The situation that now exists in the Middle East that has caused hundreds of thousands of people to leave everything they cannot physically carry behind to seek refuge in the heart of modern Europe. Once again the Muslim and Christian worlds are colliding because of their religious differences. At the beginning of the eleventh century, Pope Urban II gave a sermon telling the people of Europe to travel to Jerusalem to clear the Muslim population from the city and make it Christian again after almost 400 years of Islamic rule.
There were two groups the underclass who were the peasants, and the Knights who were the wealthy landowners as well as fighting men. Pope Urban promised the Crusaders who were afraid of the fires of hell on their souls because of the way they lived in those times. Anyone who would join the Crusades would be given what amounted a holy pardon if they fought for the Holy Roman Church. They made it to the city in June of 1099 and immediately prepared to surround and when ready attack and kill all of the inhabitants of the city. Jews and Muslims women and children were all slaughtered in an in an orgy of bloodlust all in the name of God.
A thousand years later that city is still unable to be a place where all can live together in peace because of the religious beliefs of those who occupy the most important piece of real estate in the Christian world today. Syria, Iran, Iraq are used to the violence that has existed for thousands of years. We in the West should try to learn as much as possible about the history of this part of the world. I believe that at some point in the future all eyes will be on the city of Jerusalem and its continued power to change mankind in ways that cannot be understood at this point in time.