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The Crusades were started on this day in 1095, when Pope Urban announced his plan to recapture the Holy Land. Today’s History Channel provides a short summary:
How the Catholic Church acquired so much power is a long and complicated story, and is summed up in the link posted below:
If you analyze all of the events in this link, you’ll understand why our Founding Fathers were so adamant about separating politics from religion. If also helps to explain why it is so difficult to achieve lasting peace in Israel. (The blog titled “a long and winding road” goes into more detail).
Imagine, if you can, that the Islamic fundamentalists who launched the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, somehow managed to carry out EIGHT more attacks on American soil, causing large loss of life, and the displacement of thousands of American citizens.
Without a doubt, the justifiable anger that we felt on September 11 would escalate into a rage that could not be contained, and would lead to widespread changes in not only our society, but in countries throughout the world.
In view of the stringent security measures that we’ve put in place since 9/11, is there even the remotest possibility that a situation like that could occur?
Not likely, but here’s a sobering thought:
It already has. For more details, click on the link below: