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Submitted by Angel B. (United States), Nov 6, 2006 at 13:05

Again an attempt by muslim scholars to re-write history and portray themselves as victims. The Crusades were called in response to the Islamic attacks on Jerusalem and the Holy Cristian sites and attacks on religious pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land.

Yes, that atrocities were comitted,,,yes. By both sides!

So what was the excuse for attacking Jerusalem, a city with a diverse and tolerant Judeo-Christian community. Because Mohammed visited it? Thats enough to attack and subjugate its citizenry?

Please re-evaluate your thinking and get historical facts staright.

What about the Iberian peninsula?

Muslims like to push forward that they took out the Backward and barbaric Visigoths and replaced it with the intellectually advanced Al-Andalus. Ok, thats your version. As a matter of fact, I just saw a video on "youTube" regarding this very topic.

However, its convenient to omit that the Iberian peninsula was ruled by Christian Kings (albeit of Visigoth decent). As in all feudal systems, Kingdoms fight. Muslims were "Hired and swore allegiance" to one of the Visigoth Kings (Rodrigo) and fought against the other along with the Kings troops. After the King won and asked them to leave, they left, got re-enforcements (because the kings army significantly weakened by the war) and attacked and eventually won control of the Cristian Kingdom of Hispania (Iberian peninsula). The only Kingdom that was able to push back the muslim invaders was the prinmcipality of Asturias who under the banner of Don Pelayo beat the Moors at the Battle of Covadonga around 724 a.d.).

Later on Pelayo forced the moors from Gigon and the Leon.

This is why when the Catholic Kings, Isabella and Ferdinand consolidated the power in Spain (Leon and Castille), they used the Inquisition to either convert the Moors and make them swear allegiance to the King and Queen of Spain and to the Roman Catholic Church or leave Spain forever. The Sapnish at the time were very aware of the Islamic message due to 700 years of Islamic rule.

The Inquisition was in response to have a Roman Catholic Spain with allegiance to the King and Queen and the Roman Catholic Church. Gee, doesn't seem unreasonable considering they had to endure 700 years of subjugation and dhimmitude in their own country. When they won it over after 700 years of armed struggle, of course they wanted to keep the enemy out.

So please, stop crying about the Crusades and about the Inquisition. They had a choice. But unlike the Christians that were killed by the sword for not converting, the majority of Spanish muslims were allowed to leave. Very few actually were killed by the inquisition. Contrary to popular opinion, the most severe Inquisition was in Italy, not Spain. Spain allowed many Jews and muslims to leave and find a home elsewhere, but not in Spain.

I hope this clears up some misunderstandings,

Angel B.

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