Shadow of a bloody past: For centuries, Islam and Christianity were locked in a brutal conflict most have forgotten. The horror, a top historian argues, is that for jihadis it’s as real today as it was in the Middle Ages
By Tom Holland For The Daily Mail
Published: 01:42, 21 November 2015 |
The grievances of the Islamic terrorists who have brought carnage and bloodshed to the streets of Paris twice this year reach far back into history.
In their minds, it is not simply wanton violence, but the continuation of a struggle which has raged for more than a millennium.
That is what Osama bin Laden was talking about when he warned the Muslim world back in 1996 ‘that the people of Islam have always suffered from aggression, iniquity and injustice imposed on them by the Zionist-Crusader alliance’.