Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II preached the First Crusade while attending an ecclesiastical conference in Clermont, France. His exact speech is disputed but history shows his words were sufficient to inspire all of Christendom to wage war upon the Muslims then occupying Jerusalem.
September 13, 2001, a different crusader preached the same message in fewer words: “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity . . . This is war.”
It’s been a thousand years and we still haven’t solved the problem.
One of those faiths went through a Renaissance, a Reformation, and a half a millennium of civil evolution. The other largely did not.