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Originally posted by DestroyDestroyDestroy
reply to post by SupersonicSerpent
I think that if you trace it far back enough, the tension between the West and the Middle East & Northern Africa can be traced back to beginning with the West. I haven't done much research on the topic but from my understanding it was the West (namely Britain/France) who colonized lesser nations, primarily the Africas, over the last few centuries, and it has been the West who constantly pushes lesser developed and less powerful nations around, and the West who pushed for the creation of Israel, even though it threw millions of Palestinian (was it called Palestine back then?) lives into upheaval.
It is a given that these nations will eventually get tired of being pushed around and strike back. I'm not sure we can really stay angry at them for this; its like getting mad at a dog for biting you even though it has been abused and mistreated by people its entire life.
. The United States explained that the prisoners taken in Afghanistan and Pakistan were not actually prisoners of war, but were in fact "unlawful combatants." The first prisoners arrived in the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on January 11, 2002. According to the Washington Post, prisoners were hooded and shackled during the 27-hour flight. The United States defended these practices as appropriate security measures. Media on site in Cuba reported that the prisoners were fitted with goggles that were blacked out, for "security reasons" necessary to prevent them from using their eyes. In a public letter to Donald Rumsfeld , Amnesty International expressed concern that the prisoners' conditions of transport violated international norms. The prisoners are being housed in outdoor 6 foot-by-8 foot open-air chain link cages, with concrete floors and wooden roofs, and contain a mat and a plastic bucket. The U.S. demanded that media not show photographs of the prisoners in these conditions, explaining, without apparent irony at the inconsistency, that the photos would deprive the prisoners of their rights under the Geneva Convention. According to a Pentagon spokesperson, any photographs of the prisoners in the United States-imposed conditions would be "humiliating" and "debasing." Several outlets have not complied with the Pentagon's demand.
Originally posted by DestroyDestroyDestroy
reply to post by ThirdEyeofHorus
I'm not talking about the people who protest and speak out against the war, I'm talking about the people who could care less. The ones who don't even realize that we're at war; but then again, this doesn't feel like much of a war. We're not, after all, being bombarded in America.
If anything, we're at a war with our government over our liberties, and we're losing that war pretty fast considering many people, once again, can't be bothered.
The Crusades were a series of religious expeditionary wars blessed by the Pope and the Catholic Church, with the main goal of restoring Christian access to the holy places in and near Jerusalem. The Crusades were originally launched in response to a call from the leaders of the Byzantine Empire for help to fight the expansion into Anatolia of Muslim Seljuk Turks who had cut off access to Jerusalem. The crusaders comprised military units of Roman Catholics from all over western Europe, and were not under unified command. The main series of Crusades, primarily against Muslims, occurred between 1095 and 1291. Historians have given many of the earlier crusades numbers. After some early successes, the later crusades failed and the crusaders were defeated and forced to return home. Several hundred thousand soldiers became Crusaders by taking vows; the Pope granted them plenary indulgence. Their emblem was the cross—"crusade" is derived from the French term for taking up the cross. Many were from France and called themselves "Franks," which became the common term used by Muslims. At the time Christianity had not yet divided into the large number of geographically intermingled branches later formed, the (western) Catholic and (eastern) Byzantine churches being the main groups; the Crusaders simply considered themselves to be "Christian" rather than Muslim. The term "crusade" is also used to describe religiously motivated campaigns conducted between 1100 and 1600 in territories outside the Levant usually against pagans, heretics, and peoples under the ban of excommunication for a mixture of religious, economic, and political reasons. Rivalries among both Christian and Muslim powers led also to alliances between religious factions against their opponents, such as the Christian alliance with the Sultanate of Rûm during the Fifth Crusade. The Crusades had major far-reaching political, economic, and social impacts on western Europe, including causing the downfall of the Christian Byzantine Empire. The Reconquista, a long period of wars in Spain (Iberia) where Christian forces reconquered the peninsula from Muslims, is closely tied to the Crusades. In modern usage the term "crusade", or "crusade against...", is often used metaphorically to refer to any idealistically- or ideologically-motivated campaign without religious connotations, as in "Crusade Against Cancer".
Originally posted by amongus
reply to post by predator0187
Enough of the continuous ron paul promotion on this website. I know the owners have NO association, but this is becoming as big of a joke as the Santili hoax.
Enough is enough from pauls minions. . . stay off ATS.