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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: How to cut the slime

US Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

In Ken Burn’s documentary on the Civil War, there’s a quote from historian Barbara Fields that, for me at least, is the heart of the whole piece. … the Civil War as a historic phenomenon, is not on the battlefield. It's not about we...

The Crusades Were Defensive Wars

Academics / Philosophy : Maverick Philosopher

Thomas F. Madden: For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands. Christians in...

The U.S. Is Now Openly at War With Houthis in Yemen (Video)

News : Truthdig

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment My advice to the Obama administration would be to dissociate itself from the Saudi war and to open its own lines of communication to the Houthis, because seeing the latter as Iranian proxies is a form...

Jay Rubenstein: Myths About Crusade Myths: Were They Defensive Wars?

News : Huffington Post

While not a defensive war, the First Crusade was a war of vengeance. The Christians were out to avenge the sufferings of their Savior, the humiliations He was forced to endure every day...

The Crusades: the thrill of a priceless manuscript

Entertainment / Television : BBC TV blog

I first fell in love with crusading history as a schoolboy and continue to be fascinated by these medieval holy wars. In many ways, they have become my life's work. For me, the Crusades, the wars fought between Christians and Muslim...

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