This fall America is facing the possibility of a fourth war with a Muslim nation in twelve years. Despite our attempts at nation building, it appears that the hostility and scope of our conflicts are growing every year. Is there any real hope of peace between America and the Muslim world? First let's look at the historical context. For 1,400 years the Christian West has been forced to defend itself against the onslaught of Islam, a religion built on world conquest. The army of Mohammed first invaded the Holy Land, which had been Christian for 300 years, taking Jerusalem in 625 A.D. Since that time hundreds of battles have been fought through the centuries. Charles Martel defeated 80,000 Muslim warriors at the battle of Tours in France in 732, which halted Islam’s attempt to destroy the last vestiges of Christianity in Europe. The Crusades (1095-1192) were largely a failed attempt to regain control of Jerusalem and the holy places of Christianity from the Muslims.
By the 14th century the Ottoman Turks had become the central power of the Muslim world and labored for centuries to prepare armies to destroy Christian Europe. They defeated the Christians at Constantinople in 1453, slaughtering tens of thousands, turning the largest church in the world (Sancta Sophia) into a mosque.
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