Jun 01, 11
Read from February 10 to April 03, 2011
If you think modern geopolitics, war and religious-imperialist urges are driven by the darkest and strangest of our desires and fears, look no further than the never-ending banal brutality of the 200 years of the Crusades. Oldenbourg adds by addition, which means if you are stunned by your boredom at the continued carnage about 100 years into the brain-twisting logistics and repeated attempts to take back, (lose) and keep (and lose), the various parts of holy land, means you get the point. An ever-shifting alliance(s) between various Christian and Islamic factions and the helpless population at their mercies, makes the modern UN look like a kids birthday balloon party. And if you think that the Crusades were "over" 800 years ago, please look no further than Jerusalem, yesterday. You'll find yourself rooting for the most despicable people that ever rule Christendom, if for no other reason, that you just want it to finally end. And it did, when one Christian army sacked a fading Christian empire. Huh?