Jindal: “The Medieval Christian threat is under control, Mr. President”

Cartoon via Winds of Jihad

Jindal has an important point. Even if Obama is correct (he isn’t) that the Crusades were some equivalent of the depredations of the Islamic State today, this does not excuse him or his Administration from their responsibility to face the current threat honestly and deal with it realistically.

900-year-old Christian atrocities, real and imagined, do not excuse his refusal to recognize the reality of the jihad threat…

More on the subject from Martin Kramer: (via Facebook): Barack Obama has compared the Crusades to ISIS, and the pushback has been furious. It’s useful, then, to recap the view of Bernard Lewis, who intelligently put the Crusades in historical perspective in a 2007 speech. He was attacked for his view by some ignorant types, and I covered the controversy at the time:

“Crusade” still touches a raw nerve in the Middle East, where the Crusades are seen and presented as early medieval precursors of European imperialism—aggressive, expansionist and predatory. I have no wish to defend or excuse the often atrocious behavior of the crusaders, both in their countries of origin and in the countries they invaded, but the imperialist parallel is highly misleading. The Crusades could more accurately be described as a limited, belated and, in the last analysis, ineffectual response to the jihad—a failed attempt to recover by a Christian holy war what had been lost to a Muslim holy war…

In recent years it has become the practice, in both western Europe and the Middle East, to see and present the Crusades as an early exercise in Western imperialism—as a wanton and predatory aggression by the European powers of the time against the Muslim or, as some would now say, against the Arab lands.

They were not seen in that light at the time, either by Christians or by Muslims…

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