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A few years ago, in an effort to begin to understand the
failures of diplomacy which led to pitched battles between
the sons and daughters of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity,
battles which have now been visited upon our own shores, I
began reading books related to the issue(s).

One such was _The Crusades Through Arab Eyes_ by Amin Maalouf,
published in 1984 by Schocken Books, NYC, and it is interesting
reading, being translations of contemporary Arab accounts.

Baghdad, August, 1099, Abu Sa'ad al-Harawi reported the fall
of Damascus to the Christians; when his audience broke out
in tears, he shouted to them, "Man's meanest weapon is to
shed tears when rapiers stir the coals of war."

Another useful book is L. Sprague De Camp's, _Great Cities of
the Ancient World_ Doubleday & Co., NY, 1972.

The crusades proper occupied the attention of the combatants
and civilian populations for 200 years; it now appears that
we are witnessing the beginning of the second thousand years
of religious war.

God help us all.

Jack

Jack C. Thompson
Thompson Conservation Lab.
7549 N. Fenwick
Portland, Oregon  97217

503/735-3942  (voice/fax)

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Chaucer  _Parlement of Foules_ 1386

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