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Submitted by douwla (United Kingdom), May 20, 2009 at 14:18

the crusades are something far more complicated.

it all begun as a battle of rights, muslims were being kicked out of mecca where they pray and so the Prophet (SAW) raised an army with some of his cousins companions anduncle who was a great soldier and fought for theire right to worship, but even after they won the battle muslims on the outskirts were still being forced to leave there homes. and so the Prophet met with other tribes and raised his army of 10,000 soldiers and went to war with the opposing army, and when the opposing army lost (mostly roman tribes) the muslims settled into the "holy land" and we're actually very good friends with the jews

Pope Urban II the decided that the christians should go and take over jerusalem from the islamic rule it was under and were successful, but then the islamic empire vastly grew and not only recaptured the holy lands but also expanded their empire all the way to the far west of north african Magreb (now known as morocco, algeria and tunisia). the muslim army took over spain turkey and many other european towns and were successful in driving out out christians.

Along came the third crusades and mighty soldiers such as Sala'adin and king Richard, the battles were fought and to end it a peace treaty needed to be signed to stop it. It is islamic law, when the enemy calls parley he is no longer the enemy aslong as he sticks to his word.

my point is the crusades were justified wars and either both armies were to blame or neither. people believe that islam is trying to force their influence upon this world but are countries such as the USA not doing the same thing? theyre bold statement is that they "WANT TO SPREED DEMOCRACY ALL OVER THE GLOBE" this is no different to what people claim the muslims are doing, both sides are to blame or no one is, its human nature

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