[Updated with additional observations
The lands washed by the Mediterranean Sea were Christian.
Then Islam happened, wiping out most traces of Christianity in the lands on the Southern, Eastern and Northeastern Shores of the Mediterranean ...
... before the Crusades ...
... provoking the Crusades ...
... causing the start
of Crusades as defensive responses.
From North Africa, the Muslims invaded Spain in A.D. 711, exterminating, driving the Christians to flee to the northern extremes of Spain. Spain would fight for nearly eight hundred years to retake its land.
From Spain, the Muslim armies advanced into France, reaching as far as Tours and Poitiers in the middle of France. They were, however, defeated there in 732.
The first crusade was not launched until 1095. The last Medieval crusade ended with the defeat of Christian forces about 1290.
I do not say that all
the Crusades were justified. I do not approve of the historical Crusades such as they were. However, I do believe in self-defense and protection of the innocent.
In 1453, the Muslims smashed the Christian kingdom at Constantinople, the heart of Eastern Christianity.
In 1571, Christian Europe united to defeat yet another Muslim invasion at Lepanto.
Muslim attempts at invasion continued, and in 1683 their attempt to take Vienna, Austria, failed.
several hundred years of Muslim invasions before the Crusades,
and several hundred years of Muslim invasions after the Crusades.
The history of Islam in the West IS
violent aggression from the very beginning.
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