WS>>Is America ashamed of its Christian past?

carl william spitzer iv cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Sat Apr 3 22:43:06 MST 2004

          by Patrick Buchanan

          Five days after declaring war on terrorism, the  presi-
     dent  urged Americans to be patient: "This crusade  ...   is
     going  to  take awhile." Immediately, the  cry  arose,  "How
     could he be so cruelly insensitive!"

          Bush  was scourged and admonished that he had  insulted
     the  Islamic world.  Did he not know the Crusades were  wars
     of  criminal  Christian  aggression marked  by  pillage  and
     massacre?   The president apologized, and no one  has  since
     embraced the dreaded term.

          At  Georgetown,  Bill Clinton suggested Sept.   11  may
     even  be payback.  "Those of us who come from various  Euro-
     pean  lineages are not blameless," said the paragon  of  the
     Woodstock  generation.   "In  the First  Crusade,  when  the
     Christian  soldiers  took  Jerusalem, they  first  burned  a
     synagogue  with 300 Jews in it, and proceeded to kill  every
     woman  and  child who was Muslim on the temple  mount.   The
     contemporaneous descriptions of the event describe  soldiers
     walking  on  the temple mount, a holy place  to  Christians,
     with  blood running up to their knees.  I can tell you  that
     story  is still being told today in the Middle East, and  we
     are still paying for it."

          But  why Americans, whose first president was  a  Mason
     who did not take office until 1789, should be slaughtered in
     2001 because of a crusade preached by a pope in 1095,  Clin-
     ton left unexplained.

          A little history.  In 600 A.D., the Mediterranean basin
     was largely Christian.  But within a century of the death of
     Mohammed  in  632, armies of Islam had conquered  Syria  and
     Palestine, swept over North Africa, and overrun Spain,  only
     to  be  defeated at Poitiers by Charles  Martel.   Had  they
     triumphed,  Christianity  might have died in Europe,  as  it
     would in the cities of Augustine and Athanasius.

          "The common assumption that the Crusades were an act of
     unprovoked  Christian  aggression" is false,  writes  Warren
     Carroll,  the historian of Christendom.  Before  1095,  "all
     the aggression had been Muslim.  The Muslims were the origi-
     nal  and  continuing attackers and conquerors  of  Christian
     territory." Only after centuries living in fear of the hosts
     of Islam did Urban II preach the First Crusade.

          The  goal  that animated the Crusaders  was  Jerusalem.
     "Those  who deride this as a Christian objective have  lived
     too  long in books and under lamps," writes Carroll.   "Real
     men and women, as distinct from scholarly abstractions, have
     homes which they love.  Jesus Christ was a real man.  He had
     a  home.  He loved it.  His followers [and]  worshipers  who
     came  after Him loved the land and places He had  loved  and
     trod, simply because He had loved and trodden them.  Utterly
     convinced  that He is God, they could not believe  it  right
     that  any people not recognizing Him as God should rule  His

          A majority in Palestine was probably still Christian in
     1095, writes Carroll, "They had ...  as much right to  their
     land  as  the Muslim conquerors." If Mecca were  overrun  by
     heathen  armies,  would not Muslim peoples be  justified  in
     launching a "jihad" to liberate their holy city?  Would they
     apologize or be ashamed of having done so?

          The  Crusader  armies, led by Godfrey of  Bouillon  and
     Raymond  of  Toulouse, captured Jerusalem in 1099,  where  a
     massacre did occur.  But that same evil befell the  knights,
     and their wives and children, when the last Crusader castle,
     Acre,  fell  to  the Mameluks in 1291.  Have  we  heard  any
     apologies for the slaughter at Acre?

          Offered  the title King of Jerusalem, Raymond and  God-
     frey both refused to wear a crown of gold in the city  where
     Christ had worn a crown of thorns.  It was an age of  faith.
     The First Crusade, writes Carroll, was "a just war conducted
     for  a  deeply  spiritual purpose,  though  often  seriously
     flawed in its execution." As was World War II.

          After  that  Good  War in  which  British  Air  Marshal
     "Bomber"  Harris incinerated thousands of refugee women  and
     children  in  Dresden, Dwight Eisenhower titled  his  memoir
     "Crusade in Europe." If he was not ashamed of the term,  why
     are we?

          Because  this  generation has been indoctrinated  in  a
     pack  of lies by the moral sappers of the 1960s  nesting  in
     our  schools.  To them, Western Civilization is an  abomina-
     tion.  The greatest explorers, like Columbus, are  genocidal
     racists.  Our founding fathers were slave-owning hypocrites.
     The soldier-statesmen of Western empires were brutal imperi-
     alists.   Now, we must also be ashamed of crusades  launched
     to recapture, in the name of our Lord, the Holy Land  seized
     from Christendom by the armies of Islam.

          The great enemies of the West today are its over-privi-
     leged  children who are undermining this greatest  civiliza-
     tion  the world has ever seen.  If we should be  ashamed  of
     anything,  it  is for having twice elected one  of  them  as
     president.   Bill Clinton could not carry the  sandals,  let
     alone the sword, of Godfrey of Bouillon.

          Patrick  J.   Buchanan was twice a  candidate  for  the
     Republican  presidential  nomination and the  Reform  Partys
     candidate  in  2000.  Now a commentator  and  columnist,  he
     served  three presidents in the White House, was a  founding
     panelist  of  three  national televison shows,  and  is  the
     author  of six books.  His current position is  chairman  of
     The American Cause.

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