Perhaps if the clueless masses won't listen to "lunatic" fringe blogs or Sergei Lavrov, they'll listen to a US Congresswoman who served two tours of duty in Iraq and who is now telling Americans that The White House, The Pentagon, and most especially the CIA are together engaged in an "illegal" effort to overthrow the government of a sovereign country and in the process are arming the very same extremists that are attacking civilians in places like Paris:
With the cost of US MENA Wars exceeding $7 Trillion according to a Nobel Laureate Economist, time for a little perspective on the forgotten freedom and prosperity of peace.
CrusadeThe word "crusade" was used by US President George W. Bush first on the day of the September 11, 2001 attacks and on the national day of mourning which honored the death of the more than 3,000 victims of the attacks. He said that "this crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while."
The use of this figure of speech was criticized in Europe, and Arabic-speaking countries. Supporters of the President's usage of "crusade" argue that from context Bush had used the word in a military, non-religious sense, such as "The Great Crusade" which was the phrase used by General Dwight D. Eisenhower to describe the D-Day invasion of Europe to the Allied troops in his order of the day broadcast.
In predominantly Muslim parts of the world, the term crusade produced the same sort of negative reaction as the term jihad did in much of the West.
In a Newsday article issued December 3, 2003, political commentator James Pinkerton counted eight crusades between 1096 and 1270, and characterized them as "defensive wars."
He likened three intermediate "Christian invasions" of the Middle East to "latter-day Crusades", nominating Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798 as a "Ninth Crusade", the British occupation of Egypt in 1882 as a "Tenth Crusade", and the British and French mandates after World War I as an "Eleventh Crusade".
Pinkerton numbered the War on Terrorism as the "Twelfth Crusade."
Pope Francis supported possible military action against ISIS, another call for a twelfth crusade.
The War on Terrorism
In fact, the first war of the 21st century was neither won nor stopped. 37.6% of Americans were out of work. Our freedom and standard of living continued to fall with the war on terrorism.
US President George W. Bush, from a rally for the troops in Alaska, February 16, 2002. : "I want to tell you something, we've got no better friends than Canada. (Applause.) They stand with us in this incredibly important crusade to defend freedom, this campaign to do what is right for our children and our grandchildren."
Alexander Cockburn, "The Tenth Crusade," Counterpunch, September 7, 2002. : "Islamic fanatics flew those planes a year ago and here we are with a terrifying alliance of Judaeo-Christian fanatics, conjoined in their dreams of the recovery of the Holy Lands of the West Bank, Judaea and Samaria.
War on Terror? It's back to the late thirteenth century, picking up where Prince Edward left off with his ninth crusade after St Louis had died in Tunis with the word Jerusalem on his lips."
James Pinkerton, "Century In, Century Out - It's Crusade Time," Newsday, December 4, 2003. : "And now, in 2003, the Americans, the Twelfth Crusaders. The West is no longer 'Christendom,' but we, as first cousins to the Europeans, retain the old faith and bring new kinds of idealism, such as democracy and human rights. But the Crusader spirit is still there; it's still about bringing civilization and salvation of a backward people. As the born-again George W. Bush says, 'This is about good vs. evil.'"
In August 2001 The Philadelphia Trumpet, a Protestant magazine, published article The Last Crusade with opening lines "Most people think the crusades for Jerusalem are a thing of the past—over forever. They are wrong. Preparations are being made for a final crusade, and it will be the bloodiest of all!":
In Muslim Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and for many of the world's 1.6 Billion Muslims, the meme of the Twelfth Imam or Mahdi's return to proclaim Islam as the true religion fuels their rationale of the fight against 2.2 Billion Christians. An increasing clash with Israel and Christianity for ultimate justice are two indications to Shiites the Mahdi’s return could be near:
The Western War Meme is this:
Satan Freed, DoomedWhen the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
Those without war profit from freedom and peace of mind.
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