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Sieges of Jerusalem by Christians were followed with counter-sieges by Islamic forces, and throughout the centuries, this great period of war brought Richard the Lionheart of England, and Salahuddin Ayyubi of Egypt and Syria to becoming legends. The military battles of the Crusades continued as long as the 13th century, with little signs of end; perhaps making it the longest military conflict in history. Jerusalem, a city which was once relatively at-peace politically, has since been a city of conflict, religious dispute, violence, political unrest and tragedy eversince. The Crusades were not simply a fight against two global empires, but of two ideologies, Christianity and Islam, and in a sense involved a third ideology, Judaism, which in their own rights, all birthed from the same dynasty of Theology. Whilst the military and political warfare eventually ceased along with the diminishment of theocracy in most parts of the world, the ancient war in regards to ideologies still remains today. In the 11th century, 1905, the ruthless Christian crusaders chanted “Deus Le Volt” in their march for Christian dominance, and suppression of Islamic spread by violence and devastation. These crusaders, firmly in the belief that they were carrying out the will of God and their religion.

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Lionheart Today in 2015, we have seen extremists marching to this same beat, “In šā Allāh”“if God wills it” and “Allahu Akbar”- God is Greatest, whilst mercilessly killing innocent Christians and those of other faiths, and even their own, for they too believe that they are carrying out the will of God and their religion. An ancient, war, handed from generation to generation, along with an ancient hatred, passed down from generation to generation, is the forefront of our world’s security threat, and drives fear into the hearts of all, thousands of years later. The Crusades have not been referenced to expose the tyranny which Christianity and Islam have actioned in history, for all religions have all had in some manner a black mark against their name; dating as old as Hinduism- the oldest religion in current existence, thought to have originated as early as the 3rd–2nd millennium BC, to some of the youngest religions- Taoism and Zoroastrianism. Such is said to be the nature of power, irrespective of the form: religious, political, economic or otherwise. As Lord Acton once said, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Nor are the readers of this to conclude that terrorism is spawned from religion, as terrorism too comes in many forms; religion is simply one of the more outstanding factors being discussed.

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