under the sun in regard to mankind, but if we are ignorant of our true history we are ignorant of that all-important fact.