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Jesus, El Cid was not a "crusader commander". The Crusades began 200 years after El Cid and he himself served both Christian and Moorish kings as a mercenary after his own king had him banished.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jul 24th, 2011 at 01:43:36 PM EST
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Yep, but you would have to let the facts get in the way of the "Clash of Civilization" narrative, now wouldn't you?

Same for the "Eurabian civil war" bullcrap debunked by Dan Gardner.

by Bernard on Sun Jul 24th, 2011 at 01:57:05 PM EST
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Groups define themselves in relation to/by other groups.  Without a terrible, horrible, atrocity-committing THEM there is no good, righteous, beneficent US.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Jul 24th, 2011 at 02:00:38 PM EST
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For some people, I need to add.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Jul 24th, 2011 at 02:04:03 PM EST
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El Cid as Crusader, or even jst a hero of Christianity, is total BS; but the first Crusade began four years before his death, and crusaders even fought the Moors on the Iberian Peninsula in the next few decades.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Jul 24th, 2011 at 02:43:54 PM EST
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